The computer here at the Memphis library only gives me 15 minutes of use, so I’ll be brief.
The other day Tommy and I built a sweat lodge out of our tarps, logs, and mud. We spent the day reheating and steaming rocks, then running across the sandbar and swimming in the river. Which is probably why I have had an ear infection for the past several days, but it is slowly going away.
Two nights ago I was able to paddle with the man who inspired these river trips for me, John Ruskey owner of Quapaw Canoe Company, on a moonlight paddle into Memphis. Tommy and I slept on the point of Mud Island that night. We were so close to Beale Street I could’ve punted a football onto it, but still far enough away to be safe. Currently we are sleeping in the washroom at the yacht club and spending the day checking out all the local museums and music.
A few notes from my journals –
You observe all the mistakes that others take the weight of carrying the consequences of.
You find yourself after losing it in the stories of people you meet.
It’s not as much as changing your view on life as much as it is showing you that you have one.
In a few days I will be staying at Ruskey’s Home in Clarksdale Mississippi and will post more.
The organization i am trying to raise money ($201 so far)/awareness for-
SAFE, Shelter & Aftercare Inc. partnering with Wings of Shelter Int’l Inc. has opened the first long term shelter in the state of Florida dedicated specifically to female minor age victims rescued out or Human Sex Slavery/ Trafficking. We work with FBI, Sheriff’s Offices, ICE (Immigrations and Customs Enforcement)-who has placed our first 4 girls in our home. January 2010, SAFE house opened its doors as a family style model with House Parents to hold 5 girls at a time. We provide a healthy family model, education, counseling, medical needs, mentoring, while assessing the individual needs of each teen victim trapped in the deceptive, traumatizing crime of human trafficking.The program is designed for a minimum of 9 months stay because restoration is a process. We serve on the Task Force in Lee County, and collaborate with surrounding counties to make a difference in awareness and education of the public to Florida’s shameful reputation of being #3 in human trafficking activity out of the 50 states. We are all custodians of our community. Thank you for your support in our efforts to rescue and restore minor age girls that have been victims of the organized crime of sexual slavery.
For more infornmation about this organization or to donate visit www.safe-refuge.org