My Wife Joanne Has Passed Away; Stop and Smell the Lilacs

By: Mike Shedlock | Fri, May 18, 2012
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Yesterday afternoon, my wife, Joanne went on to a better place. For those still on this planet, please remember to stop and smell the lilacs.

That picture is from our honeymoon on Mackinac Island, Michigan, about 27 years ago. Lilacs were her favorite flower.

In lieu of flowers or food, I ask the living to consider a donation in here name to support ALS research, the disease that took her life.

I wrote about the disease and an ALS fundraiser I sponsored twice previously.

  1. April 2, 2012: My Wife Joanne Has ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease
  2. May 15, 2012: ALS Update; I Still Need Your Help; Money Contributions From 22 Countries!

Results as of Thursday 5-17-2012

Les Turner gets half of ticket sales so the direct benefit to Les Turner so far is $154,331.

Donations From 23 Countries

Donations have come in from 23 countries now. Click the second link above to see.

Over the years many people have asked me to put up a tip jar. I refused. I have always thought the best information is free. That philosophy has served me well. I have never asked for anything, but I am asking now.

If information from this blog, for free, 4-5 posts a day (for 7 years!) has made you money or kept you out of trouble, then please consider purchasing a raffle ticket or making a donation.

If times are tough, and they may very well be, then please consider a cash donation of $10 or more. Every bit helps.


To make a cash donation by check or money order, please send a check or money order to Lacey Wood Mish Campaign Les Turner ALS Foundation 5550 W. Touhy Avenue, Suite 302 Skokie, IL 60077 847.679.3311 (Main) Any questions, please call the above number.

Credit Card

You can make a donation or purchase raffle tickets by credit card on the raffle site.

Some people did not like entering the information fields required, however, the purpose is only to ensure the foundation knows how to get in touch with raffle winners.

People move, phone numbers change, and email addresses change. It's as simple as that.

Those who do not like disclosing personal information on a form (the site is secure) can send a check or money order for tickets or to make a donation.

Philosophic Point of View

Whether you make a donation or not, please stop and smell the lilacs. Joanne did, at every opportunity.

Goodbye Joanne we love you and miss you already.



Mike Shedlock

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