May I Ask You?

I’ve just finished reading The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer, and it was quite the interesting read. If you haven’t seen her TED talk, this will give you some context:

Now, I’m no Amanda Palmer. I know I don’t have as large a following as she does, and I’m nowhere near as active on social media as she is. And yet I’m hoping that through the almost 7 years (can you believe it’s been 7 years?!?!?) that I’ve been sharing my life and experiences with you on this blog that I’ve developed at least a small following.

Asking for helpAnd I have a couple of favors to ask.

The first is for my cousin, Dawn. She’s only seven weeks older than me, the daughter of my mom’s twin sister. We grew up fairly close, and when we were very young, our grandfather used to call us “twin cousins”. We spent hours and hours over Thanksgiving, Christmas and summer holidays, playing in our grandparents’ basement, and reading. So much reading together!

I heard this weekend that she had a stroke. She had several blood clots in her legs and in her lungs. She’s in the hospital where they are keeping an eye on her condition. Her three year old daughter has no idea what is going on, and my aunt is looking after her granddaughter while also monitoring care for her daughter.

I ask that you send your prayers and healing energy to her for a quick and full recovery.

The second request is for me. It can be very lonely out here, typing into the void. Most of the time I have no idea if anyone actually reads what I write. I know that some of you do, because I do receive comments from time to time, and the occasional email.

I feel like you probably know more about me than you would like, and I hardly know anything about you. And I’d like to!

Would you be willing to leave a comment below, or on Facebook? I’d like to know where you’re from, and maybe how you found me. (Yes, I know I can get some of that information from Google analytics, but that doesn’t actually help me get to know you.) You can even ask for something yourself – I’ll respond to your comments, so come back and check in.

I look forward to hearing from you.



20 Responses

  1. Hi Mary blessings to you to. I am not quite sure how l found you on Twitter but l was looking for people with knowledge wisdom and an interest in tarot. I’m only recently following and haven’ t read your blogs but look forward to doing so. As a writer/ artist l understand the term void that you use. I also hope you find comfort soon and your “twin cousin”,

  2. Welcome, Barry! Thank you for the good wishes.

    I definitely have an interest in tarot – I’ve been reading cards at our local Farmer’s Market for the last two years. Feel free to ask any questions about it!


  3. met you through wsts. you were the first person that taught me to meditation was something not to be terrified of

  4. Hi Kyndyl! And Yay! I’m so glad you are not afraid of meditation. <3

  5. Hello Mary

    We met at SMF when you kindly agreed to help me with snack kitchen. From Washington State USA. Thank you for what you share and absolutely will send energy to your cousin.

  6. Love you Mary.

  7. I send my heartfelt prayers to you and your loved one. I myself would very much appreciate some prayers for my dear kitty who is 15 years young and fighting (as yet to be diagnosed ) a condition that is crippling him. Maybe some prayers will come his way.

    I came about your website some time ago. I read your emails and often follow them to your page to follow up.

    Prayers to you

  8. I find you in my Facebook feed most often and sometimes in my inbox and anytime I see something from WalksWithin I feel happy!

  9. Hi Katana! Thank you for the feedback – I love our connection. Thank you!

  10. Love you, too, Bev!

  11. Hi Anna. Thank you for the energy for my cousin. I miss seeing you! Lots of love to your family as well. {{{hugs}}}

  12. Welcome, Donna, and thank you. I will definitely add your kitty (and you!) to my healing list. Blessings to you both!

  13. Your fellow Peaceful Woman checking in.

  14. Hiya, Beth! Long time no see!

  15. Pillow Talk Later

  16. Good morning, Mary
    Sometimes I don’t have time to do “long reading” and leave your blog entries pulling up in my in-box like a stack of books besides my bed. Then when I have more time I read for entries at a time. I like your friendly familiar manner of sharing information as though you are having a conversation with people you care about.

    So yes, I do believe you have a following.

  17. Sending you and your twin good thoughts and prayers for your well being.

  18. Thank you, Danielle! It is good to hear from you, and I really appreciate the feedback.

  19. Donna, sending you hugs and your beloved kitty healing thoughts. I love cats and hope they can figure out what’s ailing him and can heal him right away. Big hug.

    Mary, I’ve followed your blog since day one. 🙂 I most often read your posts after I receive your email newsletter on Mondays. I love everything you write, and I want to post comments more often.

    Your meditations are the first ones I ever tried, and the only ones that truly resonate with me. I’m amazed at how I can listen to them over and over, and they never get old. Each time I learn something new or reach a new level of peace. Thank you!

    Oh, and I’d love to learn more about tarot and reiki, if you’re looking for blog fodder. 🙂

  20. Thank you, Karen! I will keep that in mind for future posts! (And I love you!)