I Hear A Symphony

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November 4th, 2010

I am home. I am recovering. I am richer for the experience. And I’m not speaking in metaphors here. I am actually richer than I was before I entered Karmanos. Thank you to the amazing generosity of the Detroit journalism community and the far-flung print purchasers, (from New York to Hawaii), who decided now was […]

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I am home. I am recovering. I am richer for the experience.

And I’m not speaking in metaphors here. I am actually richer than I was before I entered Karmanos. Thank you to the amazing generosity of the Detroit journalism community and the far-flung print purchasers, (from New York to Hawaii), who decided now was the time to pick up a print. My soon-to-be finished insurance coverage just became a little less fearful.

https://readthespirit.com/rodney-curtis/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2013/03/wpid-rcSupremesFreep.jpgThe Detroit News and Free Press management opted to sell many of history’s most memorable shots from their archives all to benefit my family. Then many area photographers, including those on both papers as well as extraordinary freelancers also added their favorites to the gallery for purchase.

The names behind the scenes are endless. In fact, it took some journalistic digging on my part just to find out who to begin thanking. I am certainly missing important people but in the truest sense of the term crowd-sourcing, the Comments section below is the ideal place to name names.

Everyone agrees that Elizabeth Conley was the main ringleader in this whole fundraising effort. I thank her and accomplice Robin Buckson from the exact same spot my intravenous picc line rests, right above my heart. Jessica Trevino and Kathy Kieliszewski were instrumental movers and shakers too. Coming from my former fellow photo folks, that feels fantastic. Stephen Cherry and Kathleen Galligan did yeoman’s (and yo-woman’s) effort. Romain Blanquart, the best thing out of France since Freedom Fries, gave assist after assist. And pal Jeffrey Sauger reached into his stunning travel photography to add more warmth to the whole.

https://readthespirit.com/rodney-curtis/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2013/03/wpid-rcGreilickGalarraga.jpgThere are others, lots I’m sure. The photos were brilliant and whether it was The Supremes and Berry Gordy or Armando Galarraga I can’t adequately say how blown away I am to be the recipient of the sale of such quietly earth shaking moments in Detroit’s history.

You’ve felt me bash you over the head with this before but the connections you make throughout the years with people — even those that you thought were just casual work acquaintances — are always a part of you and should never be taken lightly.

As our COBRA wanes and we consider self-employment insurance, long term disability, Blue Cross and other possibilities, it makes it less scary to be adrift with so many friends paddling our lifeboat.

And way up there in our makeshift crow’s nest, I think I just heard someone yell “land ho!”


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