Head’s Up

At some point within the next week or so, I expect that after nearly 10 years, the project that started as the Grateful Dread BBS and evolved into the present AF&O/The Armchair Activist will shut down indefinitely, perhaps forever.

The short story is that the bottom has caved in — no job, no car, no money, no prospects, and very soon, no home and nowhere to go. The good news is my kids have safe places to go, so there is no reason for anyone to be concerned.

As for me, I am hanging in while trying to cope with the inevitable. Don’t know what shall happen or if I can ever return to the world of the living, but whatever God wills. I just wanted to make sure to take a moment while the chance exists to let my readers and friends know that you have touched my heart and spirit more than words can express fully. Thank you all.

There is one thing I must ask of you: The US and the world are becoming increasingly dangerous and frightening places. Please do everything you can to stand against the status quo that dooms us all. Please do all you can to spread love, peace, justice, equality, and nonviolence. Complacency kills — and you deserve better than that. You are better and smarter than the failure that is me: Take action. Make this world a better place.

In closing, I don’t know if there will be an opportunity to post again. So, please take good care of yourself, be well, and don’t ever give in.

You know that everybody has a voice

And how they use it is their own free choice

In your glory I will not rejoice

If you choose the ways of war

If you choose the ways of war


Ashes to ashes and dust to dust

My country ’tis of thee, in God we trust

But how much longer will God shelter us

While we choose the ways of war

While the winds of war rage on


The good book tells us thou shalt not kill

The truth came shining and it’s shining still

But how much blood upon this earth must spill

Before we lay our weapons down

Let us lay our weapons down


Let mine

Oh let my small voice be a voice for peace

Let it start here with me, oh let mine be a voice

And in the face of the beast, oh let mine be a voice

Until the breaths in me cease, oh let mine be a voice for peace

Love always…

Update: I am posting this only because of numerous emailed requests to do so — our Support page has a link to the Armchair Activist Paypal Donations page. One does not need to have a Paypal account to make use of it. For those who opt to do so, thank you.

Another update: Thanks to the generosity of a few friends, AF&O has been given a brief reprieve. My personal situation is still dire, especially now that the kids are gone, but at least the site will continue for a while. I will try to post as much as possible, situation permitting. All the good wishes coming in — rays of sunshine all — are very appreciated during this increasingly dark time.

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19 thoughts on “Head’s Up

  1. You voice will not be totally silenced, it may become limited to your imediate area, but but what you have to say needs to be heard, and I have listened with interest halfway around the world from you, and I am sure people around you will listen too.

    You show me that Americans are not ‘America’, especially not the America that is destroying its credibility with its friends and allies.. an America that was once respected.. not anymore… maybe it will be again, but it will take people like you to do it.

  2. Your voice will not be totally silenced, it may become limited to your imediate area, but but what you have to say needs to be heard, and I have listened with interest from halfway around the world, and I am sure people around you will listen too.

    You show me that Americans are not ‘America’, especially not the America that is destroying its credibility with its friends and allies.. an America that was once respected.. not anymore… maybe it will be again, but it will take people like you to do it.

  3. Natalie,
    I’m so sorry to read this.

    I’m glad your kids are taken care of, but my concern extends to you, too; you’re part of the world of the living, even if your creative outlet may be on hiatus for a while.

    Take good care of yourself, so you can someday (soon, I hope) come back to doing what you clearly love to do: write and agitate. I have an e-mail address for you — although not one that may remain active for long. Anytime I see something I think might interest you, I’ll pass it along there and/or wherever is most convenient for you — will you have a free e-mail account you can access from time to time?

    Also: I assume you’ve backed up your writing to a few CDs, but if not, make sure you do so. These are part of you, don’t let go of them. I’m no tech wiz, but I do have some CDs and a burner if this becomes a last minute chore.

    Please feel free to write me any time. My address is posted on my blog.

  4. Natalie, I’m so sorry to hear your news. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do. And yes, do set up a Paypal account link. I’m sure many of us would be happy to help! And in any event, plesae stay in touch!

  5. George, it seems, is all about kindness. Thank you for the offer. If I need to take you up on it, I will let you know. For now, the server space is paid up through July. Who knows, things may resolve themselves in some fashion by then. (I am choosing to think positively.) Right now, however, I have to focus on bigger stuff — my son leaving Sunday morning (this one is the killer), the looming eviction, figuring out a way to eat (it’s been four days), finding a job. But as far as the site itself goes, recent developments — the SCOTUS crisis is one example — tell me that I can’t just shut down, even if I end up on the street. If need be, the local library provides Internet access; I have to keep writing. Too much needs saying and too much needs doing. And too many people in power share the mentality of Paul Harvey…

    But yes, if the need arises, George, I will be in touch. Thank you for thinking of me.

  6. Natalie… I just heard about your situation and I’m so terribly sorry. You don’t deserve this. Send me some email or give me a call (I’m in the book). (bruce@brucegarrett.com)

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