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  posted on 3/24/2017 at 01:10 PM
Rowland I hope it is ok to post this on the forum and I apologize for imposing. If not then just delete it. I apologize folks for coming to you. GO FUND ME I set up. Lots of you know that I am an (unpaid) freelance journalist) who has interviewed Gregg Allman and Derek Trucks many times but now I have run into an emergency that I don't know or have a way out of. Any help is appreciated.

I'm a Disabled, 55 year old whose car was destroyed by a tractor trailer. I need to get an apartment of my own and a new small compact car to get to my Disabilities medical care. Thank you & God Bless you. PLEASE SHARE THIS GOFUND ME POST ON FACEBOOK & OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA

https://www.gofundme.com/urgentneedsaw

FYI folks, the part of my GoFundMe regarding also wanting help to get my own apartment since I've never had my own apartment and have rented rooms all my life,

YES I am on the Section 8/Baltimore County Housing Voucher Program but it has a TEN year waiting list.

Baltimore City's Section 8 Housing Voucher Program is CLOSED and NOT accepting applications.

I don't qualify for Senior Housing provided by Associated Catholic Charities and Associated Jewish Charities (you do NOT have to be Catholic or Jewish, but you DO need to be 62 and over and receiving either Social Security or SSI. I am 55 years of age and NOT receiving SSI as I keep getting denied.

There are a handful of units in a few of ACC and AJC for people UNDER 62 years of age with Disabilities if and once you might get SSI BUT they have a 7 year waiting list and you MUST apply through the Section 8 program anyhow, which is CLOSED for Baltimore City (where most of the properties are) and anyhow there is a 7 year waiting list. I will be 62 in 6 years as I turn 56 in June.

Please folks, I see people have been clicking on this thread by the thousands but people are NOT helping. If you go on the forum you will see my THREE interviews with Derek Trucks, my TWO interviews with Gregg Allman, my REVIEW of Gregg's book My cross To Bear, and if you click on my name you will see my many interviews with Doyle Bramhall II, Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa, YES's Jon Anderson, etc, for which I did not get paid (which was NOT a choice I have tried for years to get writing jobs that paid and I got a handful here and there from 1999 to 2003, but then the paid gigs dried up and everytime I have applied for paid writing gigs they are not hiring, only the ones that don't pay have published my work, which for 20 years I did around my full and part time day jobs at medical and real estate & mortgage companies and still was paid so little that I only ever lived in single unfurnished rented rooms. Now my health is so bad with corneal eye ulcers, ocular eye hypertension, bleeding stomach ulcers, anxiety, depression that I must have a real apartment and a car (since my 13 year old car was totalled on 3/16/2017 by a tractor trailer on a parking lot) to get to my many doctors and treatment.

Would people please help out any way they can. Anything is appreciated and helpful and I implore you all. Please.

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  posted on 3/24/2017 at 01:25 PM
Consider my donation payment for the free subscription to the topnotch interviews you post here. About the cost of a year of MOJO. Sorry for your troubles, may you regain some balance, and keep those fantastic interviews coming, they are a bright spot on this site, makes it pretty exclusive.

 

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Thank you Scotty and God Bless You for your kindness so very much. You always are so supportive of my writing which means very much to me. Thank you again and have a blessed weekend. :-)

 

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We have never spoken or crossed paths, Arlene, but being a member on this site says something about you. Donation left, wish it could have been more and I hope your luck turns around.
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Thank you Anthony for your kindness and understanding so much. Have a great weekend and God Bless You. :-)

 

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Hi Arlene, I don't know you but as a big music and Allman Brothers fan I admire your commitment to your music journalism in the face of the challenges in your life. I hope you find peace, security and health and have made a small donation. I hope many others in this great community will do the same. Keep the faith!
 

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FR Betts, from one Dickey Betts fan to another, I thank you for your kindness and support. Have a blessed weekend. :-)

Mscott, your kind and supportive words are comforting and full of hope and I thank you. Thank you also for your support and kind gesture. Have a blessed weekend. :-)

 

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  posted on 3/26/2017 at 12:53 PM
Arlene, can you contact your local newspaper and/or tv news possibly to have someone do a story on you and your situation and promote your GO FUND ME? My sis in law had an expensive medical emergency for her son (not covered under our single payer health insurance in Canada) and she went to the CBC and they did a story which included info on her GO FUND ME. The family got a lot of donations subsequent to the publication.

 

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Arlene, can you contact your local newspaper and/or tv news possibly to have someone do a story on you and your situation and promote your GO FUND ME? My sis in law had an expensive medical emergency for her son (not covered under our single payer health insurance in Canada) and she went to the CBC and they did a story which included info on her GO FUND ME. The family got a lot of donations subsequent to the publication.


Hi Lady Mule. I already have emailed and called all 4 of my local news stations repeatedly and none have even answered me. I will email them again on Monday. WJZ, WMAR, WBAL and WBFF all in Baltimore to no avail at several email addresses including the newsroom and I have called. But again this is the town that raised over $100,000 for Toya Graham the "hero" mom (sarcasm) whose act of heroism was her slapping her criminal son who was participated in the Baltimore riots April 2015 and after putting her all over the local news, she appeared on the Today Show, A Current Affair, and Oprah who gifted her with another $30,000, and then Graham set up a SECOND GoFundMe this year and raised ANOTHER $80,000 for her and her 6 kids. The woman is a convicted felon and recovering addict but that' what is considered worthy of helping in this town.

Don't know if you were aware that in July 2016, historic Ellicott City, Maryland suffered a catastrophic flood that killed 2 people and destroyed the homes, cars, belongings, pets and businesses of all the shop owners that lived there over top of their own shops and restaurants there, yet they got next to nothing on their GoFundMe's, but people keep on giving hundreds of thousands of dollars for TWO GoFundMe's to Toya Graham. Celebrity and notoriety are all that count in Baltimore.

 

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  posted on 3/26/2017 at 04:59 PM
Here's another thought: how about showing up in person to all these media outlets and insisting on speaking personally with the decision making people either by making an appointment or talking to someone right there and then. It's harder to say no to a person face to face. Easy to ignore emails and calls.

Also, go to local newspapers too.

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Here's another thought: how about showing up in person to all these media outlets and insisting on speaking personally with the decision making people either by making an appointment or talking to someone right there and then. It's harder to say no to a person face to face. Easy to ignore emails and calls.

Also, go to local newspapers too.

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Not a good idea to show up in person, they only do things through appointments and have security to make sure people don't just show up because I've seen people do that on the news. When I call they won't put me through to the news desk and give me interns or receptionists who drop the call, stick me on hold, won't listen to my story, etc. Very upsetting & frustrating. I will try emailing again. I just don't know what else to do.

I did just RE-Email the same local news stations and I also took your advice and emailed several local newspapers and magazines. People please pray for me and I mean that with all of my heart. Pray for me. :-(

 

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Here's another thought: how about showing up in person to all these media outlets and insisting on speaking personally with the decision making people either by making an appointment or talking to someone right there and then. It's harder to say no to a person face to face. Easy to ignore emails and calls.

Also, go to local newspapers too.

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Not a good idea to show up in person, they only do things through appointments and have security to make sure people don't just show up because I've seen people do that on the news. When I call they won't put me through to the news desk and give me interns or receptionists who drop the call, stick me on hold, won't listen to my story, etc. Very upsetting & frustrating. I will try emailing again. I just don't know what else to do.

I did just RE-Email the same local news stations and I also took your advice and emailed several local newspapers and magazines. People please pray for me and I mean that with all of my heart. Pray for me. :-(


Oh, good to hear you're following up with local newspapers and magazines. Please consider showing up in person to those print locations if need be. Wishing you the best.

 

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First off Baltimore is not a good place to be. They have a HUGE population with a heroin problem, they do not have many jobs, housing is not very affordable. If you can relocate to someplace more laid back that would probably help. Consider a small, reliable used car, as long as it gets you from point A to point B, that is what you need. If you can go to a place with a good mass transit system that might help also. I understand the housing problems, you need to be in a town where there is affordable housing, even if it is a rental/trailer. Everyplace has doctors, that should not be a barrier to you relocating. I would also recommend churches for food pantries. If you don't have a list, social services can give you a list of pantries, or you can look online to get addresses, then call them and find out specifics. Once you get to someplace else, see if you can work remotely from home someplace, you may have to look for awhile; but be open to taking some part time work or seasonal work if it is there. Don't get discouraged, because God is always with you. He amazes me all the time, even though things are not very good with me either. (housing and finance wise). I just refuse to accept defeat. Challenges help you grow spiritually, and like the man said "Let Your Soul Shine".

 

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  posted on 3/28/2017 at 02:52 PM
Have very frequently used food and toiletry pantries at churches and charities but this crisis is like a mountain, the one Gregg sang of in Dreams.

Went up on the mountain,
To see what I could see,
The whole world was fallin',
right down in front of me

'Cause I'm hung up on dreams I'll never see, yeah Baby.
Ahh help me baby, or this will surely be the end of me, yeah.

Please folks I IMPLORE you, whatever you can spare will help and I deeply appreciate. Thank you.

 

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No car insurance paid after your accident? Not sure on various US laws but illegal to drive in Canada with no insurance. A transport company would definitely have insurance so they should be covering your loss unless there is something that I am missing in the story.

Trying to raise $60000? I wish you all the luck in the world but that seems like quite a lofty fund raiser online.

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No car insurance paid after your accident? Not sure on various US laws but illegal to drive in Canada with no insurance. A transport company would definitely have insurance so they should be covering your loss unless there is something that I am missing in the story.

Trying to raise $60000? I wish you all the luck in the world but that seems like quite a lofty fund raiser online.

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Yes the tractor trailer driver has commercial insurance for the parent company of the truck he was driving.....BUT!!!!!....I live in the USA, Maryland to be specific. I already consulted with at least a dozen attorneys. Maryland is very strict legally in that if you are NOT PHYSICALLY INJURED from an accident where someone else at fault hits you (the tractor trailer hit and crushed my parked locked car on a shopping center parking lot...BUT I was NOT in the vehicle, so I was NOT INJURED. I was on the parking lot and WITNESSED the accident and screamed for the truck driver to stop as he tried to do a hit and run and tried to drive off of the parking lot).

Anyhow...in Maryland if you are NOT PHYSICALLY INJURED which I was NOT, then you cannot sue and have no legal recourse through accident attorneys because you are NOT physically injured. Even emotional pain and suffering must be as the DIRECT RESULT from PHYSICAL INJURY. IF you are NOT physically injured then all you get is the payout of the value of your vehicle less how many years old it is and what kind of make, model it is, and what kind of shape it is in. I had a 13 year old economy car Sentra that was fairly banged up BEFORE the accident. Your own car insurance pays you what they say it is worth, MINUS your deductible, which is next to nothing and THEN your insurance does what's called a legal subrogation to get your deductible back from the other responsible party's insurance (in this case the commercial company that owned the tractor trailer truck that the driver was driving for.)

P.S. Since this is the internet information age, I googled car accident attorneys who represent clients/car accident victims with NO Personal/physical injury and the only state where attorneys who do this that came up is TEXAS...which has different laws. In TEXAS, even if you are NOT PHYSICALLY INJURED, you CAN sue for Emotional Pain and suffering and attorneys take a hard line on this in Texas and can recover money in a lawsuit for you but NOT in Maryland.

I EMAILED an Attorney I found in Texas and asked for his advice etc, and he also Reiterated all of this and said that because I live in Maryland I am SOL/screwed. The only alternative is to sue at my OWN expense in small claims court which is NOT viable for this as you can only sue for damages up to $5,000 and you spend your OWN money, UP FRONT for all attorney and legal costs and court costs and filing fees and then even if you win you have to pay for a judgement attorney to file a judgement and there is no guarantee that you will be able to collect any money from the other party even if you win. Whereas when you can sue via a personal injury accident attorney you pay NO FEES whatsoever unless you win.

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Sorry to hear as that just sucks. Without cash for the lawyer, I guess your options are limited legally.

 

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Folks, sorry to ask, but if you have been enjoying my interviews with Gregg Allman and Derek Trucks or my book review of Gregg's "My Cross To Bear" or all of my other interviews with many artists including Buddy Guy, Doyle Bramhall II, Bo Diddley, Jorma Kaukonen, Lynyrd Skynyrd's Gary Rossington, Joe Bonamossa & Black Country Communion, The Kinks' Dave Davies, The Marshall Tucker Band's Doug Gray, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Lloyd Maines, YES's Jon Anderson, Bryan Adams, I have posted most on the ABB forum, PLEASE HELP ME out here as best as you can.

Anything will help towards a new car ..all I need is another little economy carwith a trunk that gets me to my weekly many regular doctors for my pre-existing disabilities and medical care. I don't need anything fancy, nothing expensive, just another Nissan Sentra like I had that was totalled. or maybe a Hyundai Accent or Nissan Versa something along those lines that also gets affordable gas mileage and will take me to my doctor appointments, medical procedures, to fill my many regular prescriptions, the grocery store, etc. Thank you all for your support and kindness. :-)

 

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Arlene, are you involved with your local music scene and know the local musicians in your city? If so, maybe you could talk with some local musician friends and ask if they could organize a musical fundraiser for you. My experience is that most local musicians are willing to step up and play for free for a good cause when asked.

 

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No, only national. A few local musicians who know me from many years ago when I used to review local bands in a free newspaper have pitched in to the GoFundMe and I have thanked them. By the way I have put notes up on my facebook Journalism page appealing to many of the national artists that I have interviewed and reviewed some many times over the years which helped their films, CD's, music, books, photos and helped them to earn a living but not a single one has helped.

 

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FYI folks, the part of my GoFundMe regarding also wanting help to get my own apartment since I've never had my own apartment and have rented rooms all my life,

YES I am on the Section 8/Baltimore County Housing Voucher Program but it has a TEN year waiting list.

Baltimore City's Section 8 Housing Voucher Program is CLOSED and NOT accepting applications.

I don't qualify for Senior Housing provided by Associated Catholic Charities and Associated Jewish Charities (you do NOT have to be Catholic or Jewish, but you DO need to be 62 and over and receiving either Social Security or SSI. I am 55 years of age and NOT receiving SSI as I keep getting denied.

There are a handful of units in a few of ACC and AJC for people UNDER 62 years of age with Disabilities if and once you might get SSI BUT they have a 7 year waiting list and you MUST apply through the Section 8 program anyhow, which is CLOSED for Baltimore City (where most of the properties are) and anyhow there is a 7 year waiting list. I will be 62 in 6 years as I turn 56 in June.

Please folks, I see people have been clicking on this thread by the thousands but people are NOT helping. If you go on the forum you will see my THREE interviews with Derek Trucks, my TWO interviews with Gregg Allman, my REVIEW of Gregg's book My cross To Bear, and if you click on my name you will see my many interviews with Doyle Bramhall II, Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa, YES's Jon Anderson, etc, for which I did not get paid (which was NOT a choice I have tried for years to get writing jobs that paid and I got a handful here and there from 1999 to 2003, but then the paid gigs dried up and everytime I have applied for paid writing gigs they are not hiring, only the ones that don't pay have published my work, which for 20 years I did around my full and part time day jobs at medical and real estate & mortgage companies and still was paid so little that I only ever lived in single unfurnished rented rooms. Now my health is so bad with corneal eye ulcers, ocular eye hypertension, bleeding stomach ulcers, anxiety, depression that I must have a real apartment and a car (since my 13 year old car was totalled on 3/16/2017 by a tractor trailer on a parking lot) to get to my many doctors and treatment.

Would people please help out any way they can. Anything is appreciated and helpful and I implore you all. Please.



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Yes for sure, awesome interviews. Put em in an e-book and get the stack out there Arlene!

 

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Thank you Scott you are always so supportive of my writing. :-)

Everybody, MANY of my interviews are re-posted on the ABB Forum under my name. If you like and appreciate my work (for which I do NOT get paid), then PLEASE HELP me and donate something to help me out here. THIS is WHY I am in this position in the first place, if people would have paid for my work in the first place I would not be in this crisis situation. It seems that the publishers, editors AND READERS, want to read content that they don't pay the writers for and so I have NOT been able to earn a living. I'm distraught, scared and don't know what to do.

PLEASE HELP and donate whatever you can to help me out here. Thank you.

https://www.gofundme.com/car-4-medical-appts-necessary-needs




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https://www.gofundme.com/car-4-medical-appts-necessary-needs


Brothers and Sisters, if you are able, please consider making a contribution. It will make a positive difference in a fellow sister's life. Please consider helping Arlene.



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