Archive for March, 2010

Kindle 4 Ellie Update.
March 30, 2010


As I’m new to Paypal, I had no idea what to expect. I figured it would be a cinch.

However, I’ve been waiting on 1 Kindle donation verification since March 23rd. Paypal was supposed to clear the funds in 3-5 days, not counting weekends. As I write this, Paypal still hasn’t processed the funds, although the donor bank has. Today’s day 5 and the transaction is still pending.

Then, I did some research this afternoon, and to my dismay, learned that the Paypal virtual debit card was discontinued. This is important because, as I also found out, then I can’t use Paypal on — unless I apply for a Paypal debit card, which could take over 1 week. 

Enough is enough!

This afternoon, I transferred the donations into an account I especially created for charitable donations and the Kindle will be purchased that way. Of course, Paypal says it’s going to take — you guessed it — another 3-5 days.

However, that’ll be the end of the Paypal hold-up, finally. And, next time, I’ll know what to expect. 

On the upside, has Kindle gift-cards. Ellie received $40.00 in book donations, which means she can start off her Kindle with 4 books. The gift-card is emailable to her mom, Amy Potvin, so no hold-up there.

I know you’re probably as anxious as I am that Ellie get her Kindle. Now that you’re up to speed, I thank you for your patience. I’ll continue to update, but it looks like smooth sailing from here on in. The next big news will be that of the Kindle on its way to Ellie.

To accompany the Kindle, I’ll be mailing a card signed with the names of all the donors. (I’ll take a photograph and post it for everyone.) I know she loves pink and pigs, so I’ll find a card that fits. I’ll fill the envelope with confetti, to add some extra fun.

Again, thank you for your patience and for your kind-hearted donations. I know everyone has bills, children, expenses. Thank you for your generosity.

As always, Ellie and the Potvins could use your good thoughts and prayers.  

Emily Murdoch

UPDATE:  Ellie’s Kindle Is On Its Way!

Kindle 4 Ellie Official Donation Page!
March 15, 2010

Ellie Potvin is receiving chemotherapy for relapsed Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare pediatric cancer.

You can read about the Potvin family’s journey, here: 

 CaringBridge / Ellie Potvin / Journal

Thank you to the big-hearted and generous people donating to the Kindle 4 Ellie Drive!

As of March 16th, our goal has been reached! Check back for a wrap-up post when Ellie’s Kindle is on its way!

A Kindle reading device will give Ellie sterile access to a vast array of children’s books.

Stories possess magic strong enough to melt the walls of our surroundings and transport us to new worlds. So your gift for Ellie is not only powerful, but magical.

Thank you for helping to change a hospital room into a magical place through stories.

Thank you for making the world a brighter place through your caring and generosity. 

People can donate for Ellie’s Kindle at Paypal(dot)com to the email address: Kindle4Ellie(at)aol(dot)com.


T.T.         3.99

E.M.     25.00

H.T      25.00

S.P.         2.00

M.B.    10.00 GBP  (14.65 U.S. dollars)

C.W.    10.00

S.M.       5.00

E.C.        1.oo

E.T.        5.94

M.A.     10.00

L.N.        5.00  

K.R.      The remainder needed! Ellie will be getting her Kindle!

E.M.     covering shipping and handling.

TOTAL: as of the evening of 3/16/10    —     $259.00!!

GOAL: REACHED! $259.oo plus s&h!

At the end of the fundraiser, I’ll also donate $30.00 more for books (3 children’s books) to start off the Kindle.

The original blog post that started it all?

A Kindle For Ellie Potvin:  

As always, the Potvin family could use your thoughts and prayers. They appreciate every one.

Questions? Please email me: EMurdoch(at)wildblue(dot)net

 UPDATE:  Ellie’s Kindle Is On Its Way!

Photographs by Amy Potvin.


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

~Margaret Mead 

Slow Down, You’re Moving Too Fast …
March 11, 2010

I haven’t had the chance to post as much the last few months. Life has been so busy, the kind of busy where the days fly by in a blur, and sometimes I’m not sure — is it Tuesday or Wednesday? Forget about asking me the date!

I remember as a child how long the days seemed — how waiting for Christmas or a birthday or some exciting event could cause a three week wait to feel like three years.

What happened?

According to physics, as we get older, we slow down, which gives us the illusion of time speeding up. This phenomenon can be worrisome at times, as I feel myself hurtling through the years at warp speed while I worry if there will be enough time to get everything done.

Sometimes a person has to put forth the extra effort to slow down, to stop and smell the flowers, to let the less important things wait, for now, and get back to being a human BEing, not a human DOing.

There will always be things waiting: chores, jobs, worries, in a neverending loop. At times we need to slow down, open our eyes, and enjoy the view.

Because, in a blink, everything could change. As a matter of fact, it’s the very definition of life: change.

It’s one reason I love photography. Not only can moments  be captured permanently, but a photo gives the illusion of time standing still — of moments not lost, but preserved in twinkles — like fireflies on a moist summer’s night. Photographs are the fireflies of life.

What do you remember, when you think back to childhood? Often it’s not the things you think you’d remember. More often it’s the little moments, like your sister’s laughter, a beloved dog’s antics, a horse’s special nicker, your grandmother’s sunny smile … 

It’s the “little” things that dog-ear the pages of our lives. And when we’re spinning through our days like whirling dervishes, often it’s the little things that are sacrificed.

Time was vast when we were children because we were geniuses at slowing down and cherishing the little things. It can be difficult as adults. Here, there are floors to mop and dishes to put away … horses to muck and feed … antibiotics to coax into a grumpy gelding and a temperature to be taken … wet hay to rake up before the next monsoon storm …

… with everything taking longer in the mud and rain. Later, I have rescue dog kennels to clean, laundry to do, edits on my newest manuscript, mud to sweep off the porch, dog feeding, me feeding.

However, for at least an hour each day, I commit to revisiting my childhood wisdom and slowing down.

Today I’ll watch the storm clouds erase  the mountains, and think. Shut my novel’s file and tuck the laptop away. I’ll slip Yo Yo Ma’s Vivaldi’s Cello into the cd player and drift away on the soothing notes, while scratching a dog named Christmas with my foot and marvelling at how the rain comes down sideways.

Tomorrow is another day.

Like the mountains, the dogs, the horses, the weather, the children know:

Just breathe.

Just be.

 Photographs by Emily Murdoch.

(Place your cursor over the photographs for captions.)