The last time I saw the D.L. he was rolling around Washington in a spanking new Bentley. I had not seen him for several decades, when I was in India. The old boy looks good for his age.
It was back in the 1950s that I bought an ancient Tibetan Buddhist Robe, from a Lama. It is golden yellow silk, and has large fiqures worked into it with threads of gold and silver. The old lama who sold it, said that it had been a ceremonial robe for the 8th Pachen Lama? ( I cannot recall.) In the 1960s, I decided that it was taking up too much wall space, as I had hung it to better enjoy the delicate work. I went to Washington to the "Freer Art Gallery," to ask them how old it really was. They, after examining it for days, were unable to date it. They did ask me if I would like to donate it to them. As it had not come free to me, I asked them what they were willing to pay. I was paid with a look I still recall and an offer of a bronze piece to read," from the collection of George---. I mentioned that I still have it, and from them, I know that it is museum quality.
I have a goal to help raise funds for Focus Adolescent Services, www.focusas.com They, after fifteen years, have become the Worlds Largest Clearinghouse of Information and Resources for parents and professionals dealing with, "troubled teens." They do their work for Free. I am told, sadly, that they receive over two million visitors a Month, their councilors take thousands of telephone calls and emails.
Following Katrina, and seeing the way our money was spent, or better, not spent by "The Big Three," I dedicated a year to find groups that really do what they say they are doing. I located six who do not depend on government funding and who work to help Americans. These are organizations who I feel bear the major work load and actually do some good without wanting any great recognition for their good deeds.
Focusas.com told me that as of the first of the year they have received $30.00 in gifts. The Director reluctantly told me that most of their councilors are working for free. Another thing that I found of interest is their demographics. We have been educated to believe that the problems are with the so called, "inner-city," youth. They tell me that their calls come from what we use to call our, "middle-class," and, "upper-class." The problems of the inner-city can not be solved by tossing Billions at it. I feel that it would best be addressed by an ethnologist or sociologist.
The bottom line here folks is that I want to sell the robe and give the money to them. I do not know how best to go about it. Richard Gere where are you? Mr Dalai Lama, why don't you respond to my emails and letters? If any body can help me and help focusas please do. A portion of money received will go to those working within Tibet for Freedom.