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March 18, 2001

Hello! my dear dear friends! It has been a long time since I have been directly in touch with many of you, and, in the cases of some of you, we have never met, nor, have we ever corresponded. In either case, however, the result has been the same. I have received a tremendous lot of support, both moral, and otherwise from each and every one of you. It is for that reason, and because so many of you have expressed an interest in what has been happening to me over the past few months, I will try with this letter to update everyone on the progress of my health and of my career. I would first like to thank all of you for your interest, your support, and your good wishes during these last two to three years. It is very humbling to realize that so many people care about one personally. I have read each and every message that has come to my personal email address over the past five months or so. Some letters, which were sent to someone else to be read to me, have also been forwarded to me. In each and every case, the genuine love and kindness that you all tried so sincerely to convey was not lost on me! I wish, here and now, to express my deepest gratitude for those good feelings so clearly apparent in your correspondence. Like good memories, they are treasures to be saved in the mind and heart forever to give aid and comfort during the bad times, and to increase the joy and fulfillment to be had during the good times. Well, on with the show!

I have been feeling much better generally during this year then I did last year. Please believe me when I tell you that in that one simple sentence I said a great deal. As, I'm sure, most of you know, I do not have cancer. Instead I have been told that I have Pancreatitis, an illness which does not kill in and of itself as Cancer does. I've put on a little weight which for me was and still is an absolute necessity. It seems so strange that while so many people are trying so hard to get rid of the pounds, I'm having all I can do to put on weight. (grin) I'm much happier with the medical care that I have been getting more recently. My doctor is a very beautiful person and we have become friends in a very short time.

As for my career, I must say that it has taken many amazing turns, nearly all of them for the better. Before I forget, let me mention some of the things I plan to be doing during the next little while. I guess that by the time this letter is finished, I will have played in Sebastapol on St. Patrick's day. Next month I'll be at Clarion Music on the 6th, in Berkeley on the seventh, (Sorry but I don't know how to spell the name of the venue, (grin) possible some dates in the northwest, and some other things are planned for May and later. These shows, along with radio and newspaper interviews I have either just done, or am about to do, will, we hope, help a great deal to spread our message around. I'll be giving a Throat Singing workshop at Clarion on the 22nd of April. For more complete information, please check out the 'Upcoming Shows' section of this website.

Well, that is about all I have to say for now, except to assure you all, once again, of my undying thanks for all you've done. There are many whose names should appear, on a list, if I were making such a list so I just hope that all of you know that you are included in my thought and sincere good wishes! Now that I can email, I will really make an effort to be more communicative. I have more good things to say these days, and I know better how to say them. For now, though, I want to wish each of you a very happy and prosperous year of 2001. May you all receive all the joy and fulfillment that you deserve in return for all you have done for, and meant to me! I'm looking forward to seeing many of you at the places I shall be playing. If you do attend one of my performances, and, if it is reasonably possible, come up and say "Hello!" I can't guarantee that I will always remember your names but a little reminder should suffice. take care of yourselves because this world is in great need of such people as you are. Wishing you all a happy year and love-filled lives, I am Very truly yours,

Paul Pena AKA.
"Cher Shimjer."
That is "Earthquake in the Tuvan language.


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