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Post by Art Bell » 04-24-2006 05:01 AM

From the High desert......

My last week in the U.S. for a while! I
wanted a word with those on this forum
who have been so good to me all these years. In all those years I have been a Broadcaster I have told my listeners the truth, because when you do a four or five hour Talk Show if you do that, you never have to remember your lies.

As most of you know I lost my dear Wife of almost 16 Years on Jan 5. Shortly after
that almost like a Miracle I began hearing from a dear young lady in the Philippines named Airyn, only much later did I find out that my friend Carl Richardson had asked her to write to me because I was in such grief. I only now mention his name because I see he has posted on this forum.

We fell in love after hundreds of hours of video exchanges. I was of course very lonely and very much in need of love and human contact. Even then I could not be sure until I met this wonderful young Woman and so I went to the Philippines and what I had hoped was true, indeed was. It was a easy choice for me. I am now 60 years old,
I could spend my remaining years alone
in a house with haunting memories or choose life and a Woman who loves me. Despite what the critics would have you think, that is not a hard choice. Ramona
would NEVER have wished me to live out the remaining years of my life alone.

I believe those critics of my choice would only be happy if I was unhappy
and alone. That is not the path I have chosen. I am told that many Men who come from happy marriages re-marry
quickly. I understand the reason, it is
not as many suspect, it is companionship, love and all the things that were just lost. Yes, Airyn is young but she is from a culture where such
Marriages are common, in addition I did not choose her age, she chose me with no undrstanding of who I was until about two weeks before I went to meet her.

So, even with the understanding that many would judge me harshly for telling the truth, I decided that the truth has been my friend all these years and there was no reason to change.

Life is short. I am a risk taker and have taken many in my life. Marriage is always a risk and perhaps one might observe this has a greater risk, you might be right, only time will tell. I am
betting the remaining years of my life will be very happy. If the only way I can
honor the memory of Ramona is to remain alone and unhappy then something is very wrong with the world, and those who say it must be so.

To those who understand, I thank you. To those who do not, I hope you never face such a choice. My only advice to you all is is short.

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Post by Joolz » 04-24-2006 05:18 AM

Thank you, Art.
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Post by Starbuck » 04-24-2006 05:24 AM

Art, I understand and I'm very happy for you. It is hard to believe that some people could not be happy for you, but there are all kinds of people. I hope that you and Airyn live a happy life in the Philippines. Get well soon, you have by best wishes.
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Post by SETIsLady » 04-24-2006 05:48 AM

Thanks Art, and I wish you peace & happiness in this journey of your life. Have a safe trip to Philippines.

My husband and I will be patiently awaiting your return to the airwaves again :)
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Post by Waverider » 04-24-2006 06:04 AM

Be well, be happy, be in love.

Thank you Art'...
...and God Speed'.

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Post by Iris » 04-24-2006 06:13 AM

Thank you so much for posting to us, and for your open honesty with us all these years, Art. I completely identify and agree with your reasoning on that.

I'm looking forward to your broadcasts from your new home. That should be exciting, as you'll be bringing yet another dimension to an already great program. I hope it goes smoothly with transmitting the show from there to here. Of course, I'm looking forward to your returning to the States, too.

Best wishes for lasting happiness and many blessings as you and Airyn start your new life together.
We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. B. Franklin

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Post by Spencer » 04-24-2006 06:15 AM

Yeah Scott, it got deleted. Not the time or place. Send an e-mail.

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Post by SetiCruncher » 04-24-2006 06:28 AM

Although I don't agree with the choice you've made Art, it is your life and you have the right to live it as you see fit.

I wish you all the best and Thank You for what was, a great ride.
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Post by Starboard » 04-24-2006 06:45 AM

Best of wishes to you, Art. Thank you. I do hope to hear from you again very soon.:)

And, having just read your other post, I wish you a speedy recovery from your illness.
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Post by MAD » 04-24-2006 07:32 AM


Those who succeeded always took paths,
that looked very difficult to travel

Take any great success and after
reading their story, you may wonder,how they came out alive from the ordeal!

They not only came out alive but also got
great success. Have faith, total
unflinching faith and walk on.

You will surely reach the destination
one day!

~~Stormy seas or calm, we are still here!~~~

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle." ~ Albert Einstein ~

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Post by Waverider » 04-24-2006 07:51 AM

This thread isn't about you, Spencer, aka' whatever...
Got lost kid' and don't play it again.

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Post by Shirleypal » 04-24-2006 08:27 AM

Thanks so much Art, your fans do not need an explanation. Wish you all the best.

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Post by Cpt Spike Mike » 04-24-2006 08:36 AM

I believe and support you Art, as many here do. And yes, I believe you loved Ramona very much in the last fifteen years. And however sad it may be, she is gone and you must continue. So plow the new row in your field of life, my friend. :)

And I'm also a firm believer that you can't choose who you fall in love with, or who falls in love with you. You're right, Art. Life is too short to not discover true love.

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Post by cherry » 04-24-2006 08:43 AM

Originally posted by Cpt Spike Mike
I'm also a firm believer that you can't choose
who you fall in love with, or who falls in love with you.

Well said, Spike!

There is enough love to go around for everybody.

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Post by Lockhart77 » 04-24-2006 09:07 AM

Thanks Art, have a safe trip :)
"there are moments when, even to the sober eye of reason, the world of our sad humanity may assume the semblance of a Hell"
Edgar Allen Poe


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