Jacob sent me a couple of pictures from Sudan – he’s there because of the independence vote taking place this week. Mr. Clooney specified the photo could only be used in relation to Wadeng Wings of Hope, Jacob’s non-profit foundation. It’s a strange situation because Wadeng is receiving 40% of online sales of the book, in addition to sharing my royalties, but Red Deer Press would not be considered a non-profit agency. Hmmm… We’ve always joked about the book going to “Hollywood”, so this is really funny. Mr. Clooney is in Southern Sudan as part of a team that has installed a satellite surveillance system to guard against any improprieties in the independence vote this week. I read today that 60% of the population of Southern Sudan has to vote in order for the vote to stand; hope that happens! I know the people have been pouring into Juba by the thousands. I’m pretty sure “impossible”, as a word, doesn’t exist in Jacob’s vocabulary, which is part of the reason he’s the strong person he is today. Wonder if he enlisted Clooney’s help for Wadeng Wings of Hope while chatting with him today? I was speculating that I’m probably about the age Jacob’s mother would be if she was still alive – I’m so proud of him, not only as a friend, but in a maternal way, too. Hope she’s able to see her little Jacob now. as he works to make his dream school come true!