Daniel Smith | January Update

Jan. 2019

DANIEL IS FREE AND HE ENJOYS BIRDS CHIRPING, FRESH AIR, AND CELEBRATING HIS JOYFUL MUSIC.

Daniel just wrote to me:  I'm FREE. The ankle bracelet is removed. Now I only deal with my Probation Officer.

DANIEL'S HAPPY NEW YEAR HEART MESSAGE FOR YOU FOLKS

Dear Friends & Family,

     I can't begin to adequately express how it felt to be HOME this Christmas, instead of talking to loved ones from a prison phone for 15-minutes @ $3.21 a call.  And I can't begin to tell you what it feels like to be starting out this new year a free man!

     During my time in prison, however, I learned that freedom is really just a state of mind.  I've probably shared already how, from time to time, I would look up at my surroundings and catch myself saying, "Oh yeah ... I'm in prison", as if it had slipped my mind.

     That's because, over time, I came to accept the whole ordeal as a gift -- the fulfillment of a long-desired (and much needed) retreat.  Where else can you find the time to sit and read 150 books you always wanted to read?  (Special thanks to those of you who sent them!)

     Want to know what books I read?  Or what my favorite one was, and why?  Want to hear more than just the "CliffsNotes" of this whole experience?

     Well, for good or bad, I've decided to share my story in a forthcoming book.  I admit, it's a bit presumptuous to think anyone would want to read it, but many of you expressed an interest and so it is time.  This will not be a typical, run-of-the-mill, self-aggrandizing memoir though, I hope.  We all know there are too many books in the world not worth the time to read, let alone write them.

     But what excites me the most about this project is that it's my gift to all of you who supported me over the years.  Its a labor of love and its free.  I've been wondering for months what I could do to give back to everyone who offered their love, prayer, and support along the way so the blessing doesn't just stop with me.  Writing our story and presenting it as a gift is really only the tiniest way to say thank you and to acknowledge that the journey was never mine alone, but yours also, who walked beside me all this way.  It's your story as much as it is mine.

     To ensure you receive your copy, please make sure you're subscribed to my Dad's newsletter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  That way he or I can let you know when its available and how to get it.  I promise not to litter your inbox and, of course, you can unsubscribe at any time.

     This will also help us stay in touch, as this will be the last update to go out via the Genesis II email list.  To Jim Humble and Mark Grenon and family, I send my warmest thanks for having been so gracious to share my updates over the last five years.  It's time we quit co-opting your list ... you have your own important things to share with the world. Please note Jim & Mark are our dear friends and have helped us over all these years by sending my Updates to their email supporters. We are now going to send our updates ONLY to my Dad's list at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. So please be certain you're on Dad's list.

     So, please, I really want to stay in touch with every one of you.  If you're signed up to receive the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. newsletter, I will be able to share new music and projects with you and let you know when the book is ready.  But please also feel free to write me personally at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  In a previous update I forgot the "2018" in the address so I'm afraid I might not have received some of your emails (please resend).  Oh yeah, and feel free to write and ask for my messenger ID or telephone number if you'd prefer to communicate that way.

     I have one more surprise.  Sometime in the next few weeks I will be randomly selecting one subscriber from the StandByDaniel.com email list to receive the one and only actual hard copy -- torn pages and all -- of my single most favorite book that I read over and over to myself and others while in prison.  Its about a two-hour read and worth every minute!  Yeah, I know, it's kind of a weird giveaway, but its all I have and, to me, it's worth a lot!  At least the winner will be able to say one of the books on their bookshelf went to federal prison and came out inked and alive!  =)

     So, I'll be announcing in the next StandByDaniel.com newsletter who the winner is, as well as the title, and sharing how it came into my life, and why I believe its one of the most important books of all-time for every child and adult.   You'll never guess it, so don't even try.  =)  Be sure to subscribe to the newsletter for your chance to be the new owner of this one-of-a-kind "tattered tome" and hear the cool story behind it.  I think you'll enjoy it.

     With that, I send you all my love and gratitude for standing by me all these years ... and for taking this amazing journey with me.  I hope you will all stay in touch!

With Love, Light, Laughter & Limitlessness!
Daniel Smith

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Brief Comments from Dad

(1) Finances have made quite an improvement thanks to those of you who dug deeply in November and December. Daniel nearly got caught up. The only glitch is he still hasn't received his first pay checks as of today. Once the paychecks arrive he'll have most of the family's needs met. Still a little less than truly needed but hopefully his new Tec-employment income will steadily increase.

(2) The GoFundMe site, designed for those who are unfamiliar with his story, also received some appreciated donations over the holidays. Thank you for those of you who  sent the link to family & friends.

The GoFundMe link is:
http://gofundme.com/dad-deserves-a-fresh-new-start

We all can rejoice that Daniel now has a job and is knit tightly with his family again.  A fresh new life has come in all its splendor.  Your sacrificial love has been like a box of presents every step of the way. We pray that your New Year will be your best ever...as it will be for Daniel and his family.

If you can help Daniel at this crucial time...until his paychecks come and he can fully meet his and his family's needs please consider doing so. I thank you for all your loving support throughout these years.

Any assistance can best be sent through PayPal’s Send Money. When PayPal asks for the email to which your donation is to be sent, simply type (copy & paste does not work). Please either type:

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or
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Some find it even simpler to just click the PayPal logo below:
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If you prefer to send your donation conventionally: USPS, UPS, FedEx, etc. please send it to:

Larry Smith 9208 NE Highway 99, Suite 107-165 Vancouver, WA 98665-8986.
(This "suite" is simply a type of a post office box - with a street address.)

Please Note: It is still not possible for Daniel to have his own bank account while in custody at his house ~ that’s why, I his father, receive it for him. To be deposited for Daniel’s and his family’s use it needs to be made out to Larry Smith.

Most Thankfully
Larry Smith
Daniel’s Father

PS: RE:  Future Daniel Smith Updates ~ I’ll continue to send Updates to you regularly  (health allowing)  as we know you folks love Daniel and want to be kept informed.