A Big Scare: Paul Hospitalized but Doing Well

Dear Friends and Fellow Advocates,

I’m sorry to tell you all that Paul had a stroke on Wednesday afternoon and, as you might expect, our advocacy work, including this blog, has come to a halt. For now. Though it was a serious stroke and gave us a big scare, Paul is much better already and is expected to make a full recovery over time. We were able to rush him to the hospital and get him the stroke drug within an hour. He was then airlifted to Albuquerque and had a successful procedure to remove the clot on Wednesday evening.

His older son Josh and I spent the day with him at the hospital yesterday and he’s already made great improvements! He’s asking for his laptop so he can communicate directly with friends and return to his blog-writing soon. It will take some time for him to fully recuperate, and I am going to do my best to try to get him to slow down from his usual pace, but it won’t be easy!

I’m publishing this post today so that the reason for the pause in our work is clear. And luckily it will be just that – a pause, not an ending. We feel blessed and immensely grateful that Paul is doing so well. Whew!

I want to tell you how much we appreciate the enthusiasm and commitment of all of you who dedicate your time and energy to protecting and uplifting the people, the communities, and the environment of our beautiful state. We look forward to continuing to inform, engage, and collaborate with all of you for many years into the future. There is still so much work to do, and when we all join together in our commitment to social, racial, economic, and environmental justice, our accomplishments can be transformational.

I encourage you to send your comments and well-wishes to Paul by responding to this post below. He loves to hear from you!

In gratitude, solidarity, and hope,


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108 replies

  1. Paul! Take a good, deep break. You deserve it.
    We wish you good, thorough recovery.

  2. Get well soon Paul! Sorry you’ve had this experience.

  3. Paul: your work has been a beacon of light and a call to action for me in dark times. Your impact on our state, and on the state of our humanity, is immense. Please take your time to heal fully. Kindest wishes, Margaret

  4. Keeping the best thoughts for Paul, you, and all who love you.

  5. Oh my gosh that must have been quite a scare. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Take care.

  6. Sending healing thoughts! So very glad to hear Paul is on the mend. Take care of each other and hugs all around.

  7. Hi Paul. So sorry to hear this news. I pray for your continued recovery and pathway back to a healthy place.

  8. Sending so much love from Maine. Fred and I went through this in Albuquerque. You can do it!

  9. Oh Roxanne, best wishes for Paul’s speedy recovery and support for you. Thank you for all you do!

  10. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

  11. Get well soon Paul, Karen Whitlock

  12. The blessed wonders of modern medicine. So glad you are OK. Scary stuff. Take good care of yourself and each other. Your neighbors Nancy and Tom

    • Paul
      So sorry to hear this news but so happy you are recovering quickly. We all need your continued inspiration and leadership skills to continue fighting the “good fights” for all New Mexicans.
      Take care of yourself and take it slow.
      All the best

  13. I’ll miss the blog; come back soon… good luck, Lucy

  14. One can only do so much. Your work has been invaluable. May you return to it at a more sustainable pace.
    Be Well, Paul.

  15. Paul, a shout -out from northern CA. your research, writing, and clarity of expression and purpose are remarkable. I’ve learned a lot from your blog/site and have utter respect for you and your work. THANK YOU for your dedication and efforts. Heal quickly and well. Nothing —not even the republic— is more important than your health. — kiki

  16. Dear Roxanne and Paul,
    Sending big prayers for you both.
    This is big, and you have the strength
    to persevere.

  17. I wish it wouldn’t take events like these for us to express our deep appreciation for what you do for the heart and soul of our state! Thanks to both of you for your tireless advocacy! Speedy and thorough recovery, Paul!

  18. Thank you Roxanne. May Paul continue to regain his health quickly and completely. Wishing you both strength, patience and care. So many thanks for all the critical work that you both give to make the world a better place.

  19. What a scare. Glad you could get to the hospital right away. Paul – Take a break as the world needs you back at it BUT only when you are well down the recovered road. Contact me about a neuro-acupuncturist in Santa Fe that would be a big help – helps the brain recover from strokes. Roxanne – take good care of you too. Putting all of you in a healing bubble.

  20. Paul, all my best wishes for a full recovery. But don’t feel you need to rush it. Remember that there are many of us working with you for a better world. Your part in the work can wait until you’re back at full strength.

  21. Paul, I am sending you powerful healing energy so that you’ll be fully recovered in no time. Thank you for your dedication and all your hard work. You and Roxanne make such a difference in our community and state. Please take your time and let go of the stress. No bad news for a while, okay?

    Lots of love to you both, my friends.
    And, of course, please let me know if there is anything at all I can do to help.

  22. Holding Paul in the Light as he learns to care for himself as an important part of the world he works so hard to care for. I’m glad all was done right to help him make best possible recovery.

  23. Dear Roxanne and Paul, I’m so glad to read your quick response has Paul in the best situation now for a full recovery. As others have already written, please take the time to “take a good, deep break, ….heal fully and ……have a thorough recovery”. Thank you so much for all you do to be the force for change and action. We “got your back” while you are recovering.

  24. Get well Paul, but slowly, man, at a pace that’s comfortable for you. You are loved and valued by many. And thank you Roxanne for being there for Paul and for all of us.

  25. You and Roxanne are my source of hope in this challenging world. I am so grateful for your work — but even more for you and your dedication and integrity as people I respect and love. Use all your strength to heal and reflect how best to go forward in your life.
    I send my prayers and blessings


  26. Sending good thoughts and healing vibes your way Paul and Roxanne.

  27. Wishing you a speedy and full recovery! Thank you for all that you do to make our world and our state better.

  28. So sorry to hear about Paul. Know that all of us are holding both of you in our hearts.

    Gayle M.

  29. Your work,kindness and advocacy guide us to a better world. I hope you have a full recovery that guides you to better health and clarity
    Thanks for all you do

  30. Paul & Roxanne,
    Please take good care of yourselves and take the time you both need to fully recover. NM has never needed you more, but we need you healthy and rested! So many thanks for all the work you continue to do to help us be more informed and fully participating citizens. Amy Carpenter

  31. Paul and Roxanne, holding both of you in my prayer as you move through these days of healing. May it go well for you. Thank you for all your hard work on behalf of the earth and humanity!

  32. Paul and Roxanne: Holding you both inprayer and sending healing thoughts your way. THANK YOU for all that you do for our community and our country! Blessings!! Karen St. Clair

  33. So sorry to hear about this, Paul (and Roxanne!). I wish you a speedy and full recovery. Paula

  34. Best wishes for a quick recovery, Paul. But take it easy. Your work is super important but so is your health.

  35. This news stopped me in my tracks, as I’m sure the event has for you both. I realize how much hope and how many plans for action are tied up with Retake and Rethink. Your impact on the state has been immense and you are greatly appreciated. Now I turn that hope towards your speedy, full recovery. Wishing you and Roxanne al the best.

  36. Sending healing, strength and energy your way. We are so fortunate to have your efforts going forward for all good things New Mexico.


  37. Wishing you a speedy and full recovery, Paul. Sending best wishes to both you and Roxanne for all you do for the community.
    In solidarity,

  38. Wishing you the blessings of healing and transformation during this unexpected phase of your life. Please take this chance for deep rest and restoration!

  39. Paul, you are a shining star in our great state. I thank you for your leadership and wish you a speedy and full recovery. Best wishes to you and your family.


  40. Paul, Please take it a little easy, have Roxanne keep us all up to date on your progress. If you need help advancing something let me know.

    Rayellen and the whole INH crew.

  41. So sorry to hear of this bad news for you but glad for the good news that you are already on your way to full recovery.

    Perhaps more cooking and gardening as well as less blogging and politicking need to be in your future?

    NM Progressives would so definitely miss your passionate work to retake democracy if this had a different outcome.

    Wishing you well, Karen Nelson

  42. Wishing you a swift recovery.

  43. Dear Paul and Roxanne:
    I am so glad to learn of the good prospects for your recovery, Paul, and grateful for Roxanne’s being there in loving support. Given the intensity that you both bring to your valuable work, I hope you will pace your healing with patience, so you can come back in full strength. We need you!

  44. Paul, Roxanne and family:
    This news is rocking the activist community, many whom respect and adore you. You are pulling on our heartstrings across the state and beyond, I’m sure. Roxanne, if you are still in Albuquerque and want a home to stay in please call me. I can set you up. 505/907-5355. With love.

  45. Paul, ma the light of healing surround you and bring you to full recovery. At these moments we are made starkly aware of the wonders of medicine and access to it. Holding you and Roxanne in my thoughts and feeling gratitude for the amazing work you two lead. Do honor your self-care now.

  46. Your work has tremendous impact on our community and is so appreciated. Please rest and take the time you need to fully recover. Sending best wishes to you and Roxanne. Gina

  47. Roxanne- It must have been so frightening! Be sure take care of yourself and get some rest. Paul- Speedy recovery to you! Follow the advice of your doctors, they know a lot more than they used to about these things.

  48. I hope you have a speedy recovery, Paul. Everything you do is very important and impactful and more importantly, you the person are someone I really care about. I want you to be healthy above all else.

  49. Pam and I and all of Veterans For Peace Santa Fe are counting on your
    rapid recovery and your “return to active duty” at a more sustainable rate !
    Wage Peace!


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