Written by: Thomas Bradley
Date: November 6, 2014

Adam DeTour

UPDATE: We’re sad to share the news that Tom Ashbrook’s wife, Danielle Guichard-Ashbrook, has died after a long, brave battle with cancer. 

On Point may sound a little different today, and for the foreseeable future. Our friend and our colleague, Tom Ashbrook, is taking time to be with his ailing wife.

He will be taking a leave of absence, and will, for awhile, not be with us during On Point from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., every weekday. In this time, there will be a series of guest hosts, and On Point will continue to tackle the issues that face the world today.

Tom will be back, and in his absence we send our thoughts and prayers to him, his wife Danielle, and his entire family.

In his own words:

For all of our On Point listeners, who I very much think of as a kind of community – an important community – there is something personal I have to share.  It’s hard, and it’s as intimate as anything on Earth.

Forty-two years ago, I fell in love with a beautiful French-German immigrant girl named Danielle.  We were 16.  I was a farm boy, from the little house on the prairie.  She was everything I dreamed of. We’ve been lovers and partners ever since.  Lived all over the world.  Man and wife.  Three wonderful children.  Even a little grand baby.  A perfect love, really.  And now – too early and to my dismay – my love is very very ill.  It’s something she’s managed gracefully for years, but it’s just getting the better of her.  I need to be with her.  I am going to have to take a little time away to do that and to face what comes, with our family.  It’s one of life’s tough passages, and I hope you will keep me, us, in your thoughts while I am away for a time to attend to love and family, and then return.  I thank everyone for your patience and your understanding.  Some things we just have to take care of. I will. And I will be back.

So, until next time, and it won’t be long…

I’m Tom Ashbrook,

And this is On Point.

If you’d like to send a message to Tom and his family, feel free to write: community@onpointradio.org