This Old House

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This old house is one of the originals in my neighborhood. The carriage house, in the rear, has been converted into apartments, but the Victorian remains unchanged. In fact, it’s in need of a major renovation.

The home is still owned and occupied by the same family, but they have let the once majestic structure fall into disrepair. I inquired as to whether they might sell, and was told that the family wants to keep possession of the property which is valued at three million dollars.

It is sad that this old house has been allowed to deteriorate into a neighborhood eyesore.

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John Denver — In Memory

In Pics and Words remembers John Denver on the anniversary of his untimely death.

On the morning of October 12, 1997 I went to the grocery store to pick up a few things. There was a woman at the newsstand crying over the morning paper. The headline read:

JOHN DENVER’S PLANE CRASHES IN OCEAN

Denver loved to fly, and was actively involved in NASA’s “Citizen in Space” program.

In 1985, Denver passed NASA’s rigorous physical exam and was in line for a space flight, a finalist for the first citizen’s trip on the Space Shuttle in 1986, but he was not chosen. After the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster with teacher Christa McAuliffe aboard, Denver dedicated his song “Flying for Me” to all astronauts, and he continued to support NASA. [Wikipedia]

I was a fan of John Denver, and still enjoy listening to his music. I wrote a poem that was published as a memorial to his life.

Golden Boy

His songs are like the whisper
of a gentle breeze
and the laughter of a playful child.

Music that speaks to our inner soul
and warms our heart
like the sunshine from above.

“Sweet surrender,” said he,
“If life is worth living,
I don’t need to see the end.”

The “golden boy” has died.

From mountain high
to country road …

The laughing child cried.