Sunday, December 27, 2009


I was spending time with friends late yesterday afternoon, snacking on cheese, salami, and eggnog, and listening to a little homemade music, when I got the phone call. Lou Ann's father, Dick Saylor, who had been in the hospital for several days after a major stroke, had just died. Lou Ann and her sister had flown to Texas to be with him and their mother. They were all at his bedside when he died.

Dick's love of theater, literature, and the arts were a major influence on Lou Ann. I know that she and all of her family will miss him greatly.

Back home my eyes fell on photographs of my parents and grandparents, and I was reminded of the many gifts they gave to me.

No time is a good time to lose loved ones, but a death during the Christmas season is especially difficult. But as the old year comes to an end it is a good time to remember fondly all of those important people in our lives who have made a difference, and who have helped guide us along life's path.

Farewell, Dick.


  1. Anonymous11:38 AM

    Please pass on my condolances to Lou Ann. The holidays are always a hard time to loose a loved one, I agree..Memories,however, always keep them close by..

  2. Anonymous6:29 PM

    My sympathy to Lou Ann and her family. My mom died a few days before Christmas 13 years ago.All the best in the new year. Mike

  3. OcracokeFan8:21 PM

    Lou Ann we are sorry for your loss. May God give you peace at this difficult time.


  4. Anonymous9:31 PM

    LouAnn, my deepest sympathies on the loss of your father -- it's never easy to lose a parent, no matter how old we are.

  5. Anonymous10:55 PM

    LouAnn, so sorry for your loss. I have also missed your stories from small town America. Again so sorry for your loss. It is especially hard to lose a parent.
    Sarah in Gastonia

  6. Philip,
    Thank you for sharing with us the news of LouAnn's father's passing. We were so sorry to hear the sad news and know how hard it must be on LouAnn and family during this Christmas season. We will be praying that the Lord will comfort LouAnn and family and grant them peace during this difficult journey.

    Linda & Tom Borneman