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May 6, 2015

On a street not far from here lives a man.

I do not know him, but I have waved and said hello.
He is salubrious in a way I admire. He has lived here forever and a day, I imagine, and watched his town disintegrate. He refuses to go along. His house is conspicuous. It is so yellow that Van Gogh would throw in the towel and go back to the store and start shopping for raw umber. He crawls up and down it, and all around it, and it is as neat as a pin. He does everything himself. He put up a big fence around his yard, an enormous undertaking, and never flagged until he was done. Every surface is clean and bright and in good repair, everywhere you can see. It is the only structure in this town I can describe in that way. Sippican Cottage: Rumford Delenda Est

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"That man knows something. Something important. "


As constant as the rising and the setting of the sun.

Class A Farmer Work-Ethic.

Something this country is losing - and losing fast, I may add.

Posted by: John Condon [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 6, 2015 12:25 PM

The Man in the Yellow House knows the true value of a front-end loader.

Story - almost ten years ago a cousin of mine was wed in an old Catholic church in Benton Harbor. A city that is a miniature Detroit. Around that church were burned out and crumbling houses, but one. That house was neat and clean, well-painted and maintained. The chain-link fence about it bright silver-gray with new paint and the yard mowed and raked to golf-course neatness.

It wasn't much of a house to look at, but it was a house - and a home. And it was occupied by Those Who Actually Care.*

From time to time I think about that house. I expect the occupants are gone and the house has joined the other former sad dwellings of that very sad town.

*As opposed to those who profess to care. The occupant(s) of that house demonstrated more caring than all of the NGO's that have ever existed.**

**With the exception of the Salvation Army and the other religious charities. They actually get in and care.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 7, 2015 7:18 PM

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