Saturday, August 13, 2011

15 years ago: 'The Homeplace Revisited' begins

The opening page of "The Homeplace Revisited" took place just about 15 years ago:


Thursday, August 15, 1996

In the news today…

Microsoft releases Internet
Explorer 3.0 (

Bob Dole is nominated for
President of the United States,
and Jack Kemp for Vice
President, at the Republican
National Convention in San
Diego, California. (

Six months to live.
This was the prognosis the doctor had given his father.
Although Christopher had known his father was expecting bad
news regarding the tumor in his head, to hear the actual words
spoken was still stunning. Carter, his father, was only 61 years
old. It was not fair. How could this have happened? Christopher
had just joined his father's law firm in Oak Springs, in south
central Missouri, two years ago. He had expected at least ten
years working together with his father to learn the practice and
grow in his career. What would happen now?
Carter Ogden and his wife, Linda, were sharing the
information from their latest visit to the doctor with their adult
children, Christopher and Melanie. Melanie's husband, Richard
Stone, had taken their five-year-old, adopted Vietnamese
daughter, Kim, to the park to play to reduce distractions. The
Ogden house was quiet as the meaning of this latest information
sank in for each of them.

[From page 7, "The Homeplace Revisited" - click on sidebar to order, today.]


"May each of us have a Homeplace to hold onto, if only in our minds."

Bill ;-)

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