Saturday, August 6, 2022

Sad Beyond Comprehension

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My GGG Grandfather built Dixieland, a Georgian style in 1790 and a Federal style in 1810.  We lost it after the War in 1866 and I was fortunate to be able to return it to the family in 1992. Today it was lost again.

The worst decision I've ever made, bar none 

I was listening to a Confederate podcast and the speaker
said he had a generational home in the Shenandoah Valley,
near the river, that if he lost that home it would be like
losing a family member. So your pain and suffering is
realistic. Dixieland is you and you are Dixieland.
We don't live in the past, the past lives in us. Basically,
you are haunted and hopefully the suffering will degrade
in time. Who would have ever thought.


“To every man upon this earth
Death cometh soon or late ;
And how can men die better
Than facing fearful odds
For the ashes of his fathers
And the temples of his gods.”

Hi, Brock. Just wanted to check-in on how you are doing.
Are you still monitoring the depressing news? There is lots
I would like to ask but will settle with you are Okay.
Your website is sadly missed as being one of the best on the web.
Take care and keep the faith as you will not be undone.

Brock, I never comment but I must say this. It is not merely good to forgive yourself, it is an absolute obligation. You didn't abandon Dixieland, rather the Lord G-d simply transferred it from your loving care into the care of another. It wasn't your failure, rather it was His Will. Therefore, you MUST forgive yourself, not only for your sake, but for His sake. Bless you my dear Brother.

May peace be upon you friend and brother. My best to you and your family and my deepest sympathies, but in this war that we call life, we cannot win every battle.Hold your head high for the fight that you have fought. Truly my best regards, Jay

Hey Brock, It's Good to see that you are still commenting at least. I too am on a Long March back to Normalcy, of a New Sort. Long Pneumonia, good days and bad days blend in my memory. I pray for your speedy recovery, Sir. You are an Iconic Figure, and a Voice heard around the World. Keep the Faith and Stay Strong My Friend.

~~G.W. Long

Our dear Townsend, God bless you, good sir. You have been a blessing to many, even myself.


One less tear today

Mr Townsend, I just want to assure you that we love this house and we will take good care of it. We’re so grateful that you took such good care of the home so that our family can enjoy it, especially our 2 year old. I hope you enjoy your new home.

You are also welcome to visit anytime. 



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Tears, Idle Tears by Alfred Lord Tennyson 

Crossing the Bar

Sunset and evening star,
      And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
      When I put out to sea,

   But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
      Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
      Turns again home.

   Twilight and evening bell,
      And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
      When I embark;

   For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
      The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
      When I have crost the bar. 


I am doing good for my age, turning 87 tomorrow, hopefully.  

I am so sorry to learn of you having another operation, this one for on your intestines.  I certainly pray for a full recovery and return to the health you had prior to going to Mexico.   I saw on your site that you recently sold Dixieland.  I know that must have been tough for you to depart the family treasure.  Hopefully, the new owners will take care of the home and preserve it, the way you did.  I have fond memories of several Sundays at Dixieland for our reunions and luncheons.  Thank you for opening up your home for those occasions.

Take care, Colby

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