And now, back to work at the beach motel. This will be the first extremely busy weekend of the season. Soon maybe, back to regular blogging.
Peter L. Hayden died Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at Montgomery Hospice in Rockville, MD, after a short illness. He was 62.
He grew up in Wheaton Woods, Montgomery County, and graduated from Robert E. Peary High School. He was the son of Bernard J. and Anita Hayden.
As a young man, Pete worked for eight years in Ocean City, MD. Later, he lived in Washington, D.C., and worked at the Mayflower Hotel for nearly 20 years.
In recent years, he lived in Olney, MD, and St. Petersburg, FL. He was an avid reader of newspapers and books, and enjoyed working on challenging projects, such as renovation of a condominium in Washington, and operation of a small restaurant in Florida.
Mr. Hayden is survived by eight siblings, Bernard John Hayden, Keith Hayden, Anna Ryan, Rosemary Diehl, Eileen Criggar, Patrick Hayden, Dorothy Caporaletti, and Thomas Hayden, all of Montgomery County, MD; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
No funeral is planned. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Montgomery Hospice, 1355 Piccard Dr, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850.
The Beatles on the human condition . . . youth . . . aging . . . illness . . . life and death . . . and the song goes on . . .
As of today, “Work In Progress” has 313 posts. Also 333 people following the blog, and 33 following comments. That’s according to WordPress. Not making this up. Does anyone know anything about numerology? Thanks to all my readers and followers. – John
Today, the beach motel opens. Another summer begins, even as the cool spring lingers. I work the evening shift, and I’m happy to have the job.
It’s my 65th summer on Spaceship Earth. I’m fully aware that the seasons are numbered, like the fastballs in a pitcher’s arm. You don’t know how many you have left.
“No matter how long you live, it goes by fast.” My favorite great-grandmother — the only great-grandmother I knew — said that. Most people don’t get to know a great-grandmother.
(Cora Hayden was my great-grandmother’s name. Her maiden name was Cora Cash. She was indeed a grand lady, matriarch of a great family. I was a child and she was a very old woman, so it’s not as if we had any deep conversations. Or any conversations at all, of more than a few words. Adults talked; children listened. Still, my life would have been much smaller except for her.)
I take each season as it comes now. “It’s a long season, and you’ve gotta trust it.” On Opening Day, all things seem possible, no matter the number of seasons. Is it the home runs you remember, or the strikeouts?
Yes, I’m not writing well right now. But some days and nights are like that.
– John Hayden
How did we get so big? When I was a kid there were local shops where I bought school clothes. Even the larger department stores were not in every city. You could tell an area by the uniqueness of its small businesses. Not every town or city looked the same, like it does now.
My mom knew the president at the bank.
Friends and Readers: It’s been a chaotic few weeks. Maryland to Tampa and back. Business, not pleasure. Serious illness in the family concentrates our attention. Terrorism in Boston! Exploding fertilizer factory! Plus, my camera is full of unprocessed pix. The mind spins. I will blog again, soon. I’ve also stumbled onto Twitter @BJohnHayden
Here’s a succinct post that nearly says it all about Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, and history!
Please read “Margaret Thatcher’s dead and I want to cry” by Katy Evans-Bush at “Baroque in Hackney.” It might be the most important blog post you’ll read this year.
It’s a moving and honest essay on the death of a “rich tyrant.” It’s also a scathing indictment of a certain type of aristocratic leadership, and of the political and economic systems that empower and protect such leadership.
I believe Ms. Evans-Bush’s analysis is not limited to Margaret Thatcher. Didn’t Ronald Reagan represent the same harsh policies, but with a kinder, smiling face and a charming personality?
The House of Delegates gun control vote yesterday, 78-61, looks strangely familiar. It’s nearly a carbon copy of the recent gas tax vote, 76-63. What’s up with that?
If you think Maryland is a deep-blue state with an invincible Democratic majority, those two votes seem hard to explain. Democrats hold a majority, 98-43, in the House of Delegates.
But looking closer, it’s clear that Maryland isn’t immune from the blue-red divide afflicting the rest of America. Far from it. Continue reading
Having taken time out recently from my Blogging Community I’ve become aware just how many of us are now seeking to alter our own personal space as we ‘Tune in’ once again to our own personal Vibration.
Spring is all about renewal, rebirth and growth and I think many of us are seeing how important it is for us to find Balance in our modern day to day busy life styles.
Work In Progress, blogging since 2009, has surpassed 200 followers! Thank you all — friends, family, readers — each and every one, from 1 to 200. And counting . . .
It’s been an eventful week. Easter, family reunion, Opening Day baseball, condo maintenance, the list goes on. Lots to blog about. But the laptop battery is running on empty, and I can’t recharge it. The power adaptor had a close encounter with a dangerous electric outlet over the weekend. Aluminum wiring in the wall! My brother the electrician is on the way. A new adaptor is on order from Apple.
On the other hand, I’ve entered the tablet era. A previously ordered iPad Mini arrived. I downloaded apps last night until I went cross-eyed. The iPad is great. I’ve downloaded the WordPress app, but I’m not ready to write long blog posts on the iPad, or edit photos, just yet.
For a few days, I might be more on Twitter than on WordPress. You can follow me @BJohnHayden.