THE PAST INFORMS THE PRESENT

TurlockFarmhouseThis painting hangs in my bedroom—among others by the same artist—set against a backdrop of a photographic gallery of portraits of Ireland, snapped by my photographer son Craig.

But this painting—now it has a story all its own.  You see, this was created by my mother, who portrayed here the farmhouse where she grew up.  I, too, loved this farmhouse, with the land and buildings that surround it.  My grandmother was my favorite person in the world, and I still smile as I recall adventures and experiences played out on these grounds.

My mother passed away last year at age ninety-three.  In the end, she could no longer paint, her hands arthritic with age.  But I’m sure she thought about and enjoyed looking at her work.  Just as all creative individuals luxuriate in the ambience of their creations.

This farmhouse also played a role in one of my novels, “An Accidental Life,” in that a primary character grew up in this very home (fictitiously, of course).

This is my way, I guess, of highlighting how real memories inform our lives in numerous ways, and how the past walks beside us every day.

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5 thoughts on “THE PAST INFORMS THE PRESENT

  1. Laurel this is a beautiful reminder of your mom. I love that thei is in one of your books and you have taken it a bit farther…. from the wall, to the mind and imagination of every one of your readers.

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  2. Laurel,

    You have an intriguing site and equally provoking tales and thoughts. I do appreciate the vignette of your beloved grandmother, and of Ireland, too.

    Well done. I’ll explore your site when I have more time.

    From one who is using her great-grandmother Bridget O’Hern as the name for my amateur sleuth, contemporary. Love Ireland and the land and people, more so outside the big cities of Dublin and Shannon.

    From a Pacific Northwesterner,

    Pat Harrington
    Read: What Price Retribution in Seatle Noir

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  3. Thanks, Pat…I enjoy hearing that a topic has connected with readers. I do love telling stories—I guess that’s a trademark writer thing!—and this whole blogging excursion has grabbed me by the throat and won’t let go! lol.

    Love it!

    Would love to explore your stories as well.

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