• Melodye Shore

      Roger was incredibly intelligent–you could see the wheels turning behind those cornflower blue eyes! 🙂

      Thank you for your kind words. They are a healing balm.

    • That twinkle didn’t come easy…he was a delight, but he had his moments of torment. I loved being in his presence when his smile was ready, his eyes were shiny & clear.

    • Melodye Shore

      We share some of our father’s features, don’t we? 🙂

      Thank you, Rose, for these kind words and hugs. (Hugs you back!)

    • Thank you for stopping by to honor him with me. We celebrate his birthday today, and even though we no longer have him with us, we are grateful for the memories that linger.

  1. Thank you for this, dear Melodye. So well said. You did a beautiful thing for your brother and I know deep down he would appreciate it. What a life you both lived…. and I am so filled with happiness that you are living such a wonderful life now.

    Much much love,

    • Melodye Shore

      Much love in return, Margaret! I appreciate that you understand this deep sorrow, as well as the joy that burbles up, still and regardless.

      I wrote what I could, and illustrated the rest. I feel sorrow for what Roger endured before I was born, and empathy for the difficult times we experienced together. But he is in a happier, more peaceful place now–we both are, even though we are no longer together.

    • Melodye Shore

      Thank you for helping me honor my brother’s life in this way, Oritte. May it be for a blessing.

    • Melodye Shore

      Oh Carol, it was a bittersweet story, but these melancholy times were sweeter for the comforting presence of friends like you.

    • Melodye Shore

      So kind of you to stop by to help me honor Roger’s memory. I feel his absence, but am very glad that he is at peace now, and no longer suffering.

    • Melodye Shore

      When words fail, pictures help tell the story. Thank you for swaddling me with loving words and silent support during this tender time. Sending love in return…

  2. Tamara Willems

    thank you Melodye for that lovely visit with your beloved brother Roger, so very nice to meet him. ( ♥ )

  3. This is a sweet commemoration of your brother Melodye. I bet that in a while you will look back at your posts and be so very happy you have these memories for comfort. Big hugs sweetie.
    (Also, I’m fascinated with your family. You should write a memoir!)

    • I am comforted today–his birthday– by posts like this, and for the kind words of friends like you. Thank you, Veronica, for helping me honor his memory. xo

  4. You have a lyrical mind’s eye in your writing, and a poignant ability to capture the essence of a moment in your own photography, or in pictures you compile and contextualize. I feel I understand something about your brother’s life from this collection and your captions. He seems like he lived a vibrant, authentic life. I am terribly sorry for your loss. 🙁

  5. Oh Pamela, I don’t have the right words to express my gratitude for the loving thoughts you’ve shared here, on this, the day we celebrate my brother’s birthday and also honor his memory. So I’ll just say “thank you,” and hope you’ll read the hugs between the lines.

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