Monday, May 12, 2008
Several years ago, my brother Dave built a village. Literally. He constructed a 1930s-era village on his land. He laid railroad track (driving spikes himself), restored some locomotives and rail cars, built several buildings (including a depot, general store, and filling station), and called it Minerville. This was a hobby that he opened to the public on weekends. And before that, he created his business--manufacturing calliopes, popcorn wagons, and other items from long ago. (This newspaper article tells more of his story.) Now Dave has been given a challenging cancer prognosis, and will be selling much of what he has created and collected at auction in June. I am continually impressed and inspired by my brother's ability to envision what he wants to do AND to do it. He's a very talented, can-do, DIY kind of guy. Yet I know he could use some extra spiritual support these days. Please remember Dave and his family in your thoughts and prayers.