An Eastward Homage, Day 3: The Sum Total

I had no trouble getting up the morning of May 29, having briefly risen at 3 AM, said a prayer in honour of Baha’ullah’s passing, 122 years ago today.  I thought later that morning of my youngest brother, Brian, who would have turned 50 today, had he not suffered for 22 years and died after 29 of them.

Today on the ground, however, was about the family Norm Fellman left behind, especially his wife, my mother-in-law.  The family is at their south Jersey home, in a place called Vineland.  I had a heart-wrenching visit with my MIL, and will not go into detail as to all she, or her daughter, shared.  .

What were nice were two things:  A walk around their immediate neighbourhood, and the London Broil dinner we had, fresh off the grill.  Wynne and David have worked hard at making the home nice for her devoted mother.  Here are some scenes of home and neighbourhood.  The sum total of this whole trip is the devotion of family.  I have my part to share in this.  It is to visit those sites which Norm and his comrades-in-arms sanctified with their sacrifices, whether by dying or by suffering both internal and external wounds.

For most of us, wounds are hard to conceal.  The pain of loss is felt by all, including the family’s last surviving dog. The window box, though, is a spirit lifter, which Wynne has prepared in her father’s memory.


We did get a change of scene, by walking about the immediate neighbourhood, which is filled with both architectural and botanical gems.  The first we saw was a red maple, spread fully with stunning foliage, long before Fall.

Here’s a little rabbit, just before Willow charged at it.


The great forests have nothing on Vineland.


One of Vineland’s most stately Georgian era homes is now an attorney’s office.  Note the special feature in the chimney.



Back at the house, it struck me how it is similar, in some respects, to the old house at Longmeadow Farm.  Mom remembers the farm as their strongest dream, and greatest success, as a couple. Joseph Campbell advises us to “Follow your bliss.”  This, the Fellmans did, and in spades.  Now, all of us are protected by a cadre of angels.



17 thoughts on “An Eastward Homage, Day 3: The Sum Total

    • I had not spent much time in south Jersey, so this was also a good introduction to the area. It has been treated as a backwater by the folks up north, but I think that’s slowly changing.


  1. Undeniably imagine that which you stated. Your favourite justification appeared to be on the internet the simplest
    thing to consider of. I say to you, I definitely get irked even as people consider issues that they plainly do not understand about.

    You managed to hit the nail upon the highest and also outlined out
    the entire thing with no need side-effects , people can take a signal.

    Will likely be again to get more. Thank you


  2. I’m really loving the theme/design of your website. Do you ever run into any web browser
    compatibility issues? A number of my blog audience have complained about my
    site not operating correctly in Explorer but looks great in Safari.
    Do you have any solutions to help fix this issue?


    • I have found that IE does post my blogs, but on its own terms- as I write using Google Chrome, which Microsoft disdains as a competitor. Safari may be the same as Google, in that respect. The only solution would be to write on IE, which I personally choose not to do.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.