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Swan Mossberg in the companionway

To new beginnings

As 2014 drew to a close it was time to reflect upon what a tempest the year had been. It brought the loss of both my beloved uncle, and my wayward father.

The passing of my father I see as a release. He led a hard life and his body had lost its ability to heal. My uncle, however, I look upon with more tragic eyes. He had just decided what he wanted to do with his retirement, buy an Airstream and explore the wilds of the Pacific Northwest. His death seems unfair, not to me but to him. He spent every New Year’s that I can remember sequestering himself somewhere peaceful and reflecting upon his year. This year I’d like to take the same time that he used to, but I haven’t been able to fit it into my schedule yet. A cruel twist of fate I suppose.

A resolution I do tend to put forth is to resurrect this blog. It’s been through so many iterations, so many domains, formats, platforms & themes. I like where it’s at right now, how it looks, what it says about me, my life. It started life as dartanyonrace.com, then moved on to toomanyshinythings.com & now it’s current form.

There is more to be said on this concept of beginnings. More resolutions, new thoughts, old thoughts that are becoming clearer, but I will leave you with just this one for now. I miss my uncle Swan.

4 Comments
  • Carol Anderson

    Monday the 12th of January, 2015 at 10:02 am Reply

    It is nearly the anniversary of Swan’s passing and my heart is both heavy and light. He was unique, delightful, creative, and a beloved brother to my whole family. I will forever remember his final Manhattan. Nice touch.

    • Dartanyon

      Monday the 12th of January, 2015 at 12:44 pm Reply

      Thanks Carol. Indeed he was all of those things. I’ve decided I don’t want to celebrate the day of his passing, but rather his birthday. It’s what he did for Mormor & Morfar and it makes a lot more sense, so I’m going to try and resist posting about him on the 9th, but rather wait until May 1st. It’s a tough thing, I miss him most every day.

  • Martin Rayala

    Tuesday the 21st of July, 2015 at 2:28 pm Reply

    I’m sorry to hear of Swan’s passing. We were roommates in Eugene, OR when I was working on my doctorate at the University of Oregon. I visited him a few years ago and we had lunch together in Seattle. He was a special person and an amazing photographer.

    • Dartanyon

      Wednesday the 22nd of July, 2015 at 11:18 am Reply

      Thank you Martin. I recall him speaking fondly of you.

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