We Have Many Special Gifts

Updated January 31, 2016

This page is dedicated to our free spirit children, one especially that we desire never to be tamed . . . allowed to stay fresh and filled with the love of life, our Hopie, sprinkled now and then with a teaspoon of common sense from her loving parents. And there are John, Mark, and Matthew, our being proud of the achievements of these young men along with our Bill, a Trophy Winner in the 2007 National Truck Safety Rodeo.

Below you can see Hope (Hopie), who visited North Carolina in November of 2005. This section represents a few moments of time that she spent here in the state's beautiful western mountain chain.

And there are other pictures below of other visits of more of our crew, along with a dedication to someone who was very special to many of them.

 

Sunset on Wolf Ridge North Carolina, looking West toward the Smoky Mountains.
Some of the crew at home.  Picture with John, now a top Red-Bull driver and excellent hard rock drummer.  Former Wolf Ridge Restaurant, its internal structure including tree trunks (See picture to left.)
Inside the former Wolf Ridge Restaurant.
Hopie with a very special parrot.
Dining at the former Wolf Ridge Restaurant.
A very special lady who made this long journey possible.
A back yard we could not have dreamed of.
The view from the top of Wolf Ridge, Wolf Laurel, NC.

October 22, 2005. Sunset seen from the Lodge on Wolf Ridge, Wolf Laurel, western North Carolina.

Hopie with one who helped her find her way.

 

 

We are very proud of Bill, also a Trophy Winner in the 2007 National Truck Safety Rodeo, nearing ten years of a perfect driving record.

 
  Billy is driver of 18-wheeler for WalMart with zero accidents.  

 

Matthew Thomas: Days, Nights, and Years - Buy on TuneCore
- The Dismantling of A Lance Corporal -
 
Goodbye Ronnie: My Simple Spotless Waiting
Ronnie Lickers Band w/ Singer Hope and daughter - YouTube

 

 

2015 Thanksgiving of the kids and guests at Mark's home in New Jersey. Mom and dad are in North Carolina, seen on the smartphone screen Mark is holding up.

 

2012 John Peter at the Summit of Mt. Mitchell, Western North Carolina, 6000 + feet.

Watch: John Kallback Baptized May 4, 2014

 

John & Vanessa, September 2014

 

John Peter in earlier days discovers in WNC that PF Chang is not just a restaurant in South Park. The hostess at P.F. Chang was not amused.

 

Mark & Oksana, October 2014

 

2012 - Mark and Oksana at the Grove Park Inn's Blue Ridge Room North Asheville

 

Mark, Oksana, and Connie at Grove Park Inn's South Wing

 

 

Matthew home on leave from the U.S. Marines.

 

Hats off to a beautiful international family.

 

A Potter's Night: Father and daughter night at Browncroft Church in Rochester, NY, January 2016

 

Halloween 2015

 

Hopie, Shaylah and the Statue of Liberty off her perch from New York Harbor (2015)

 

 

Hope, Erik, Shaylah & Kaydence Dec. 2014

 

March 31, 2015, of Potter family in Rochester, New York, Erik owner of High Rev Imports.

 

Potter Family Visit July 2014.

 

Hopie, and her very special guy who is one of the best motorcycle retail salesmen we have seen.
Erik & Hope, Rochester, NY - April 2006

 

And then . . .

And then there were three.

. . . in the fall of 2007 where there had been two,
there would soon be three in January 2008.
Welcome to our new world - January 2008.   Click here to see a few in her family.   Other pictures will follow.

 

"Welcome to our world, Kaydence."

 

Hopie sings with Ronnie, 2013 - Click on the Rise.

Hopie with Kaydence withj new-born Shaylah Madison, December 2011

 

Meet our newest member of the family, Shaylah born on January 23, 2012. What a wonderful smile and a happy baby, Hopie!

 

 

A very special human being who we will never forget.  Click on the Journal Link to read about his journey home.

Dedicated to Matt Delorenzo, Youth Pastor, Pompton Plains, New Jersey

Web site dedicated to his service

Matt was taken from us on August 25, 2008, after a nine-mouth struggle against Leukemia, his last breath in the presence of his loving family.

Matt's reaching out to our own four children, when they were struggling in their teenage years in the mid to late 1990's in New Jersey, was immeasurable. His guiding hand had assisted those young minds to become the adults we are proud of today.

And we give tribute to Matt's very special wife that shared her husband night after night with so many lost young souls, allowing them to become aware that there could be a more fulfilling and responsible journey for their lives. Many of those efforts by Matt changed untold minds forever. Hearing the deep sadness of his death in the voices of our own proved he had made a difference.

They say the ultimate truth in life is that you leave the world better than how you found it. And that is exactly what Matt achieved to the very end.

"We will all miss you dearly, Matt, as will hundreds, perhaps thousands, of other families whose children you never gave up on. God speed, my friend."

 

 

Einstein on TED.
Remembering Mickey - Died April 1, 2014

 

 

My 70th Birthday Letter to the Kids

 

1984

On Tilley in NJ, 1984

 

2015

Somewhere in New Jersey, October 10, 2015

 

 

Florida 1950

 

Photo of my Swedish grandmother, while visiting my parents in Florida in the early 1950's. I remember visiting her in what they called the servant's quarters at an estate in Mt. Kisco, New York, in 1944 where my grandfather worked. At that time she had already lost two of three sons that had come with her to the United States through Ellis Island, Evald and Stig, one to food poisoning in a middle school and the other to polio while in high school.

Although I was only about three years old at the time, I remember her saying nothing as tears ran down her face while I was sitting with her at a small, white metal kitchen table, her cigarette smoke twisting its way along her sad face. I later discovered they had gotten word that their third son was missing off of Okinawa in WWII.

He was eventually found, having to go across the island with the Marines after the shore boat he was driving died on the beach.

 

Ray Lowrey's dance band that played in Peach Lake, New York, 1948. Dad played the sax while Allen See played drums (aka Gavin McLeod to later become Captain of the Love Boat.) During their gigs they would put mops on their heads and imitate the Andrew Sisters.

 

Dad with Liberace and Victor Borge In Lugene's of Palm Beach

In the spring of 1984 Liberace's premier engagement at New York's famed Radio City Music Hall broke all sales and attendance records of the 51-year history of the Art Deco palace. More than 80,000 people were on hand for what Liberace described as "the fulfillment of a dream and the culmination of my 40 years in show business." Commenting on the engagement, The Wall Street Journal said: "Liberace occupies his own special rhinestone-studded niche in the American dream."    Victor Borge was born in Copenhagen, Denmark Januar 3, 1909, the son of Bernhard and Frederikke Rosenbaum. He was named Børge Rosenbaum, and his musical talent was no surprise as his father was a musician in the Royal Danish Chapel.

Liberace

 

Victor Borge

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Where It All Started

"Helena appeared as a child with the Mapleson Company at the Academy of Music and was able to see and hear Patti, Gerster, Scalchi, Nevada and many others. At the age of 17 she began official vocal studies, first with Tagliapietra and then Alberto de Bassini. She wed writer N. A. Jennings in 1897 and in 1898 used the name “Jenynge” on stage and for her first recordings (Berliner, 1898). Shortly after, her husband suggested a more attractive and flowing “Helena” as a professional name. For a period, much publicity was made of her phenomenal high notes, but she was eventually discouraged from promoting them, this approach not having been of great help to Ellen Beach Yaw who, at the same time, was publicized as “the world’s highest soprano”. Source: http://www.holdridgerecords.com/auction_pdfs/14.2_Cylinders_7-15.pdf   Remember The Maine: Words by N.A. Jennings, Written by W.A. Phillips. Published 1898
Edith Helena   N.A. Jennings

 

 

The crews proud parents retired to western North Carolina.

Love to all our kids: Mom and Dad

 

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