By Anna Syrell

Congratulations to Ava Rohrbaugh whose poem, “A wall over,” appeared in the May 21 Young Writers Project in the Burlington Free Press. Conversations, Ava says, “are well-wrapped candies.” Sometimes, however, they “fall too quickly” and lie like “shattered jam jars on the floor” waiting for you to piece back together.” Sometimes these conversations remain “not yours a wall over.”

Congratulations to Quinn Sunderland whose picture of a white spring blossom earned “Photo of the Week” honors in the same issue of the Free Press.

Congratulations to Rose Lord and Annika Gruber whose poems followed a week later in the Young Writers Project.

Rose contemplated the “Enigma of the heart,” beginning by saying what a seemingly simple thing this part of our anatomy is. “It’s just an organ carrying blood. It swells, it squeezes, and it performs its job.” However, on further thought, Rose sees the heart as a musical instrument, an element of a symphony that reaches a crescendo. Hearts are more than we give them credit for. They are, in fact, complicated things.

Annika wrote of “Peace.” She says that we gain peacefulness lying on our backs, letting the “worries in our heads flee from this place.” Letting the “feelings in our hearts slowly gain space.” And “it’s OK to pause and just take a breath, because we are all human, and we all deserve rest.

Obituary

Daniel O Moran

Daniel O. Moran

Daniel O. Moran, of Port Angeles Washington, formerly of Charlotte, passed on to join his beloved mother, Flo, on May 22, 2021. Dan was born on July 9, 1958, the son of Harold “Chubby” Moran and Florence Laramee Moran. He was the much loved husband of Cecile Trahan Moran, a brother and an uncle.

Daniel was a computer programmer extraordinaire for IDX, the United States government and a number of private companies. When there was a program to be created or a problem to be solved, they called Daniel. He built several homes with Ceal and filled them with his much loved Boston terriers. For many years Flo, Chub, Ceal and Dan shared a beautiful spot on a hill in Charlotte lovingly referred to as “Windview.”

He was friend to all—with a generous spirit and a hand up to those who needed it.

He fought a courageous battle with stage four kidney cancer for many years and was hopeful to the very last day, always telling us: “Don’t worry about me.”

He leaves behind his wife, Ceal, his father, Chub, his sister, Karen Lafayette, and brothers, Timothy and Sean, many special nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.

The family will receive visitors from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Thursday, June 17, 2021, at the Ready Funeral Home in Essex Jct. (Mountain View Chapel 68 Pinecrest Dr.)