Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Picture tells a thousand words

Once again, one of your photos is worth a thousand words. And, in this case, a thousand poignant and positive words, in the photo of Jon Anderson and his wife Linda dancing in the park during the Northern Rockies Folk Festival in 2007.

The rumors and accusations are flying, but, in fact, Jon loved Linda, and vice-versa, and there could not have been a more appropriate photo of them showing that.

I knew Jon well; I nominated him for mayor, and supported him, as best I could, through his struggle with addiction and the resulting legal issues he was going through.

Unable to drive, Jon climbed and became familiar with all the peaks and ridges in and around Bellevue, and seemed buoyed by the effects and rewards of doing that.

Sadly, I never knew of his deepening and darkening personal life, and wonder, of course, if I could have said or done something.

Whatever the outcome in the papers and around town, your photo is what I will hold on to when I think of Jon and Linda. Thank you, (photographer) Willy Cook ... once again.

Patty Healy


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