Every Picture Tells a Story (for Bruce)

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© John Linton
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UploadedNovember 13, 2009
TakenNovember 13, 2009
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Mom’s corner of our bedroom: art given to her from her “boys”

Upper left: a watercolor done by Howard. During the 70s (after Dad had divorced her and headed for NC) Mom rented rooms during the summer to actors engaged at the Hackmatack Playhouse in Berwick, Maine. I love artists of any kind, especially actors because they have an energy about them that I find fascinating. This didn’t keep me from referring to them as “Freaks” however, for I’ve always been entirely too attracted to the inappropriate. The renters didn’t much care for my wisecracking attitude, especially Howard who also happened to be gay. I think he saw a deeper meaning in my “Freak” comments. As much as he’d dread me dropping by in the summer, he absolutely loved Mom and gave her this watercolor he’d done before he headed for LA in pursuit of an acting career.

Years later, when we went out to LA for my younger sister’s wedding Howard invited us all for a tour of the Playboy Mansion. Mom absolutely loved it. Howard was the mansion’s greeter at time. I was amazed to see Shel Silverstein descending the stairs in a white kaftan as we walked by bowls filled with M&Ms. Those bowls were everywhere.

Lower left: a sketch done by Jimmy. Jimbo was another of Mom’s Hackmatack Playhouse actors who rented a room. He also was gay and didn’t much care for my wisecracking either. Before he left he gave Mom this sketch of the sad little birch tree in her back yard that could be viewed from the kitchen window. He told her the title of the sketch was “Bitchy Butch’s Birch.” When she told me we both laughed until we almost wet our pants.

Upper right: a photo done by Ross. Ross was the music teacher at the school Mom had taught at and like just about anyone who ever met Mom, an instant and life long friend. He took her cat when she died.

Lower left: a watercolor I did for Mom. Mom always loved anything her “Butchy boy” did.

Thanks to Maura Wolfson-Foster for the spotlight

26 responses

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (13 Nov 2009):

    FAbulous works from these people! And a litlle insight to you as well!

  • Steve Baker

    Steve Baker (Deleted) gave props (13 Nov 2009):

    Although I usually shy from the expression - Thanks for sharing. Great photo, great paintings, great story.

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (13 Nov 2009):

    John, you MUST leave this up......it is one of your very BEST - what an amazing tribute to Bruce ~ and, your Mom!!!!!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight (Deleted) said (13 Nov 2009):

    John, what a handsome collection of art. I remember meeting Shel Silverstein, and I remember his now-classic children's books. Like you, I am drawn to diverse art, including diverse artists, and I particularly enjoy summer stock. I'm not surprised that your talent goes beyond photography. Many of the photogs I know draw, paint, sing, play musical instruments, etc. Exceptionally nice shot and dedication.

  • John Linton

    John Linton said (13 Nov 2009):

    Well, now that you went and spotlighted it I guess I'll have to leave it up.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (13 Nov 2009):

    John, you crack me up....even in your most heartfeltednest moments. You make me LOL and make up words. Keep on.


    JOE FAILK gave props (13 Nov 2009):

    Interesting Story and Photo

  • Latrenia Bryant

    Latrenia Bryant gave props (13 Nov 2009):

    Ahhhhhhh ! Great shot That will be me with my son! I've saved every art work since PRE K :)

  • Dawn Duffield

    Dawn Duffield (Deleted) gave props (13 Nov 2009):

    John, this is wonderful...your words; stories of each individual and how they touched your lives, truly incredible and the fact that you remember each so vividly tells much about your character. Lovely image and descriptions

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (13 Nov 2009):

    wonderful arts and outstanding story!

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (13 Nov 2009):

    Wonderful John! Very well done!

  • Daisy Kyle

    Daisy Kyle said (13 Nov 2009):

    a very lovely shot, really good:)

  • Anne Worner

    Anne Worner (Deleted) said (13 Nov 2009):

    And thank you for the commentary - really enjoyed it, very heartfelt from you. I could feel that.


  • diana

    diana (Deleted) gave props (13 Nov 2009):

    love the story behind the shot!

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (13 Nov 2009):

    Beautiful art and you presented it so well. The stories are very engaging, Butchy! My best friend as a yute was named Butchy. LOL

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (13 Nov 2009):

    What a wonderful corner. I have momentos of my parents around and I cherish the. A very personal an touching work. You write really well, John!!!!!! I'm drawn to underdogs and outcasts. Crazy people love me but I try to dodge them whenever possible.

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (14 Nov 2009):

    okay you little wisecracker....how funny. great image...great thoughts...you were a good son...

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (14 Nov 2009):

    Really???? "Bitchy Butch's Birch"

    John, I've always suspected that under your utter coolness and sublime genius beat a heart of GOLD!...and now I am sure...

    Thank you for the story...you knock my socks off!

    Great support for Bruce...

    BIG KISS:):):)

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (14 Nov 2009):

    • What a wonderful story John, you must have treasured your Mother you speak so warmly about her. Yes, I agree you do have a heart of gold and thank you for sharing it. This is an awesome tribute for Bruce!!!!!!!!!!

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (14 Nov 2009):

    Love your Mom's corner..... the art is SO very special.. Love the stories behind them!!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (15 Nov 2009):

    I think the objects in the corner say a lot about your mother. She must have been very special. You do write so well John. Magic words, a magic corner, and magic capture.

  • Natalie S

    Natalie S gave props (15 Nov 2009):

    Oh John! This is WONDERFUL. Great story too.

  • Michele Randell

    Michele Randell gave props (15 Nov 2009):

    What a wonderful story John and a lovable insight into you :)

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (16 Nov 2009):

    thank you for sharing this beautiful photo and story....

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (17 Nov 2009):

    These are some of the greatest treasures from the hearts who loved your mom. This is a beautiful shot, made even more so by the meaning given to each of the pictures by your touching narrative.

  • francesco scipioni

    francesco scipioni gave props (19 Nov 2009):

    Good for my story "the others"

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