Here's a salute to the group at Friday My Town Shoot-Out, and especially to my first blogging friend Barry, who died almost 4 years ago.
Some words of explanation written by Ginger V:
We, the FSO Gang, got started in the early part of 2009 and one of the original 10 or so, was Barry of An Explorer's View. He quickly became a favorite within our group plus 600 odd followers out in BlogWorld. Almost from the beginning, we knew he had been diagnosed with a rare throat cancer and was battling for his life. His writing brought us in and made us care about his struggle. We got to know his wife Linda, and his special dog, Lindsey. The battle became very personal to us all.
During a post about one of his visits for chemo, he talked about the bell that stood outside of the hospital that was rung by patients in celebration of a completion of another round of Chemo. The idea flew around the globe, at 2 O'clock his local time, he would ring the bell and we, wherever we were, within our own time zone, we would ring a bell with him.
This week the participants at FSO are posting videos and pics of local bells. The bell I show you here is one I have known since I was a small child. My mother would send me out to ring this (terrifically heavy) bell at mealtimes, calling my dad and brothers in from the field. BONG BONG BONG! I think it was forged in the nearby town of Saukville, Wisconsin, and it was super loud. It still stands in my mother's back yard, quiet now, except for the twittering of birds at its feeder.