The last Sunday song: Ancient Highways

Posted in Uncategorized by Sean Holton on October 4, 2009
Instead of a brain tumor, my Dad had me growing out of his head.

Instead of a brain tumor, my Dad had me growing out of his head when he was my age. Which would be worse?

This will be my last blog post for a while. So I thought I’d hold down the fort here with a slideshow I made of personal pictures to go with a Van Morrison song I love called Ancient Highways. The photos bring together some of the themes from earlier in the blog and some family history as well as some happy snaps from lots of fun times I’ve had with great humans over the years. If you don’t see yourself in the slideshow, please don’t feel left out. Just enjoy it for what it is. I didn’t even make an attempt to represent everyone I love and who means most to me. That would have taken three weeks. And I didn’t have much energy on Saturday. I did what I could with the pics that were handy. (The video is about 9 minutes long, so you might want to settle in with a cup of coffee or a martini, depending on the time of day.)

Thanks for reading, everyone. I’ll do my best to keep you posted on further developments. Have a great Sunday.


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  1. Rita DeCapo said, on October 4, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Wow Sean – I loved all the pictures! Thank you so much for sharing your life over the past couple of months. What a gift you have given us! Take care of yourself, get stronger and know I am still thinking of you. Love, Rita

  2. Flatus said, on October 4, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Lard, thanks so much for your herculean effort in keeping your blog going and going and going all the way through to the end of your current treatment.

    You are magnificent!

    I look forward to your updates when you choose to share them; I hope and pray that they will all be positive and reflect your steadily increasing energy and vitality.

    A couple of times early on I directed you to ‘hang tough!’. That, sir, you have done in spades!

  3. Julie Holton said, on October 4, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    You know what a cry baby I can be, so just imagine how these wonderful photos, memories and Van’s beautiful song has wiped me out. Thank you so much for living your life to the fullest, rescuing dogs and family members, and being the sensitive, talented brother I love.

  4. J. Arthur "Boodie" Ravenscroft said, on October 4, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    I discovered your site only a couple weeks ago. It has made me feel as if I’m in good company as I too fight incurable cancer – prostate in my case. Please blog again as you can when you can. Best.

  5. Coreen said, on October 4, 2009 at 2:30 pm


    Following you here has given us a glimpse of your courage, strength & most of all, the extraordinary person you are (though I only know you from Trailmix) I know this to be true, as so clearly evidenced by the words of your family & friends.

    Thanks for sharing so much with all of us. Take care.

  6. Travis said, on October 4, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Best of luck with your post treatment life!

  7. Flatus said, on October 4, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Lard, here is a comment from TM posted by a fellow you know and whom we all respect tremendously. It’s abstracted here with his permission:

    “As for me… here’s an exchange my mom started with me this week:

    Her: I know that these last seven years have been like dog years for you.

    Me: And we both know that this one’s made up of not just one dog but a whole pack.

    Oh, I’m glad to see you’re a Dodger fan. I can’t tell you how much I miss Walter Alston’s teeth.”

  8. Jamie said, on October 4, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Enjoy your well deserved R & R away from the medics and medicines. The photographs are a wonderful picture of family.

  9. Patsi Bale Cox said, on October 4, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Rest up and gather power, my friend.

  10. Sue Holton said, on October 4, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Hi Sean, I loved the slide show, it was really great. I will miss your blog as I have so enjoyed reading all of your wonderful writings daily. I think of you Sean everyday and pray for you as often as I can. Stay strong and rest…, and get ready for Big Cedar!!!!

  11. Scary said, on October 4, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Think you had the right suggestion about the martini. Here’s to you Seany.

  12. harborwoman said, on October 4, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    Flatus said it best…you are magnificent, Sean! And loved by those close to you…and by those of us who only know you via the internet. Sending power, good karma, prayers, and whatever else may help you on this journey. I’m going to miss this blog. You’re a fabulous writer, as well as being…simply…magnificent! Get well!

  13. claudine hellmuth said, on October 5, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Beautiful video!!!

  14. Laura Morland said, on October 11, 2009 at 6:21 am

    Thank you so much for these posts. You’re a fantastic writer.
    I wish you blessings and healings on your well-deserved break!

  15. MC Arnold said, on October 12, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    As an RN at MD Anderson, people always wonder how I can work in oncology. It is an easy answer. Patients like you and the thousands of others who pass through our doors. I may know the nuances of infusing cell killing chemicals, or the means to alleviate nausea and to obtain optimal pain management, but it pales in comparison to what I learn eveyday working with patients like you. Your blog has been a testament to what it means to be human and part of something bigger than ourselves. Patients often find themselves awash in the love of others as the community lifts them in their quest for healing. Seeing it unfold in your blog is why I do what I do.

    Thank you again for sharing.

  16. Maxtrue said, on October 15, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Congrats Sean on your 30th. Thank you again for your blog and the determined spirit behind it. It is in sharp contrast to the newest book on cancer recovery. The author of that hates all her friends telling her to be positive and found such remarks symptomatic of America’s general uncaring. Stewart tried to argue with her last night, but she was stubborn and didn’t yield much about thinking positive.

    Take care, get some deserved R & R and hopefully there will be at least one person at TM who finds my posts inciteful rather than inciting. You are blessed with great friends and family, but then you know that. Also, a big thank you to all the doctirs and nurses who delivered you from the brink. There are many more jobs that pay better given the effort and sacrifice, but service and caring is in their DNA. They stare down death every day with little hesitatiion. In these PC times where Healthcare is routinely dissed, they show us how good it can be. Kudos every one of you unsung heros.

    Best to you Lard and next time, break a leg instead.

    Max NYC

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