July 09, 2017 – George Bellinger

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”
~Henry David Thoreau

I could write volumes about this man, but I’m not confident in my own abilities to put the quality of his character into words. This is a gentleman I met several years ago who, like most grandfathers, couldn’t stop telling me about his children and grandchildren. But his stories were always imbued with a thoughtfulness and a history that I was able to learn more and more about him – where he has been and what he has done in his life, the people the he loved and lost, the jobs he worked and the places he lived, the hardships and celebrations – and I valued every last second I had, telling stories about our families, discussing moral and social philosophy, and eating marijuana chocolate and laughing at inappropriate jokes.

This is a man who has lived life to an extent, in my estimation, that few ever do.
This is a man that has positively affected my life, and changed it for the better.
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4 thoughts on “July 09, 2017 – George Bellinger

  1. Hello, this is my granddaddy. thank you so much for this article. I would love to get in contact with you and share experiences. He just passed away a couple days ago.


    • Jessica – I’m so incredibly sorry to hear this news. It has been about a year since I spoke with him on the phone. Ever since I moved back to Tucson, I was hoping to get back in touch with him. We had many good evenings together, talking about life and art and literature and the rest in Bisbee. You can reach me at joseph@lesebender.com or jmophoto@gmail.com

      I look forward to hearing from you.


  2. Thank you so much for your post about George, and sharing about your friendship with him. Just want you to know it means a lot to his family.

    Sincerely, Deanna


    • He was a wonderful person to spend time with. I tried my best to make time for him while I lived in Bisbee, and I will always regret not spending enough time with him when I moved back to Tucson. George was the best.


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