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Ode to Rolly. Don't ya'll expect much here. I am just going to talk about a friend

Updated on April 28, 2013

We look up and around. Rolly looks where he stands and then views what it is.

Rolly is not your average man.

Some folk live and die in a very good way. Do you? I do not. So when they share with us, we must sit down at a "fireside chat" and listen to their wealth.

(I knew a man that never talked on a phone. Rarely rode hisself in a car. Sewed his own clothes and the only books he ever read were given as gifts. He was an outsider. He could hear and smell you coming from ten miles out. He lived where coyotes were buddies, and wolves respected friends. He could drop a buck with a Remington 30 30 at 250 yards. All food was shared and that is how I met him at my mamma's table serving up stew.) I would not necessarily want to be this man, but wow I sure learned a lot from him.

Rolly reminded me of this man who never slept inside but had more knowledge than a library. He would stink it up by our fireside and spin yarns and my mamma did put up with it, so we could learn from him.

Some folk are different and it is our luck to learn from them. Rolly goes where we do not and brings back his treasures as we gather round his fireside and wait in anticipation. I like it, that is down home brothers and sisters.

I do declare based on faith that Rolly does not shoot things, and puts them back as he found them. We call that a leavearight. That means to leave it right there and appreciate. And I would bet Rolly don't stink ugly but I bet he does not wear perfume either.

I reckon Rolly would die for you

I have stood next to folks that worried me. I have taken an assault for my charge and been glad of it. It is called a personal security detail. Doing my job; That made me a hero.

But I figure with this guy Rolly you could walk a ridge and fall and he would throw him self over to grab you. Just because it was the right thing to do. Some folks are just wired that way.

He listens to music we do not get. He takes snapshots that are not meant for others. And he learned from and deeply loves his father.

This man don't litter but he picks up yours. This man does not follow but he would if you asked him to do it.

Things important to him are things we should make important to ourselves. Some fellows are just wise.

Enough about Rolly, let us talk about me.

Well that would be rather boring. So how about we don't.

A few last words about Rolly.

Do not preach to him, nature does that. Go ahead and question him, you will learn something.


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.


      Rolly had just touched me on many levels with his Firesides Chats, I just found myself thinking about it and somehow there was a hub. You hit it right on the head "godly man".

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Annie, I too have only known him for a short time yet he is one of those folks that through his words lets us join him for his lifetime. Thank you, for such a nice comment.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Rolly, Just got in last night from a rather brutal trek into the Grand Canyon. I did indeed look about a time or two and think "I wonder how Rolly would draw this picture with his words". Perhaps your solitude was meant to be in order to bring all of us there now. Thanks

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      My dear Eric first it is so nice to

      Meet you. Second Rolly is one of the best most godly men..and one of the wisest...God bless you for writing about a great man..


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      5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I have known Rolly only for a short time, but I already know that what you say is true. A treasure and a teacher all wrapped up together in a wise and funny package. I am blessed. We are blessed.

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      Rolly A Chabot 

      5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Eric... you are such a gentleman... I just came across this and sit rather embarrassed and yet very blessed. Thank you for gracing the Fireside Chat my friend.

      I often wish I could have shared my many ventures with people in person. The peace and solitude of those places are now built into lifetime memories. They were indeed special.

      Hugs and Blessings and thank you Eric and all how have commented... I am honoured by all the kind words... Thank you...


    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks for the true words and suggestion and voting and sharing. Wow that was a great comment! It fits right in with the theme to give thanks for good people. ImKarn 23 I am sure we will get to know each other.

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      Karen Silverman 

      5 years ago

      i absolutely ADORE Rolly! He is a fellow Canadian and he is one of a kind! His heart is huge, his needs are few - and man - can he write!

      i would honestly LOVE to spend a week or 2 in his the middle of nature..

      i can't even imagine what i would learn!

      Rolly is ALWAYS there if you are down or worried - he is the truest definition of MAN!

      i don't know who you are, but - i LOVED this post. Thank you.

      Clearly you have excellent taste!

      (you might think about linking Rolly's profile to your hub just so people can find him more easily? )

      i am voting up and sharing forward..

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      5 years ago

      Sounds like a friend to me !.........:-}

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Gypsy, We are very lucky indeed to have him in our community. We need him.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Rolly is one fantastic person and I am happy to call him dear friend. You are so right he is one with nature and has a heart of pure gold.His hubs take you on wonderful journeys. Great tribute to him. Passing this on to my followers.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Really MsDora you must meet the man ---

      Thanks for commenting. Sometimes I just like to write something nice about someone.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Haven't met Rolly, but I think I know him--the kind you'd be surprised that he has so much to teach. Thanks for sharing him.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mark, I do not know him, only of him. But nevertheless a friend. And a preserver of our tru heritage.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      And that is how we rock. People come and go. If we are polite we tip a hat. If we are busy we mosey along. If we have time we stop and learn a thing or two. Seems I met him in the spring of 75 down around Utah Red Rock country.

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      5 years ago from Carlin, Nevada USA

      It seems I've met this feller, never did catch his name. If memory serves it was up on the Owyhee (or was it the Black Rock) desert '78 or '79. We were looking for antelope, he didn't seem to be looking for anything. He struck me as a decent sort; we said howdy and parted ways.

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      Mark G Weller 

      5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Rolly is a good man and a friend I met here. Thank you for sharing this with us all!



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