October 19 – My Dad’s birthday

Today, October 19, is my deceased daddy’s day of birth – James Marcus Keiter MD. I fortunately returned from living in Berlin, Germany to spend Christmas with my parents and live with them in our family home the last year of his life.

In high school and college my father was a runner in track and musician, playing the clarinet.

I attended an outdoor classical music concert with my parents in a neighboring town.

James Marcus Keiter MD retired physician – home office, delivering babies, house calls to Emergency Medicine
James and Lois with their friends, with whom they had a gourmet club, tennis and skiing vacations

Each of my parents planted and maintained a beautiful lot of trees, gardens and flowers.

What they left behind –Azalia bushes along with the 50 evergreen trees – planted on a property of only grasses.
James and his wife Lois examining the Wisteria
Historian of Wisteria

I remember him continually in many ways and am fully influenced by his loves and activities in life and respect for nature.

The many watercolor paintings he did

James Keiter’s painting of Birch Trees
James M. Keiter, MD watercolor
James Keiter painting House in Winter

Wood carvings that he did

my dad’s wood carvings – learning the craft during a course

I continue to feel appreciation, love and respect for him. Because he played clarinet and continuously loved music, I identify with Chopin and my own love of piano.

Frédéric Chopin’s tomb Cemetery – Cimetière du Père Lachaise

About carolkeiter
Aspiring writer, artist, musician and composer who was born and raised in the United States and has resided in several European countries. Communication is my forte; both through using various tools and in approaching people of divers backgrounds to gather information. Speak conversational - advanced intermediate - French, German and Spanish. Love interacting with people in cultural centers as much as going to remote places to learn more about the different creatures that share our planet. Love of the outdoors and of a variety of outdoor sports. Driven to learn and expand my own consciousness and understanding through curiosity and love of life. Creative skills merge with analytical ones, leading to an interest in a myriad of topics; ranging from politics, economics, science to environmental. Motivated to use my art, music and writing to support and educate people towards humane practices that support and respect all of life, including practices supporting a healthy planet.

One Response to October 19 – My Dad’s birthday

  1. Loren Booda says:

    You were blessed to know your Dad for long. His birches are so realistic! Was he present for your birth? My uncle died last week at age 102! Their generation was caring yet strong!

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