|Grace Notes about her brother Fred Sisson|
|My brother Fred Sisson had a career as a safety supervisor for the
federal government and was a husband and the father of three daughters.
He was also an avid athlete when he was diagnosed with Parkinsons
Disease at the age of 40.
Instead of becoming mired in fear and despair he made a decision to seek beauty in every day, and to help other travellers along life's path see it also. He cultivated his interests in writing poetry and taking natural light photographs into passions which have not ebbed over the years as PD brought ever more changes to his life -- passion that drew him outside in the dawn to capture the beauty of another sunrise on film, or bring sweet tears to the eyes of a stranger touched by his poetry.
He was a source of tremendous comfort and guidance to me since I, too, was diagnosed with PD in 1998.
Since Fred was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer in 2003, the beauty of his work shines even more brightly. The images of nature and people lovingly framed by his camera lens wordlessly call us to seek out and savor the beauty in and around us, all the sweeter for its transience.
Fred died on the second of March, 2006.
My favorite of Fred's poems, Passing Thoughts, is on my cd "My Life" in song form (thanks to songwriter Carey Creed who collaborated with Fred to set it to music). It goes: