How do you capture a feeling, a spirit, the essence of moments lived with just mere words?  Working at Redstone for more than 18 years I’ve often wondered how best to capture the beauty of the many moments I’ve witnessed here.  Some might just call them the stuff that everyday lives are made up of, I call them sacred. The love, the joy, the laughter, the challenges, the heartbreak, experienced as a community, to me each is sacred.

We’ve invited residents, family members, staff, volunteers, anyone who has a Redstone experience to help us capture the essence of Redstone by sharing their experiences from their own unique perspective.

Redstone resident and friend, Ed, kicks off our new blog platform with what I hope will be a series of contributions.  When I asked Ed for a short bio, he gave me a variety of options.  I loved them all and rather than just pick one, have chosen to share them all with you.

Ed is a professor emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh.  Ed is Pennsylvania Deutschmann whose family came to North America in 1710. Ed is a descendent of an infant who was the only survivor of an Indian massacre on the Pennsylvania frontier on November 16, 1755.  Ed is from a family on whose farm General Robert E. Lee camped a few nights before he reached Gettysburg.  Ed still has the Confederate money with which the southern army “paid” for the items on the farm which the family says they stole.

If you have an experience you’d like to share, please contact me at

Linda Dickson is the Director of Community Relations at Redstone

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