A Thought for Today
We can always use reminders on how to better treat each
Nan Peden was one of Rod's
most ardent fans and a regular contributor to this site and her passing
last week has left all of us the poorer.
Nan was a one woman cheer
leading squad for all things McKuen. From arranging trips to see Rod in
concert to rallying the troops to celebrate Dwight's birthday she never
missed an opportunity of spreading the McKuen message, even to the
extent of "converting" strangers she came across in the course of her
day to day activities. I have absolutely no doubt that more than a
handful of our current readers came to this site by way of a Nan Peden
Following Nan and Dave's
decision to move to California, she was finally able to realize her long
held ambition of meeting Rod in person. We're fortunate to have a record
of one those meetings and the photograph published below is a constant
reminder that good things can, and do, happen to nice people.
We miss you, Nan. Things won't be quite the same without you around.
Below is one of Nan's
contributions to this column, published in May of last year.
I have stated many times that I associate for some reason with the feelings of "A Newly Painted Bench". Long ago when I read this poem, I cried,
as if I had been there. The deep feelings of this girl and of Rod when he
saw her and yet could not make contact with her.
How many times in our lives does this happen. Love and happiness is within
reach, but we cannot secure it. Maybe that is why I cry. For the girl and
Please publish this poem so that I may read again its beauty.
Rod and Nan, Thousand
Oaks, March 2001
Wednesday column is reserved for you so drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
and let me know all about your favorite McKuen song or poem. I'll make
sure it gets published in the near future.
- Ken, Johannesburg,
Details of Rod's next
appearance can be obtained by following the link below.
Your Troubles Away" - the music of Jerry Herman