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Old TV Shows -- Yes, I Find Them Meaningful

One day last week they aired the episode of "Little House on the Prairie" -- "Castoffs" -- where Laura's dog Jack has died. This also featured the 'new' character Kezia Horn, played by Hermione Baddeley (who was a regular on the series from 1977-1979).

A stray dog -- Bandit -- is trying unsuccessfully to get Laura's attention. She isn't having any of it! Laura makes the point that Jack was her dog -- and she still loves him. If feels like a betrayal to her to love another dog. She's rejecting Bandit, while much of the town is rejecting the quirky Kezia. Wise Kezia shows her this, helping her to realize it's time to move on.

By the way, I recall seeing this exact episode right after our cats Indy and April had to be put down last year. (There was a point when I felt I might never have another cat again.)

I liked the episode, which spoke to something I strongly believe: If you really love someone -- and then they die (you lose them one way or another) -- it's wrong to grieve endlessly and believe you can never love deeply again. In fact, I feel it's a testament to the love you've felt for someone who has passed on if you can move on and love again!

Yes, I strongly believe this -- love multiplies -- if we let it.

Anyway, here we are (Marilyn mistressmarilyn and I) with yet another cat, less than a year later. (smile)

This morning on "The Waltons" was the episode "The Pony Cart," featuring the amazing actress Beulah Bondi as (Aunt) Martha Corinne Walton. (It was a recurring role -- originally we saw Martha Corinne in "The Conflict" two years prior to this episode.) Bondi was 88 at the time she appeared in this role.

This episode deals with death and how one faces dying. I love the scene where Martha Corinne is picking daisies in a field and has her fatal heart attack. She's half kneeling and half leaning in the green, flower-filled meadow and looking up at the sunlight, treetops and sky with a huge smile on her face. Actor Bondi conveys so much with her expressions in that short scene!

I hope that one day I'll greet my own death with as much warmth and clear gratitude for the life I've lived as did Martha Corinne... (Bondi won a much-deserved Emmy for that role, by the way!)

Yes, it may seem morbid to some, but like it or not we're all going there someday. It's impossible to avoid it. Additionally, we never know when that day may come. While we might like the idea of living to the ripe-old-age-of-whatever, death can visit us at any time and any age... (I don't think you have to be old or older to consider it from time to time! It's not like I dwell on it, or anything.)


(Oh, it's also the episode where Cora Beth and Ike Godsey adopt their daughter Amy. Yes, I've probably seen every episode ever made of "The Waltons" -- many of them several times over...)

Beluah Bondi

The character actress Beluah Bondi was a great favorite of directors and audiences. She appeared in many major and/or great films, including "Trail of the Lonesome Pine" (1936), "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939), "Our Town" (1940), and "Penny Serenade" (1941).

As a highly respected first-tier character actress, Bondi won two Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominations for "The Gorgeous Hussy" (1936) and "Of Human Hearts" (1938). She won an Emmy Award in 1976 for her turn in the television program "The Waltons."

She was born Beulah Bondy on May 3, 1888 in Chicago, Illinois. She began as a stage actress in the 1920's, with a Broadway debut in "One of the Family," in 1925.

Bondi began acting in movies at the (advanced) age of 43. Her motion picture debut (in 1931) was in the movie adaptation of "Street Scene," recreating the role she had originated on the Broadway stage. Talkies were still new then!

Bondi appeared in four more Broadway plays from 1931 to 1934, only one of which, "The Late Christopher Bean," was a hit. For the rest of her professional life, her career was primarily in film and television.

She was typecast as mothers and later, grandmothers, and played James Stewart's mother four times, most famously as 'Ma Bailey' in the well-known "It's a Wonderful Life."

Her greatest role is considered her turn in Leo McCarey's Depression-Era melodrama "Make Way for Tomorrow" (1937), in which she played a mother abandoned by her children.

Beluah Bondi died on January 11, 1981 from complications from an accident, where she broke ribs after falling over her cat. She was 92 years old.

(The above are some bits and pieces I took from her mini-bio over at

Back to work!

Tags: 2006, death, loss-and-love, may-2006, the-waltons

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