Welcome to the 2021 version of SCHOCK MCCOY PRODUCTIONS by J.H.McCoy. This website is dedicated to my mother, Gloria (Schock) McCoy, and named in her honor. Since it was founded in 2015, her JOURNAL and ALBUM have always been prominent features - now some of her recipes have been added to the website (RECIPES). The new format for the HOMEPAGE is seasonal and allows for frequent photo updates. The NEWS section is about some of my recent activities, and PHOTO-ESSAYS features my trips to iconic locations in the U.S. Since I am currently on sabbatical from The Minden City Herald, the Archives section has been replaced by a short history of the Schock family (HISTORY). It was written 50 years ago (1970) by Edward D. Schock, my great-uncle. I edited it in 2020.
I hope that you will always find something interesting on this website and that you will pass the word about it, especially since Schock McCoy Productions is no longer on Facebook or Twitter. Thank you for stopping by.
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J.H. (John Herbert) McCoy
9636 Roberts Rd., Harbor Beach, MI 48441 / [email protected] / (989) 479-9594 / (989) 551-9487
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SPRING *** THE CAMERA SKETCH BOOK *** SPRING
*** With apologies to Washington Irving and THE SKETCH BOOK OF GEOFFREY CRAYON, GENT. (1819-1820).
(Click on small "pics" to enlarge)
THE "BURN BOSS" IN THE WHITE HELMET
++ some photos in THE CAMERA SKETCH BOOK have been edited ++
"THE QUESTION IS NOT WHAT YOU LOOK AT BUT WHAT YOU SEE."
HENRY DAVID THOREAU (1817 - 1862)
SAND BEACH TOWNSHIP
THE THUMB & THE NATION
Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.
1619 MAIN STREET, MINDEN CITY, MICHIGAN - SPRING 2013
A PRAYER IN SPRING - ROBERT FROST
Click on pic: Find MARS
in the March night sky** **Orion & Taurus
(Aldebaran - "eye of the Bull")
"THE SCHOCK FAMILY TREE" by Edward D. Schock (1970) edited by J.H.McCoy
"For every person who has ever lived there has come, at last, a spring he will never see. Glory then in the springs that are yours." - Pam Brown (Australian poet)
In 2013, Gloria was gone before her spring flowers bloomed.
PUSSY WILLOWS IN AN OLD FENCE LINE
"SWEET VIOLETS / SWEETER THAN ALL THE ROSES..."
"THE BLUE AND BRIGHT-EYED FLOWERET OF THE BROOK, HOPE'S
GENTLE GEM, THE SWEET FORGET-ME-NOT" - SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE
"I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze."
WILLIAM WORDSWORTH (1770-1850)
LOVELIEST OF TREES
Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.
Now, of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.
And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.
A.E. HOUSMAN (1859-1936)
"We loiter in winter while it is already spring. In a pleasant spring morning all men's sins are forgiven." HENRY DAVID THOREAU
IN MEMORY OF RICHARD J. MCCOY, COUSIN AND FRIEND
MAY 3, 1951 - JANUARY 8, 2021
IT IS HARD TO SAY "GOODBYE" TO RICK. THERE ARE REALLY NO WORDS TO EXPRESS THE PROFOUND SADNESS I FELT AT HIS UNEXPECTED AND UNTIMELY PASSING. HE WAS A SPECIAL PERSON - INTELLIGENT, FOCUSED, THOUGHTFUL AND CONCERNED. HE WAS INTERESTED IN EVERYTHING AROUND HIM AND GENEROUS WITH HIS TIME. NOW AND THEN, HE STOPPED IN TO SEE MY PARENTS, "UNCLE JOE" AND "AUNT GLORIA." THEY ALWAYS ENJOYED HIS VISITS.
SOMETIMES, RICK BROUGHT ME LITTLE GIFTS WHEN HE DROPPED BY:
A BOOK ABOUT JOHN MUIR THAT HE READ AND WANTED ME TO HAVE; AN
AFRICAN ANTELOPE CARVING HE SAW AT A SALE AND THOUGHT I WOULD LIKE.
HE TOLD ME MANY TIMES HOW MUCH HE ENJOYED MY ARTICLES IN "THE MINDEN CITY HERALD." HE WAS MY BIGGEST FAN.
I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER RICK READING A POEM AT HIS DAD'S 80TH SURPRISE BIRTHDAY PARTY IN THE MINDEN CITY HALL. IT WAS SPRINGTIME - MAY OF 1997. HE HAD FOUND A POEM HE THOUGHT APPROPRIATE FOR THE OCCASION - "A PRAYER IN SPRING" BY ROBERT FROST:
"OH, GIVE US PLEASURE IN THE FLOWERS TO-DAY;
AND GIVE US NOT TO THINK SO FAR AWAY
AS THE UNCERTAIN HARVEST; KEEP US HERE
ALL SIMPLY IN THE SPRINGING OF THE YEAR...."
RICK LOVED NATURE: THE FLOWERS, THE TREES, THE CHANGING SEASONS. HE COULD NOT STAY, BUT HIS MEMORY WILL LIVE ON, ESPECIALLY IN THE "SPRINGING OF THE YEAR" WHEN NEW LIFE EMERGES AND THE DEADNESS
OF WINTER IS FORGOTTEN.
REST IN ETERNAL PEACE, RICHARD JOHN MCCOY. YOUR LIFE WAS A BLESSING
TO MANY. I WAS HONORED TO KNOW YOU.
DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO PATRICIA, JUSTIN, SIMON, KATHRYN, WILLIAM,
AND THE ENTIRE FAMILY.