George Swan was back in the Sebastopol, bearing gifts.
He's worked as a hospital administrator all around the world since he left that post at Palm Drive Hospital about 40 years ago.
George was in town to visit longtime friend Muriel Kingsbury, who'd worked back then as his administrative secretary. Having downsized recently in Denver, George brought Muriel a couple of pieces of Sonoma County art he no longer has room for.
Muriel gasped at one of them. It's a nice reproduction of a watercolor of the Frizelle Enos feed store.
The painter was Lenore Carrion, who lives right around the block from Muriel. And Lenore's husband, Al, preceded George as administrator of Palm Drive.
Muriel asked George if he knew Frizelle Enos burned down in July. He had no idea.
Muriel loves her new piece of art, a charming small-town shopping scene. She's eager to compare it to the store that rises from the ashes.