My Better Angel – and a new look

We have a new look for the blog header!  The header design itself is based on a photograph of my great-uncle, Dr. Guy Wilson Daugherty, as he walked down an unpaved road in Fayette County, West Virginia, probably about 80 years ago.  My good friend Mark Wolfe of Mark Wolfe Design used the photograph you see in the Facebook page profile picture to create an original concept for Esse Diem.  In this photo, Guy is home visiting during his residency at the Mayo Clinic.  He ultimately became a cardiologist there.

Guy Wilson Daugherty, Fayette County, WV

My Uncle Guy was one of the greatest men I have ever known.  His memory inspires me always to remember that reaching for excellence must be matched with humility and integrity and a spirit of doing for others.  I can think of no better angel of my own nature watching over me and others here as we “dare to read, think, speak and write.”

I hope you like the new look!  Do let me know what you think.

Image credit: The Daugherty Family archives

4 thoughts on “My Better Angel – and a new look

    • Thanks so much! I knew I wanted to use his photo all along, which is why I spent some time with the previous image of a lone figure walking down a road. This picture is one of my favorite family photographs. He was such an amazing man. I love how he is looking up and forward, dressed in a suit and tie in such a rural setting. My husband said, “Look at his tie. It’s the perfect length and his shoes are shined.”

    • I appreciate the feedback, and of course am glad you like the new look! Honestly it took me some time to develop a relationship with it. I knew the photograph well, and completely trusted Mark (Mark Wolfe Design) to turn it into the right design. I feel as you do, it sets an effective tone for writing, especially the kinds of things I write.

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