Keeping it Simple in Vernie’s Home and Garden

Article & photos by Melodie Yvonne

LAFAYETTE, IN (September 5, 2019) – Vernie Long lived a beautiful yet modest life in Lafayette, Indiana. She cared very much for every single soul that crossed her path, and she did so with all of her heart. Her best advice to her beloved grandson, the legendary Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon, as well as to the rest of the world was to “keep it simple, stupid”, and her life shined from following her own wise advice. She kept it simple having no need for the flashy lifestyle that popularity can sometimes bring, and her doors were always open to one and all.

Vernie loved with reckless abandon, and lived her life to the fullest leaving behind a legacy that will be celebrated for many moons to come. Her energy can still be felt vibrating where she lived for so long, and that makes it still to this day one of the most welcoming homes in Hoosierland. Nel Hoon, Vernie’s daughter and Shannon’s mom, recently moved into the ethereal abode carrying a magnanimous spirit not unlike Vernie’s. Nel is also intent on following in her mother’s simple and good hearted lifestyle. If home is where the heart is then this home has heart written all over it in capital letters, and this house as well as its inhabitants will surely keep on shining for countless generations ahead.

Check out the full gallery from the walkthrough of Vernie’s home & garden in Lafayette, Indiana below, and keep scrolling for the inspired video

All photos and video are inspired by and dedicated to Nel Hoon and Vernie Long <3 <3 <3

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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne Ramey, owner, editor, & contributor at Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the young age of 5, and was immediately hooked. Every trip, even just to the local park, was turned into a fantasy scene of her own imagination that would later be turned into epic tales in word and photos.

Melodie spent her teen years learning from and mentoring under professionals such as Richard Young, John Sheckler, and The Grand Conundrum. She received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors such as Hoosier photographer Darryl Jones, Jonathan Wilson, and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up with photography and listening to amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when they hear the music. She wanted to help people SEE the music by capturing every magical moment of concerts that she could only dream about as she gazed into music magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to even being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography, as well as one of a kind photographic creations. Melodie published her first print book Photographic Memories: In the Beginning, a collection of poetry, in 2011, and has since published 2 more print works, Photographic Memories: Meet me in the Middle and Hoosier Heavens, her first photo book. Melodie currently acts as publisher, editor & lead contributor at Photographic Melodie and does freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and artists.

Melodie says, “I started out with a Tweety bird camera and a dream and I never let go. I will always love photography and the vessel it has given me to share the images of my heart and mind with the world. I have found that every single person on this earth visualizes the world in very different ways. Some people are optimists, some are pessimists. Some people are daydreamers, and others keep their feet firmly planted on the ground. Photography allows me to show some of these different visualizations. It allows the rationalist to see that it’s okay to dream, it can show the monsters hidden in the dark, and it can show even the saddest of people that there is still joy in the world.”

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