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Thank You, Dad | Father’s Day 2019



I am very grateful to Dad today.

The summer, especially June, especially in my family, is filled with celebrations. We have many, many birthdays and anniversaries and we tend to get together for each one of these events or, at least, celebrate them in combination when we are together.

Father’s Day is, of course, one of these celebrations and something very obvious occurs to me on the occasion of this Father’s Day: without my father, we would not be getting together for any of these events. In fact, this combination of people would not be getting together at all. Some of us most of us would not even be alive.

It’s obvious, I know. It’s how families work: a mom and a dad get together and begats began begetting. I understand. And, equally obviously, without our mother, we’d not be around either but today is about Dad and the following is true of him:

  • Dad instilled in us a deep love of family. He was deeply loyal and incredibly protective. My mothers and sisters inhabit that space he left us.
  • Dad was incredibly dry and funny and the whole family continues to lovingly joke with and tease each other just the way Dad did.
  • Dad cared about serving others and I think he would be so proud of the lives his children and grandchildren have chosen and are choosing.
  • Dad loved food and gatherings and all of us around a table and, try as I might, I cannot avoid the continuation of family celebrations. In truth I do not want to

I know that not everyone has the father and grandfather my sisters and were blessed to have. We were blessed and every day, my dad influences my life. No one is ever really gone, right? Dad is not. He lives in days like Father’s Day but he lives in each of us as well and in the many people his life of service touched and in the lives his family continues to touch

Happy Father’s Day, Old Man. And thank you.

 

 

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Link’n’Blog – 2.15.19: Comic Love

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I loved Lincoln Logs when I was a kid. Though I never entertained the idea that I would be a designer, engineer or architect, something about putting together these wooden and plastic pieces was simply simple fun. Connecting to ideas through the blogosphere seems similar to this pursuit, hence the title of this weekly post. Each Friday, I intend to post something interesting I’ve read out there on the internets. Hopefully others will find these posts as fun or thought provoking as I have.

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day. If you’re a comic book fan, you have to check out some of the titles list in this article from Game of Nerds. Click the image!

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Martin Luther King, Jr And Star Trek

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I have no desire to trivialize Martin Luther King, Jr on this holiday in his honor. His contributions to the annals of humanity are vast and great and far beyond my abilities to explain or encapsulate. So I only offer, today, this one anecdote of which I’ve written before (during Women’s History Month a few years back).

Nichelle Nichols played Lt. Uhura on the original Star Trek. Her casting, a black woman as an officer on a starship in the future, was no small thing (credit series creator Gene Roddenberry for that) but, after the first season of the show, the actress tired of having little to do and little to say beyond “hailing frequencies open.” She had also been offered a Broadway role. Nichols determined to leave the show and informed Roddenberry of her decision in a letter.

Ebony Magazine. 1967.

Ebony Magazine. 1967.

At an event she remembers now as being an anti-Vietnam War Rally, Nichols met Dr. King and shared with him her decision. King dissuaded her from leaving Star Trek pointing out that her performance as Uhura allowed audiences to see black people as they should be seen.

Nichols rescinded her resignation.

You can read a wonderful account of this story (from comicbookresources.com HERE).

Though this is not Dr. King’s greatest contribution to American history, it should not be overlooked too readily. It is impossible to count the number of people inspired by Nichelle Nichols’ role as Uhura.

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Grateful 2018


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Again, on this Thanksgiving as I do on most others, I share this with you:

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The Cinnamon Girl and I have more than we could ever enumerate.

We have 3 wonderful children.

We have two careers we love.

We have a roof over our heads.

We have 5 lovely pets.

We have cars to drive, food to eat, pillows under our heads.

We have family we love.

We have friends we enjoy.

We have a God who loves us.

We have more than we deserve.

We are grateful.

We are blessed.

We are loved.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!

 

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Knock, Knock, Knock And Then We’ll Shout… Halloween!


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I originally posted this one on a Halloween many full moons ago and it seems appropriate to revisit it when the leaves are falling, the wind is more crisp and Halloween is here. Special thanks this year to my sister, The Dedicated Librarian for uncovering the ACTUAL piano music book we had as kids!

When I was a kid, I had piano lessons once a week for years.

They didn’t take. I play guitar now…

But, every October 31st, I have the desire to sit back down at a keyboard and plunk out one of the few songs I think I still remember note-for-note. No, I am sure that I remember it.

Except for the title. The title, I didn’t remember, but a quick, internet search told me it’s called (creatively) Halloween Song. That same search revealed that I (and my sisters) are not the only people of a certain age who learned it. Many folks did.

I have great memories of Halloween and I am more mindful of them now because Halloween is The Cinnamon Girl’s favorite holiday.

I remember…

  • the spray painted gray robot costume made of boxes and brown paper bags, milk caps and 8-track tapes
  • wearing coats over my costumes on many, many Halloweens because of snow
  • perfecting the “Clark Kent-changing-into-Superman” costume long before I saw it marketed
  • choosing and making costumes for Stretch and Sous Chef when they were younger
  • HJ jr meeting my father for the first time at a Halloween party. Dad was dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow and HJ jr thought the fairly sizable hernia jutting under the costume was part of the costume… he was shocked when he next met Dad in normal clothes!
  • watching the joy that this holiday brings The Cinnamon Girl

But, I must admit, all of those memories are set to the sound track of Halloween Song. I remember it so well… I know all the lyrics!

So, happy fall, all! Great ready for All Hallows Eve and enjoy the song!

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Halloween the wind is blowing, spooks and goblins all about!

Halloween and out we’re going, now to play the game shout out.
Knock, knock, knock, and then we’ll shout!
Knock, knock, knock, shout out shout out!
Then a gust of wind comes blowing, blows my jack-o-lantern out”

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Link’n’Blogs – 10.26.18: Stephen King – Ranked


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I loved Lincoln Logs when I was a kid. Though I never entertained the idea that I would be a designer, engineer or architect, something about putting together these wooden and plastic pieces was simply simple fun. Connecting to ideas through the blogosphere seems similar to this pursuit, hence the title of this weekly post. Each Friday, I intend to post something interesting I’ve read out there on the internets. Hopefully others will find these posts as fun or thought provoking as I have.

Halloween is just around the corner. Each Halloween, I select a Stephen King book to read or, more likely, re-read. Believe it or not, my choice this year is going to be IT which I will listen to as I commute to and from work.

Only in the day time.

Only in the light.

Barnes and Noble has provided us with a list of all his novels ranked from least to most scary… click Uncle Stevie below for their list, if you dare.

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The Fourth Is Upon Us, 2018


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Happy Independence Day, America!

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The older I get, the more patriotic I become. I have noted that progression in myself for years. I think it’s a good thing. While there is a lot to be critical of, there is also a lot to love about living in the United States of America and being an American citizen, but politics are not the subject of this blog. Impressions of the Fourth of July are!

One: COOKIES!

Two: Patriotic Trek

Did you know there are all kinds of patriotic episodes of Star Trek? You should know (and watch them!). Declare Your Independence with These Classic Star Trek Episodes (from trekmovie.com.)

Three: Star Trek Screws up Patriotism

There are a number of egregious references to the United States of America (not involving time travel) in the original Star Trek television series but here are two that really, really stand out: In the episode “The Omega Glory,” Kirk and the crew encounter two warring factions on a planet called “the Yangs” and “the Khoms.” Allegory alert anyone? How subtle is the clip (called by some “Kirk’s Greatest Speech Ever”) you can see HERE?

Worse, though, is the episode entitled “The Savage Curtain” during which Kirk and company encounter a being that believes he IS Abraham Lincoln! Ouch.

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Four: Neil Diamond Gets Patriotism Right

I could listen to Neil Diamond music all day long. In fact, sometimes, I do. Somehow, some way, a number of Neil Diamond songs have become anthems for patriotism. A less obvious example is “Sweet Caroline” which Diamond admitted he was inspired to write by a young Caroline Kennedy. In recent years it has developed into a 7th inning stretch favorite for the Boston Red Sox. At no time was this more poignant than after the Boston Marathon bombing when not only the Red Sox played it (Neil was there to sing it), but stadiums around the country followed suit. You can see Neil belt it out HERE.

More obvious is Neil’s Coming to America. The break out hit from Diamond’s more-watchable-than-you-remember The Jazz Singer, Diamond’s song is a passionate anthem for the immigrant history of this country. This song has a special place in my heart as I once sang it on the radio to try to win a contest for free Neil Diamond concert tickets but, as the radio hosts were about to award me the tickets, they accidentally dropped my call. I am still bitter.  You can hear Neil HERE.

Five: The movie Independence Day

You remember the speech. Watch it HERE again. Then stand up and salute! Better than the sequel from what I hear…

Six: President Obama Almost Cancels Independence Day 

The Cinnamon Girl has, in recent years, made am AMAZING Fourth of July cake.

Here it is:

Three years ago, wondering if the cake had lost its appeal at the traditional family gathering, she suggested she was going to bring a different dessert. I let The Mater know, as she was hosting the family as she had for years, so that she could plan accordingly. About an hour later, the phone rang and Dad was on the saying: “President Obama called. He’s canceled the Fourth of July unless you bring the cake. Bring the cake.” She brought the cake.

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Happy Fourth of July, all!

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