Today would have been my maternal grandfather Ivan Selmer Parker’s 100th birthday. I was searching the files, looking for photographs of him and only found a few digitized ones, which got me wondering if I just have memories of photographs I have seen. I mean, the photos exist, but they are in old photo albums and I’ve just memorized them. He passed away about a month before my high school graduation which was far too early in my development to adulthood. Luckily, I visited a place he built as frequently as I could, a little lake cabin in the woods. It became my refuge and at one point, it saved my sanity, if not my actual life. I spent the next twenty years using all my resources fixing and maintaining his little cabin until the family sold it. As heartbreaking as it was to see it go (I still have dreams about it), I have pictures that are memories. I also have a hammer of his in my toolbox and his wedding ring on my finger.
This week, I started following all the Democratic candidates on their social media accounts and subscribed on their websites. I have nothing yet to report, but will be paying much closer attention to the movement. Adjacent to that, I have also been actually signing petitions, sending letters to elected officials, and sharing the tweets that all the progressive causes email me about. Being a keyboard activist is slightly better than being no activist at all. This time and this upcoming November election is very important and we all need to do our part to whatever level we can. While I have my favorites, I believe that we no longer have the luxury to be idealistic and waste our vote on candidates that have no impact in defeating Donald Trump. I believe we all need a pragmatic approach, keeping our focus on the needed outcome, and fully support the candidate that gets the nomination in July. #BlueNoMatterWho
As part of my 50th year, I want to post my camera roll (all the photos I took the week before) to instagram and then cross post them here. We take so many pictures with our phones, but what ever happens to them? I also want to do something new and noteworthy each month this year. You may remember in January, I self-published a book of my poetry for Kindle and paperback (find more info HERE or under Books on the menu bar or click on the little book icon at the bottom of this post *end self-promotion*), but what am I going to do for February? I have no idea and am open to suggestions, but I am not interested in sky diving. Here’s this week’s camera roll:
This week, I binged Daybreak on Netflix. A post-apocalyptic high school comedy-drama often set in a shopping mall. Think Night of the Comet, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Mallrats, Heathers, Mad Max, and Riverdale. It reminds me of Ryan Murphy’s Popular, if there were zombies.
This week on YouTube, I liked one video that wasn’t related to my researching posts. It was March 18, 1983 CBS commercials
This week on Instagram, I posted three photos of inspirational people on their birthdays. The most popular was Jack Lemmon:
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Today is Jack Lemmon's 95th birthday. Throughout his career, he turned in consistently top notch performances and made his "every man" persona so desirable. Watch him with Judy Holliday in It Should Happen To You, with Shirley MacLaine in The Apartment, and Sandy Dennis in The Out of Towners. You won't take your eyes off him. Then watch The China Syndrome and you will witness the range of his 50 year resume. He is one of my very favorite actors. The world is a better place because he was in it and still feels the loss that he has left. #JackLemmon