Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mother's Day Book

One of my siblings created a Mother's day book which I rather enjoyed. If they recognize it as theirs I can get it back to them.  My mother has kept it all these years. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

St. Louis Cardinals Baseball: 1968

This is the scorecard for St Louis Cardinal Baseball.  I went an saw them twice growing up.  They lost both times.  However the team was very good as the won the World Series and 1967, and were national League champs in 1968.  This game they lost 1-0 to the Chicago Cubs with Ferguson Jenkins pitching for the Cubs.  The other game I saw they lost to the Giants 2-1 with Bob Gibson pitching for the Cardinals, and Willie Mays hitting a home run for the Giants.

Mark's Career in the Theater: Once on This Island

Cupertino High School 2005.  Marks Senior year we was in the school musical portraying Daniel Beauxhomme (beautiful man) in the Cupertino High School Production of "Once on an Island."  He was cast opposite his girlfriend of the time, Milan who portray Ti Moune.  The island was two classes, those with money, and the peasant people. 
Ti Moune is a girl who is rescued from a tree after a storm.  The great rich "grand hommes" people often drive their vehicles quickly around the island, among them Daniel, who crashes in the rain.  He is nursed back to health by Ti Moune, who falls in love with him.  Daniel is take back to his own people, and nursed further back to health.  Ti Moune makes a deal with death, that he live, and her own life is death's.  Ti Moune travels across the island to be with her love, who commits to her in the song, Some Girls You Marry, and Some You Love." 
Some girls take hours to paint every perfect nail
Fragrant as flowers, all powdered and prim and pale
But you are as wild as that wind-blown tree
As dark and as deep as the midnight sea
While they're busy dressing, you lie here, warm and bold
Some girls you picture, some you hold

Some girls take courses at all the best schools in France
Riding their horses and learning their modern dance
They're clever and cultured and worldly wise
But you see the world through a child's wide eyes
Their dreams are grand ones, you want what's just in reach
Some girls you learn from, some you teach

You are not small talk or shiny cars
Or mirrors or French cologne
You are the river, the moon, the stars
You're no one else I've known

Some girls take pleasure in buying a fine trousseau
Counting each treasure and tying each tiny bow
They fold up their futures with perfumed hands
While you face the future with no demands
Some girls expect things others think nothing of
Some girls you marry, some you love
He is previously engaged, and has obligations, but things he can have a love and a wife.  However this does not work.  Death comes to retake his prize and says you must kill him or die.  She makes an attempt, but then is overcome with love and cannot kill him.  However in this she is discovered with a knife, and thrown out.  She waits ate the gates for Daniel, who finally comes with his new pride on their wedding day, and doesn't acknowledge her other than to throw coins to her as is the custom.  Overcome with grief, she is allowed to drown peacefully.  Her body washes ashore, and becomes a great tree.  The tree breaks the gate of the hotel palace.  The people are then able to mix together with love.  The show ends with Daniels son (played by Caleb) marrying a peasant girl.  The cycle of prejudice is broken.  
I am sure, Mark is the only person at the school that could have pulled off this role.  He had a steering wheel which he used to represent his big car, and skipped around the stage, until the water got him.  Somehow his younger brother, Caleb ended up in the play as well, although his was a nonspeaking part.  Mark was excellent.  His solos sent chills up your spine.  I still wish I had a recording. 

Jeremy Eighth Grade Graduation: 2003

Jeremy and Ashley with Jeremy wearing my tie form Peru

Jeremy and wrestling coach Hyde.

Miranda and Maggie

Jeremy and Dad

Mom and Jeremy

Monday, August 4, 2014

Disneyland: 2002

With Charity
We visited Disneyland for Christmas 2002.  We had a great time, but not represented well by these pictures.  Someone stole our camera, so this pictures are from a box camera we bought. 
With Caleb

MNR the kids, Jeremy, Natalia, Caleb, Charity, Miranda, Mark

Caleb, Charity, Natalia

Charity and Miranda


Caleb, Miranda Charity

Caleb and Mark who love Donald Duck


Miranda, Caleb, Natalia, Charity


The girls, Charity, Miranda, Natalia

Natalia, Mark, Miranda Charity (waiting for shuttle)

Dad and Miranda, shuttle ride

Wayne and Betty Griffin

Check out the above link.  I know Wayne when he wasn't famous.  Wayme Griffin, when I first moved to Utah and worked with Social Services, worked with juvenile probation.  HOwever after a few years, he joined social services as well.  His wife was drama teacher at the high school, and in Man of La Mancha with me and several other shows. I beat up one of his sons in the Star of Justice Outlaw Trial Festival (stage fight).  However I did not know Wayne in the capacity of softball advocate and coach.
The other interesting thing about this article is it says Bret Prevedel is a coach at the high school.  he was our neighbor and worked for BLM.  I didn't know he coached anything. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Poetry I Like: Sisterhood

This poem was with my mother's papers.  It does not mention an author.
Each of us is different from the Other.
One woman's weakness may be your strength
     While her strength may be your weakness
Thus we need one another.
The lonely need friendship,
     the sick need care,
     the feeble need support,
     the frightened, comfort.
For we all have many weaknesses and many strengths.

It is this constant giving of one's self and
     and receiving from others that brings happiness,
     nothing more.
Just as the pitcher that is emptied and refilled
     many times a day remains sparkling
     and gives the sweetest water.

Give them each day a little of your time
     your friendship,
     your sympathy,
     your understanding,
     even of you physical assistance.
And what you get in return will brighten your life
     a thousand ways.

And when you have done all these things
     You will have discovered the true meaning of