(This is an edited version of the life sketch/eulogy I gave at my mom’s memorial service in CA 2 weeks ago today. Anything I could say about mom would be thoroughly inadequate.)
My mom passed away Christmas Eve morning. I really miss her.
Sherry Lee (Hinkle) Perry, age 61, of Shakopee, MN died at home on Saturday, December 24, 2011 after a long struggle with cancer. Sherry was born February 10, 1950 in Glendale, CA to Dr. J. Lee and Myrtle Hinkle.
Sherry was a Psychiatric Nurse for 23 years in Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, and California. She played piano and organ and enjoyed singing.
Sherry is survived by her children, Jonathan Perry of Lincoln, NE, Jay and Kendra Perry of Shakopee, MN, and Christopher and Kirsten Perry of Omaha, NE, her grandchildren, Blake, Raya, and Nathaniel, her parents, J. Lee and Myrtle Hinkle, her siblings, Judy Cardenas, Marcia Hinkle, Jay Hinkle, and John Hinkle, and nephews Christian Cardenas and Daniel Williams.
Preceding Sherry in death is her brother Earl “Bud” Hinkle.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 2:00PM at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Anderson, CA. Feather River Hospital Chaplain Tom Adams will be officiating.
In lieu of flowers, Sherry has asked that donations be made to the HIV Foodbank, PO Box 493283, Redding, CA 96049 or the American Cancer Society.
Saturday night, instead of going to a birthday party with friends, I stayed home sick and built an Erector set. I’d never built one before, but received one as a gift last Christmas & didn’t crack it open until last night. It was fun and not terribly difficult to build.
Invented 100 years ago, Erector sets use nuts, bolts, pulleys, and gears and I had the option of building 4 or 5 different things (that’s why I had extra parts left over). I’ve seen some cool antique Erector sets at antique shops & almost picked one up once. I may do it yet.
For a long time I’d wanted to build one like the legions of children through the years. It’s cool to think of this old cultural bit of playtime that included inventive and industrial components. At least when I built mine, I was away from the tv and internet for a bit, so I do have some degree of self-control and completion. Even though it looks like Frankenstein’s airplane, it’s swell and I’ll have to build another set soon.
I recently returned from Hawaii after spending 2 weeks being a camera-crazed tourist (I took 1800 photos). One of my favorite parts of the trip was the snorkeling jaunt we made off the coast of the big island near Kona. Both my Uncle John and my Aunt Marcia had snorkeled in exotic spots before, whereas I’d only snorkeled in my grandparents’ swimming pool when I was 12, so I was looking forward to trying it out. Read the rest of this entry »
The Vanderbilts have the Biltmore Estate. The French royals had Versailles. Blenheim Palace is the birthplace of Winston Churchill and has a fun garden maze. Superman had the Fortress of Solitude. Um, there’s Howard’s End. See, I think it’s time I named my little house. My bachelor pad. My precious. Read the rest of this entry »
I spent a fun 4th of July with my brother Chris and his family picnicking and watching fireworks. In their backyard at lunch, my adorable 8 year-old niece sat next to me at the picnic table and asked matter-of-factly, “So, Uncle Jonathan, how old are you now?”
I paused a long moment, then mumbled into my veggieburger, “Thirty-ish.” Fully expecting her to be agog at my ancientness (and near falsehood), I was a bit surprised when she calmly continued her line of questioning.
“Thirty-ish.” She pondered my answer. “And are you dating anyone?” Read the rest of this entry »
My friend Peter posted this video online a few days ago & it’s been stuck like gum to the sole of my brain ever since. Our Friday Song, Black Kids‘ “I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You“, was released 3 years ago, but apparently not as widely as it should have been, otherwise I would’ve peppered it into various playlists long ago. The long title might work against it, but the song finds awesomeness in being the love child of The Cure and The Go! Team, 2 very different, but swell bands. Check it out. Happy Friday, Goatlings!