Jorge has attended the Patrick's Pub Dylan fest a few times. It's a fun night and a must for Bob Dylan fanatics. Be warned, however, that the "quiz" is really, really difficult. P&J hope to see some of you there.
Your superior correspondents primarily use Facebook to promote this phony baloney column. But it's also a good way to keep in touch with friends all over the world whom we haven't seen in a while. For instance, it's great way to touch base with former members of Rubber Rodeo, the Mundanes, Talking Heads, Barry and the Remains, and other musical acts whom Jorge used to play with back in the '70s.
This past Sunday was Mother's Day and, outside of posting the requisite Frank Zappa tune — in this case, "Peaches en Regalia" — we spent a good deal of time checking out old family photos of our friends' mothers. Many were stunningly beautiful.
Jorge's mother passed away more than 18 years ago and, unfortunately, he doesn't have the scanning equipment to post any old photographs. (Though he was able to post one of him and his mother that ran in the Other Paper for Mother's Day, 1984). She — Marjorie Jenks McCrae — was an amazing woman who was very active in Pawtucket communities and held interesting jobs over the years. She was the secretary for Hasbro's Don Levine, for example, at the time he invented G.I. Joe.
To Jorge's eternal gratitude, Marge also took an interest in genealogy and traced the family roots back to Roger Williams. Being a direct descendant of Vo Dilun's founder was not something Jorge knew about, though he did know that he was related to Joseph Jenks, the founder of Pawtucket, because, well, that was his mother's name.
Needless to say, Jorge misses his mother terribly. She was the real force of energy that kept the family close.
Phillipe was also fortunate enough to have a wonderful mother, whose strength is (still) beyond measure. Widowed at age 34 with a one-year-old, three-year-old, and a nine-year-old who had just undergone open heart surgery (Phillipe), she soldiered on through her faith and was rewarded by remarrying a marvelous man whom she stayed with for 40 years until his death.
She recently suffered a mini-stroke at her Florida home, so this Mother's Day had special significance, because, while there is no doubt about the love involved, it only takes a scare like that to realize how much she would be missed.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Although Phillipe and Jorge have heard this used in other places, the extremely optimistic quote below was recently attributed by CNN to longtime Casa Diablo idol and inspiration John Lennon:
"Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end."
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