This morning, before my day really got moving, tragedy struck in Florida. Davy Jones, a member of The Monkees, a band that was all the rage during my childhood in the mid-1960's, passed away suddenly of a heart attack. By late this afternoon, most of my female Facebook friends were reminiscing about how they had a crush on Mr. Jones when they were younger. While I don't recall having a crush on the gentleman, or having a poster of him displayed over my bed, I do remember watching The Monkees television show and listening to their music on the radio. I may even have owned one of their records.
My daugther, being in her twenties, had never heard of Davy Jones or The Monkees, so I decided to visit YouTube for some samples of their work. It was fun watching her reaction to some of the lyrics and goofy videos that have been posted from the TV show. "I'm a Believer" is a favorite of many people (me included), as is "The Last Train to Clarksville." Katherine the Great is partial to this one, "Auntie Grizelda."
Frankly, I don't recall this song, so it was new to both of us. Take a listen and remember Davy Jones, the heartthrob who was named top teen idol of all time by Yahoo Music in 2008. To read a bit more about his life, visit this article at Legacy.com.
Inspired by a little-known picture book from the pen of Bethany Tudor, this is a diary, of sorts, where I document some of my thoughts, activities, and ideas as I explore the challenges met by the characters in the story: hard work, the care and nurture of others, housekeeping skills, life changes, charity, community, and cooperation, among others. Like Samuel and Samantha, the ducks in the tale, I struggle and succeed, cope and celebrate, work and play, handling the tasks that come my way. I invite you to join me on my journey.