May, 2020 - 100,000 - Be Safe, Zoom, Moms, Scout, Cavas

May Day! May Day! May Day!

That pretty much sums up how I feel about this month. We have crossed the threshold of over 100,000 deaths in three months in the USA. Following the advice of the CDC does not make me irrational or hysterical. Some people (with guns in front of courthouses) would have you believe otherwise. It feels like we are being gas-lighted. People - PLEASE - stay home, stay safe. Practice social distancing. Wear a mask. Reckless disregard of these simple safety measures put us all at risk. Your freedoms aren’t being trampled. At worst, you will be slightly inconvenienced. But if you are wrong – woe to us. The second wave of this pandemic could be massive and lead us into a long, dark winter. And now there has been another 'death for being black' by police in MN. This is why they kneeled. I understand the anger - but not the burning and looting. And yes, MOST cops are good guys. Huge waves of sadness wash over me some days and it is very difficult to quiet my mind.

On to happier thoughts…
Tom did his first Zoom birthday party magic show. We had great a response. The audience of 12 remote kids experienced a real close up magic show. And everyone had the best seat in the house! I am now officially in charge of: camera, lighting, wardrobe, tech, set design, and art direction and catering. LOL. I’ve been using my cellphone since high demand webcams are almost impossible to get. I found a solution - an app called EpocCam/Kinoni - that turns a cell phone into a webcam. You too can book Burgermeister Magic for a show that is family-friendly and great for any event - any time that people gather...virtually, of course. I also joined a Zoom Vintage Movie discussion group. We’ve chatted for 2 hours each meeting. The first subject was the 1944 classic ‘Laura’ - a great crime and romance film noir. It has one of the most luscious film scores featuring the award wining David Raksin title song ‘Laura’ - one of my favorite jazz standards. I also have been meeting up regularly on Zoom with my besties – Alice, Peggy and Carmen. We also usually yak for 2 hours before we run out of stuff to say.
Hope your Mother’s Day was meaningful. Even if you don’t have a close relationship with your mom, or she has passed on - celebrating all the love and nurturing in the world would be a great way to honor the day. Or think of the caretaker heroes who show their mother-like love to patients every single day. Tom and I are blessed to have our wonderful moms. Sandy B is continuing her struggle with late stage Alzheimer’s. She tires easily and mostly speaks in word-salad. But she still brightens up when she talks to Tom. These are the things we hang on to. We were so happy to have an in-person brunch with her and our kids on a sleety Sunday. For my mom, an impromptu sunny afternoon gathering was just the ticket. My brother had just installed a new fence and patio set with fire pit in his yard. So the siblings and spouses all met Mom there - staying 6 feet apart - with flowers and outstretched arms to a mom we could not hug!!! Other than a few grocery trips, a beer run with brews on the patio, and Driving Miss Daisy through the park - that’s all I’ve seen of her in months. I miss my MAMA time!!! Looking forward to warmer days when we can steal a few more visits outdoors or take a drive – with mom always safely masked in the back seat.
I took a solo photo-walk on a beautiful day in Scout Lake Park (see beautiful photos!) on Loomis & Grange at 59th Street. I discovered it on google maps while out cruising for drive-by shooting locations. The entrance is easy to miss, but the walk in nature was so serene. Just what I needed. There is a nice sized lake, pavilion and fishing peer, and several scenic trails on hilly terrain.
My art jobs have been dragged out with extended timelines and clients renegotiating designs. At least none of them have cancelled. I designed a few flyers and a vermouth label for my old friend Chef Ana. Her newly opened CAVAS in the 3rd Ward, was just getting under way before the shutdown and has been nominated for best new restaurant in Milwaukee Magazine! VOTE here. CAVAS is open for curbside pick up if you want to try out her always scrumptious offerings - and the socially safe patio will be open soon.
Hey - I got a check from Trump. I feel like a porn star! 😉
Butterflies / 2 Moms / Scout Lake trail / Whitnall Park flowers
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