Creative Ideation

About Dad

I’m sad about my Dad’s sudden passing a week ago on June 12, 2020.  He was 85 years young and had a great life. Even though I got to spend a lot of time with him the last four years, it is never enough, and the last interval seems too long, even though we had a FaceTime call several days before, and I texted with him often.

I’ve annotated the messages we sent to each other since our last FaceTime.

J Mark Morris:

A snap I sent to Dad

I sent Dad the following link of a blog article I had written about Lawrence Krauss and one of his videos. Dad had been following along on my efforts to explain to the world the fundamentals of nature and the universe. He said he was confident I was right even though he admitted he didn’t understand the science. That was both a positive and fair statement.

Lawrence Krauss : 5 Minute Physics : Episode 26

Frank Morris:

         Reacher killed dozens in Blue Moon. Interesting on planning.

Dad is referring here to the Jack Reacher novel “Blue Moon” which I had read and recommended to him. Originally Dad had hooked us both on this series about an ex-Army Military Police, but after many years the quality decreased and we both lost interest. I happened to listen to the audiobook of “Blue Moon” and realized it was back to original quality or better, and alerted Dad who then read it as well.

J Mark Morris:


         How is your cold?

Frank Morris:

         Ninety per cent healed

         Cuomo was terrific this morning

We both enjoyed Governor Cuomo, and his appearances with Chris.

J Mark Morris:

         Ill watch it!

Frank Morris:

        The amphitheater I got built on the riverfront in Brandenburg just got a roof over the stage. Probably the lead woman in the community remembered my contribution and noted it.

        Nice, huh?

J Mark Morris:

         Yeah that is great!

Frank Morris:

         Got my 1200 dollar government check on the way with my tax man.

J Mark Morris:


         Cuomo great today!

         This is the way a leader behaves, reasons, and drives change for the better in response to the citizenry, according to principles, in a multiple crisis situation. #luvguv

Frank Morris:

         Cuomo is terrific. Thanks for the taping. Going to bed

J Mark Morris:

I had sent Dad a link of Lex Fridman’s interview with his Dad.

Frank Morris:

         I just watched and appreciated Alexander Friedman. Very very good.

J Mark Morris:

         His Dad is cool.

Frank Morris:

         I keep thinking about the Friedman vid. If we had watched it together I would put it on pause and explain what I was seeing. The father’s hand movements etc clearly revealed his going from left to right brain. From science to poetry. I also thought about how I have never had any peer (save Dixie) to share my wide intellectual loops which caused me to tone down and actually circumscribe my scientific tangents (Freud and Darwin). Very interesting. Very.

J Mark Morris:

         I thought you would like it!

         Why does the son feel a distance between them?

Frank Morris:

        Several thoughts.

        1) The father went into teacher mode and never went buddy-buddy

        2) Like his father he greatly admired and loved his mother.

        3) Perhaps he picked up on his mother’s disappointment with his dad because his first love was being in his head and not his heart——though it was clear to me that the father really loved his wife. – who to him was poetry.

        By the way, do you reflect on chemistry with your physics theory?

J Mark Morris:

         Some chemistry

Frank Morris:

         4) If doing therapy with the younger Friedman I would ask him to go back in his mind to when his father moved the family to America. He hated that move and developed a module angry at his father.

J Mark Morris:

         Yeah, that is what I thought.

Frank Morris:

         Sent you some photos. Should be there Thursday.

J Mark Morris:

         I’m driving with Do Not Disturb While Driving turned on. I’ll see your message when I get where I’m going.

         (I’m not receiving notifications. If this is urgent, reply “urgent” to send a notification through with your original message.)

Frank Morris:


J Mark Morris:


Our texts ended with the following two humorous clips I had sent Dad. I hope he watched them and had a good laugh.

J Mark Morris : San Diego : California : June 19, 2020

By J Mark Morris

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