Recently I wanted to write a post leading up to today, Star Trek Day (September 8th) but the other week, my husband, I, and both of our young adult sons all got Covid within four days of each other. Thankfully, we are all well and recovered now. Please get your vaccines and boosters, it will make the ailment SO MUCH easier to deal with and I have no doubt it saved us from much worse.
So today (September 8th) I was all set to write a post to celebrate Star Trek Day when I heard the sad news that Queen Elizabeth has passed at 96. She had a long, amazing and truly dedicated life to the people of Great Britain, and will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences to Her family and the nation that loved her.
I will be posting articles on both of these events soon, and I thank you for your patience. In the meantime, you can check the post for Star Trek Day that I posted 2 years ago here, and you can see the collage I made for Queen Elizabeth’s 70th Anniversary Jubilee earlier this year here.
See you here soon, for now, sending hugs, Therese xo
Today, of course is the 4th anniversary of Mr. Nimoy’s passing. Hard to believe it’s been so long already, but as I grow older, it seems time flies by faster too.
In this regard, although it’s still sad that Leonard passed far too soon for his family and fans worldwide to bear, what remains true forever is not how long his life was, but what he did with it.
One thing I always admired about him was his ambition to be more than just one thing to himself. He knew he’d always be Spock, but he never stopped being Leonard; a man of ambition, compassion, and endless curiosity. And that’s something we all can aspire to. His joy in all his pursuits from photography to writing, to philanthropy and in his ability to be open to all new discoveries in his lifetime was truly never a life wasted. He had a wonderful life, and never took his time on Earth for granted, especially toward the end.
In this regard, isn’t that what we must all hope for in our own lives? The expression “Life is short” tends to become truer as we age. I’m 57 as I write this, (April birthday) and I realize that all I want to accomplish in my life may not come to pass, but that doesn’t mean we stop pursuing our dreams.
In the spirit of Mr. Nimoy’s wonderful, productive life, I wish you all the satisfaction of a life well lived. May we all live Long and Prosper, and thank you Mr. Nimoy, for being a role model of a life lived with love, passion, and commitment to his abilities and family. Forever in our hearts <3
It is with a very heavy heart that I report today that our friend Celeste Yarnall has passed away. Surrounded by her loving family, she will never be forgotten. She is forever remembered to us Trek fans as Yeoman Martha Landon in The Apple, but she was so much more.
Celeste and her beloved Nazim in 2013. Soulmates so happy together.
Celeste passed on Sunday night after a hellish battle with cancer which began as ovarian four years ago and evolved into lung cancer recently. I can only imagine how awful it was when it was reported recently that she had non-stop coughing, pain, and mucus from the lung invasion. When I read that she was in hospice, I suspected that she was soon to be on her final celestial journey. I send my deepest condolences and comfort to her husband Nazim, daughter Cami, and granddaughter Gaby. You were her rock and her heart.
I first became friends with Celeste through Facebook. It was there I had learned of her cancer and I was determined to help her raise money through her cancer fund to help her with medical payments. I had sent her my interpretation of her Star Trek episode, The Apple, as a movie poster:
She liked it so much, she printed it up big and displayed it frequently at her autograph signings! I was so honored.
Inspired, I created numerous Star Trek ‘funnies‘ depicting her in her role as Yeoman Martha Landon in The Apple with Trek characters encouraging donations, like this one: I also like making artistic portraits of her as Martha the occasional collages for her business ventures like Bemer and Hemp Oil. She really enjoyed these, and was so gracious and thankful when she posted them on her blogs. I hope they helped.
One of the first things I did after making Celeste’s acquaintance was making her a pretty peach floral pillowcase. We often conversed through Facebook and I had the joyous fortune of several phone conversations with her, and we would talk health, family, and occasionally Elvis and Star Trek. She was so funny and dear, and very passionate about letting people know about wellness and the promise of Immunotherapy, which helped her battle the ovarian cancer. She was comforting to me when I was going through my time with minor breast cancer,(Stage 0 – now free) which was nothing compared to hers. But she understood my fears, and gave me comfort, which helped me through it. Forever grateful.
My only regret is that I never got to meet her personally. I couldn’t really afford a trip to Las Vegas to see her in one of her annual appearances there. If I had known this year’s would be her last, I’d have happily gone into credit debt to see her. But that is life, and I am so blessed that I got to know her in these past few years.
When I heard of her hospice care, I immediately started making a photo book for her through a photo site. It was a collection of all the funnies and posters I made for her. Sadly, although it is on its way as I write this, she’ll never see it. But I truly hope that Nazim and Cami will take comfort in it as a memorial. They have worked so hard for her, and I pray they know that all their efforts were not in vain.
Celeste’s last artistic request to me was for a poster that read “Keep Calm and Beam Me Up” I made the one below, and she was very pleased. Yet I can’t help but think that she knew the end was coming, and this was her subtle way of saying goodbye. And now that she has beamed up to the celestial heavens, I know she will be welcomed there with all the love and more that she had on Earth. Goodnight Dearest, Sweet Yeoman, my friend. You are forever in my heart. <3
(L) Leonard Nimoy as Spock, 1966, for TV Guide (R) Leonard Nimoy in 2013, Original Photo by Therese Bohn
I know I could never improve on the words that thousands of others have written today as we mourn the passing of Mr. Nimoy, but I do want to share my own experience with you this sad day, and I send you all my deepest sympathy.
My first focus of this day, February 27, 2015, was remembering my darling Mother, Anna, who would have turned 95 today. (She passed in 2013) Of course, I was also thinking of Mr. Nimoy, whom many of us had been praying for this past week. This afternoon, while at my sister’s home, her son texted her a question, and she turned to me. “Therese, did Leonard Nimoy die?”
I blinked, my mind instantly thinking He’s gone. And I just said “I don’t know, can you check it?” My sister scanned her smartphone. She told me he had just died this morning. I sighed. We talked a little, put on the kettle and settled in for a good game of Scrabble.
It’s been several hours now yet surprisingly, I haven’t shed any tears; at least not yet, for I think it hasn’t really resonated yet. Or it could be that I’ve been expecting this day more ever since Mr. Nimoy revealed his COPD last year?
A lot of feelings are coursing through me. It’s a very sad day, of course, and like you, and anyone else reading this, I’m very sad. Sad for his wife and his children, grandchildren, and close friends. Sad for his surviving Trek friends and colleagues. Sad for the millions of his admirers around the world who loved him almost as much as one of their own. Sad that he ever took up smoking, and that he got so sick.
Yet there is so much to be thankful for today too. Thankful for all the joy that he brought to the world. Thankful that I got to see him and hear that lovely speaking voice in person twice! Thankful for the laugh, those eyes, and his wonderful presence. Thankful that he passed at home and not in a hospital. Thankful that he left a great legacy of creative talent acting, writing, directing, and photography behind him. And so thankful that he brought to life one of the coolest, most unforgettable and most enduring characters in American pop culture. And then there is a part of me that feels almost relief — relief that the poor man is out of pain and now is breathing free in the heavens, and back with his parents and his dear friend DeForest Kelley.
A lot of people felt a deep, deep affection for his character of Mr. Spock. I think it’s because Spock addressed the misfit in all of us; battling with both sides of his heritage as neither truly Vulcan or Human. How many of us as middle-schoolers identified with Spock because we looked different from the ‘regular kids’ or we weren’t the jocks or the cheerleaders but the awkward, geeky type? Spock served as a role model who said “Sure, I’m different, but I’m still valuable.” Spock also showed tolerance and compassion, two characteristics sadly lacking in many modern fictional characters.
Leonard Nimoy will be so terribly missed and yet so fondly remembered, for he was so loved all over the world. He truly squeezed out every bit of life left to him to enjoy what every day would bring. He never forgot why he became famous, and was grateful to all the fans who first appreciated his talent and all that came after. We will never forget him.
On a very personal note, the odd connection between this particular date, Mr. Nimoy, and my Mom brings me a sense of happiness too. How’s that? Well, when my Mom passed in 2013, I was quite devastated by her death and couldn’t imagine anything making me feel any better for quite a while. Only a few days into my mourning I received an e-mail from Symphony Space in NYC announcing that Mr. Nimoy would be there in person after a new performance of his play Vincent (with Jean-Michel Richaud). Seeing this suddenly lifted my spirits, and I was determined to go. A couple of my siblings wondered if it was right to travel 300 miles alone while my heart was still broken, but I knew I had to, and when I saw Mr. Nimoy right there in person, it filled me with a fan-girl glee that briefly erased my sorrow. I am even more thankful now that I decided to take the trip, and when Mr. Nimoy graciously let me get my picture taken with him, even though he was in a hurry, it just made me feel so alive again. So Grateful.
So when Mr. Nimoy passed on this particular day as I celebrate the memory of what would have been a milestone in my Mom’s life, I smile a little, for I’m sure she’d share some of her Heavenly birthday cake with him. 🙂
By the way, my Mom liked Leonard too – not to the extent her teenage daughter did, but she thought he was a handsome, very good and caring actor. She also admired that he was a fellow Massachusetts resident (she was from Worchester). And remember the Scrabble game I mentioned earlier? When we were picking a letter tile each to see who’d go first, my letter — no kidding –was ‘L‘. Maybe it was Leonard saying hello? I smiled.
Goodnight, Sweet Vulcan. Your legacy will truly Live Long and Prosper.
So sad to report another beloved celebrity passing. Arlene Martel, who became immortal as Spock’s betrothed T’Pring, passed away today at the age of 78. Arlene was a fixture at Trek conventions and had numerous TV appearances on classic TV series like The Monkees, Wild Wild West, and Hogan’s Heroes and Columbo.
Arlene shared a lesson she learned from her T’Pring experience on her official website:
“The primary lesson for me on Amok Time was a lesson in K.I.S.S. (“Keep It Simple, Stupid”). Our director Joe Pevney, contrary to what most directors usually request of the actor, said “give me less, give me less”. Previous to that, most of the women I played had been highly charged with emotion. Playing a character as emotionally controlled as “T’Pring” was certainly a first for me. It was a welcome challenge,” she continues. “Controlling my energy was a very wonderful discipline, and playing a person who was ruled by logic was also a new experience. Now, hopefully, I’ve integrated both, but at the time it was my first professional encounter with an analytical and objective being.”
Arlene was a lovely, talented actress, writer, and producer who will be sadly missed. Rest in Peace dear lady.
Sad to report, I just heard on NPR that the wonderful actor Peter O’Toole passed away on this past Saturday. 🙁 I loved everything he acted in, my favorites being The Lion In Winter and My Favorite Year. That grand voice is silenced, the glorious blue eyes closed, but their flame remains in our memories. Rest in Peace, Peter. May you and you great pal Richard Burton entertain your Heavenly hosts forever. <3