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“The Seventh Inning Stretch”

My grandfather recently passed and I’ve been in a bit of a creative slump.  So the last few weeks I have made it a mission of mine to do more writing and be more creative.  I came across this prompt in my Pinterest from a while ago and thought that it might help get some of the weight I’ve been feeling about his passing.  I originally pinned this prompt because I found it to be interesting (although not fantastically new in any way) and when I came across it the other day it seemed morbidly fitting for my mood.  The good news is, my grandfather was always a very happy and light-hearted man and his funeral was much the same.  Continue reading ““The Seventh Inning Stretch””

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Everyday Beauty and Ignorance

 

A co-worker recently made me aware of a 2007 social experiment done by The Washington Post in conjunction with Joshua Bell.  Naturally I had to investigate the truth of the e-mail I was sent and found an article on The Washington Post webpage that verified to validity (at least somewhat) of the e-mail.  Bell, a popular and incredibly talented violinist, was asked to dress modestly and play in a well-populated Washington, D.C. Metro Station during morning work rush hour.

 

The short clip published with the article portrays his beautiful artistry and the lack of public interest.  The experiment was to bring into question how people would respond.  The article written by Gene Weingarten presents a plethora of questions regarding the experiment:  “Do you stop and listen?  Do you hurry past with a blend of guild and irritation, aware of your cupidity but annoyed by the unbidden demand on your time and your wallet?  Do you throw in a buck, just to be polite?  Does your decision change if he’s really bad?  What if he’s really good?  Do you have time for beauty?  Shouldn’t you?  What’s the moral mathematics of the moment?”

 

I think that humans are inherently drawn to beauty but the demands of Continue reading “Everyday Beauty and Ignorance”

How To: Deal with an Aging Loved One

“Deal” in the title of this post can be read a few ways.  What I mean here is how to deal with personal emotions regarding your loved one.

My grandfather had his first major heart attack at 40.  Since then he has had so many he could be in a record book.  One weekend at the beginning of this year he had six sizable heart attacks.  I repeat, six distinct heart attacks in ONE weekend.

He is the definition of a trooper, and the best part is that he makes it through it all with a smile on his face.  Unlike most sickly patients, he decided a long time ago that Continue reading “How To: Deal with an Aging Loved One”

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