And a couple for the plate o’ shrimp file – pencils and death. The pencils are at CW Pencil Enterprise, which Helen Hiebert mentioned in her blog/newsletter and Alisa Golden had a blog post about visiting the shop. Must. Go. Here’s an interview with proprietor and author of The Pencil Perfect: The Untold Story of a Cultural Icon, Caroline Weaver.
And death – which is everywhere and will happen to all of us although we sometimes try to pretend it won’t, or at least don’t want to think about that fact that it will – I just finished listening to Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal, which discusses how the advances in medicine’s ability to “fix” health issues have gone beyond our conversations about whether they should be used in end of life situations, and how our reluctance to face our mortality often ends up robbing us of quality of life. Which sounds depressing, but he also explores alternatives, and gives examples of how the willingness to have The Difficult Discussions can produce better outcomes. The next day, what should show up on my Facebook feed but a new CD from Kagemusha Taiko – A Good Death – which is a response to a radio interview where a doctor used the term “a good death” and was asked to explain what was necessary for death to be good. Her answer was these three words: 1.Dignity. 2.Love. 3.Legacy. which are the titles of the 3 pieces on the CD.
It never ceases to amaze me what’s out there on the intarwebs – from the Library of Congress – Born Free and Equal, Photographs of the Loyal Japanese-Americans at Manzanar Relocation Center, Inyo County, California by Ansel Adams.