I have a handful of newly completed commissions that I can’t unveil yet, so here’s the next best thing I can offer…
I began this life with three grandparents and now I’m down to one. When Patsy passed in February it made me realize we only have so many more years to learn what that great generation has to teach us, at least first-hand. Fortunately she left us a book providing insight and commentary into part of her 82 years on Earth, but I’m willing to bet most elderly people won’t leave behind a physical story to their loved ones.
Recently I’ve had the pleasure of spending time with my great aunt, also a fine artist, and I am amazed at the breadth of her stories, thoughts, and experiences. Therefore, when I learned of a book about the collective wisdom of our oldest Americans, I knew it was something I couldn’t pass up.
The book is called “30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans” by Karl Pillemer, Ph.D. In a nutshell, the author asked over 1,000 elderly people “what are the most important lessons you’ve learned over the course of your life?” The answers are grouped into six themes: career, marriage, raising children, health, religion, and spirituality. Sounds like some pretty priceless information to me! I’ve only read through one of the six themes but didn’t see any reason to hold my recommendation until I was finished. Hopefully I don’t have the county library’s only copy, or you’ll have to wait. Here’s the book’s website if you’d like to learn more.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“I wept because I had no shoes, until I saw a man who had no feet.” – Ancient Persian saying