Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wow, and wow or rather, DUH

The Museum of Modern Art in New York has one of the blogs I subscribe to.  There are occasional gems, but today's?  Honestly, it made me say a big fat WOW!  This is so very very cool.

The Met has developed a whole series of programs for people with dementia and their caregivers called Meet Me, their website is here, bringing them to art and art to their world.  Isn't that a truly wonderful thing?  Someone somewhere was really thinking in a deeply empathetic way, and then got off their duff and did something really beautiful about it. Kudos.  On every level.  So very very impressive. Not only that, but much of the material is also presented in Spanish.  How wonderful does it get.  Let's all hope they don't lose their funding, indeed anyone out there who could write to their congressman.....I don't have one.

There's also StoryCorps, 30,000 stories told by average people about their own lives, all recorded.  You can listen on blogs, downloads, live and podcasts.

Goodness, but there are some wonderful resources on the internet.

On the other hand, I have to say, that I did something that I have been needing for a while.  Moby Dick has a great, predicatably long description, of how I was getting to be feeling.

Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off - then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can. This is my substitute for pistol and ball.

Well, that works for me too, getting to sea as soon as I can, but it isn't always possible. I finally got back to something I haven't been doing enough of for a while and took a LOOOONG walk in the mountains with the dogs.

Ohhh, what a difference.



thecatalanway said...

Well done!
Why do we get so caught up in stuff? all the best things - like breathing, seeing a flower, walking in the mountains, feeling the breeze.....are there for free.
K x

Trish said...

That quote is too funny! pausing before coffin warehouses? bringing up the rear of every funeral? That's pretty glum stuff. I can well imagine he needs a change of scenery.

oreneta said...

K, you and I seem to be on the same wave length these days, no?

Trish. It is so completely how I feel some days, especially stepping into the street and systematically knocking people's hats off......

Hula Girl at Heart said...

What a great quote! LOL. It reminds me a bit of one of my favorite song lyrics from Rickie Lee Jones...."feelin' a little lonely, a little sad, a little mean".

Glad to know about this resource. The Museum of Modern Art is on our list of places to visit while in New York this spring. I can't wait!!

oreneta said...

New York in the spring, should be super sweet!!!!!