What was your favorite Halloween costume when you were growing up? A pirate? A forest fairy? A Disney character? A bumble bee? A vampire? A ghost? A ballerina? An historical character? A lady bug? A railroad engineer? A gangster? (There was a wee ol’ school gangster who just came to my door to trick-or-treat. He looked so very fine in gray pin stripe suit and fedora!)
If you are dressing up tonight to celebrate Halloween, as what or whom are you dressing up? If you wish you were dressing up in costume tonight, as what or whom do you wish you were dressing up?
This is the first Halloween I’ve spent without my daughter Isobel. She’s far away in upstate New York attending college. She just texted me to let me know that she and her friends are heading out to an evening of parties. She said she’ll text me when she’s safely back to her dorm.
Isobel is going out into this Halloween night as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I think she’ll be just fine.
Hey, those of you who live in and around Portland, Oregon and have been yearning for an in-person gero-punk gathering, please join me on Thursday, December 4th, 2014 from 6-9 p.m. in the Hemlock Room (how’s that for a provocative name!) on the Marylhurst University campus. I’ll be holding the first of what I hope to be many Gero-Punk Salons. What is a “Gero-Punk Salon”? Well, you’ll just have to show up and see what happens, won’t you?
Yesterday in my Embodiment in Later Life course I tried out something new. I gave each student an envelope. I asked them to write their name on the envelope. Then I asked them to take out a sheet of paper. Then I asked them to write a love letter to themselves, a letter of gratitude or appreciate for their very own precious self. I gave them about ten minutes to do so. I wrote one to myself as well. After we wrote our love letters and sealed them in the envelopes, I collected all of the letters. I’ll be returning them on the last day of class.
Today is the last day of October. How about you write a love letter to yourself and seal it in an envelope! Tuck the envelope away somewhere and then leave yourself a little note on your calendar three months from now, on December 31st (which just happens to be New Year’s Eve), reminding yourself of where you hid the envelope. Then open the envelope and read your love letter to yourself.
I can’t wait to hear about your experience! A great start to a new year, don’t you think?