I’ve never had a random playlist create such a perfect soundtrack for a run as I did this morning struggling through four miles:
This Charming Man, The Smiths
Crosseyed and Painless, Talking Heads
Wicked Gravity, Jim Carroll
I Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down, Elvis Costello
Solidify, Sheryl Crow
Let’s Dance, Benny Goodman
Shame, Randy Newman
I’m Dead (But I Don’t Know It), Randy Newman
My friends Molly and Dominic Francis run The Shoreham Inn in Shoreham, Vermont. This week they were featured in the WSJ for their restaurant and Molly’s Banoffi pie. The article failed to mention the pub with a bar that they had shipped across the Atlantic and the perfect Guinness pour.
North Shore skaters take part in roller derby resurgence
Founded during the Great Depression, roller derby has always been a full contact sport full of nail-biting action….Roller derby is now the fastest-growing sport in the country, with more than 250 leagues competing in North America in the past five years.
I am late with this, it was supposed to be posted before Thanksgiving, but I figure better late than never. Ilyse and I just, finally, got around to updating our Health Care Proxies which we last did 10 years ago, and had this conversation. It’s really important.
We make choices throughout our lives – where we want to live, what types of activities will fill our days, with whom we spend our time. These choices are often a balance between our desires and our means, but at the end of the day, they are decisions made with intent. But when it comes to how we want to be treated at the end our lives, often we don’t express our intent or tell our loved ones about it.
This has real consequences. 73% of Americans would prefer to die at home, but up to 50% die in hospital. More than 80% of Californians say their loved ones “know exactly” or have a “good idea” of what their wishes would be if they were in a persistent coma, but only 50% say they’ve talked to them about their preferences.But our end of life experiences are about a lot more than statistics. They’re about all of us.
So the first thing we need to do is start talking. Engage With Grace: The One Slide Project was designed with one simple goal: to help get the conversation about end of life experience started. The idea is simple: Create a tool to help get people talking. One Slide, with just
five questions on it. Five questions designed to help get us talking with each other, with our loved ones, about our preferences.
And we’re asking people to share this One Slide wherever and whenever they can – at a presentation, at dinner, at their book club. Just One Slide, just five questions. Let’s start a global discussion that, until now, most of us haven’t had. Here is what we are asking you: Download The One Slide and share it at any opportunity – with colleagues, family, friends. Think of the slide as currency and donate just two minutes whenever you can. Commit to being able to answer these five questions about end of life experience for yourself, and for your loved ones. Then commit to helping others do the same. Get this conversation started.
Let’s start a viral movement driven by the change we as individuals can effect…and the incredibly positive impact we could have collectively. Help ensure that all of us – and the people we care for – can end our lives in the same purposeful way we live them. Just One Slide, just one goal. Think of the enormous difference we can make together.
To learn more please go to www.engagewithgrace.org
This post was written by Alexandra Drane and the Engage With Grace team.