Our seniors are not only blessed with all you fabulous blogreaders and Facebook + Twitter fans, but also with dedicated visitors like 22-year-old Donnell who show up week after week, often with friends and colleagues, to listen to our seniors' stories face to face and share their own in response.
Our seniors have found the courage to open up through stories because younger listeners like YOU and Donnell have shown them how much you care. Just as the seniors are your inspiration; you are theirs too. You’re more awesome than you know. There is no real story without you. YOU, are our unsung heroes. And for that, thank you all. And thank you so much, Donnell – I can literally see it week after week, I know for a fact you light up our seniors’ lives.
Donnell is the Executive Producing Assistant at our superbuddy organization Philadelphia Young Playwrights. The seniors love seeing him and all our PYP friends ;)
Huddle up around our story table no matter where you are. Come on, all you unsung heroes don’t be shy…
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From: Donnell Powell
Date: Sat, Feb 2, 2013 at 10:08 AM
Subject: Blog Entry
Engulfed in a room full of positive energy and rich story-telling, I accept that there is no turning back once you are surrounded by history.
A multi-generational learning lab is the how I perceive this bunch of articulate and intellectual people.
After time flies, I don't mind being the youngest person in the room.
I see it as a plus, reaping the benefits from free educational and social lectures from historians that have lived it all.
There is one particular person I anticipate seeing, Beatrice.
This beautiful, humorous woman fills the room with joy and happiness with her consistent presence.
Every time she talks about how grandchildren do not visit or communicate with their grandparents, it pinches my heart.
She is the reason I appreciate my grandmother who I talk to on a regular basis.
I hope that one day, more people from my generation will join forces and visit our seniors.
Drop the history books, and talk to history in person, is my motto.
These are the best days of my life so far.
January 21, 2013 – 5:45 AM.
Location – The National Mall.
Occasion – President Obama’s 2nd inauguration.
I stood there on this cold, brisk day.
6 more hours of standing.
Tens of thousands of people gather.
To honor 1 MAN.
History has been made again,
Children, teens and adults.
African-Americans, Caucasians, Hispanics, Asians. Multigenerational atmosphere.
It was a beautiful thing to witness,
As Republican public figures filed in, there was a canon of boos.
When Beyoncé and First Lady Michelle walked in, I almost fainted.
Their beauty was like cherries in my eyes. 11:45 AM. Obama’s left hand raised, while his right is placed on the Bible. He did it AGAIN!
Best Day of My Life SO FAR.