Thursday, November 2, 2017

Before I Die (Frances)

Last Sunday, Benita hosted a workshop at the "Before I Die" Event at the Perkins Center for the Arts. I went through Benita's Facebook page looking for a little more information about the event, and I happened to see some people getting Dia de los Muertos face paint. Then I realized just how close "Before I Die" actually was to Halloween. It seemed a little morbid to put those two together, until I remembered that Halloween was originally the day the dead were supposed to come back to the world of the living. Nowadays, people think Halloween is just about the candy and costumes, but there's always the association of death; from the dying leaves, to the bone-chilling winds, to the latest urban legends. 

Halloween really is the perfect time to remind people that life is short. Our loved ones won't live forever, and none of us know how much time we have left. This is the time to listen to the people in your life, and to share their stories with everyone else.

Frances H. Bryce 
Holidays & Sales 

The holidays are, or seem to be another time for having a sale. One of the retail stores seem to have a one-day sale a week end sale, and of course Easter, Fourth of July, and now Halloween followed by Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

The children seem to enjoy Halloween the most. Time to get dressed in costumes and going out Trick or Treating. The treating part is the ultimate for the children – getting as much candy as they can acquire in their bags. I suppose the dentist will get some benefits from this popular holiday. 

Christmas is in competition with Halloween. The children have a long list of the toys that have been advertised on TV. Very few children ask for clothes, the present a number of grandparents buy, and parents appreciate.  

One of my neighbors in California never took down their Christmas lights, it finally made sense to me, since I have grown much older, it reminds me how fast the years roll around, so why bother taking them down only as it seems to have to put them up again! 

Don’t worry if you miss one sale, another holiday will give you a chance to save 10, 20, 30 and often 50%. Remember holidays keep America green. 
Next up, on November 9th Best Day will be having its Center City Philadelphia Happy Hour at the City Tap House. That starts at 6PM and the address is 2 Logan Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103. City Tap House is actually very close to my job, so you can meet me in person. We can even do some Happy Hour Senior Selfies!

If you haven't caught up with The Story Cure event, you can read Kaitlin Kortonick's (Best Day's Community Engagement Director) recap here. Also, you can read Story Cure's writing here.

Curated by Caitlin Cieri