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Monet and Me

Final Book CoverThis blog is written by Lee Gale Gruen to help Baby Boomers, seniors, retirees, and those soon to retire find joy, excitement, and satisfaction in life after retirement. Her public lecture on this subject is titled: “Reinventing Yourself in Your Retirement.” Her memoir, Adventures with Dad: A Father and Daughter’s Journey Through a Senior Acting Class, is available by clicking here Amazon.com. Click here for her website: http://AdventuresWithDadTheBook.com

CHITCHAT:  I am a guest blogger this week on Honey Good, a website for women 50+ with a philosophy of “celebrating a woman’s life after 50.”   Click here to read my guest blog:  https://www.honeygood.com/my-second-act-of-life1/

Now, on to my blog:

Monet & MeAh, Monet.  We hung out together recently.  That is, Monet did the hanging–on a wall at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, California, with me in attendance and in awe.  As you can see in this photo, I failed to dress for the occasion–a faux pas as Monet would say in the French of his origin.  Yes, I stressed primary colors that day forgetting that my pal Monet is definitely a secondary colors kind of guy.

No matter; we were both gobsmacked (I’ve been dying to use that trendy word) by the beauty of his garden and his ability to render it on a flat surface.  Yes, two of totally different interests and viewpoints can come together over a shared commonality.

Monet and I were born 100 years and 4,000 miles apart.  What would we have talked about if we hadn’t had such distances between us?  We would certainly have discussed the beauty of nature.  We might have marveled at the intricacy of a leaf, the color of a flower, the soothing ripple of water.

It’s not always easy to find something in common with another.  But, more often than not, there will be a little nugget if you dig deep enough.

I attended a banquet dinner last year, and was sitting at a table with some folks I didn’t know.  One man tried to engage me in conversation, but each thing he mentioned didn’t hit a cord.  Finally, in response to yet another of his queries, I revealed that I had graduated college in 1964 from UCLA.  Voilà (to continue in a Francophile mode), my table mate began discussing Kareem Abdul Jabbar who was a student at UCLA around that time and became a top ranked player on the university basketball team.  I know very little about sports, but I was able to contribute that Kareem was known then by his birth name of Lew Alcinder.  That opened up a lengthy conversation which segued into different topics.

Find common interests with those you encounter.  Keep bringing up different subjects until you hit upon something that excites you both.  It’s there; you just have to keep searching for it.  Even the dullest, most withdrawn human will shine when you strike upon their passion.  That’s the way to make friends!

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Drumming

Final Book CoverThis blog is written by Lee Gale Gruen to help Baby Boomers, seniors, retirees, and those soon to retire find joy, excitement, and satisfaction in life after retirement. Her public lecture on this subject is titled: “Reinventing Yourself in Your Retirement.” Her memoir, Adventures with Dad: A Father and Daughter’s Journey Through a Senior Acting Class, is available by clicking here Amazon.com. Click here for her website: http://AdventuresWithDadTheBook.com

Now, on to my blog:

DrumI spotted this guy on a subway train with this huge drum. I guess he subscribes to the old adage: you never know when you might need a drum.

Drums, those wonderful creations by humans, are of the percussion persuasion.  They can be played using sticks, palms, elbows, whatever. They can be professionally made, or cheaply crafted out of materials at hand.

I’ve seen street drummers banging out wonderful rhythms on an assemblage of pots, pans, plastic pails, and other assorted items that make a resonating noise when  struck. Some of those drummers have even turned to the curb of the sidewalk to continue tapping out their message. The wonderful steel drums played in the Caribbean were originally made from 55-gallon oil barrels.

Drums let us beat out the rhythms in our heads. Drums are cathartic, enabling us to pour out not only our joy, but our rage, anger, upset, disappointment, and all other sorts of negative emotions. The drumming member of the band is the guy/gal who gets to flail, gyrate, posture, and genuflect as he pounds those skins.  What a workout, and what a release, physical and emotional.

A popular pastime in recent years is the advent of drumming circles. They are a grass-roots endeavor, and promote community camaraderie among its members. Groups get together with each participant bringing his/her own drum. The particular type or style is unimportant. All that is required is a drum of some sort to receive the pounding of each player as they belt out their collective message to the world.

Drumming is a form of amplification of the body’s expression of rhythm: finger tapping/snapping, dancing, singing, scatting, body twisting, etc.  Humans today and down through the ages all the way from sophisticated societies to the simplest of tribal people have felt the need for bodily expression through sound and movement. Drums are enablers to that end. And best of all, they are portable and attract others in an upbeat (pun intended) gathering. So, acquire your own drum and get to it; bang away your woes.

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