I finished reading Being Mortal by Atul Gawande last year. Having set it aside for a few weeks, my next task is to read it again and record my initial, somewhat random, thoughts and questions from each chapter. These will provide a starting point to organize and expand on my ideas and reflections about the book. Below are my takeaways from the Introduction.
I began clicking on articles about end-of-life questions and elder care several years ago. Sometimes I read them right away, and sometimes they sit in my browser tabs for a few weeks before I have the capacity to read and reflect on them.
A Friday Fun post.
I learned a former NFL player will be in town this weekend, and one thing he’ll do is spend a few hours at the local grocery store signing bottles of vodka from his current business. Which strikes me as silly. Hence this post.
Today I visited Wikipedia’s featured articles page, which explained how these articles are judged to be some of the best Wikipedia has to offer, and are used by editors as writing examples. This demonstrates not only that styles and goals differ, but also how multiple passes can provide additional insights on ways to improve or streamline content. Today’s editing exercise comes from...
Most of us will grow old, and we all will die. These are just facts. Yet these bare facts lead to a seemingly infinite cascade of complicated questions.
I often catch myself mentally editing things as I read: overlong sentences, convoluted paragraphs, disorganized ideas, etc. As a creative exercise, I will periodically present here some piece of short content along with my suggested changes. This gives me a chance to flex my editing muscles while also showing possibilities.