Perhaps most of us have spent some time anticipating our own deaths, our own mortality. Perhaps these are but fleeting moments, or maybe not. Have you ever pictured the gravestone meant for you, and what it might mean to those who visit your gravesite? For many of us this may be a macabre subject, one that’s hard to embrace. But as we hear from Nicholas Benson, gravestones can host profound messages that convey so much about the stories of our lives – who we were, what we aimed to be, the very essence of our being.
Nicholas Benson owns the John Stevens Shop in Newport, RI, a small stone carving business founded in 1705, that specializes in the design and carving of one-of-a-kind inscriptions in stone.
In Plato's Apology, Socrates asserts that the unexamined life is not worth living. While that may be a bit of an overstatement, many of us have learned during the course of our lives that self-examination that has real depth is a virtue that pays impressive dividends. We understand ourselves better and, one would hope, enhance the meaning and purpose of our lives. Self-reflection, and the careful revision that results, also has the capacity to refine the profoundly important words we speak and write, as we hear from Kenneth Schneyer.
Starting on Monday Nov.17th, the clocks for Morning Edition, All Things Considered (both weekdays and weekends) and Weekend Edition will be changing.
Today's Engineer's Corner is co-authored with our Operations & Production Manager, James Baumgartner. He and I are the ones directly responsible for organizing all the clock changes' impact on Rhode Island Public Radio, and we've put together this synopsis of what the changes mean for our listeners.
In A.A. Milne's classic children's story Winnie the Pooh, the beloved anthropomorphic bear asks Piglet, "What day is it?" "It's today," squeaked Piglet. "My favorite day," Pooh replied. Pooh's profound message, it seems, is that it's so important for us to appreciate the moment we're in -- a moment that won't last forever -- despite whatever wishes we might have to hold tight to the most precious events in our lives. And we hear compelling echoes of that very wise insight from Rabbi Sarah Mack.
Youthful frolic. Remember those days, filled with all manner of excursions on the wild side, curiosity-driven cavorting, and adolescent drama? For sure, these sorts of endeavors often amount to nothing more than spontaneous delights, perhaps with a little hedonism in there for good measure. But as we hear from Frederick Massie, on occasion these moments are filled with profound, sometimes deeply disquieting lessons.
Frederick Massie is the Rhode Island Bar Association's Director of Communications and Editor of the Rhode Island Bar Journal. A graduate of Brown University, his wide-ranging experience includes work as an educator, writer and advocate.