Upcoming Ballard Community Conversation Topics
Fear of Aging
What are your preconceived notions about aging? What are your greatest concerns or fears around aging? What can your family, friends and community do to alleviate these concerns and support you? What are your thoughts on senior housing and downsizing? Have you selected a guardian? Finished your estate planning? Written an obituary and eulogy? Planned your funeral? Chosen a method of body disposal?
The Good Reads in Our Lives
Is there a book that has inspired you to action or left you feeling as though there was someone who finally understood you? Maybe it is a book that beckons you to a reread every decade or so. Bring your book and tell us how it came to be an inspiration or simply a favorite place to go.
Note: Books may be from any genre.
Best Friends, Saints or She Devils? Why are there only swear words directed at mothers and not fathers? (Mother F***** and Son of a B****) Do you sometimes find her words coming out of your mouth?Did she blame herself for your lifestyle? Was her love unconditional? Do you have any Mother’s Day Traditions or Rituals? How do you imagine our culture would be different if we lived in a matriarchal society?
Superheroes don’t always wear capes or come flying out of phone booths. Some of them are simply known as Daddy. More often than not, they are ordinary people who by their extraordinary actions have in some way freed us to live the truth of who we are. Who are your superheroes and how have they inspired you to live out your truth?
The Good Old Days
Drag shows, pride parades, Christmas in July or the Prom You Never Went To: What were your most memorable experiences as a young one in what we called the “Gay Community”? Bring a photo and let’s share our stories.
Share your favorite vacations! (Bring some photos to accompany your stories.)Recommendations? Bucket Lists? Wanderlust!? Favorite travel partners? Favorite modes of travel?
Autumn is known for Harvest Moons and introspection. How does quiet introspection affect our mental and emotional processes? What do we want to reflect on and incorporate into our daily routines? How do we tame procrastination? What would you like to start anew? How could journaling support this effort?
Are you superstitious? Does superstition play a role in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? What is the difference between cultural tradition and superstition? How do we stop the poaching of animals that superstition dictates?
Do you have a gratitude journal? Name at least 3 things or people you are most grateful for today. How does gratefulness manifest in your life? Is there a link between gratitude, health, and healing? How can we integrate gratitude into the culture of our divided country?
What compels you to give your time, energy and money to a cause? Let’s examine monetary gift-giving versus being of service. What gifts and talents do you have to share? What role does volunteering play in your life? How could this be a path to personal fulfillment?