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Human Gifts Kindness by Joshua Reilly Journey to the East by Herman Hess St Ann Adult Day Care by Madyson Brady

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Q&A Interview


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Kindness by Joshua Reilly


Journey to the East by Herman Hess



Home Made Mochi


St Ann Adult Day Care by Madyson Brady

Jihyun Woo

LETTERS FROM THE EDITOR I believe morality is one of the greatest gifts that a human can have. It is one of the ultimate gifts that humans can advocate from their lives. The world teaches us how to communicate as we exposed to learning. The word “communication” itself conveys the interaction between two people. Having morality to a certain degree can make the conversation smoother or stiffer. This MIAD Bridge: Human Gifts magazine’s main articles will focus on how to expand your moral compass into your lifestyle. Learning from others, thinking beyond yourself as an individual, and having curiosity in morals can be considered as a human gift. The three main features: “ST Ann Adult Day Care”, “Journey to the East” and “Kindness” will further educate the reader on these thoughts. One theme I focus on is young people learning from their elders’. How young can develop social networks, communication skills, and positive attitudes towards aging by engaging with elderly people. The other theme will mainly focus on how main character, Herman Hesse, learning major life

lessons through his journey. The article named “Kindness” will distribute a moral code into three major categories. Each classification is described critically and thoughtfully, so that I want readers to contribute their own thoughts about their personal moral code while they’re reading this article. I believe that by communicating these teachings to our youth, we will furthermore contribute to our community and society. Gifts don’t just end with receiving, but will also create ways to interact, to reciprocate what makes the gift itself so special. We would all love to give someone a gift that has meaning and knowledge and teaches morals – especially for someone who we love and cares. I hope that this magazine will give great guidelines for people who are seeking to form their moral codes.

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Kindness by Joshua Reily

In reading these passages I feel that these attributes not only make a person better but also help the people around them in profound. Kindness is a quality that people should practice more in their everyday life. Being kind to one another only helps and also emphasizes good nature onto one another. Our attitude can turn a person away with just one sentence or gesture that they think is harsh or rude. Growing up I know that my mother always taught my little sister and me to be kind to one another and those around us. It is something that is instilled in children in many different ways but overall the act of kindness should be prominent and only helps us as individuals. Abundant

It is the “ opposite of envy

In class we had an exercise that had us contemplate certain abilities we have and certain interests we have. To further our thinking we also were contemplating whom we associate with and our attributes towards others or the mere things we were interested in. This was very interesting because it is not often we sit and write about the talents we have or the attributes we can provide to people around us. In Abundant Community chapter five starts to examine more of what we had in class and through lecture. Not only will chapter five talk about our gifts, associations, and hospitality but also encompasses finer attributes. The main attributes I found necessary for a reflective essay were “kindness”, “cooperation”, and “forgiveness”.

Community states, “it is the opposite of envy” (location 1448/3026). Envy is something that will turn people against each other, envy is something that causes disputes in relationships and among friends, and envy causes jealousy and irrational behavior. Clearly I feel that being kind can only help us as individuals but how does this help our community? Generally speaking, if we are kind to one another we are more social with one another. We feel that when a person is kind to us we should pay

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When we put people in competition with each other, for one to win, the other must lose

gratitude back, being kind to them as well. I always try to be kind to my neighbors. Do I ever feel that I am upset about a situation? Yes, but how I go about dealing with it only shows my true nature to the neighbors around me. Being kind in turn forms friendships and trust with other individuals. When trusting other people we are more comfortable, we work together better, and this in turn helps people cooperate. A quote that I find true in Abundant Community states, “when we put people in competition with each other, for one to win, the oth-

er must lose” (Kohn, Alfie location 1471/3026). I feel that this really encompasses what cooperation is; it is coming together and helping one another for the greater good of everyone. People around us have many different types of personalities and not all personalities coincide with one another in any given situation. Obviously we can see that throughout mankind people have not cooperated with one another properly. Not cooperating has caused disputes that in turn cause wars, famine, and societies to crumble, which make cooperation a necessity for community to thrive. Around the lot that I live on we all try and help each other out. We don’t look at living on our lot as every man for himself and if you are screwed well then so be it, change it on your own. Out of all 8 individuals we feel that it is necessary for us to talk to each, to help each other out when we can and to cooperate when dealing with common areas such as the yard, walkways, garbage, etc. Our little lot is much like our communities should be working. We

should be talking to one another and helping each other out for the greater good. Cooperation makes relationships form easier and when you form a relationship you are more likely to help one another. Although my paper has discussed the good, there is always bad within community; we are not all perfect. Forgiveness is an essential tool in relationships. When forgiveness is talked about in chapter five, the first thing stated is “forgiveness is the willingness to come to terms with having been wounded” (location 1492/3026), which sounds harsh at first. This directly implies that to forgive must in turn be because someone has betrayed you or hurt you. People do not act out well with one another when being betrayed and it causes dysfunction within a group but then we realize why forgiveness is necessary. We have all done things to wrong people. As individuals we know that we are not perfect, we will have disputes with people, we will betray people, but how we act in these situa-


Forgiveness is the willingness to come to terms with having been wounded


tions is the key to keeping healthy relationships. I have had to forgive people in my life and people have had to forgive me as well. Just as how I mentioned that people grow up with a sense of kindness, the envy is still in peoples hearts, even though we don’t want to admit it. We need to learn to forgive just as much as we need to learn to be kind to one another. Our communities need to understand that the path to one becoming a better person is not to shun them out f they misbehave but to forgive them and give them another chance. This can happy in many different forms and I am sure someone may ask how many times should we forgive? This question is completely debatable and we try to employ laws throughout society that enforces punishment, in a variety of ways, on those who act out more than others. The only difference is that criminals are less forgivable than others; they are in connection with crimes, breaking the law, and disturbing the peace of other individuals around us. Why should they be any less forgivable? Maybe these

people were never taught kindness and are unable to cooperate with others around them; maybe, they are not getting the treatment they need to be apart of society. Starting from the roots of being kind to one another and cooperating with one another, this will only help us forgive one another and hopefully under circumstances less severe if we all learned productive fundamentals as a child. The reading of Abundant Community really helped give a sense of how others should interact with one another, how we can help one another, and how communities thrive when certain attributes are being instilled within

the citizens. In conclusion I would like to emphasize the attributes that I felt were beneficial for every individual, which was kindness, cooperation, and forgiveness. At the beginning of chapter five it clearly states that certain attributes cannot coexist without people implementing other attributes. In the same way these ideals are connected and can only benefit those around us, implementing one in your personal life will only help fuel the others. When I look at myself as an individual I feel that I strive to be a certain way, I strive to portray myself in a certain manner to the others around me, and I feel that if we all looked at how we acted on a regular basis, we can only further our communities and the people around us. Show kindness to your neighbors, cooperate with your neighbors, and have the heart to forgive your neighbors. This will only help form a better community.

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Fill the paper with crayon shapes and patterns, making sure to press hard. It is best to use light colors at this stage

Once you have filled the paper with crayons patterns, color heavily over the whole paper using black crayon.

Plan out a picture or design and using the Popsicle stick or paper clip, scratch the design into the black crayon. The light colors will show through where you scrape away the black.

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Journey to the East by Herman Hesse In the quest of servitude, H.H. goes on a spiritual journey in which he learns some major life importances. H.H. finds guidance through the character, “Leo”, in which morals throughout the story reveal itself. On page 34 of Journey to the East, Leo talks about the law of service. Leo states, “ He who wishes to live

long must serve, but he who wishes to rule does not live long.” Leo relates the law to the idea of mothers on page 34 saying, “It is just the same with mothers. When they have borne their children and given them their milk and beauty and strength, they themselves become invisible, and no one asks about them any more.” I believe Leo’s point about service is fueling a purpose in your life that is beyond yourself. When someone’s only drive in life is based off greed to get ahead in the world, they lose a sense of purpose. Like a mother, they provide for their young so selflessly to make their children better MIAD Bridge|Human Gift 11

off than themselves. Metaphorically a caring mother’s spirit will have a longer life through her service being passed on to her young, while someone striving to rule will not better anyone beyond themselves. Even though H.H. has these deep moments with Leo in understanding his moral servitude, he doesn’t seem to realize it until Leo is out of the picture. H.H. loses his sense of purpose in the league, and begins to search for Leo, thinking Leo will have all the answers. Once H.H. finds Leo, he is disappointed in his lack of recognizing H.H. When in reality, Leo was teaching him another moral lesson. HH finds Leo when he recognizes him whistling. His whistle brought back bittersweet memories of Leo whistling while he was leading the League. HH does not initially want Leo to notice him as he follows him. While Leo is eating fruit on a bench, HH decides to sit next to him. On page 69, HH compliments his whistling, which brings up the conversation of music, as if Leo doesn’t recognize HH. HH tells Leo that he sold his violin despite being able to care for himself.

Leo describes being a musician as a noble and happy pursuit, and is surprised that HH gave it up. He tells HH of King David saying, “..But when I think of his life, the most beautiful part of it all is about the young David with his harp playing music to poor Saul, and it seems a pity to me that he later became a king. He was a much happier and better person when he was a musician.” (pg 71) Leo wants H.H. to realize true happiness in simple forms such as music, as opposed to needing to be someone of high authority. Leo values not only servitude, but also the arts. Just like music, Leo also recognizes poetry. On page 118, H.H. says, “We had talked about the creations of poetry being more vivid and real than the poets themselves.” This is related back to pages 33-34 when H.H. asked Leo, “why it was that artists sometimes appeared to be only half-alive, while their creations seemed so irrefutably alive.” Leo explained to H.H. the law of service exemplifying mothers and rulers who selflessly devoted their energy into bettering their children and communi-

ties. Through them their creations are able to sustain a life of their own. As H.H. becomes more self aware of his journey, he recognizes himself in the figure on page 117. After losing sight of the rules and mission of the League, he has become lifeless himself. Upon realizing his mistakes, his figure becomes vivacious and unified with Leo’s figure. Like a product of God’s creation, H.H. realizes he must become invisible in the law of service, just as Leo had been as a servant. One must put energy into creation instead of promoting themselves to continue the circle of life. Just as a musician, poet, or artist’s work can be more recognizable than the creator themselves. Ultimately, I believe Leo’s moral lesson for H.H. in the law of service is to remain humble. He places an importance on putting the needs of others before your own, and to think beyond yourself. Your title, however prestigious or noble it may seem, such as a king, does not determine the value of your life. Rather your actions will speak louder than your words when you are able to aid for another’s care. The arts are valued,

not because of the fame of the artist, but the impact of their work. Just like a servant, it is what you do and create that matters most and will speak of your true self. Leo teaches H.H. to find happiness and meaning in what he does for others, rather than what he does for himself. Biography of

Hermann Hesse German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. His best known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game (also known as Magister Ludi) which explore an individual’s search for spirituality outside society. In his time, Hesse was a popular and influential author in the German-speaking world; worldwide fame only came later. Hesse’s first great novel, “Peter Camenzind”, was received enthusiastically by young Germans desiring a different and more “natural” way of life at the time of great economic and technological progress in the country.

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Q& A


Sennessa Soukkaserm


Have you helped others beyond your comfort zone?


Yeah, I have this one story that I stepped out of my comfort zone, and that has been influenced others.


Will you explain it to me more in detail?


I went to a Chicago for animation central with bunch of friends. It was first time visiting city without parents. I stayed with four guys in the hotel room, by myself. I was laying down on the bed, and suddenly random thoughts pops up in my mind.



What kind of thoughts?

“Am I too trusting?” So I told my friend. Then one of my friends got offended and left the hotel room. He came back later and I started to explain the reason why I said that. When I lying on the same bed with my cousin, something happened. You know, family shouldn’t do that. My family is really really close, so after something happened, I didn’t share this story with anyone because they’re my family. I pretended to be normal.

What did your guy friend react once you told him about your story? He said family isn’t supposed to be on person’s burden, to carry the whole family. So after his advice, I realized that I shouldn’t blame for myself. Therefore, I wrote a letter to my mom about the stories with guilty, self-hated, eat me alive feelings. After I shared the story, I felt a huge relief off my shoulder. Mom finally knew details and she told him, my cousin, then he called her back with crying. My uncle supported me. It made my mom, my aunts, who got same happenings from my cousin. We had a first time gathering and shared our histories, and it was a big reliefs.

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Measure and pour the water, sugar, and rice flour into a bowl. You can add food coloring at this point (drop 3 to 4 drops). Mix gently.

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Prep strawberries by cutting them while let mochi to cool down in the microwave for about 5 to 10 minutes.



Add a right amount of cornstarch on a plate or pan, apply some of them on your hands.

Roll the pieces into balls, don’t forget to add strawberry inside before roll it!


Put them in a fridge (to make them colder) is optional. Enjoy it!

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St Ann Adult Day Care Madyson Brady | Illustrated by Nol Duncan


{ONE} Well, today was my first day officially volunteering at St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care! I will assist with the Memories in the Making program that will be at this particular center. However, this program is only for an hour a week and as a result, will require me to work more hours just volunteering at their facility. This particular care facility is a part of a larger care group focusing on intergenerational care, (taking care of the elderly, and children alike). They were founded by a group of Franciscan Nuns in 1983 and have since expanded to two campuses. Upon my arrival I was greeted by Wanda Gray, my Supervisor, who gave me a brief tour of the facilities, and introduced me

to a variety of staff members. They also showed me where the Memories in the Making program would take place. It was a giant recreational space which included a small kitchen where this adorable little African-American elderly woman was baking a peach cobbler. She was introduced as Ms. Minrose, she is hard of hearing, and uses a walker, but she had a lot of sass. Wanda, my supervisor, was instructed to help her with the oven, but Ms. Minrose didn’t want anyone to mess up (or try to steal) her coveted recipe. She spent the entire three-and-ahalf hours I was there making this cobbler, which she proudly served to the staff, myself included, as well as some of the friends who were in daycare as well. She was so adorable and could make a mean peach cobbler despite her memory and health issues. I spent most of my time in the other care room, there were probably 30 seniors in this big room, all with varying health concerns, attitudes, and opinions. I helped distribute snacks and drinks MIAD Bridge|Human Gift 19

When I was introduced to this big group they all greeted me in anyway they could. It was honestly super overwhelming. Some of them kind of swarmed around me bombarding me with questions or compliments, anything from, “your are such a sweet young woman,” to “oh do you have kids?” or a strange sequence of 20 questions for the new girl. They were incredibly sweet in their attempts to get to know me a little bit more. One woman, who clearly is in the middle stages of Alzheimer’s, came up to me, took my hand and wanted me to walk to her table to meet her friends. She was just too cute. She couldn’t say much but she gave me a hug before she left for the weekend. Another woman, Pat, is confined to the wheelchair. She is sharp as a tack and promptly reminded me of everyone’s name, and who needed what kind of snack. She is a surly little thing, but she proved to be a helpful ally with all of these new faces. Because they were short-staffed we didn’t do the Memories in the Making program today. Overall, I am so excited to go back. It was exhausting, and I feel like I am falling asleep right now, but these people made me so happy. To see their joy in such simple things, like all singing along to Motown music, and doing a little dance with me as I am washing dishes is fun. Allow they have their limitations. I am so glad to be able to spend time with them. All but one of my grandparents have since passed

away, and I adored visiting my Great Aunt and Uncle in their nursing home. It reminds me of them and brings back a lot of happy memories. I look forward to getting to know this crazy group more and more.


{T WO} So today was my second day of volunteering, and my first day actually facilitating the Memories in the Making Program. I was honestly really nervous about facilitating this program, but thankfully Nancy, the Memories in the Making Coordinator, came and helped lead the hour long program. Upon my arrival I helped set up all of the art supplies in the room, I even had a helper! A young kid probably ten years old who came to help setup and work with the elderly artists as well. He was really great in helping make sure that everyone had plenty of paint colors and brushes. He was also the brave soul who tried out the watercolor pastels and the water color markers. We had four main people in the painting group, and then several curious women who wandered in to see what was going on as well. Alice, Leena, Gigi, and Henry were in my little circle of artists. We gave them pictures of butterflies and flowers and worked off of

those pictures as inspiration. Before everyone even sat down and I formally began they were already set out painting and sketching their paintings. They were so wonderful and focused! There were a few initial hesitant remarks of “I don’t know how to paint!” and “I have never done this before.” But with a little bit of encouragement they all painted successfully and were so proud of the work they had done. Henry, an elderly gentleman, who has been diagnosed with Dementia was so focused on his painting. He was especially proud of his sunflowers after I told him the colors and composition of his painting reminded me of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. He admitted he had never actually seen any work by Van Gogh, so I pulled out my phone and showed him a picture. He smiled at me and

exclaimed “I guess I did pretty well!” He decided his painting is still a work in promise and has vowed to finish it next week. He named his painting Sunflowers. Leena was another woman in my group. She had previously suffered a stroke but communicated surprisingly well. She told me all about how she used to garden and see a lot of butterflies around her plants. Although she was fairly quiet she promised to come back next week and continue in the program. Her painting was called Purple Butterfly. Alice was the sweetest old lady. Same as Henry she is suffering from Dementia (an early stage of Alzheimer’s) When I asked her what she would call her painting she sheepishly mumbled that she didn’t know what to call it. I asked her if she liked to paint, I could tell

she had some experience painting by the way she carefully blended and mixed her colors. She instantly opened up and went into a story of how she had her daughter young, and then her daughter had kids at a young age so she had spent most of her life taking care of everyone else. She claimed she never really had done anything for herself and that painting was the only thing she could do for herself. In the end I suggested she title her paintingAlice’s Spring. Gigi (Georgette, which I think is a pretty name) was probably the most talkative person in the group, she also was the most adventurous in using sponges to create texture within her painting. She did such a great job trying out colors and planning out her painting. She was really unsure of watercolors in my sketchbook and I told her I recently started using watercolors

myself and shouldn’t be afraid. She insisted I bring my sketchbook in next week to show her my work. I asked what the title of her painting would be a she told me it would be called Freedom. She began to cry exclaiming that all she wanted was freedom. She had gotten married at 16 and was on her own most of her life. When she was older her husband divorced her, and she became dependent on other people. Since getting sick she is wheel chair bound, and lives in an assisted living facility. All she wants is freedom, I honestly didn’t really know how to react to that story and insisted she has artistic freedom in which art can be a method of escape. She seemed to like that answer. After the program was over, everyone went back with the group and then I cleaned up. I went into work with the big group once I MIAD Bridge|Human Gift 21

everything up on my own is really time consuming.

I set up all of the painting supplies, the filming was over.

Overall I facilitated four people, and I think working on my own with them was a little too much. Although I had one regular, Alice, who loves to paint any chance she can get, but the other three artists were new to my session. Two of the women never used watercolor paint before, so it was a little difficult to make sure they always kept a wet brush, or made sure that there was paint on the brush at all was hard. I felt like a ping pong ball bouncing back and forth in between.

Again I worked with Lois, who I left alone painting for awhile and she was actually painting by herself! I was so shocked. Alice painted another butterfly, but I can’t complain because she is always willing to paint everyday. One new person, Ms. Derosa, actually fell asleep during painting because she was so tired from all of the events throughout the day. It was actually pretty hilarious. She fell asleep with the paintbrush in her hand! She eventually woke up and finished her painting, but this is probably the weirdest thing that I never thought would happen…

They did fairly well overall though, Ms. Geneva painted a really vibrant landscape and Ms. Rovella, although she asked me if she was painting right, she managed to do some really cool blending. I gave them both landscape pictures of mountains and canyons so it was fairly tricky, but I think they managed it well. I spent the rest of my time trying to repair and clean some of the brushes, organizing the art cabinet materials, and ending my day playing UNO with Kaya, one of the adults in Adult Day Care. She is confined to a wheelchair and has several other disabilities, but she loves to play cards. It was her birthday on Friday so we talked about her weekend celebrations as well.

{F inal Reflection} What a very full day. I went to volunteer to find that the facility was filming a new promotional video and as a result, every event under the sun was going on. Thankfully, by the time

I said goodbye to GiGi and Kaya, they were sad to see me go but the knew it wouldn’t last forever… It was a very bittersweet day. In reflecting upon my time at St. Ann’s my opinion of them has evolved. I initially just went in thinking they were a nursing home, or a hospital. Just a place where people went, but I realize that they do indeed have a community. The nurses have really gotten to know these people, and find activities that suit their interests. I think the community that they have built is very strong, and still growing stronger. They are soon planning to open the other wings in the building which will allow further care for its patients. I think my perception has changed in the Alzheimer’s patients who I worked with as well. It is hard to watch these people’s memories and faculties diminish even over the past several months. But I never really acknowledged or even realized that these people may have a disease, but they are still in there somewhere. I

think that it was so comforting to realize that my own grandpa (who had Alzheimer’s) was still there somewhere, even in the end. I know that in the beginning of the semester I posted a little illustration from UP about Carl, the old many being difficult to love and how Kevin, the boy scout loved him unconditionally. I feel that this couldn’t have been more opposite in my experiences at St. Ann’s All of the elderly who I worked with seemed to love and enjoy the experience, and working with me right from the beginning. I thought that it would take time to break down their grumpy or quiet exteriors, but they just wanted someone to sit and listen to them, to help them, and to love them in some way or another. I have truly loved my experiences at St. Ann’s and will remember them fondly.

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