Friday, September 5, 2014
Exploration Two: Chris Ward
Hi! My name is Chris Ward. I graduated from Marysville High School last year and am now a freshman at OSUM. I really like all of the teachers and have finally gotten the hang of getting around campus. My fun fact was that I am a pilot and enjoy traveling (which kind of go hand-in-hand). I also work at the Union County airport as a line serviceman. I am the guy who pulls your rental car around, fuels your plane, and puts planes in the hangar. I absolutely love it. I also work for a consulting company and fly their fleet of four aircraft. It is a very dynamic job and I will find myself waking up in Mississippi and ending the day in St. Louis or Washington DC (but never Columbus Ohio). We travel all over the domestic US, Mexico, Canada, and Europe (we fly on the airlines for that). Being a pilot gives you freedom and a sense of accomplishment. I would not trade it for anything.
I chose to research Tim Seibles because I read some of his work and greatly enjoyed it. He writes as a normal guy challenging common issues that are prominent in society. I like the contrast in his passions. He pursued writing and reading while also pursuing football. It is very easy to take what he writes and accept it as fact because he is so well rounded. Reading his work is not only fun, but also meaningful and down to earth. He speaks from real world experience and has mastered the art of a fun, upbeat, meaningful artistic style of writing.
Sticking to my favorite poet, I read For Brothers Everywhere by Tim Seibles. I love how he writes modern poetry. Most famous poets tend to be out dated or talking about topics that appear to be unrelated and irrelevant to you. Tim took an ordinary pick up basketball game and turned it into art. The way he describes the seemingly simple sport is awesome. His language includes slang terms that you would not expect to hear from a poet, "fall-away j's from the corner". It helps paint a fuller picture of what is happening on the court. I have only read a few of his poems but I am curious to see if this is a common theme across is works. If it is, I think poetry just got a little cooler.
I had a literacy event just last week. My mom plays tennis with a group of friends every Thursday, and, every time, she comes home talking about one lady in particular. This lady is always cynical and judgmental toward my mother in particular. Despite this, my mom always tries to avoid conflict and be nice to her. Last Thursday, we got a letter from her friend. She, uncharacteristically, was very grateful for my mom and their friendship. Confused, we read on. It turns out that she has cancer and has been undergoing treatment for a year, unknown to everyone. This explains her poor moods and overall depression. Now, we can help support her and help her through this very trying time in her life.