A Quiet Outing to Fort Mifflin

Note: The following post relates to the project requirements for my Foundations in Creativity class.
Originally posted to the creativity blog on December 1, 2015.

My energy has shifted to finishing the paper and figuring out the Christmas shopping list. I like to get something a little different. To accomplish this I like to patronize all the small shops and holiday fairs in Philadelphia as well as look for presents that support sustainable local economies and the environment. Sounds geeky but there is so much available that it really takes minimal effort to do good while participating in the more material aspect of the holidays. Why not?

It’s accepted that material things do not bring the same lasting pleasure as experiences. However, I’ve argued that if you have ADHD and your memory is unreliable at best, material mementos often hold quite a bit of happiness because they provide a tactile opportunity to relive the experience and emotions first hand. Obviously collecting physical memories can take up a lot of space so it helps to be selective about what comes into your house. Everything has a story and everything has at least one layer of meaning in our house. Like one’s aesthetic appearance, one’s home is another opportunity to express oneself through everyday creativity. Not just on holidays but everyday and it’s dynamic and ever-evolving.

This is the same approach I take for picking out Christmas presents. I like to not only get something that suits the person, but also something that tells a story or evokes a memory. It’s not an exact science and sometimes things don’t work out so well. But when they do, it’s such a pleasure to give.

I did manage to get out of the house on Sunday for a visit to Fort Mifflin (http://www.fortmifflin.us/). Mifflin is a Revolutionary War-era fort located near Philadelphia International Airport. We were just about the only people visiting during the overcast but comfortable day. Aside from the regular taking off of airplanes, it is a rather serene place, as if all the energy has been used. It is supposedly haunted and we were hoping to catch a few orbs but nothing came up in our photos. Perhaps the ghosts don’t work on Sunday?

I think this photo, and I took many photos trying to catch ghosts, captures an 18th Century view. And, with no one there, it’s a peaceful setting. Could be anywhere, really. Not a fort where people have died.

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