1. One takeaway that I had from the work for this profile essay was doing a podcast. I listen to podcasts regularly and always wanted to try it for myself. I also was actually sitting with a person without any electronic distractions and just talking. I bet that in my entire life I have had a good conversation with only a few dozen people that were few and far in between. Lastly, I was able to engage someone that I had never met before in a rewarding talk, after getting over my initial nervousness of course. I am most proud of how fast time went by during this interview, which was an hour long. It only felt like it was an hour in length whilst typing up the transcripts.
2. The two profiles in Holding On that I do not want to forget are, Jim Searles the checker player and Joe Merrill and Hilda Wilkinson the spiritualists.
Searles' profile surprised me because I felt checkers was a kid's game, but then he explained that they play "pool checkers" which is more involved than traditional checkers. Searles found something that he loved to do and did good things with it. He kept people out of trouble and found a place where people could play checkers together outside of home. It just seemed fun since the sounded rewarding and the friends that are also a part of it.
The spiritualists I want to remember for different reasons. They are holding onto something that I believe should be let go, or at least updated. The parlor tricks of their day have been uncovered, yet they swear by them still and go so far as to say that today's medium's are not as good as before. I chose to not forget this profile because sometimes it is good to see things in a new light instead of holding on to old ideas.
3. The research topic for my group is The Wilds Conservation Center in Ohio. A possible research question would pertain to the value this center has for understanding our ecosystem, because we forget that us as humans live in conjunction with wildlife and have huge impacts on their environments. Another question would be what are the benefits of this center for the local community, such as tourism or satisfaction.