Service of Hidden Talent & Passion—Just Look Around You!

December 24th, 2018

Categories: Creativity, Games, Language, Photography, Politics, Talent

I’m in awe of the talents and interests of people I know that stretch well beyond their day jobs. Here’s a preliminary list:

Elizabeth, a former newspaper reporter and office administrator whose dance card is currently filled with countless charitable projects is also a master bridge player.

Martha, who owns a Boston art gallery, speaks Italian, Greek, Portuguese, French and Japanese. She is also a news junkie.

Homer, a retired international banker, has been a skilled genealogist for 40+ years with several books under his belt. He has also become a talented and inspired cook.

Barbara, a retired physical therapist, is an accomplished baker and an expert at all things stitch-related from cross and tailoring to a range of crafts.

Nancie, one of her industry’s crack publicists, is the first to know about and attend blockbuster exhibitions, cultural, sports and fun events in NYC and around the globe.

Marketing and communications specialist Erica is a culture vulture. You’ll see her weekly in theaters and at concerts, ballets, movie houses and exhibitions.

Daniel is an administrator, pet caretaker and actor.

Edward, auto body shop owner, is active in local politics, an avid Facebook poster and remodeler of distressed properties.

David, the principal of his PR agency, is a jazz aficionado.

Josh, an IT-expert, has many passions in addition to his day job. He is also a photographer, [photo above], and amateur radio operator whose fascination covers  trains, especially subways.

Can you add to this list of remarkable people? How do they find time to work while nurturing their other talents and interests?

3 Responses to “Service of Hidden Talent & Passion—Just Look Around You!”

  1. Lucrezia Said:

    An old adage: “Just ask a busy person,” if you want to get things done, works! Now this stressed soul is off to take care of more mundane projects (bridge club closed today) such as laundry, gift wrapping, contributing to blog & etc. A Merry and Happy to all!

  2. Jeanne Byington Said:


    That adage is spot-on. Those with few things on their plates often take ages to accomplish the smallest task while the really busy manage to squeeze in one more thing if necessary and drop no balls.

    I’ve written before about studies of nurses in hospitals. When a department is overstuffed with nurses–which I doubt is the case anywhere today–the sluggish staff is unable to rise to care for an emergency. If stretched beyond the pale, they, too, will fail. A staff that is super busy and used to working at a clip handles emergencies seamlessly.

    A busy person must also know how to triage. I found that I had to deep six a lifelong joyous task this year for the first time in my adult life. I did not make the traditional family Christmas cookie. I am sad but something had to give to make time for crucial priorities that came first.

  3. Protius Said:

    Not surprisingly, talented people excel in whatever they do. Frederick the Great of Prussia, when he wasn’t building an empire, was corresponding with the likes of Voltaire and composing first rate music, which is still regularly performed by chamber orchestras everywhere.

    Winston Churchill who lead the free world virtually by himself for several years won the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was also a capable brick layer and a skilled amateur painter of canvasses which stood the test of time.

    Dwight Eisenhower played top level bridge with the likes of the Culbertson’s.

    Harry Truman never graduated from college, but he was an avid history buff who trained himself to understand international relations from a historical perspective.

    Jimmy Carter’s background was nuclear physics as much as it was the Georgia peanut business.

    I find nothing strange about this at all. I think first class minds thrive on being challenged to perform no matter what the task is.

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