The Voices in Humanism (Voices) initiative is a collaboration between The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Medicine’s Gold Humanism Honor Society Resident Chapter and the OSU Medical Heritage Center. The mission is to collect, preserve, and share the arts created during this challenging time. Students, residents, faculty, staff, alumni, and all members of the healthcare family submit all forms of visual arts, writing, and music to the collection. To view the growing collection, visit the Voices webpage.
Spring Moon is a poem submitted by Fred Andrel, a well-known poet who had a much admired program on WOSU for years.
“I think it’s so important to try to direct our attention to the present moment, especially in these difficult times. That’s not always easy to do, but it’s so very rewarding,” said Mr. Andrel.
“If we keep our attention on the moment, as the poem suggests, worries about the future and regrets about the past may fade away. We become calm, relaxed, and we can fully appreciate our precious gift of life,” continued Mr. Andrel.
Mr. Andrel is very active in OSU’s humanism family as he chairs its Hospital Poets group for the Linda C. Stone, MD, Program for Humanism and the Arts in Medicine.
The Whimsical World of Wilbur is a popular series with the Voices Audience. Designed during Jody Sobol’s COVID containment to maximize on any carefree and amusing times that surrounded her.
Jody Sobol and her Whimsical World of Wilbur series is very popular with the Voices audiences.
“Initially founded for the simple fun photography, and then with an abundance of new found time in existence, my “Covid Creativity” went into caption mode. Wilbur’s gentle, playful disposition and tolerance of his mom’s extreme admiration of his photogenic patience, all contributed to the development and sharing of this series,” said Ms. Sobol.
“I think Wilbur’s photos are filled with love, hope, and extreme sweetness that have a way of creating many smiles no matter how many times you look at them. Hence, if I can share a multitude of smiles through this series, that fills my heart with lots of happy of which we can all benefit from during these times and every day. Where Wilbur is, smiles abound,” concluded Mr. Sobol
The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP) is partnering in this initiative by highlighting pieces of work in the Weekly Family Medicine Update, as well as on the Joy Among Chaos webpage. If you would like to contribute to this collection and share your own piece of work that reflects thoughts during this time of dual pandemics as we struggle to understand the impact on our patients, their families, our communities, our profession, and ourselves, we encourage you to do so. Submissions may be emailed to LCStoneMD@columbus.rr.com.
Financial support for this program is provided by the AAFP Foundation Philanthropic Consortium (FMPC) which is funded by members like you! Help programs like this continue to support family medicine by giving to the FMPC. Select “Chapter Grants” when making your gift online. Thank you!