The person that I admire most so far is "Steam Train" Maury Grahm. I really enjoyed his story on his life as a hobo. I liked how he explained the difference between a hobo and a bum. Before reading the story I never thought that there was a difference but now I know that there is a big one. I think it's awesome that he was able to leave the hobo life and start a life of his own. Steam Train Maury expresses creativity simply by living his everyday life. Each day he comes up with an idea on how hes going to survive that day. He constantly needs to find ways to get food and shelter for the day. I also think that his story was creatively written because it explained a little bit of his life as a hobo, the difference between a hobo and bum, and even explained where the word hobo came from.
Throughout the whole story of Scott Russell Sanders he talks about how much his dads addiction had an impact on him and his family's life. I got the impression that the last thing he would want to do was carry on an addiction issue that would affect his wife and kids. Although Sanders did not turn out to be an alcoholic, I was surprised when he said that work was his addiction. His work addiction had an impact on his son the same way his fathers addiction had an impact on him. "I am moved to write these pages now because my own son, at the age of ten, is taking on himself the griefs of the world, and in particular the griefs of his father. He tells me that when I am gripped by sadness, he feels responsible; he feels there must be something he can do to spring me from depression, to fix my life and that crushing sense of responsibility is exactly what I felt at the age of ten in the face of my father's drinking." I learned that even though some people can learn from their parents substance abuse addictions, it may affect them in their later years causing them to have another addiction of some sort.
A question that I often times have when reading the Holding On passages is, "How did all these experiences affect these people and how did it allow them to grow as a person?"