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Whatever you want to do, do it now

Magnum Photographer David Alan Harvey writing on Instagram: Whatever it is you want to do, best to do it now. That’s been my mantra since childhood and magnified with time.  Harvey is now 75 years old so that’s a long-time mantra for him. Harvey encourages photographers to shoot what it feels like, not what it […]

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Suzanne Stein: ‘Take pictures even when you don’t feel like it’

Take pictures even when you don’t feel like it. Take them when you’re tired, when you’re depressed, when you’re hungry or bored or otherwise unmotivated. Push through your sad times and don’t give up. I’ve actually gotten some of my best pictures on my worst days. Be inspired by the work of other photographers, but […]

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Why Blog? To clear your thoughts

Why Blog?  I think Seth Godin captured my inspiration for blogging when he was asked why he blogged.  He said “if you are blogging for other people you are going to be disappointed…even if no one would read it, I would still blog…this is a great chance for me to clear my thoughts and put […]

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The great aim of every human being

[T]he great aim of every human being is to understand the meaning of total love. Love is not found in someone else, but in ourselves; we simply awaken it. But in order to do that, we need the other person. The universe only makes sense when we have someone to share our feelings with. Paulo […]

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What is success?

A nice definition of success from Sigrid Agren: Success is showing up each day. Success is being vulnerable and open-hearted. Success is knowing I am enough. Success is being grateful every day for what I have. Success is loving myself unconditionally.  Success is trying, and even failing. Success is allowing myself to be seen for […]

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Why Blog? Connecting Via Honesty

I am scared shitless to show you who I am, really, fully. I am scared shitless of opening up. But I know honesty is the only way to what matters the most to me : connecting with others. If I have created this website, it is hoping that it will resonate with you, maybe even […]

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Audiobook: James Taylor

I just listened to ‘Break Shot: My First 21 Years‘ by James Taylor on Audible. Taylor recounts his first 21 years in very personal and moving terms while interspersing his wonderful music. The audiobook is only 90-minutes long and worth every minute. Here are a couple of highlights that really resonated with me: “Memory is […]

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ADL: Holocaust Denial is Antisemitism

Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO and National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, writing in USA Today: Let’s be clear: Holocaust denial is nothing more than anti-Semitism. It is an attempt to deny the Jewish people their history, one of many tactics used by bigots in the long-running campaign to delegitimize the Jewish people. Deniers claim the Holocaust never happened or that […]

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Erna Paris: The way we remember the Holocaust will change

Erna Paris writing in The Globe and Mail: The core learning future generations must acquire, in addition to the facts of Holocaust history, will be to recognize the impulse to genocide, how and why it starts, the propaganda tools it employs to persuade, and the known consequences of silence and indifference. I think this learning […]

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Statements on the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

Remarks at the the Fifth World Holocaust Forum at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem on January 23, 2020: I wish I could say that we Germans have learned from our history once and for all, but I cannot say that when hatred is spreading. German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier The crimes committed by the Nazis, […]