Each week, I read a wide variety of blog posts and articles across the internet. I wander here and wander there and before I know it I’ve spent an eternity avoiding all the work that I should have been doing by reading other people’s writing. I share my favorites here with you each week in the Weekly Wanderings link round-up. Enjoy!
- Memory Keeping: What Should You Capture – Finding Neverland. I struggle with memory-keeping. I want to create these fabulous records of my life with Sweet Husband, but there are so many ideas and different ways to do it that it is difficult to know what to, which means that I am paraluzed and I don’t do much of anything.
- Fierce Reality: On Living and Loving Well to the End – Parker J. Palmer for On Being. What a great reminder that we have to accept all of who we are, and there’s no time like the present to get started on that work.
…there are no short-cuts to wholeness. The only way to become whole is to put our arms lovingly around everything we’ve shown ourselves to be: self-serving and generous, spiteful and compassionate, cowardly and courageous, treacherous and trustworthy. We must be able to say to ourselves and to the world at large, “I am all of the above.” If we can’t embrace the whole of who we are — embrace it with transformative love — we’ll imprison the creative energies hidden in our own shadows and flee from the world’s complex mix of shadow and light.
- 10 Ways to Create Picture Perfect Posts on Instagram – Peg Fitzpatrick. I’m trying to step up my Instagram game. Posts like this one help me to conceptualize what I need to do, even if I don’t actually get around to doing what I need to do.
- Learning to Receive Love – Jamie Ridler Studios. If you’ve been following Jamie, you know that she has recently adopted three abandoned kittens, and sometimes, with those things with four paws that are covered in fur, we learn some of the greatest lessons.
- When Life Gets Unpredictable, Get Creative – also from Jamie Ridler. Because my life is feeling a bit unpredictable – but I believe that it will get infinitely better very, very soon – this is a great reminder to let my creativity and passion guide me.
- Adjusting to Your Prosperity – Danielle LaPorte. This is something I struggle with. I say I want prosperity – I wish it for other people, but when it comes to me, I’m scared to death of it. Gotta get better at that.
- 20 Signs You’re Doing Better Than You Think You Are – Brianna West for Pulptastic. This is an excellent reminder for me – the person who is terrible at trusting the process and excellent at working myself into a frenzied worry.
- 13 Exercises for Photographers That Can Help Jump-Start Creativity – Todd Vorenkamp for Peta Pixel. I really like some of these. I need to remember to give 1, 12, & 13 a try. The mixing bowl one is intriguing as well.
- Some Men Will Never Date Me Because of Body & I’m OK with That – And That’s Why You’re Single. (*photo with nudity – may want to click at home) I long ago accepted that I’m not for everyone, and most of the time, I am more than OK with that idea. For the most part, though, a long time ago I decided that I don’t want to be with someone who doesn’t want to be with me. & if a man doesn’t make me feel beautiful, he can move on.
- When Being Childfree Isn’t a Choice – Alanna Vagianos for Huffington Post. As someone who cannot have children, much of this rings true to me.
- Rachel Dolezal’s Story? It’s Not Creative Non-Fiction – Thomas Fate for the Chicago Tribune. To be honest, I have a really hard time understanding what is and is not creative non-fiction. I suppose that is my own short-coming. But. I really appreciate this:
As with DIS-honesty, the prefix matters: NON-fiction. Note that the “creative” in creative nonfiction doesn’t allude to the freedom to fictionalize, but to use fictional craft strategies (for example, character development, dialogue, sensory detail) to write about true events. Sure, a memoirist or essayist constructs his own character and his own persona or voice. And yes, each writer’s “truth” is subjective and interpreted and reliant on memory, but you can’t invent new parents or conveniently omit key experiences that contradict your central point.
- What’s Killing the Babies of Vernal Utah? – Paul Solotaroff for the Rolling Stone. This is heartbreaking and infuriating. Let me get political for you for a moment: This is why we don’t need deregulation and why standards for the EPA are important. What is happening in places where fracking is allowed is happening with regulation. Can you imagine what it would be like without regulation? To further get political – start calling your elected representatives. Tell them that fracking isn’t worth the risk. We can’t take the chance.
- DIY: Patron Bottle Hanging Aquariums – Maddie Richardson. I totally love this idea! I know just where we can put them too. Guess that means someone needs to start sucking down the tequila!
- Let Go. Say No. Be Awestruck – Be More With Less. As we settle into this new home that I love, I am trying to remember to not fill it with stuff, to not be too preoccupied with the material. I am working to let go, say no, and be awestruck.
- Caitlyn Jenner’s Speech on Acceptance – The Daily Tay. I know that lots of people don’t believe that Caitlyn Jenner deserved the Arthur Ashe Award at the ESPYs but for all the reasons Taylor outlined, she most assuredly does. The reactions on my Facebook page are enough reason alone. And then when you factor in all the LGBT teens who are struggling, who are hurting every day, who are desperate for acceptance…she deserved it.
- (Sorta) Losing My Religion – Rita’s Notebook. I am a book person. I love books simply because books are magical things. But I am coming to a point where I want to have fewer things. Before I moved from NV to Hattiesburg, I purged books. When I moved from Hattiesburg to Louisville, I purged again. And when I came home, I purged yet again. I still had at least three boxes that I hadn’t looked at in four years. Books that at one time, I loved. It was time…hard as it was.
- 31 Writing Prompts for July – Kat Bouska, Mama’s Losin’ It. You can never have too many prompts in your back pocket.
- Story – David duChemin. I never fail to take something deep and true away from duChemin’s posts. This one is no different. It’s a lot to think about and internalize so that when I’m shooting, I remember it.
Photographs, if they are to tell or imply a story, must be about something. Truth, justice, love, or the lack of, or search for those things, are strong universal themes. Loneliness, betrayal, our tendency to self-destruct, death, resurrection, the bond of family – all of these are strong themes and the more universal a theme you echo in your image, the more powerful it will be and the more broad the audience to whom it will be powerful. If you’re already thinking that this is a little to deep for your style of photography, what about themes like peace, solitude, or beauty?
- The Most Important Question of Your Life – Your Courageous Life. This is powerful stuff. Who do I really want to be? There are days I think I know and then days when I have no clue.
It was a little bit of a different mix this week, wasn’t it? I found myself reading a lot more “articles” than blog posts. Not sure what that was about.