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…on a bit of a road trip…not in a car but through worlds of business and thought…sometimes you have to take the time to learn the thing before you can work the thing…as soon as I hit that knowledge point, I’ll put my bags down and get back to doing what I want to do instead of what I have to do…the meter is running…be back soon…

“In a Parisian taxi, driver and dog keep each other company.”
Diana Mara Henry, photographer
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Janis Joplin, 1969
Francesco Scavullo, photographer



…ready or not…

Garfield, 9/10/17
by Jim Davis


…school’s in…let’s get this thing started…

Bubble Gum Girl, ca 1985Joseph Szabo, photographer
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The back story:

Joseph Szabo was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1944. After receiving his MFA from the Pratt Institute, he taught photography at Malverne High School in Long Island, New York from 1972 to 1999. During his tenure at the school his students became his subjects, capturing the unique years of adolescence in all their bravado, awkwardness and excitement.

The recipient of a National Endowment for the Visual Arts Fellowship, his work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennial, the International Centre of Photography (where he also teaches), the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Brooklyn Museum among others. His work has been collected by many institutions, including the Bibliotheque National in Paris, France, The George Eastman House Museum in Rochester, New York, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.




…is not going as planned…or maybe it is…

Kitten emerging from pot of milk after falling into it, 1940.
Nina Leen—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images
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Part of the back story in Forbes:

The next teens you see engrossed in their phones might not be texting or Snapchatting, but reading a suspense thriller. That’s thanks to Hooked, an app aimed at 13- to 24-year-olds that serves up pulse-pounding stories in the form of SMS conversations. Since launching in 2015, Hooked has ­been downloaded nearly 2 million times and recently became the top-grossing book app for iOS. This milestone comes on the heels of new research showing that Millennials lead other generations in reading and still generally prefer print books to e-books. These data depict a publishing industry in transition—one that’s modernizing in response to evolving reading habits but in no danger of succumbing to new digital overlords.

Contrary to popular belief, Millennials read more than older generations do—and more than the last generation did at the same age.

Hope springs eternal…and she reads books…

From Jeremiah Moss’, Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul:

The city has the power to rejigger you completely, body and mind, rearranging your neural pathways and setting your heart to a different beat. It speeds up your nervous system, making you sharper and more savvy—if you let it. I welcomed my own urbanization, loving the smells of my neighbors’ cooking and the crush of a subway crowd, savoring insider knowledge about important things, like how to order a bagel, how to hail a cab, and in which booth at Chumley’s did F. Scott Fitzgerald schtup Zelda on their wedding night. (If you take New York into your cells, you pick up Yiddish, too, sparking your sentences with schmuck and kvetch and plotz.)

The city made space for all varieties and combinations…I came to New York because I needed the city, and New York is for people who need cities, for those who cannot function outside of one. Open and permissive, insulating you with the sort of anonymity you can’t find in a small town or suburb, the city allows us to expand, experiment, and become our truest selves.

More excerpts here…his blog is here

…and keep your sense of humor..

Brazilian pianist, Eliane Rodrigues, takes it to ground when a pedal goes bad at the beginning of her solo piano performance…stay with it:

Always adapt…and never stop…

Anne Lamott on TED with 12 truths I learned from life and writing:

I think this pretty much says it for me and most of the people I know, that we’re a mixed grill of happy anticipation and dread. So I sat down a few days before my 61st birthday, and I decided to compile a list of everything I know for sure.

Number one: the first and truest thing is that all truth is a paradox. Life is both a precious, unfathomably beautiful gift, and it’s impossible here, on the incarnational side of things. It’s been a very bad match for those of us who were born extremely sensitive. It’s so hard and weird that we sometimes wonder if we’re being punked. It’s filled simultaneously with heartbreaking sweetness and beauty, desperate poverty, floods and babies and acne and Mozart, all swirled together. I don’t think it’s an ideal system.

Number two: almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes – including you…

Full video below…transcript can be found here…take the time…

© Bill Israel

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