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Category : Musings

18 Jan 2018
EXPECTATION

EXPECTATION, A TED TALK

I’m a TED fan (sometimes a TED junky).  It’s fun listening to smart speakers giving scientific credence to folk wisdom. One of my favorites was that you get what you expect.    “Why you don’t get what you want; it’s not what you expect”  https://youtu.be/FwLeiY5f7sI, by Dr. Jennice Vilhauer. If you want the best but expect worst, guess what?

16 Jan 2018
FUN

FUN

When it’s satisfying, it feels good.  If it feels good, it’s fun. Even when it’s work. (I wonder why there isn’t a verb form of the word fun.) Work, work, work.  If work was fun, they’d call it fun, right? Fun and games. Not even games are all fun, though. Technically, work is the process of transferring energy from one place to another (work=force x distance). But who’s counting? Fun is the process of living life fully. (Even when it’s work.)

13 Dec 2017

WHO OWNS YOUR ATTENTION?

What are you looking at? What’s got your attention? We are often told to “pay” attention (especially when we are kids).  That must mean we own our attention and can “spend” it however it most benefits us, our growth and our development and those around us.  It’s an investment.  

06 Dec 2017

HAPPINESS OR SATISFACTION?

What are you trying to get out of your career?  Are you looking for happiness or do you want to be satisfied? Don’t answer.  It’s a trick question. They are the same thing.

27 Nov 2017
WALKING FEET

BRAIN WALKING

Have you taken your brain for a walk today? If you’ve ever had  dogs you know how excited they can get when it’s time to go for walk.  They know it will feel good.  And it does. There is something about being outside and moving that makes the brain happy.  It clears cobwebs. The data show … “yada, yada… blah, blah.”  I don’t need no stinking data. My brain knows.

20 Nov 2017
ALLENTOWN MUSEUM PHOTO EXHIBIT

STUDY YOUR COMPETITION

“Steve” and I are part of a large photography exhibit that opened this weekend at the Allentown Art Museum.  I had photographed Steve as part of a project on artists and am always eager to show him off. The exhibition hall was packed with photographers who are all displaying great images.  It is a little daunting to see how good they all are and also encouraging to see the bar for photography rising higher and higher.  Mediocre images just don’t […]

05 Nov 2017
BOB RAPP_BY BROKAW PHOTOGRAPHY

DOES YOUR WORK MAKE YOU HAPPY?

Sometimes. Yes? They say “work is work” and it is, of course, but if it brings us satisfaction then it’s more than work, it’s living life well. I’ve always loved my jobs, my work (except for that time in college I delivered telephone books…) and most of the time it was satisfying. That’s especially true at the end of a productive day. Boredom, fatigue and stress love to nudge their way in from time to time, but that’s normal. So […]

03 Nov 2017
TODD STONE BY BROKAW PHOTOGRAPHY

DO YOU JOURNAL?

I photographed artist, Todd Stone as part of a photo project about the Artists of the Gallows Run.  We talked about journals. Todd is a well known New York artist, www.toddstone.com.  Todd witnessed, first hand, the destruction of the Twin Towers and rendered it in paintings.  Over the past 16 years he has been witnessing and painting the resurrection. Todd journals.  It settles his mind and evokes new thoughts and ideas. Journalling is right up there with mindful meditation as a […]

27 Oct 2017
COLOR

COLOR?

The world is full of color.  But sometimes we may want to look at it in black and white. Does it work? The perennial favorite for color watching is fall foliage.  It doesn’t last long.  A couple of weeks.  I wondered if I could create a black and white image of foliage with snap and interest.  It didn’t work.  Black and white leaves? (Am I nuts?)

17 Oct 2017
8-MAN CREW PULLING

IS EVERYONE PULLING?

It’s often harder than it looks to coordinate teams, even when everyone is doing the same thing.  Watching a novice crew team row up the river is fun.  It’s not an entirely graceful thing to see, but entertaining. The crew wants to do the right thing. The coxie sees what needs to be done and everyone strives to coordinate. We all have teams of one kind or another.  Some are long lasting, others are fleeting but they all share a […]