Are You Sick With Envy?

I’ve seen a bit of this going around creative streams lately, so today, I want to expose a painful, closeted emotion that we can all relate to: Envy. The envy I write about here is sometimes spurred by others’ success or sometimes spurred by engaging in “just a little healthy competition”. Yet, regardless of whether…

8 Easy New Year’s Resolutions

In May of 2014, U.S. actress Sandra Bullock gave an inspiring commencement speech to a high school graduating class in New Orleans. In her speech she included her advice for a happier life. I’ve decided that Sandra’s advice make great New Year resolutions, so I will print these out and put them on the fridge to see how it affects…

Dissatisfaction Starts Like This

A series of life storms enters in, consuming your time and energy. You are in auto-pilot with no pause for reflection about what you’re doing and certainly with little free time. You get irritable, tired or simply disengaged from good feelings… Then here comes the weekend, the last storm has passed, life’s okay again….until another…

How To Cycle Through Madness

Above Photo Gallery: Digital, Ricoh GR Location: Italy   One of my best friends reminded me the other day that here in North America, we have been recognized by some as a “feel-good culture.” In other words, we try very hard to chase the good feelings and doubly hard to avoid the bad. I get why we…

There Is No Love Where There Is No Bramble

Location: Portland, Oregon Nikon FE2, 35mm Bramble: (noun) – Any rough, (usually wild) tangled prickly shrub, specifically the blackberry bush. What Do Love and Art Share in Common & Why Can’t It Just Be Easy? Falling in love is a beautiful thing, but as most of us know from experience, sustaining the relationship after the phase of…

You Only Have One Mother

“Madre no hay sino una” Yashica-D TTL, 120 Kodak Tri-X 400 Chamblee, Georgia – May, 2014   For Us, It’s Been A Slow, Kind Shift This is a photograph I took of my sweet, aging mother on mother’s day. She lost her mom at the age of eight and often talks about this. I know how much this impacted her. She…

The Happiness Barometer: It’s All About Perspective

I call these photos I took, “Remembering My Altered Perspectives”, May, 2014  Location: New York – From Manhattan To The Hudson Valley by Train (From New Adventures in Creativity With A Canon Elph Point & Shoot). NOTE: When I use the word “relationship”, I don’t only mean romantic relationships. I don’t even mean just relationships with people, but relationships with all…

How To Resolve Dilemmas Creatively & Recalibrate The Mind

Location: Oregon. My Camera: Olympus E-P2, 17mm lens   Nature As A Problem Solver What do you do when you have a problem that you can’t stop thinking about or a dilemma that you want to solve? I have always employed what I refer to as “left-brained” tactics. I would think about it over and…

The “So What?” Factor (I Do See You)

The “So What” Factor Before you post a photo, video or anything personal on social media, do you wonder if anyone will look at it besides you? If you don’t, I think you’re in the minority. When I first started out in photographic art, I shot all the time and I studied like crazy because…