Thank You

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“One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.” ~ Lewis Carroll

Many of you have read Awakening to Awareness for several years. You have thoughtfully offered your ideas, views and understanding. It has been previously communicated that I value the content on your blogs more than the messages shared herein.

Acknowledging this, I am choosing to express my gratitude in a small way.

Six months ago my first book was published. It reflects much of what has been shared on this blog. In appreciation for reading some of these eclectic messages, I am gifting 30 copies of the book… with a couple of guidelines.

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To qualify for a copy (which will be mailed) I invite you to be one of the first 30 to:

  1.  In comments, identify the one blog that most inspires you and briefly tell us why. You may link the blog if you so choose.
  2. Subject blog cannot be mine, yours or any affiliated with you.
  3. And… you cannot cite a blog that has previously been mentioned (hint: read the comments).

There is a purpose here and I hope it’s obvious. It’s to introduce those who follow this blog to others who take considerable time to write posts with genuine meaning and significance, often accompanied by delightful images of their own creation. Via this exercise we open doors and come to appreciate even more of the incredible talent within this community.

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Melody Beattie, an author whose insights I admire said,

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

To get the ball rolling, the blog that most inspires me is China Sojourns Photography, a brilliant collection of written wisdom and extraordinary photography by Randy Collis. This ought not surprise many readers as Randy guest authored here with this post in January, 2015.

Thank you! for choosing to add to our collective growth and blogging experience.

The Range of Your Expression

                        Kyle Zimmerman

Kyle Zimmerman

“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.” ~ Alfred Stieglitz

This week’s guest on the Awakening to Awareness radio show, a segment titled “Scale Your Light,” was acclaimed photographer, Kyle Zimmerman.

Kyle developed her photography career shooting fashion and advertising in San Francisco, Milan, Madrid and Athens. She returned to her native New Mexico in 1999 to make a difference in family and business portraiture… celebrating realness and people’s “range of expression.”

In an engaging interview, Kyle elaborates on her desire to impact her community, the importance of looking into oneself, and helping individuals manifest what they want to be – through her photographer’s lens. We talked about connections and how they yield substantive relationships. Kyle also shared views on why people are self-critical of photographs and how she helps them to see and appreciate the genuine beauty within their unique image.

If you’re interested in listening to the show, click here for the podcast.

You Know, We’re Different!

“Blessed is the generation in which the old listen to the young; and doubly blessed is the generation in which the young listen to the old.” ~ The Talmud

What prompted this post was actually my desire to share three amazing photo manipulations. Thinking about how to align these creative works with a message, I chose ‘learning styles’ as a common denominator. Well, loosely… work with me here. 🙂

In this post are three images by Swedish digital artist Erik Johansson, who now resides in Berlin. Johansson (with considerable technology aid) modifies his original photographs and the end results are, in my opinion, fascinating creations.

                             "Snow Cover"

Which brings us to learning styles. We’re a mixed bushel. Most of us are familiar with the three long-held learning modalities: visual, auditory and kinesthetic (tactile). These can occur independently or in combination; over time; and become integrated with age. Given these three, I’m a combination visual/auditory learner – which may help to account for my interest is Johansson’s stimulating work.

More recent research and studies yield a school of seven learning styles: visual, aural, verbal, physical, logical, social, and solitary (the latter two reflecting a preference for learning in/with teams or individually). So I dug a bit deeper, given this blog’s focus and learned that Baby Boomers prefer to learn in physically warm environments, lean toward a tactile style with body language being significant in the experience, and that they have a need for hands-on learning activities.

                          "End of Line"

“End of Line”

Given interest in cross-generational similarities and integration, I learned that Gen Xers prefer structured learning environments that are conducted in the evening. All sorts of interesting data ‘out there’ which is further varied when factored for gender preferences. Some summarized research and tips for communicating with and across generations can be read in this Colorado State University report.

                             "Cut and Fold"

“Cut and Fold”

It’s no surprise that each of us is a multi-faceted being. Style preference(s) is but one element of our learning experiences and what makes us different. If you are interested in viewing more of Johansson’s work, click here for his website. He also blogs from the same site.

Here’s to your learning styles!

With due respect to photographer’s who blog in the WordPress community (several of whom I follow), I recognize this as a variation on your art and profession. Your unique work is equally appreciated; often prized.