Saturday, February 20, 2010

3 Ways to Slow Blogging Twice

There are at least 3 fun ways to make sure you're so busy that your blogging slows:

1. Get a new job / position / opportunity (still great to have a job)
2. Cover for your boss while he's out of the office (a great opportunity to learn more)
3. Begin business travel, a treasured rarity these days.

I'm sure you could add many more from the happy circumstances you face. What I realized during this hiatus is that this act of blogging  is not something I do to fill time but quite possibly plays a vital role as an expression, a developer and a compass.

Blogging and writing are an expression of thoughts, opinions, points of view. Having those is sort of central to being and having an impact on the world. Following an idea in writing through twists and turns to new places develops that starting thought, opinion or point of view into something more robust and different from the start point. For example, when I started this entry, I thought one thing.  By the time I finish it, I will be transported to an utterly different place and take on things.That's development. Lastly, taking the time to separate out what you think from your insides to the outside on "paper" helps provide a compass, a direction, something to line up to. All of that takes devotion of time, flow time, slow time, time when time disappears.

So here are 3 better ways to slow blogging.

1. Express - your thoughts, opinions, feelings
2. Develop - them to a new place
3. Compass - get what is inside out and true up to it

Sunday, February 7, 2010

No Feb NaBloPoMo For Me!

I muffed it! I forgot to post on Saturday so all bets are off on me making a post a day for this month.  Good thing I like posting anyway.  Thanks for stopping by!

Up and to the Right

Up and to the Right
Originally uploaded by thyme2003
Up and to the right.....I was aiming for that feeling of going up a "hill", metaphoric or real, your whole field of vision filled with what's in front of you, your focus narrowing to the spot at the top when you can ease up.

Transitions are like that.  You hope for a change, you wait and work for it for a loooong time, then it finally happens.  What's been written about the back side of that hill?

What happens if it's another hill? I read somewhere that people in prisons and camps do best if they maintain hope that they will get out but don't set a specific date by which this will happen. That means there is no top of the hill in sight necessarily.

Proverbs 13:12 says "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life."

My hope cannot be in when I reach the top. But in who will be with me on the road through tops and bottoms.

Friday, February 5, 2010

No Shoulder

No Shoulder
Originally uploaded by thyme2003
At the moment things are pretty busy and I feel like I'm living a "No Shoulder" life. I need to stay tightly focused and not veer off course.

At the same time, it's a time to consider context, not just the scene directly in my path, a time to broaden my vision and to not require things to adhere to Vulcan logic.

So, attempting to view broadly, allow for tilted logic and stay in the general forward direction, here I go!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Walk the Line

Walk the Line
Originally uploaded by thyme2003
You can tell by the hard shadow that this was taken at one end of the day or the other. I like how the dark shadow bar almost lines up with the line in the cement. The link shadows provide interesting texture against the grains of cement.

Walking while photographing your feet is a bit of a timing challenge. Next time I hope to show motion blur on the feet (means the feet are in the frame as well!)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

California Crop

Power Pole
Originally uploaded by thyme2003
The nature trails where I live have an affinity for the paths of utility poles. This morning I discovered fields of these like tall rows of corn. It must be our largest crop.

The towers arise majestically like some idol, each one strung together with wire like beads on a necklace. I'm surprised we don't have dances in their honor to increase the rain of electricity.

Like sentinels communicating over long distances, they pass current signals like smoke, only dimly aware of my passing beneath.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Weird But I Kindof Like It

I took the photo from the previous day and worked with it a bit. It seems a good self portrait - a person emerging, partly hidden still.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Israeli Fashion at Ruti's

I found some great dresses at Ruti's, an Israeli boutique in Palo Alto.  I was looking for something flowy, with some unique touches and soft fabric and I found it here thanks to my husband's sharp eyes.

This dress feels great on the inside, wears well (no saggy bottom after a day of sitting in meetings), looks professional yet piques interest, and is dynamic.  I loved wearing it.

Here's a link to Ruti's in case you want to see what they are all about.  I also bought an asymmetrical neckline shirt that I plan to wear tomorrow.  Love the fluidity!