When Will This Torture End?

Today I was pleasantly surprised — the high was only 96°F, and I actually felt how much cooler it was compared to yesterday.  When will it begin to cool down? This has been the longest, hottest summer that I can recall in Los Angeles.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity

“For this week’s challenge, share what humanity means to you. Share a single photo or a collage.”  See other great portraits of humanity here.

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No Temple Made With Hands

DSC_0037_edited-2I did a two-day 600 mile round trip for a family event to Yosemite. The drive through central California’s agricultural flat lands is a achingly dull and the weather was miserably hot, but finally I arrived. I had never seen this extraordinary place before. Although my photo does not do justice, I got to see why it is has been painted and photographed by so many people for so many years.

“But no temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite. Every rock in its walls seems to glow with life…as if into this one mountain mansion Nature had gathered her choicest treasures…” – John Muir

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Freedom To Roam

DSC_1648_edited-1In honor of Internet Slowdown Day, I’m offering this portrait of a lovely butterfly in Madrid’s botanical gardens. She’s got freedom to roam.

If you’re so inclined, here are some phone numbers to reach people in the U.S. Government. You can offer your opinion on the Federal Communication Commission’s proposed rule changes that would affect net neutrality.

“The Commission is considering proposed rules to protect an Open Internet.” [Liar liar pants on fire] “The proposed rules ask questions about how best to ensure the Internet remains an open platform for innovation and expression.

Chairman Wheeler is encouraging the public to share their views now. He intends to have rules of the road in place before the end of the year to protect consumers and entrepreneurs. He will be listening, and your comments will help inform the final rules. Please send your thoughts to openinternet@fcc.gov.”

 

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Life In The Fast Lane

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This Wednesday September 10 is “Internet Slowdown” day. It’s a day of global protest to draw attention to the fact that the USA’s Federal Communication Commission is considering internet rules that would provide “fast lanes” for those who can pay (i.e. big commercial entities) and cow paths for the rest of us. Just FYI:

  • The head of the FCC proposed this rule change. He is a former lobbyist for the cellular and cable industry (the same folks who will be charging more money for the fast lanes).
  • Over 800,000 comments have been filed with the FCC, and 99% of those comments oppose this rule change.
  • Get up to speed (no pun intended) here, then
  • Share your opinion –
    • email FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler here
    • submit your comment to the FCC on this proceeding #14-28 here
    • email Mr. Obama (who appointed Tom Wheeler) here
  • Learn about the WordPress widget for the Internet Defense League here.
  • My internet speed is worse than a cow path.  You can test your internet speed here, and see how you compare to the rest of the world here.

UPDATE: You’ll find some other interesting news about Internet Slowdown protests at The Guardian newspaper, Wired magazine, and Time magazine.

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue

 

Art greets guests at the entrance to the Getty Museum.

When it comes to photography, dialogue can be perceived as a consensual interaction between two images. Placed next to each other, each photograph opens up to meanings that weren’t there when viewed alone. For this week’s photo challenge, bring together two of your photos into dialogue. What do they say to each other?

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The Tension Of Transition

DSC_3046_edited-2This photo was taken on my evening walk yesterday, at the dinner hour, when my neighborhood enjoys the cooling off time. As I study this scene I am astonished and grateful to see the synchronicity all around us. Let me explain.

It’s been a difficult couple of weeks. I’ve set several goals for myself, goals for which I feel utterly inadequate. It’s my lifelong habit to see my world  as static:  who I am today versus who I was yesterday versus who I want to be tomorrow.  I create immense stress for myself. My goals (and feelings of inadequacy) are reflected in two of the books open beside me:  A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle, and Writing From The Inside Out by Dennis Palumbo. As I was reading the Writing book this morning I came across this passage about writer’s block:

Imagine it like this: You, the writer, stand on one plateau, staring across a chasm at another plateau at a slightly higher elevation. You want to make that creative leap to the next plateau, but your fears and doubts hold you back. … What exists in that tension–old beliefs, self concepts, past writing experiences, etc.–is what needs to be explored an understood.

And then it hit me. My habit of viewing my world as a sequence of static states is the cause of my suffering. I fail to bless and welcome and be grateful for the process. How many times have I heard the aphorism: “the journey IS the goal” and I just say (smugly) yeah, yeah, I get that.  Except when it happens to me.

And so in the midst of my distress I went for a walk yesterday evening, and these beautiful kids were skateboarding along a bumpy path, and other people were walking the same path. The Universe blesses us with synchronicity to remind us that we’re on the path of our choosing. Or, to quote another aphorism: “Coincidence?  I don’t think so!”

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