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Stephanie Fecik has been at 6 events

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HACK THIS PHOTO4,439Hack This PhotoOur Photo.  Your Spin. (Open for the entire week)Welcome to the special Halloween edition of the Friday Night +HACK THIS PHOTO!  The photo editing game where you take our photo and twist it, turn it, crop it, chop it, texturize it, pixelize it, make it your own.  Then post it for all of G+ to see!Everyone is welcome to play – no formal training, expensive software or previous experience is required to join us.  Use an app on your phone, the G+ photo editor, GIMP, Lightroom, CS6 – it’s up to you.This is the All Hallow's Eve edition of  +HACK THIS PHOTO,  and tonight we're are serving up a shot that's already been hacked. The scene is a composite of eight shots of some creepy-looking trees, and we want you to make it even creepier! So get your spooky on and come HACK with us!To Play:Click on the link below to open our photograph.  Save it.  Open it the editor of your choice, and have at it! When you're done, save your work.Open this Event.  Click on the magic red button at the top of the window to add your photo to our Event album.  After your photo has been added, please open the caption and insert the #hackthisphoto hashtag.Then click on the slideshow button at the top of the page to review the other entries and leave love notes and +’s behind.  You have a full week to play with this shot and submit as many entries as you like.  We are so grateful to everyone who joins us – whether you play, plus, comment or share.  This is such a source of joy for all of us.  Please drop us a line if you have any questions.  We are always open to feedback and suggestions.Our Friday Night Hack photo this week:  https://plus.google.com/photos/116361882895448900841/albums/posts/5803815529906944386Many Thanks -+Stephanie Fecik+Howard Weitzel+HACK THIS PHOTO - 10-26-2012 - The Halloween Hack This Hack! Make Something Spooky!2012-10-27 05:00:0035G+
HACK THIS PHOTO4,439Hack This PhotoOur Photo.  Your Spin. (Open for the entire week)Welcome to the Friday Night +HACK THIS PHOTO!  The photo editing game where you take our photo and twist it, turn it, crop it, chop it, texturize it, pixelize it, make it your own.  Then post it for all of G+ to see!Everyone is welcome to play – no formal training, expensive software or previous experience is required to join us.  Use an app on your phone, the G+ photo editor, GIMP, Lightroom, CS6 – it’s up to you.Halloween is close upon us, and we decided to kick off the festivities a week early by featuring some ghosts in a train station by none other than our very own Hack Queen +Stephanie Fecik!To Play:Click on the link below to open our photograph.  Save it.  Open it the editor of your choice, and have at it! When you're done, save your work.Open this Event.  Click on the magic red button at the top of the window to add your photo to our Event album.  After your photo has been added, please open the caption and insert the #hackthisphoto hashtag.   Then click on the slideshow button at the top of the page to review the other entries and leave love notes and +’s behind.  You have a full week to play with this shot and submit as many entries as you like.  We are so grateful to everyone who joins us – whether you play, plus, comment or share.  This is such a source of joy for all of us.  Please drop us a line if you have any questions.  We are always open to feedback and suggestions.Our Friday Night Hack photo this week:  https://plus.google.com/photos/116361882895448900841/albums/posts/5801218726042084882Many Thanks -+Stephanie Fecik+Howard Weitzel+Lina A. Gugliotti+HACK THIS PHOTO - 10-19-2012 - Friday Night Hack - Halloween is Getting Close!2012-10-20 06:00:0034G+
HACK THIS PHOTO4,439Hack This PhotoOur Photo.  Your Spin. (Open for the entire week)Welcome to the Friday Night +HACK THIS PHOTO!  The photo editing game where you take our photo and twist it, turn it, crop it, chop it, texturize it, pixelize it, make it your own.  Then post it for all of G+ to see!Everyone is welcome to play – no formal training, expensive software or previous experience is required to join us.  Use an app on your phone, the G+ photo editor, GIMP, Lightroom, CS6 – it’s up to you.Tonight we're featuring the work of the wonderful +Stacey Harrell, who has graciously supplied a cool old church for your hacking pleasure!To Play:Click on the link below to open our photograph.  Save it.  Open it the editor of your choice, and have at it! When you're done, save your work.Open this Event.  Click on the magic red button at the top of the window to add your photo to our Event album.  After your photo has been added, please open the caption and insert the #hackthisphoto hashtag.   Then click on the slideshow button at the top of the page to review the other entries and leave love notes and +’s behind.  You have a full week to play with this shot and submit as many entries as you like.  We are so grateful to everyone who joins us – whether you play, plus, comment or share.  This is such a source of joy for all of us.  Please drop us a line if you have any questions.  We are always open to feedback and suggestions.Our Friday Night Hack photo this week:  https://plus.google.com/photos/116361882895448900841/albums/posts/5798608403487010834Many Thanks -+Stephanie Fecik+Howard Weitzel+Lina A. Gugliotti+HACK THIS PHOTO - 10-12-2012 - Friday Night Hack featuring Stacey Harrell!2012-10-13 04:00:0054G+
HACK THIS PHOTO4,439PLEASE READ - NEW FUN TO BE HAD!!!!Hack This PhotoOur Photo.  Your Spin. (Open for the entire week)Welcome to a special edition of +HACK THIS PHOTO!  The photo editing game where you take our photo and twist it, turn it, crop it, chop it, texturize it, pixelize it, make it your own.  Then post it for all of G+ to see!Everyone is welcome to play – no formal training, expensive software or previous experience is required to join us.  Use an app on your phone, the G+ photo editor, GIMP, Lightroom, CS6 – it’s up to you.Tonight we're joining forces with the fantastic +Artistic Google folks to explore the land down under, Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef!!!So what is +Artistic Google, you ask? We'll let this snippet from their About page do the talking...This project started long, long ago in a faraway land when photographer Ken Rathke felt that his creativity needed a boost one rainy day. It began as a a fun experiment with creatively processed images of California and blossomed into a weekly foray to exciting destinations - all virtually of course on the Artistic Google Magic Bus!So where can we find travel pictures for screen capture and creative processing? Google Maps - Street View is perfect. It's Frugal National Geographic for those of us that like to dream. The challenge is to find the right angle, subject matter, cropping, composition and presentation.We wanted the images to have a certain raw quality that was already there, but hidden until brought out by the creative mind of the Artistic Googler.To Play:Tonight we're giving you two options of playing. You can either simply HACK the photo we're supplying by clicking on the link below:https://plus.google.com/photos/116361882895448900841/albums/5796967343539305697/5796967346267396802Note that the image supplied is based on the Google Street View and is copyright Google. Attribution can be seen in original GSV athttps://maps.google.com/maps?cbll=-23.442896,151.HACK THIS PHOTO - 10-08-2012 - The ARTISTIC GOOGLE Speed Hack!!2012-10-08 08:00:0041G+
HACK THIS PHOTO4,439Hack This PhotoOur Photo.  Your Spin.Welcome to the Friday Night +HACK THIS PHOTO!  The photo editing game where you take our photo and twist it, turn it, crop it, chop it, texturize it, pixelize it, make it your own.  Then post it for all of G+ to see!Everyone is welcome to play – no formal training, expensive software or previous experience is required to join us.  Use an app on your phone, the G+ photo editor, GIMP, Lightroom, CS6 – it’s up to you.With the wonderful success of our Speed Hack, for our Friday night hack we've decided to feature yet another beautiful submission by the talented +Cheryl Cooper, although one from a decidedly different genre!  To Play:Click on the link below to open our photograph.  Save it.  Open it the editor of your choice, and have at it! When you're done, save your work.Open this Event.  Click on the magic red button at the top of the window to add your photo to our Event album.  After your photo has been added, please open the caption and insert the #hackthisphoto hashtag.   Then click on the slideshow button at the top of the page to review the other entries and leave love notes and +’s behind.  You have a full week to play with this shot and submit as many entries as you like.  We are so grateful to everyone who joins us – whether you play, plus, comment or share.   This is such a source of joy for all of us.  Please drop us a line if you have any questions.  We are always open to feedback and suggestions.Our Friday Night Hack photo this week:  https://plus.google.com/photos/116361882895448900841/albums/posts/5785656904258605362Many Thanks -+Stephanie Fecik+Howard Weitzel+Lina A. Gugliotti+HACK THIS PHOTO - 09-08-2012 - Friday Night Hack featuring Cheryl Cooper!!2012-09-08 03:00:0038G+
HACK THIS PHOTO4,439Hack This PhotoOur Photo.  Your Spin.Welcome to +HACK THIS PHOTO!  The photo editing game where you take our photo and twist it, turn it, crop it, chop it, texturize it, pixelize it, make it your own.  Then post it for all of G+ to see!Everyone is welcome to play – no formal training, expensive software or previous experience is required to join us.  Use an app on your phone, the G+ photo editor, GIMP, Lightroom, CS6 – it’s up to you.Please join us for the next seven days as we process the wonderful work of the beautiful and talented +Cheryl Cooper!  To Play:Click on the link below to open our photograph.  Save it.  Open our video (or choose a song of your own if you like) and begin processing when the music starts.  When the music ends, save your work.Open this Event.  Click on the magic red button at the top of the window to add your photo to our Event album.  After your photo has been added, please open the caption and insert the #hackthisphoto hashtag.   Then click on the slideshow button at the top of the page to review the other entries and leave love notes and +’s behind.  You have a full week to play with this shot and submit as many entries as you like.  We are so grateful to everyone who joins us – whether you play, plus, comment or share.   This is such a source of joy for all of us.  Please drop us a line if you have any questions.  We are always open to feedback and suggestions.Our Speed Hack photo this week:   https://plus.google.com/photos/116361882895448900841/albums/5783693579031914065?authkey=COfX5_6H7-unnAEOur music this week:  http://youtu.be/m8NN4fpdm40Many thanks – +Stephanie Fecik +Howard Weitzel +Lina A. GugliHACK THIS PHOTO - Sept 6th Speed Hack Featuring an Image by Cheryl Cooper2012-09-06 07:00:0053G+

Stephanie Fecik has been shared in 141 public circles

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DRESSCLEVER0Hier kommt unser nächster Kreis mit wundervollen Personen, die sich mit der Fotografie auseinandersetzen :-) #geteilterkreis   #sharedcircles   #themenkreise  2014-08-15 05:23:25201002CC G+
John Nuntiatio41,647#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small #smallcircle #photography #health2014-07-29 07:24:58199159CC G+
Bauchredner Ian - Berlin, Brandenbung6,987CIRCLE OF THE BERLINER ARTIST 11mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwI LET YOU KNOW BECAUSEYOU ARE INCLUDED IN THIS NEW ANDAMAZINGSHARED CIRCLEich sage nur bescheid, dassDu in meinem neuen Kreist bist!Danke!+Bauchredner Ian - Berlin, Brandenbung mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwTHIS IS THE ORIGINAL POSThttps://plus.google.com/106229474268449641208/posts/i3pHTPge6GtmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwHi! Hallo! Hello!This is my newest circle I created.Lots of great photographers especially fromGermany.Share this circle because thoseguys post fantastic and fascinating content!mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwIF YOU WANT ME TO ADD YOU TO MY UPCOMING CIRCLESPLEASE FOLLOW THERE SIMPLE STEPS:1.Make sure you have already added me into your circles2.Plus, Comment and Reshare this post in PUBLIC3.Please make sure you plus, reshare and comment on the Original PostLINK TO THE ORIGINAL POST:https://plus.google.com/106229474268449641208/posts/i3pHTPge6GtXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXBauchredner Ian- Berlin, Brandenburghttp://bit.ly/QAw25m        #circle   #circles   #public   #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles     #sharedcircle   #morefollowers   #sharingcircles #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle   #photography   #photographer   2014-07-08 11:01:54425622375CC G+
Svetlana Yegorova2,537Обмен кругами#photography   #photographer   #bestphotographer   #topphotographer  #AddCircle   #FindCircles   #awesome   #AwesomePeople  #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles   #addcircle   #addpeople  #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #publiccircle  #publicsharedcircles   #SharedCircles #weeklyreview #sharedcircle  #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday  #sharedcircle   #trustinme  #circlesharing   #circleshare #circles #circleoftheday   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles #share #vipsnowballcircle   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharewithyou #followme  #followers   2014-06-29 08:19:08305033CC G+
Moan Lisa31,940Moan Lisa's All Kinds of People Shared Circle08 June, 2014RESHARE if you want to be includedmoanlisa.org2014-06-08 14:58:06300726992CC G+
Svetlana Yegorova1,435Обмен кругами, #круги   #обмен   #кругляши #круглим   #круги#Google+  #SharedCircles   #circles   #circleshare   #sharedcircle   #circlesharing   #followers   #social  2014-05-04 07:11:06306002CC G+
dwi circle0This circle share is my effort in rewarding those who participate with my posts. This hyperball is all about rewarding those who reshare my content and therefore, who has helped me reach more people out there in the Googlesphere.Want to be added to the ? Simpler than ever.1) please Add me to your circles.2) Or reshare this circle share.3) +1 and comment below about how awesome this circle share is ;)Thanks everyone!#sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday     #circleshare     #circlesharing     #circleoftheday     #circleoftheweek   #MADBALL     #topengagers #circle #circles #publiccircle    #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles   #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles #AwesomeCircle #addcircle #addpeople #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery   #circleshare   #publiccircle #publicsharedcircle#circlesharing #circleshare #circles #circle #googleplustips #googleplus #indonesia 2014-05-03 11:20:37501005CC G+
Bauchredner Ian - Berlin, Brandenbung1,477GERMAN PHOTOGRAPHERS 1Hi!Here is  +Bauchredner Ian - Berlin, Brandenbung  I am happy to share this circle with you.This is a circle of GERMAN PHOTOGRAPHERS.IF YOU RECEIVED A NOTIFICATION THIS MEANS THAT YOU ARE INCLUDED IN THIS FANTASTIC CIRCLEI am very happy to see the content people from this circleare sharing. Simply fascinating, beautiful and inspiring.I am sure you will love it too!XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXDo you want to be included in the new version  of the circle?If yes then:1. Add me to your circles.2. Share this circle (PUBLIC) from original post:https://plus.google.com/106229474268449641208/posts/Xd24cc6FkoH3. Plus and/or comment.PS. If you know any photographers from Germany please mention them in your comment!I will be more than happy to add them to my circles later and share their passion with others!And now simply have fun and see the great content offeredby people from GERMAN PHOTOGRAPHERS 1 shared circle:)+Bauchredner Ian - Berlin, Brandenbung xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx#circle #circles #public #publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #photography #photographer #bestphotographer #topphotographer #AddCircle #FindCircles #a2014-04-29 11:13:58435861770CC G+
Thomas Hawk7,121,413Updated - 2,500 Kick Ass G+ Photographers Da -HoA-Da:  http://goo.gl/4gh66cDa-Ho:  http://goo.gl/E6u9IrHo-Mi:  http://goo.gl/eVU9dwMi-Sh:  http://goo.gl/Peo77RSh-Z: http://goo.gl/FVhz462014-04-26 19:39:57500211471CC G+
virginiavaginawati putrikumalasari64To be included in this circle, you need to be an engager with an attitude to share interesting thoughts, comments and ...1. Plus The Post2. Comment3. Add People To Circles4. Share The Circle! #circleshare #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday  #sharedcircle #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #trustinme #circlesharing #circleshare #circles #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #share #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #followme #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles     #circleshare #circlesharing  #fullcircleshare 2014-04-26 02:03:2244916834CC G+
Jan Havrda31,475The reach of my friends have reached 31397 souls and I love you all and I hate you all as I love and hate my self for those silly things. No matter, you are all awesome.Thank you and I hope you'll enjoy this small circle of  people as much as I appreciate their company.This is  #NotAZombieCircle , made of people who won't wash your minds.2014-04-18 00:35:293897129121CC G+
Svetlana Yegorova90Обмен кругами, #круги   #обмен   #кругляши #круглим   #круги#Google+  #SharedCircles   #circles   #circleshare   #sharedcircle   #circlesharing   #followers   #social  2014-04-12 12:09:12306207CC G+
Shashi S5,504STARS FROM MY TIMELINE________________________________This is the circle of gems from my timeline, Some stars that have illuminated my universe of Google+ over the years, inspired me with their thoughts, kept me engaged me over the years at Google+.If you have received this message, then you are already in the circle. If you came to it through browsing, please add to find some real gems of Google+ in your timeline. To be included in this circle, you need to be an engager with an attitude to share interesting thoughts, comments and ...1. Plus The Post2. Comment3. Add People To Circles4. Share The Circle!__Shashiॐ नमः शिवायOm Namah Shivaya#sharedcircle #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #trustinme #circlesharing #circleshare #circles #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #share #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #followme #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles     #circleshare #circlesharing  #fullcircleshare 2014-04-10 09:38:32428131418CC G+
Ajaydev Vijayakumar1,604Some really interesting people are included in this circle, most of them will add you back.To make sure you are in the next circle,Do include yourself,share and comment; #awesomecircles #circle #photography2014-01-16 12:28:44479001CC G+
Photo Mania Germany3,140****************************************** *Photo Mania Germany Circle Januar 2014*                            ******************************************Wir, das Team von +Photo Mania Germany  freuen uns, den 1. Kreis Deutscher Top Fotografen für 2014 zu präsentieren. Die Fotografen in diesem Kreis sind ausschliesslich aus Deutschland oder im Ausland lebende Deutsche Fotografen deren Arbeiten vorzüglich sind! SHARING IS CARINGWenn Du in diesem Kreis bist oder an unserem Projekt Interesse hast, möchten wir Dich herzlich darum bitten den Kreis zu teilen und uns ein + zu schenken! Wir schätzen Deine Unterstützung wirklich sehr! DU MÖCHTEST AUCH GERNE DABEI SEIN!  Unser PMG Kreis erscheint monatlich! Wenn Du noch nicht in diesem Kreis bist aber gerne beim nächsten Mal dabei sein möchtest, dann lese Dir bitte folgende Tips aufmerksam durch: - Gib uns Dein +1 und teile den Kreis! - Hinterlasse einen Kommentar im ORIGINAL POST und teile uns mit, dass Du gerne mitmachen möchtest!- Du musst aus Deutschland kommen, jedoch nicht in Deutschland leben! - Die Fotos die Du teilst, müssen Deine eigenen Arbeiten sein. - Deine Bilder müssen öffentlich geteilt werden! Fotografen die hauptsächlich in Communities teilen können wir nicht berücksichtigen, da wir diese Posts nicht wieder teilen können! - Deine Seite sollte hauptsächlich Deine Fotografien beinhalten!  - Deine Arbeiten sollten wirklich vorzüglich sein!   Wir wünsche Dir eine wunderschöne Zeit und ein kreatives und vor Freude sprudelndes, super tolles neues Foto Jahr 2014!Die +Photo Mania Germany  Kuratoren +Nicole Gruber & +Sandra Deichmann & +Markus Landsmann & +dietmar rogacki2014-01-06 17:22:1633417881153CC G+
Jan Havrda22,267This is NOT-A-ZOMBIE circle,made of people with kind hearts and own brains. Circle solely consisted off active pluskins who post, share, comment and plusone. People I'd go to zombie attack with.Thanks mates! #NotAZombie   #Circle   #NotAZombieCircle   #ZombieTuesday  2013-12-17 10:51:594009838141CC G+
Jan Havrda20,092Diamonds.2013-11-15 00:05:422766211CC G+
Jan Havrda20,092Not-A-Zombie circle.Friends.2013-11-15 00:05:1842118622CC G+
Jan Havrda19,142This is NOT-A-ZOMBIE cicle… Simply the best friends you can get at Internet :) …Especially these misty dark spooky days. Woooaaah#NotAZombieCircle   #NotAZombie   #Circle  2013-10-29 14:15:5041510027122CC G+
Jan Havrda17,313Dear friend,enlighten your stream with NOT-A-ZOMBIE circle made of people who won't bite you or brainwash your mind.This circle contains creative and communicative folks whom are close to my mind and heart. They make a very good company to me and sure they'll do the same for you.Have a nice day, my G+ friend#NotAZombie   #Circle   #NotAZombieCircle 2013-09-19 10:28:04412738CC G+
Jan Havrda17,313Dear friend,enlighten your stream with NOT-A-ZOMBIE circle made of people who won't bite you or brainwash your mind.This circle contains creative and communicative folks whom are close to my mind and heart. They make a very good company to me and sure they'll do the same for you.Have a nice day, my G+ friend#NotAZombie   #Circle   #NotAZombieCircle 2013-09-19 10:27:48412115CC G+
Jan Havrda17,313Dear friend,enlighten your stream with NOT-A-ZOMBIE circle made of people who won't bite you or brainwash your mind.This circle contains creative and communicative folks whom are close to my mind and heart. They make a very good company to me and sure they'll do the same for you.Have a nice day, my G+ friend#NotAZombie   #Circle   #NotAZombieCircle 2013-09-19 10:27:14412002CC G+
Jan Havrda17,313Dear friend,enlighten your stream with NOT-A-ZOMBIE circle made of people who won't bite you or brainwash your mind.This circle contains creative and communicative folks whom are close to my mind and heart. They make a very good company to me and sure they'll do the same for you.Have a nice day, my G+ friend #NotAZombie   #Circle   #NotAZombieCircle  2013-09-19 10:24:15417261027CC G+
Philip Daly15,073Curators CircleIt's been a while since I shared my Awesome Curators circle.Cool folks all!Unfortunately, G+ only allows 500 per share and truncates out the rest. I've no way of knowing who got cut so apologies if you're not in2013-09-15 08:04:0050116718CC G+
Georges Pauly14,521Thomas HawkShared publicly  -  30 Aug 2013 2500 Kick Ass Google+ Photographers (part 2 of 5)This is the fifth time I've shared my photographer's circle on Google+.  I'm going to share it in 5 posts.  Yesterday I shared last name A-Da.  This one , part 2 of 5, today, represents Da-Ho.  I'll share the remaining three next week.  I originally shared my photographers circle at 500, 1,000, 1,500 and 2,000 photographers.  I'll probably share it again eventually when it gets to 3,000.A few notes about this circle.The criteria that I look for (and don't always get right) in this circle is that the photographer produce interesting and engaging photography.  I also look for people who are active in the community, post mostly their own work, and post regularly.  I'm looking more for people who post their own work and less of the noise stuff (gifs, links, non-photography, promotions, etc.).  I also like people who are positive, friendly, nice, helpful, etc. and dislike people who are mean, snarky, jerks, disrespectful, etc.I have a pretty well known bias against signatures and watermarks.  You will see very few photographers in my circles who use them.  I really hate the watermark debate and would rather not have it with folks.  I just don't like them -- it's my circle that I have to look at.  There are likely a few folks in here who use them who are friends of mine, but for the most part, this is a pretty watermark free circle.  It's totally cool if you love your watermark, it's just not something I really want to look at.  Please don't hate me for my aesthetic preference.  Finally, the photography community on Google+ is probably the best one on the internet today.  There is no way that I can possibly include all of the fine photographers worth following on G+.  There are wayyyyy too many.  These are just 2,500 that I personally have noticed.  I'm sure I left out some really amazing ones -- like you if you are not in this circle :)  I'll probably also totally kick myself when I realize that I accidentally left out a really obvious good one who may even be a friend of mine -- again, maybe even like you.  :)Stay tuned for parts 3, 4 and 5 and thanks again to all of the great photographers on G+ who make this place such a delight to hang out.Part 1-5:  http://goo.gl/17ujpn*Note, Google Circles are terribly wonky.  It wouldn't let me add some photographers in my circle into these circles because of domain errors.  If this affected you, sorry about that.2013-09-01 19:56:06482204CC G+
Thomas Hawk6,111,0232500 Kick Ass Google+ Photographers (part 2 of 5)This is the fifth time I've shared my photographer's circle on Google+.  I'm going to share it in 5 posts.  Yesterday I shared last name A-Da.  This one , part 2 of 5, today, represents Da-Ho.  I'll share the remaining three next week.  I originally shared my photographers circle at 500, 1,000, 1,500 and 2,000 photographers.  I'll probably share it again eventually when it gets to 3,000.A few notes about this circle.The criteria that I look for (and don't always get right) in this circle is that the photographer produce interesting and engaging photography.  I also look for people who are active in the community, post mostly their own work, and post regularly.  I'm looking more for people who post their own work and less of the noise stuff (gifs, links, non-photography, promotions, etc.).  I also like people who are positive, friendly, nice, helpful, etc. and dislike people who are mean, snarky, jerks, disrespectful, etc.I have a pretty well known bias against signatures and watermarks.  You will see very few photographers in my circles who use them.  I really hate the watermark debate and would rather not have it with folks.  I just don't like them -- it's my circle that I have to look at.  There are likely a few folks in here who use them who are friends of mine, but for the most part, this is a pretty watermark free circle.  It's totally cool if you love your watermark, it's just not something I really want to look at.  Please don't hate me for my aesthetic preference.  Finally, the photography community on Google+ is probably the best one on the internet today.  There is no way that I can possibly include all of the fine photographers worth following on G+.  There are wayyyyy too many.  These are just 2,500 that I personally have noticed.  I'm sure I left out some really amazing ones -- like you if you are not in this circle :)  I'll probably also totally kick myself when I realize that I accidentally left out a really obvious good one who may even be a friend of mine -- again, maybe even like you.  :)Stay tuned for parts 3, 4 and 5 and thanks again to all of the great photographers on G+ who make this place such a delight to hang out.Part 1-5:  http://goo.gl/17ujpn*Note, Google Circles are terribly wonky.  It wouldn't let me add some photographers in my circle into these circles because of domain errors.  If this affected you, sorry about that.2013-08-30 13:49:174826527124CC G+
Jan Havrda16,389This is NOT-A-ZOMBIE circleMy precious ones, my favourites, people defining my G+ existence. These folks will enlighten your stream and your posts. Add them and you won't be sorry, but you'll be glad, to have around you such fine and friendly lads.This is NOT-A-ZOMBIE circle, people who won't bite you a bit #NotAZombieCircle   #NotAZombie   #Circle  2013-08-27 21:52:23417191327CC G+
Gailen Mapes39,899Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera D-F - 2 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to August 15th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting JAugust 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday  #sharedcircles  #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle  #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle  #handpickedcircles Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles creat2013-08-16 10:17:341624610CC G+
Magnus Ericson35,090Now it's been awhile since I posted my very first public circle so here's an update. I have named the circle "Artistic People" Most are photographers who continually share their own pictures of good quality.The only thing you need to do to get into, and stay in the circle is to continue to have me in your circles and share your own great photos without a lot of other bling bling, youtube clip, animated gifs and so on in your stream.I've probably forgotten one or more that should have been in the circle, but I'm neither the first nor the last to do so.Hope you like my "Artistic People Circle" and that you pass it along to your own circles. Please leave a comment of what you think.2013-08-12 11:20:3528531827CC G+
Gailen Mapes38,099Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera D-F - 2 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to August 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting July 15th.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle  #handpickedcircles Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circle2013-08-02 10:12:51159815CC G+
Thorsten von Eyb7,525my inner circleI thank you, for your friendship, your continual presence and your inspiration, here on g+ and as well in real life.Many of you I know in person, all of you I love to see and to read and to communicate with (not so much recently, but that'll change soon I hope) and all of you make my little g+ world so valuable ... thank you!  :)... and for all the other many new pluskins who have circeld me recently, I'm sure, these are the ones you might want to follow also :)oh and notification spam one-shot active ... heh! ;)2013-07-30 19:16:48134101467CC G+
Jan Havrda15,046This is NOT-A-ZOMBIE circleGreat posts, interaction and support to your G+ experience, all in one compact package.Add & Enjoy — these people won't bite you a bit. Beware, humour and art included. #NotAZombieCircle   #NotAZombie   #Circle2013-07-29 20:07:08480231527CC G+
Gailen Mapes35,361Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera D-F - 2 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to July 15th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting July 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #handpickedcircles   #sharedcircles  #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle  #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle  Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by 2013-07-16 11:05:57162606CC G+
Gailen Mapes33,180Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera D-F - 2 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to July 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting June 15th.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #handpickedcircles   #sharedcircles  #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle  #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle  Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by 2013-07-02 10:40:52164506CC G+
Gailen Mapes31,582Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera D-F  - 2 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to June 15th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting June 1st.)I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at: https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #handpickedcircles   #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle  Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2013-06-16 10:42:31166707CC G+
Jan Havrda13,653----- NOT - A - ZOMBIE ---Rated the best circle in the event of zombie attack.Great people with sharp eyes, tongue and spade.Get one. Add some. Share forth. #NotAZombieCircle     #NotAZombie     #Circle  2013-06-11 20:32:4248324322CC G+
Stephanie Calahan1,218FABULOUS WOMEN ON G+ Part 4 of 4My goal was to crowd-source a list of Fabulous Woman on G+ that are Actively posting and Engaging on Google+.  I had originally expected maybe 50 names.  Much to my surprise and , I received over 400+ comments filled with love and positive energy to help curate this list of well over 1491 beautiful people. I would say this was a success and now I'm sharing with everyone PUBLIC.  I hope you will share it far and wide too.  #Google+ will only allow me to share 500 at a time, so the list has been broken down in to 4 circles.  Groups 1-4 do not indicate any specific preference to any woman.  I would have shared one massive circle if I was allowed.Fabulous Women on G+ Part 1 Can be found here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/117590169633617507930/posts/Srvv4xzeuYmFabulous Women on G+ Part 2 Can be found here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/117590169633617507930/posts/DRFwReXQvbFFabulous Women on G+ Part 3 Can be found here:https://plus.google.com/u/0/117590169633617507930/posts/7wiyEUFuKsHWhat You Can Do Now------------------------------------* Add these circles to your own circles by pressing the "View shared circle" button below. Then you can either add it to an existing circle of yours or add it as a new circle by giving it a new name. I've labeled mine "Fabulous Women on G+".  (You won't be able to see the circle on mobile or ipad -- you must be on a desktop or laptop.)  See other G+ quirks below.* Once you've added it, I recommend visiting the stream for this circle and browsing through it to see what you find interesting, encouraging, and enlightening. Then, share some love by commenting, +1ing or sharing the posts of your sisters!* Please note, this is a very diverse group of women.  You're likely to see some people in these circles who will see, understand, or experience things differently than you.  They may or may not share your similar interests.  With that in mind, a few suggestions:     -- If you disagree with someone's views, you can very easily remove them from your circle.     -- Please post public vs to these circles directly.  Each of us has separate preferences on notifications and we want to lift one another up, not bog down notifications.  I hope you all see some increased activity, make some new and inspired connections, and lift one another up as we share each other's brilliance.#fabwomenonG+If You Received Notification About this Circle--------------------------------------------------------------------If you're getting a notification about this it's because you've been identified me or others in the circle as a Fabulous Woman on G+ that is Actively posting and Engaging here.  Original Post: https://plus.google.com/u/0/117590169633617507930/posts/HHzp7g9aW9tI thought you would want to know that you have been identified as someone the G+ community should connect with!  I don't send out notifications unless it is 100% warranted. G+ Quirky Things to Note----------------------------------------* Google+ has a daily limit of 500 for adding people to your circles. If you haven't added 50 people or more today, you should be fine to add one of the circles daily.2013-06-09 22:47:5043927622CC G+
Gailen Mapes30,865Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera D-F - 2 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to June 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting Msy 15th.)I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #handpickedcircles   #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircleNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2013-06-02 10:31:27171504CC G+
Charles Lupica66,743          Top 1000 most followed active        photographers sharing content on G+                  Circle One: J to ZThis  is the second of two circles,  The first was shaerd on 16 May here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/103236949470535942612/posts/FPsHj9E2QEo.  The circles have been divided alphabetically to help give more exposure to people with fewer followers and shared at different times to help keep down the stream saturation. Please plus, comment and share.  This circle has no requirements for future participation but your support and encouragement is appreciated. It has been two weeks since I announced my intent to update my circle of the 500 most followed photographers on G+.  I decided to do things a bit differently this time and so I'll share the top 1000.   To build the circles and the list I enlisted the aid of  +Bill Wood +Gemma Costa +Jen Baptist +Katy Houlne and +Margaret Tompkins   They built circles and vetted profiles.  My starting point for this was a list of 2000 names generously provided to me by +CircleCount. I would to thank each for their help.I have chosen the name of the circle carefully to try to accurately represent the contents of what will be in the two circles. The script / finding namesThe script was provided by CircleCount and looks through the tagline of every profile on CircleCount to find the word "photo" or "foto".  If a photographer doesn't have a CircleCount profile they won't be found.  If one of these two words isn't in their tagline, they won't be found.  A few people I know have fallen into this flaw in my thinking.  To fix this, CircleCount has asked me to provide a "whitelist" of names that the script misses.  The white-list list adds another 30 or so names to the result.   Keyword world a personal viewpointIf you don't use the word photographer to describe yourself how do you expect people to find you in a search. "Searcher of cute pixels", "Creative spirit that makes art out of light"; these might be poetic, they might touch your soul but the world looks for content based on keyword searches.  SEO is going to do the same. Consider carefully the words sou use to describe yourself if you want people to find you using search technology. How was the list processedThe list was sorted by the level of activity.  People that hadn't posted in the last month (approximately April 5 to May 5th) were removed from the list.  This included people that hadn't posted or people that had posted only once in the past 4 weeks.  Again, this has some flaws but I'm mostly happy with the results.  People who are posting only in private communities o2013-05-18 13:17:2050114186132CC G+
Gailen Mapes30,103Hand Picked Photographers Circles -Canon Camera D-F - 2 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see: https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to May 15th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting Msy 1st.)I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #handpickedcircles   #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle2013-05-16 10:35:53175604CC G+
Magnus Ericson25,068This is absolutely the first time I create and share a public circle. I have named the circle "Artistic People" Most are photographers who continually share their own pictures of good quality.The only thing you need to do to get into, and stay in the circle is to continue to have me in your circles and share your own great photos without a lot of other bling bling in your stream.I've probably forgotten one or more that should have been in the circle, but I'm neither the first nor the last to do so.Hope you like my first public circle and that you pass it along to your own circles. Please leave a comment of what you think.2013-05-09 17:03:0122533827CC G+
Gailen Mapes28,791Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera D-F - 2 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see: https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to May 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting April 15th.)I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #handpickedcircles   #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle2013-05-01 10:22:52173618CC G+
Gailen Mapes26,848Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera D-F - 2 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to April 15th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting April 1st.)I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #handpickedcircles   #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle2013-04-16 10:43:59174414CC G+
Jan Havrda12,326This is NOT-A-ZOMBIE circle.Great people are living in – witty, charismatic, fun, vivid, active, friendly, communicative, charming, special kind of humans who won't bite you a bit.Enjoy, add to you circles and share at your will.♥, Jan#NotAZombieCircle   #ZombieTuesday  2013-04-09 21:22:3146037832CC G+
Gailen Mapes25,725Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera D-F - 2 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to April 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting March 15th.)I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #handpickedcircles   #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle2013-04-02 22:17:20176108CC G+
Foued Jaballah1,139Here's a public circle for anyone who wants to discover new people and get more followers on Google+.If you want to be included you just need to follow these simple steps:1. Follow our page +Pimp Your Circles  (otherwise we can't add you)2. Add and share the circle publicly3. So that we don't miss you, +1 and comment under the original post.#circle   #circles   #public   #publiccircle  #circleshare   #circlesharing     #sharedcircles      #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles #sharingcircle 2013-03-21 20:26:07491231524CC G+
Gailen Mapes25,096Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera D-F - 2 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to March 15th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting March 2nd.)I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #handpickedcircles   #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle2013-03-16 13:20:12175312CC G+
Gailen Mapes24,556Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera D-F - 2 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to March 2nd for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting February 15th.)I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #handpickedcircles   #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle2013-03-02 12:44:43185513CC G+
Jan Havrda11,833This is NOT-A-ZOMBIE circle made of (anti) art enthusiasts, palaverers, (would-be) photographers, curators, motivators, (under) caffeinated writers, witty commenters and other sharing & caring people I gladly meet here on G+Enjoy this vivid company, add & share at your will.#NotAZombieCircle  on  #ZombieTuesday  2013-02-26 22:40:194586716CC G+
Gailen Mapes24,052Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon D-F - 2 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to February 15th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting February 1st.)I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #handpickedcircles  #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles  #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle2013-02-16 11:29:05193103CC G+

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2013-03-21 13:44:27 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 51 +1s)

The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.

― Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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2013-01-14 16:26:10 (13 comments, 3 reshares, 88 +1s)

You are goodness and mercy and compassion and understanding. You are peace and joy and light. You are forgiveness and patience, strength and courage, a helper in time of need, a comforter in time of sorrow, a healer in time of injury, a teacher in times of confusion. You are the deepest wisdom and the highest truth; the greatest peace and the grandest love. You are these things. And in moments of your life you have known yourself to be these things. Choose now to know yourself as these things always.

~  Neale Donald Walsh 

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2013-01-14 16:26:10 (13 comments, 3 reshares, 88 +1s)

You are goodness and mercy and compassion and understanding. You are peace and joy and light. You are forgiveness and patience, strength and courage, a helper in time of need, a comforter in time of sorrow, a healer in time of injury, a teacher in times of confusion. You are the deepest wisdom and the highest truth; the greatest peace and the grandest love. You are these things. And in moments of your life you have known yourself to be these things. Choose now to know yourself as these things always.

~  Neale Donald Walsh 

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2014-08-18 22:20:32 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)

Let the opposing voices in your head speak. They are only finding their part in a larger, yet-to-be-heard song.

- Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening

Let the opposing voices in your head speak. They are only finding their part in a larger, yet-to-be-heard song.

- Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening___

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2014-08-03 16:52:57 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 27 +1s)

Ithaka

As you set out for Ithaka
hope the voyage is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
angry Poseidon—don’t be afraid of them:
you’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
wild Poseidon—you won’t encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.

Hope the voyage is a long one.
May there be many a summer morning when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you come into harbors seen for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind—
as manysensual per... more »

Ithaka

As you set out for Ithaka
hope the voyage is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
angry Poseidon—don’t be afraid of them:
you’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
wild Poseidon—you won’t encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.

Hope the voyage is a long one.
May there be many a summer morning when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you come into harbors seen for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind—
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to gather stores of knowledge from their scholars.

Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you are destined for.
But do not hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you are old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.

Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you would not have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.

And if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you will have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.

― C.P. Cavafy, Collected Poems___

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2014-01-01 04:57:38 (12 comments, 2 reshares, 51 +1s)

"We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of Infinity. Life is Eternal. But the expressions of life are ephemeral, momentary, transient. Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism once said,

‘This existence of ours is as transient as autumn clouds. To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the movements of a dance. A lifetime is like a flash of lightning in the sky, rushing by like a torrent down a steep mountain.’

"We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment, but it is transient. It is a little parenthesis in eternity. If we share with caring, lightheartedness, and love, we will create abundance and joy for each other. And then this moment will have been worthwhile."

— Deepak Chopra, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success... more »

"We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of Infinity. Life is Eternal. But the expressions of life are ephemeral, momentary, transient. Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism once said,

‘This existence of ours is as transient as autumn clouds. To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the movements of a dance. A lifetime is like a flash of lightning in the sky, rushing by like a torrent down a steep mountain.’

"We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment, but it is transient. It is a little parenthesis in eternity. If we share with caring, lightheartedness, and love, we will create abundance and joy for each other. And then this moment will have been worthwhile."

— Deepak Chopra, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

Happy New Year, my friends . . . . . May it be filled with Love and Laughter and tears of Joy . . . . . Blessings to you and yours . . . . . ___

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2013-12-24 15:02:14 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 34 +1s)

Speak Joy
by JOSHUA BECKER

“In every encounter we either give life or we drain it; there is no neutral exchange.” - Brennan Manning

Seth Godin, who I enjoy reading, once wrote, “If you come to my brainstorming meeting and say nothing, it would have been better if you hadn’t come at all. Not adding value is the same as taking it away.” In Seth’s context, he was writing about business and organizational contribution. But the thought holds true for each of our interpersonal relationships as well.

Not adding value to the people and the conversations around us is the same as taking it away.

For one reason or another, we have been brought into the lives of the people around us. Sometimes we are involved in their lives because of choice (a spouse, a friend), sometimes because of a mutual interest (groups, clubs, churches), other times the nature of ourrelationshi... more »

Speak Joy
by JOSHUA BECKER

“In every encounter we either give life or we drain it; there is no neutral exchange.” - Brennan Manning

Seth Godin, who I enjoy reading, once wrote, “If you come to my brainstorming meeting and say nothing, it would have been better if you hadn’t come at all. Not adding value is the same as taking it away.” In Seth’s context, he was writing about business and organizational contribution. But the thought holds true for each of our interpersonal relationships as well.

Not adding value to the people and the conversations around us is the same as taking it away.

For one reason or another, we have been brought into the lives of the people around us. Sometimes we are involved in their lives because of choice (a spouse, a friend), sometimes because of a mutual interest (groups, clubs, churches), other times the nature of our relationship may be out of our control (work, assigned groups). But regardless of the nature of each relationship, we have a unique opportunity to add value.

There is incredible potential in the words we use to speak hope and joy and peace into the people around us. We need to be reminded of this truth often. And it should impact our approach to nearly every conversation we enter into.

Correctly understood, this simple, profound thought calls us to be more intentional, more thoughtful, and more persistent. It calls us to speak joy and contribution into our relationships whenever possible. It invites us to:

Speak with optimism. Optimism always lays a foundation for hope.

Give more compliments. Genuine words of praise are powerful. Yet, too few.

Draw on past experiences. Because of your history, you have learned unique life lessons—some have been positive, some have been negative. But nobody else in the entire world has had the same experiences as you. Draw on them. And when they are helpful, pass along the lessons you have learned.

Learn to listen. Every story is unique. Every life circumstance is different. The first step in adding value to another person’s life is to correctly understand their worldview and situation.

Ask more questions. Asking questions communicates interest, concern, and care. Plus, you can learn a lot about a person by simply letting them speak uninterrupted.

Earn the right to speak. Live an others-centered life seeking to put others first with your actions. You earn a far-weightier right to speak improvement into other’s lives after you prove with your actions that you genuinely desire to help them. Words are cheap. Actions reveal our true motives.

Speak always in love. All truth—even the most difficult—can be communicated with love. In fact, the more difficult the truth, the more love is required.

Our lives hold great potential. So do our words. What you say matters, choose wisely. And speak joy.

http://www.becomingminimalist.com/speak-joy/___

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2013-12-21 04:05:10 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 53 +1s)


I so miss my sweet friends here.  I wish I could visit more often.  I miss your work and sharing your artistic journey with all my heart. Family comes first while the littles are so little . . . . . This hit my radar today, so I thought I would share.
Big, Big Hugs - 
S.


The real reason that some people are bad for you.

There are endless reasons why someone or some situation might be “bad for you.”

Subtle-but-perpetual criticism, toxic complaining, disconnection, narcissistic energy suckers, sheer boredom…

Take your pick of vibes that you’d rather not be around.

But a key reason that situations can be bad for you isn’t necessarily because of what a person or circumstance does “to you” — it’s how you will have to conform to the situation. The hurt happens when you shrink.

You will have to sayless, dull your shin... more »


I so miss my sweet friends here.  I wish I could visit more often.  I miss your work and sharing your artistic journey with all my heart. Family comes first while the littles are so little . . . . . This hit my radar today, so I thought I would share.
Big, Big Hugs - 
S.


The real reason that some people are bad for you.

There are endless reasons why someone or some situation might be “bad for you.”

Subtle-but-perpetual criticism, toxic complaining, disconnection, narcissistic energy suckers, sheer boredom…

Take your pick of vibes that you’d rather not be around.

But a key reason that situations can be bad for you isn’t necessarily because of what a person or circumstance does “to you” — it’s how you will have to conform to the situation. The hurt happens when you shrink.

You will have to say less, dull your shine, pull in your power. You will play smaller, act dumber, mince your words.

You will restrain your magnificence — out of fear, or out of logic, or out of the intelligence to survive.

So it’s not about them, it’s about your response to them.

The next opportunity to meet, to work, to dine, to interact, to kiss, to speak, to spend, to serve (no matter how shiny, sexy, lucrative, coveted, necessary, obligatory or useful it may seem), ask yourself this:

Will I have to shrink to make this work?

Or

Is this a place where I can expand?

Check your logic and call on your courage. Your heart’s intelligence will guide you.

Hang out where you can unfurl.

DanielleLaPorte.com
http://bit.ly/fb9a1220___

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2013-12-09 16:41:08 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)

"We’ve been conditioned to believe that the more we schedule our lives, the more we can multi-task, the longer and harder we work, the more valuable we are to society. Perhaps we are more valuable to those we accommodate with our adrenaline-fueled lifestyles. But we are diminishing ourselves in the process.

"Aside from the obvious health consequences of living this way (stress, exhaustion, etc.), an adrenaline-fueled life leaves no room for self-reflection, creative experimentation, or clear decision-making required for finding a life passion. We are stuck on a treadmill of tasks, commitments, and useless time-fillers because we haven’t allowed ourselves the space to know what our deepest desires might be.

"It is hard to detach from this lifestyle, to cut back to the essentials to give yourself space. We often feel guilty that we are letting others down or worriedtha... more »

"We’ve been conditioned to believe that the more we schedule our lives, the more we can multi-task, the longer and harder we work, the more valuable we are to society. Perhaps we are more valuable to those we accommodate with our adrenaline-fueled lifestyles. But we are diminishing ourselves in the process.

"Aside from the obvious health consequences of living this way (stress, exhaustion, etc.), an adrenaline-fueled life leaves no room for self-reflection, creative experimentation, or clear decision-making required for finding a life passion. We are stuck on a treadmill of tasks, commitments, and useless time-fillers because we haven’t allowed ourselves the space to know what our deepest desires might be.

"It is hard to detach from this lifestyle, to cut back to the essentials to give yourself space. We often feel guilty that we are letting others down or worried that we might be perceived as lazy and non-productive. But the purpose of life isn’t to produce. It’s to live fully and joyfully. We aren’t here to accommodate other people’s hopes and dreams. We are meant to fulfill our own. And by living your passion, you are serving the world in a far more profound way than by checking off items on a to-do list.

"So how can you detach and simplify your lifestyle? You can begin by giving yourself one hour a week to devote to the act of simplifying. Start by looking at everything that takes your time during your waking hours to assess the most obvious places you can cut back. Begin with the easiest changes first so that you become accustomed to saying “no” to yourself and others. Train yourself to embrace “free” time to use for introspection and creative thought.

"Part of the process of simplifying your life is determining your life priorities. You may have many interests and many seeming obligations, but it’s impossible to pursue all of them with any depth and enjoyment. Pick your top five and focus intently on those. Allow yourself to be deeply engaged in the task at hand without worrying about the next item on the list. Becoming deeply engaged puts you in that state of 'flow' that is immensely peaceful and satisfying. By simplifying your lifestyle, you will create some of the necessary emotional healing mentioned above."

http://www.becomingminimalist.com/find-life-passion/___

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2013-10-13 13:36:00 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 54 +1s)


Learn the alchemy
true human beings know.
The moment you accept
what troubles you've been given,
the door will open.
-Rumi

How do we begin that journey from Once-Born innocence to Twice-Born wisdom? Where do we find the courage to make a big change? How do we use the forces of a difficult time to help us grow? There are many ways, but the first way, the gateway, is to know that we are not alone in these endeavors. One of the greatest enigmas of human behavior is the way we isolate ourselves from each other. In our misguided perception of separation we assume that others are not sharing a similar experience of life. We imagine that we are unique in our eccentricities or failures or longings. And so we try to appear as happy and consistent as we think others are, and we feel shame when we stumble and fall. When difficulties come our way, we don't readily seek... more »


Learn the alchemy
true human beings know.
The moment you accept
what troubles you've been given,
the door will open.
-Rumi

How do we begin that journey from Once-Born innocence to Twice-Born wisdom? Where do we find the courage to make a big change? How do we use the forces of a difficult time to help us grow? There are many ways, but the first way, the gateway, is to know that we are not alone in these endeavors. One of the greatest enigmas of human behavior is the way we isolate ourselves from each other. In our misguided perception of separation we assume that others are not sharing a similar experience of life. We imagine that we are unique in our eccentricities or failures or longings. And so we try to appear as happy and consistent as we think others are, and we feel shame when we stumble and fall. When difficulties come our way, we don't readily seek out help and compassion because we think others might not understand, or they would judge us harshly, or take advantage of our weakness. And so we hide out, and we miss out.

We read novels and go to movies and follow the lives of celebrities in order to imbibe a kind of full-out living we believe is out of our reach, or too risky, or just an illusion. We become voyeurs of the kind of experiences that our own souls are longing to have. Here's the oddest thing about living life as a spectator sport: While the tales in books and movies and People magazine may be created with smoke and mirrors, our own lives don't have to be. We have the real opportunity to live fully, with passion and meaning and profound satisfaction. Within us-burning brighter than any movie star-is our own star, our North Star, our soul. It is our birthright to uncover the soul-to remove the layers of fear or shame or apathy or cynicism that conceal it. A good place to start, and a place we come back to over and over again, is what Rumi calls the Open Secret.

In several of his poems and commentaries, Rumi speaks of the Open Secret. He says that each one of us is trying to hide a secret-not a big, bad secret, but a more subtle and pervasive one. It's the kind of secret that people in the streets of Istanbul kept from each other in the 13th century, when Rumi was writing his poetry. It's what I imagine Einstein tried to hide from his neighbors in Princeton, and they from him. And it's the same kind of secret that you and I keep from each other every day. You meet an old acquaintance, and she asks, "How are you?" You say, "Fine!" She asks, "How are the kids?" You say, "Oh, they're great." "The job?" "Just fine. I've been there five years now."

Then, you ask that person, "How are you?" She says, "Fine!" You ask, "Your new house?" "I love it." "The new town?" "We're all settling in."

It's a perfectly innocent exchange of ordinary banter; each one of us has a similar kind every day. But it is probably not an accurate representation of our actual lives. We don't want to say that one of the kids is failing in school, or that our work often feels meaningless, or that the move to the new town may have been a colossal mistake. It's almost as if we are embarrassed by our most human traits. We tell ourselves that we don't have time to go into the gory details with everyone we meet; we don't know each other well enough; we don't want to appear sad, or confused, or weak, or self-absorbed. Better to keep under wraps our neurotic and nutty sides (not to mention our darker urges and shameful desires.) Why wallow publicly in the underbelly of our day-to-day stuff? Why wave the dirty laundry about, when all she asked was, "How are you?"

Rumi says that when we hide the secret underbelly from each other, then both people go away wondering, "How come she has it all together? How come her marriage/job/town/family works so well? What's wrong with me?" We feel vaguely diminished from this ordinary interaction, and from hundreds of similar interactions we have from month to month and year to year. When we don't share the secret ache in our hearts-the normal bewilderment of being human-it turns into something else. Our pain, and fear, and longing, in the absence of company, become alienation, and envy, and competition.

The irony of hiding the dark side of our humanness is that our secret is not really a secret at all. How can it be when we're all safeguarding the very same story? That's why Rumi calls it an Open Secret. It's almost a joke-a laughable admission that each one of us has a shadow self-a bumbling, bad-tempered twin. Big surprise! Just like you, I can be a jerk sometimes. I do unkind, cowardly things, harbor unmerciful thoughts, and mope around when I should be doing something constructive. Just like you, I wonder if life has meaning; I worry and fret over things I can't control; and I often feel overcome with a longing for something that I cannot even name. For all of my strengths and gifts, I am also a vulnerable and insecure person, in need of connection and reassurance. This is the secret I try to keep from you, and you from me, and in doing so, we do each other a grave disservice.

Rumi tells us that moment we accept what troubles we've been given, the door will open. Sounds easy, sounds attractive, but it is difficult, and most of us pound on the door to freedom and happiness with every manipulative ploy save the one that actually works. If you're interested in the door to the heavens opening, start with the door to your own secret self. See what happens when you offer to another a glimpse of who you really are. Start slowly. Without getting dramatic, share the simple dignity of yourself in each moment-your triumphs and your failures, your satisfaction and your sorrow. Face your embarrassment at being human, and you'll uncover a deep well of passion and compassion. It's a great power, your Open Secret. When your heart is undefended you make it safe for whomever you meet to put down his burden of hiding, and then you both can walk through the open door.

- Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow
by Elizabeth Lesser___

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2013-10-03 13:08:14 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 46 +1s)

When I start to get angry, I see my predicament and how I’m getting caught in expectations and righteousness. Learning to give up anger has been a continuous process. When Maharaj-ji told me to love everyone and tell the truth, he also said, “Give up anger, and I’ll help you with it.” Maharaj-ji offered me a bargain: “You must polish the mirror free of anger to see God. If you give up a little anger each day, I will help you.” This seemed to be a deal that was more than fair. I readily accepted. And he’s been true to his end of the bargain. I found that his love helped to free me from my righteousness. Ultimately I would rather be free and in love than be right.

If you feel a sense of social responsibility, first of all keep working on yourself. Being peaceful yourself is the first step if you want to live in a peaceful universe.

Have you ever noticed how many angrypeople there ... more »

When I start to get angry, I see my predicament and how I’m getting caught in expectations and righteousness. Learning to give up anger has been a continuous process. When Maharaj-ji told me to love everyone and tell the truth, he also said, “Give up anger, and I’ll help you with it.” Maharaj-ji offered me a bargain: “You must polish the mirror free of anger to see God. If you give up a little anger each day, I will help you.” This seemed to be a deal that was more than fair. I readily accepted. And he’s been true to his end of the bargain. I found that his love helped to free me from my righteousness. Ultimately I would rather be free and in love than be right.

If you feel a sense of social responsibility, first of all keep working on yourself. Being peaceful yourself is the first step if you want to live in a peaceful universe.

Have you ever noticed how many angry people there are at peace rallies? Social action arouses righteousness. Righteousness ultimately starves you to death. If you want to be free more than you want to be right, you have to let go of righteousness, of being right.

That reminds me of a story. There’s this Chinese boatman, and he hits another boat in the fog. He starts swearing at the other boatman. “You SOB! Why didn’t you look where you were going?” Then the fog lifts for a moment, and he sees there is nobody in the other boat. And he feels like a fool.

Righteousness is roughly the same thing. Say, for instance, you hold a grudge against your father, and you talk to him in your mind as if he’s there inside you. But he isn’t there. Psychologically you think he is there, because you’re identified with who you think you are, but once you begin to see this is all just a bunch of thoughts, your psychological father is just another set of empty phenomena. You are busy saying, “I forgive you, I forgive you,” to that psychological father, but it’s like saying “I forgive you” to a clock. There’s nothing there. You’re the same as the boatman.

There’s no rush. Go on being right just as long as you can. You’ll see that being right is actually a tight little box that is very constraining and not much fun to live in. Righteousness cuts you off from the flow of things. 

When I’m locked in a situation in a relationship with someone, it isn’t that they have done something to me. They’re just doing what they’re doing. If I get caught up in judging, the responsibility lies with me, not with them. It becomes my work on myself. I often say, “I really apologize for whatever suffering I’ve caused you in this situation.” We start to work from there. And after a while they will come forward and will examine themselves and say, “Well, maybe I was . . .” 

Our predicament is that our ego wants to be right in a world of people who don’t understand how right we are.

There is a way of representing what is right, the dharma of the moment. 

But if you get emotionally attached to a model of how the world ought to be that excludes how human beings are, there’s something wrong with where you’re standing. 

You should be standing somewhere else. Getting lost in your emotional reactivity isn’t where you want to be. Just allowing your humanity and that of others to be as it is, is the beginning of compassion. 

We are in a human incarnation. We can’t walk away. To walk in the dharma is also to hear other human beings.

- Ram Dass, Polishing the Mirror: How to Live from your Spiritual Heart___

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2013-10-02 22:48:00 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 51 +1s)

Admit it. You aren’t like them. You’re not even close. You may occasionally dress yourself up as one of them, watch the same mindless television shows as they do, maybe even eat the same fast food sometimes. But it seems that the more you try to fit in, the more you feel like an outsider, watching the “normal people” as they go about their automatic existences. For every time you say club passwords like “Have a nice day” and “Weather’s awful today, eh?”, you yearn inside to say forbidden things like “Tell me something that makes you cry” or “What do you think deja vu is for?”. Face it, you even want to talk to that girl in the elevator. But what if that girl in the elevator (and the balding man who walks past your cubicle at work) are thinking the same thing? Who knows what you might learn from taking a chance on conversation with a stranger? Everyone carries a piece of the puzzle.Nobody comes into your li... more »

Admit it. You aren’t like them. You’re not even close. You may occasionally dress yourself up as one of them, watch the same mindless television shows as they do, maybe even eat the same fast food sometimes. But it seems that the more you try to fit in, the more you feel like an outsider, watching the “normal people” as they go about their automatic existences. For every time you say club passwords like “Have a nice day” and “Weather’s awful today, eh?”, you yearn inside to say forbidden things like “Tell me something that makes you cry” or “What do you think deja vu is for?”. Face it, you even want to talk to that girl in the elevator. But what if that girl in the elevator (and the balding man who walks past your cubicle at work) are thinking the same thing? Who knows what you might learn from taking a chance on conversation with a stranger? Everyone carries a piece of the puzzle. Nobody comes into your life by mere coincidence. Trust your instincts. Do the unexpected. Find the others …


― Timothy Leary___

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2013-09-23 15:03:01 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 50 +1s)

Knowing I can shift my thoughts and feelings is hugely powerful.
Until I know this, I'm a victim of the weather. 

Sunny day: happy, life is good. Cloudy: miserable, struggling life, lousy relationships, nothing to offer the world, universe doesn't support me, even the dog has given up on me. 

This is no way to live, believing the sun has ceased existing whenever a cloud rolls by, believing who you really are has anything to do with these fickle, up-and-down ego storms.

We are larger than our thoughts and feelings. 

Drop the weeny, weather-dependent picture of yourself. It doesn't fit and it doesn't serve.

Lots of love.

- Dr. Kristin Shepherd

Knowing I can shift my thoughts and feelings is hugely powerful.
Until I know this, I'm a victim of the weather. 

Sunny day: happy, life is good. Cloudy: miserable, struggling life, lousy relationships, nothing to offer the world, universe doesn't support me, even the dog has given up on me. 

This is no way to live, believing the sun has ceased existing whenever a cloud rolls by, believing who you really are has anything to do with these fickle, up-and-down ego storms.

We are larger than our thoughts and feelings. 

Drop the weeny, weather-dependent picture of yourself. It doesn't fit and it doesn't serve.

Lots of love.

- Dr. Kristin Shepherd___

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2013-08-28 03:12:36 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 42 +1s)

Let not your darkness or your brokenness define you; instead let your love, your hope, and your beauty define you. These pieces are infinite.

“Take the pieces and build them up to the sky.”

—Connor, Summer 2013 intern

http://twloha.tumblr.com/post/59126151300

Let not your darkness or your brokenness define you; instead let your love, your hope, and your beauty define you. These pieces are infinite.

“Take the pieces and build them up to the sky.”

—Connor, Summer 2013 intern

http://twloha.tumblr.com/post/59126151300___

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2013-08-26 14:16:02 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 55 +1s)

May we carry our gratitudes throughout the day, letting them soften the places where there may be things that try our patience & tax our equanimity. 

~  Oriah Mountain Dreamer

May we carry our gratitudes throughout the day, letting them soften the places where there may be things that try our patience & tax our equanimity. 

~  Oriah Mountain Dreamer___

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2013-07-17 00:47:09 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 63 +1s)

What have you done with the garden that was entrusted to you?
   -  Antonio Machado

What have you done with the garden that was entrusted to you?
   -  Antonio Machado___

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2013-07-01 23:27:27 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 33 +1s)

On Four
2013

On Four
2013___

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2013-06-30 19:30:59 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 35 +1s)

Coda
2013

Coda
2013___

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2013-05-26 12:03:29 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 51 +1s)

Until we see love as the meaning of life, life seems to have no meaning at all. The sense of meaninglessness produces chaos, and the chaos produces fear.

There is only one way out of this, and that is to see every moment and every situation as an invitation to love.

- Marianne Williamson

Until we see love as the meaning of life, life seems to have no meaning at all. The sense of meaninglessness produces chaos, and the chaos produces fear.

There is only one way out of this, and that is to see every moment and every situation as an invitation to love.

- Marianne Williamson___

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2013-05-22 17:32:38 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 40 +1s)

We're not all of the things we say we believe; we're all of the things we do @lovedoes

- Bob Goff

We're not all of the things we say we believe; we're all of the things we do @lovedoes

- Bob Goff___

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2013-05-22 13:07:50 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 45 +1s)

Curatives for judgement. (Please read before you interact with other humans.)

“Have compassion for everyone you meet, even when they don’t want it. What seems conceit, bad manners, or cynicism is always a sign of things no ears have heard, no eyes have seen. You do not know what wars are going on down there where the spirit meets the bone.”
- Miller Williams

He was rude. He cut you off in traffic. She’s aloof, cold, curt. He’s on the corner asking for a hand out. She lies. He’s money hungry. She’s grossly overweight. No one returned your phone call. They left without saying goodbye.

You might never know the why behind someone’s less-than-ideal, not-the-way-you-wish-it-was behavior.

Here’s a curative for the sharp judgement that often accompanies our disappointment in others — just a single, surprising expansive phrase: You just never know.Use it before you j... more »

Curatives for judgement. (Please read before you interact with other humans.)

“Have compassion for everyone you meet, even when they don’t want it. What seems conceit, bad manners, or cynicism is always a sign of things no ears have heard, no eyes have seen. You do not know what wars are going on down there where the spirit meets the bone.”
- Miller Williams

He was rude. He cut you off in traffic. She’s aloof, cold, curt. He’s on the corner asking for a hand out. She lies. He’s money hungry. She’s grossly overweight. No one returned your phone call. They left without saying goodbye.

You might never know the why behind someone’s less-than-ideal, not-the-way-you-wish-it-was behavior.

Here’s a curative for the sharp judgement that often accompanies our disappointment in others — just a single, surprising expansive phrase: You just never know. Use it before you jump to conclusions that someone’s a jerk, or that they need an attitude adjustment, or that they could be doing better than they are.

The Mantra of Practical Compassion:
“You just never know.”

I’ve been to enough ridiculous self help workshops, heard enough stories in airport bars, and had enough one-on-one conversations about so-called “success” to know that there’s a story behind every demeanor. I’ve kept my own pain hidden in plain sight and thought, “If they only knew”. But you just never know…

You just never know if
: someone has just been diagnosed and is thinking about all they have to lose.
: their lover just texted them to say, “it’s over”.
: he wakes up every day thinking he’s about to fail, fearing that everyone else in the world knows something that he doesn’t.

You just never know if
: she’s in the middle of a divorce and is about to go on stage.
: before he was your driver, or your waiter, he was a doctor in his homeland.
: their spirit was fractured as a child by unspeakable things.
: she is frightened — all the time.
: he resists life itself — all the time.
: they are frail from lack of love.

You never know if
: they’re faking loving the heart-hollowed life they fought so hard to make.
: chemicals are coursing through them in destabilizing ways.
: she hasn’t slept through the night in months and months.
: they’ve experienced a loss that will leave a gaping wound for the rest of this incarnation.
: today is especially hard and they’re doing their best, while they wish for just a little more than what they’ve got.

Suspend judgement as a practice of your faith in something true, common, and bigger than today.

Avoiding conclusions can be a monumental act of love.

- Danielle LaPorte

http://www.daniellelaporte.com/inspiration-spirituality-articles/curatives-for-judgement-please-read-before-you-interact-with-other-humans/___

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2013-05-17 17:01:28 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 53 +1s)

One can live at a low flame. Most people do. We're afraid to look foolish, or feel too extravagantly, or make a mistake, or risk unnecessary pain. One fears intensity. But, given something like death, what does it matter if one looks foolish now and then, or tries too hard, or cares too deeply? A shallow life creates a world flat as a shadow. In that half-light, the sun never burns, risks recede, safety becomes habit, and individuals have little to teach other.

- Diane Ackerman

One can live at a low flame. Most people do. We're afraid to look foolish, or feel too extravagantly, or make a mistake, or risk unnecessary pain. One fears intensity. But, given something like death, what does it matter if one looks foolish now and then, or tries too hard, or cares too deeply? A shallow life creates a world flat as a shadow. In that half-light, the sun never burns, risks recede, safety becomes habit, and individuals have little to teach other.

- Diane Ackerman___

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2013-05-16 17:14:19 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 37 +1s)

The more you talk about It,
the more you think about It,
the further from It you go.
Stop talking, stop thinking,
and there is nothing you will not understand . . .

- Sengstan

The more you talk about It,
the more you think about It,
the further from It you go.
Stop talking, stop thinking,
and there is nothing you will not understand . . .

- Sengstan___

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2013-05-16 00:02:12 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 48 +1s)

Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.

- Victor Hugo

Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.

- Victor Hugo___

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2013-05-12 13:21:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 57 +1s)

Happy Mother's Day!  


Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own. 

- Nikos Kazantzakis

Happy Mother's Day!  


Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own. 

- Nikos Kazantzakis___

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2013-05-11 19:39:02 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 42 +1s)

Once Upon a Time . . . 
2013

Once Upon a Time . . . 
2013___

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2013-05-09 06:23:19 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 30 +1s)

The Portfolio

The Portfolio___

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2013-05-08 17:06:31 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 34 +1s)

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”

Dang, if that quote is not a shovel made to dig up every past relationship we’ve ever had, then I don’t know what is. Stephen Chbosky, you are an absolute BOSS for coming up with that pretty little ditty and leading an entire generation of readers to scavenge through their beings for worthiness and love. 

Without any real prompting, I started searching the curves of my heart for every incident, every relationship gone wrong and weary, every kiss stolen, every heart given back in shambles to understand the truth in this quote.

We accept the love we think we deserve. We accept the love we think we deserve.

It must explain why so many of us are in broken relationships. Why we cannot walk away. Why we settle for less and just learn to be thankful that it is anything at all. Why we shirk away from compliments. Why wecling to... more »

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”

Dang, if that quote is not a shovel made to dig up every past relationship we’ve ever had, then I don’t know what is. Stephen Chbosky, you are an absolute BOSS for coming up with that pretty little ditty and leading an entire generation of readers to scavenge through their beings for worthiness and love. 

Without any real prompting, I started searching the curves of my heart for every incident, every relationship gone wrong and weary, every kiss stolen, every heart given back in shambles to understand the truth in this quote.

We accept the love we think we deserve. We accept the love we think we deserve.

It must explain why so many of us are in broken relationships. Why we cannot walk away. Why we settle for less and just learn to be thankful that it is anything at all. Why we shirk away from compliments. Why we cling to others as if them, and their imperfect flesh, can actually fix us and concoct the sunshine in test tubes on days when nothing in the world can seem to go right.

This. Must. Be. Why. Because we think we are deserving of less. That we, ourselves, could never handle someone who thought us to be lovely and original and delicate all in one breath. And so we settle, and we chalk it up to what we think we deserve. It’s our fault, Baby, it all becomes our fault. 

This is the kind of quote that could make you dust off your hands from the chalkboard of your yesterdays and say, “That’s that. That is what I deserve, and so that is what I should have.”

But no, I actually have to revolt against this quote. I actually have to believe that there exists an expiration date when it comes to accepting the love we think we deserve.

Either we keep ourselves stagnant in never moving, always draining relationships or we learn the truth: we deserve so much more than the little we give ourselves on a daily basis. And that there is a love that exists in this world that would adore marching right up to us and saying, “You know what? Screw your stupid limitations. I am bigger than you. I am stronger than you. And I have known you and what you deserve long before you ever started passing your heart out like the ice cream man. You are more precious than you will ever credit yourself for. So. Let. Me. Lavish. Upon. You. Instead.” 

Love is so much bigger than we ever boxed it up to be.

Yet we strap our definitions and our limitations upon it after the very first day we realize that hearts break and grow rusty when we let another in. But still, still, it gushes like a waterfall on the day you decide you are worth more than the mediocre dripping faucet. Than the broken plates. Than the empty bed. Than the half-said apologies. Than the bruise left after the beating.

We will always, always, always be the ones who cut ourselves off at the knees. That will never change.

We will always, always, always be the ones who cut ourselves off at the knees unless we are start accepting a love we don’t think we deserve. And hey, maybe it is a love that we will never actually deserve, but it comes to us regardless, and we’ve got the chance to get all wrapped up and tangled lovely in it.

We’ve got the chance to paint the world with it.

We’ve got the opportunity to tangle other people up in it and make them think now what is this mystery, and why do they love me so?

I’m not saying you will ever believe you actually deserve it. But do you accept a gift that’s given? I am not claiming I will ever believe it either. But regardless, I’ll accept it because it is so much better than any stingy kind of love I could make with my own two hands and a broken, broken heart.

- Hannah Brencher 

http://www.positivelypositive.com/2013/05/08/a-love-that-gushes-like-a-waterfall/___

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2013-05-08 15:26:28 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 53 +1s)

All Things with Great Love . . . 

We are all so blessed to have found each other here . . . though my visits are few and far between these days, I cherish the G+ friends that have graced my life and touched my heart . . . 

+Gene Bowker, my dear friend, I wish you the sweetest of days today.   I hope you can feel this G+ outpouring of Love in your heart and soul . . .   You have touched so many lives . . .   

For your love and support, your thoughtfulness, your kindness, your generosity, your gentle coaching, your art, your friendship . . . I am profoundly grateful.    

Happy Birthday, my friend!
#happybdaygene 

All Things with Great Love . . . 

We are all so blessed to have found each other here . . . though my visits are few and far between these days, I cherish the G+ friends that have graced my life and touched my heart . . . 

+Gene Bowker, my dear friend, I wish you the sweetest of days today.   I hope you can feel this G+ outpouring of Love in your heart and soul . . .   You have touched so many lives . . .   

For your love and support, your thoughtfulness, your kindness, your generosity, your gentle coaching, your art, your friendship . . . I am profoundly grateful.    

Happy Birthday, my friend!
#happybdaygene ___

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2013-05-03 16:56:37 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 42 +1s)

I wrote the piece below some time ago, and I find it relevant today for me . . . so I thought perhaps it may be valuable to others in some way today too . . . 


August 2011

Life Lessons From My Beautiful Daughter

My daughter is a sensitive little girl.  With first grade looming, we’re on heightened sensitivity alert.  My gentle attempts to build her enthusiasm and prepare her for re-entry seem to be working – excitement is building, she’s asking insightful questions, she’s actively engaged in the preparation process – but she is also clearly feeling the effects of the stress and anxiety that come with anticipated change.   After all, she is only human, and she is only 5 years old. 

For the record, I think (I hope) I’m a wonderful mother.   I’m an enlightened, low-pressure, attachment parenting, giggle-loving mom trying to nurture theirminds, their bodies... more »

I wrote the piece below some time ago, and I find it relevant today for me . . . so I thought perhaps it may be valuable to others in some way today too . . . 


August 2011

Life Lessons From My Beautiful Daughter

My daughter is a sensitive little girl.  With first grade looming, we’re on heightened sensitivity alert.  My gentle attempts to build her enthusiasm and prepare her for re-entry seem to be working – excitement is building, she’s asking insightful questions, she’s actively engaged in the preparation process – but she is also clearly feeling the effects of the stress and anxiety that come with anticipated change.   After all, she is only human, and she is only 5 years old. 

For the record, I think (I hope) I’m a wonderful mother.   I’m an enlightened, low-pressure, attachment parenting, giggle-loving mom trying to nurture their minds, their bodies, their hearts and their souls.  Am I a perfect parent?   Well, no.   Who among us is, really?   We all have bad days, bad hours, bad moments.    

One thing I am tremendously proud of - I acknowledge my human frailties and my parental naiveté, and I am open and willing to learn.  I am always learning.  Every single day.  I think I learn more from my children some days than they learn from me.  I think that’s healthy.  That’s the way it is meant to be.  

Just as they were delivered to us in an act of Divine Providence, we were gifted to them to assist them in fulfilling their great potential as individuals and to gently guide them to seek and live out their life’s purpose.  We teach each other.   We grow together.  That’s what family is all about – providing a safe, comfortable and loving environment where everyone can learn and grow together on this great journey we call Life. 

So, what did my beautiful daughter teach me this week?    Sometimes we have to meet the other person on their own terms.   Sometimes we need to drop the parental power trip and meet them right where they are in the moment.   Not where they were yesterday or where you want them to be tomorrow or where You are – but exactly where They Are Right Now. 

Children are no different than adults.  They often take two steps forward and three steps back.  It’s part of life.  Part of the learning process.  How we incorporate change into our lives.  Sure, there are times when we make quantum leaps, and we succeed at achieving real and lasting change.  Those times are rare.  Sometimes we need to open our hearts and honestly assess where our little people (or friends, or family members, or spouses, or co-workers) are developmentally, emotionally, physically and intellectually In The Now. 

Meet them on Their Own Terms.  Not Yours. 
 
With Unconditional Love.  With Empathy.  With Compassion.  

And With Gratitude for the Lessons They are Teaching You.   

With Love & Gratitude –       

       Stephanie Anne ___

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2013-05-03 12:31:10 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 45 +1s)

Listening is giving the other person the experience of being heard.
- Bix Bickson

http://www.daniellelaporte.com/inspiration-spirituality-articles/listening-is-giving-the-other-person-the-experience-of-being-heard/

Listening is giving the other person the experience of being heard.
- Bix Bickson

http://www.daniellelaporte.com/inspiration-spirituality-articles/listening-is-giving-the-other-person-the-experience-of-being-heard/___

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2013-05-03 02:20:45 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)

I ache for shared silence, not the awkward lulls in conversation where we reach for something - anything - to cover the tension of trying to be with too much of the other and too little of ourselves, but the moments of fullness that let each of us unfold and know who we really are. 

I long for silences with another where there is nothing to forgive or explain or justify, where we agree to abandon quickly spoken words for a time so we do not abandon ourselves or each other, the silences where no one asks me to choose between belonging to myself and being with the world.

And when these silences come, I feel how I am working my way home through whatever they hold - terror or tenderness, grief or celebration - spiraling
ever-closer to a sweetness I have ached for all my life.

~   Oriah Mountain Dreamer from The Dance

I ache for shared silence, not the awkward lulls in conversation where we reach for something - anything - to cover the tension of trying to be with too much of the other and too little of ourselves, but the moments of fullness that let each of us unfold and know who we really are. 

I long for silences with another where there is nothing to forgive or explain or justify, where we agree to abandon quickly spoken words for a time so we do not abandon ourselves or each other, the silences where no one asks me to choose between belonging to myself and being with the world.

And when these silences come, I feel how I am working my way home through whatever they hold - terror or tenderness, grief or celebration - spiraling
ever-closer to a sweetness I have ached for all my life.

~   Oriah Mountain Dreamer from The Dance___

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2013-05-01 21:23:23 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 68 +1s)

The Guest House 

This being human is a guest house. 
Every morning a new arrival. 

A joy, a depression, a meanness, 
some momentary awareness comes 
as an unexpected visitor. 

Welcome and entertain them all! 
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows, 
who violently sweep your house 
empty of its furniture, 
still, treat each guest honorably. 
He may be clearing you out 
for some new delight. 

The dark thought, the shame, the malice, 
meet them at the door laughing, 
and invite them in. 

Be grateful for whoever comes, 
because each has been sent 
as a guide from beyond.

~ Rumi 

The Guest House 

This being human is a guest house. 
Every morning a new arrival. 

A joy, a depression, a meanness, 
some momentary awareness comes 
as an unexpected visitor. 

Welcome and entertain them all! 
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows, 
who violently sweep your house 
empty of its furniture, 
still, treat each guest honorably. 
He may be clearing you out 
for some new delight. 

The dark thought, the shame, the malice, 
meet them at the door laughing, 
and invite them in. 

Be grateful for whoever comes, 
because each has been sent 
as a guide from beyond.

~ Rumi ___

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2013-05-01 13:24:22 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 40 +1s)

Loosening The Clenched Fist
by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

It's been a challenging week around tending my parents' needs (both have Alzheimer's) but it made me remember this little trick I sometimes use when I recognize that I am worrying. Sometimes just noticing is not enough to stop the cycle of obsessing about possible worst-case scenarios. 

Mostly the "trick" is just a way to help me loosen the mind's death-grip on the certainty that disaster is bound to ensue and, on a less conscious level, the unfounded and erroneous belief that bad things can be averted by ceasely reviewing, anticipating and worrying about things we cannot control. The worrying mind is like a clenched fist wrapped around some preoccupation. The "trick" is to get the fist to unclench.

When my sons were young we lived on very little income, and I often found myselfw... more »

Loosening The Clenched Fist
by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

It's been a challenging week around tending my parents' needs (both have Alzheimer's) but it made me remember this little trick I sometimes use when I recognize that I am worrying. Sometimes just noticing is not enough to stop the cycle of obsessing about possible worst-case scenarios. 

Mostly the "trick" is just a way to help me loosen the mind's death-grip on the certainty that disaster is bound to ensue and, on a less conscious level, the unfounded and erroneous belief that bad things can be averted by ceasely reviewing, anticipating and worrying about things we cannot control. The worrying mind is like a clenched fist wrapped around some preoccupation. The "trick" is to get the fist to unclench.

When my sons were young we lived on very little income, and I often found myself worrying about our finances. I am not talking about the mental work sometimes needed to figure out a way to take care of something that needs tending but the mental obsessing that does nothing but wind us tighter and tighter around fears of "What if.. . . ?" What I discovered was that no matter how limited our finances were, the easiest way to stop this compulsive monkey-mind-worrying was to give a little money away- make a small donation or give a little cash to someone I knew needed it. It was almost magical how quickly that gave me some mental breathing room and stopped the cycle of worrying about money.

I suppose it's sort of a homeopathic approach to breaking a mental loop we know is not doing us or anyone else any good and is robbing us of the joy of the present moment. The trick is to match the act that stops the spiral to the imagined fear.

So, if I am feeling ignored or badly used by someone (sometimes it actually happens and sometimes we just imagined it happened- and either way I for one can obsess) and I start worrying that I should have done something on my own behalf or have failed to take care of myself, I make a point of really seeing others I do not know, others with whom I will only have momentary interaction (and may be inadvertently treating as invisible:) I slow down and hold the door for a stranger; look a cashier in the eye and thank her; greet a fellow tenant in my building, asking them about their day and listening with real curiosity; send an anonymous note of appreciation for the tax revenue agent who gave me the information I needed to complete my forms. (True story- made me smile to think how that must have surprised someone!)

I'm careful with this- I was raised to revere martrydom I don't want to go into denial about feeling crappy or having a concern. And, of course, there may well be places where I need to speak up on my own behalf or be more assertive. But what I am talking about here isn't about strategies to create a better outcome in the situation that concerns me. I'm talking about ways to press the pause button on the monkey-mind obsessiveness by doing something small in the direction of my fear. Fearing economic scarcity I give a little money away and the mind's terror loosens; feeling ignored or misused I acknowledge another anonymously and being invisible becomes part of the pleasure, does not interfere with good self-care or generosity toward others.

So, this week- imagining and worrying about possible future scenarios for my parents (and whether or not I will be able to meet their needs-) I offered to help an elderly neighbour whose family lives far away. It was a small thing that took very little time and energy. My parents' needs are real, and I am in no position to assume on-going responsibility for other elderly folks. But the act of offering small in-the-moment assistance stopped the obsessive worrying, reminded me that no one does this alone, that people everywhere offer what they can, that what can be done in the present moment is all we need to do. As the worrying mind was hushed by a small action, I heard once again the words of Arthur Ashe I often use as my calming mantra: "Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can."

The thing about the joy-destroying clench-fisted nature of worry is that it often cannot be stopped by either giving it free reign or by pulling away from it. The former just feeds the beastie and the latter just increases the tension and tightens the mind's grip on its obsession. And if it's picked up enough speed and energy, sometimes trying to calmly watch it doesn't slow it down much at all. But sometimes, doing something that echoes the fear- of not having enough, of not practicing good self-care, of being overwhelmed by the needs of others- interrupts the cycle and restores perspective.

And for that, I am deeply grateful.


Oriah (c) 2013 (You can subscribe to Oriah's weekly blog at http://oriahsinvitation.blogspot.ca/ )___

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2013-04-29 17:11:59 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 52 +1s)

Hug and kiss whoever helped get you - financially, mentally, morally, emotionally - to this day. Parents, mentors, friends, teachers. If you're too uptight to do that, at least do the old handshake thing, but I recommend a hug and a kiss. Don't let the sun go down without saying thank you to someone, and without admitting to yourself that absolutely no one gets this far alone.

— Stephen King

Hug and kiss whoever helped get you - financially, mentally, morally, emotionally - to this day. Parents, mentors, friends, teachers. If you're too uptight to do that, at least do the old handshake thing, but I recommend a hug and a kiss. Don't let the sun go down without saying thank you to someone, and without admitting to yourself that absolutely no one gets this far alone.

— Stephen King___

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2013-04-23 17:41:22 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 44 +1s)

On Reason and Passion
Kahlil Gibran

Your soul is oftentimes a battlefield, upon which your reason and your judgment wage war against your passion and your appetite.
Would that I could be the peacemaker in your soul, that I might turn the discord and the rivalry of your elements into oneness and melody.
But how shall I, unless you yourselves be also the peacemakers, nay, the lovers of all your elements?

Your reason and your passion are the rudder and the sails of your seafaring soul. 
If either your sails or your rudder be broken, you can but toss and drift, or else be held at a standstill in mid-seas.
For reason, ruling alone, is a force confining; and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction.
Therefore let your soul exalt your reason to the height of passion, that it may sing;
And let it direct your passion with reason, that... more »

On Reason and Passion
Kahlil Gibran

Your soul is oftentimes a battlefield, upon which your reason and your judgment wage war against your passion and your appetite.
Would that I could be the peacemaker in your soul, that I might turn the discord and the rivalry of your elements into oneness and melody.
But how shall I, unless you yourselves be also the peacemakers, nay, the lovers of all your elements?

Your reason and your passion are the rudder and the sails of your seafaring soul. 
If either your sails or your rudder be broken, you can but toss and drift, or else be held at a standstill in mid-seas.
For reason, ruling alone, is a force confining; and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction.
Therefore let your soul exalt your reason to the height of passion, that it may sing;
And let it direct your passion with reason, that your passion may live through its own daily resurrection, and like the phoenix rise above its own ashes.

I would have you consider your judgment and your appetite even as you would two loved guests in your house.
Surely you would not honour one guest above the other; for he who is more mindful of one loses the love and the faith of both.

Among the hills, when you sit in the cool shade of the white poplars, sharing the peace and serenity of distant fields and meadows -- then let your heart say in silence, "God rests in reason."
And when the storm comes, and the mighty wind shakes the forest, and thunder and lightning proclaim the majesty of the sky -- then let your heart say in awe, "God moves in passion."
And since you are a breath in God's sphere, and a leaf in God's forest, you too should rest in reason and move in passion.___

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2013-04-08 03:59:21 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 57 +1s)

For David.
by  To Write Love On Her Arms.
https://www.facebook.com/towriteloveonherarms/info
https://www.facebook.com/notes/to-write-love-on-her-arms/for-david/444276064657

i sort of hit a wall last week. It’s the feeling that while the story I get invited to tell is impressive to some, the story that i actually live is not. i feel lately like i live a story about a guy who rides on airplanes and in rental cars and hopes the pillow is comfortable in the hotel room. The smiling irony in the whole thing is that I get invited to tell people about community but then that turns out to be something I don’t really have in my own life. i have access to it but community is something you have to choose.
 
So last week i started to feel the weight of too many airports and too much time away from home. But i was already committed to going to an event. In fairness, this eventwas a... more »

For David.
by  To Write Love On Her Arms.
https://www.facebook.com/towriteloveonherarms/info
https://www.facebook.com/notes/to-write-love-on-her-arms/for-david/444276064657

i sort of hit a wall last week. It’s the feeling that while the story I get invited to tell is impressive to some, the story that i actually live is not. i feel lately like i live a story about a guy who rides on airplanes and in rental cars and hopes the pillow is comfortable in the hotel room. The smiling irony in the whole thing is that I get invited to tell people about community but then that turns out to be something I don’t really have in my own life. i have access to it but community is something you have to choose.
 
So last week i started to feel the weight of too many airports and too much time away from home. But i was already committed to going to an event. In fairness, this event was a gathering that i was honored to be part of  and it would mean the chance to catch up with friends. But there would also be a lot of folks i didn’t know, which meant there would be a lot of first day of school moments where you answer the “what do you do?” question and hope that people like you. (These moments are not fun for introverts, especially tired introverts who wish they were at home.)
 
But instead of impressive people attempting to impress each other, i found a group of people willing to be human, willing to be honest and vulnerable in admitting the broken parts of their stories. There were confessions of mistakes and questions and doubts. There were grown men with tears in their eyes, willing to go there in front of people they didn’t know. 
 
There was a man with cancer in his body and with his wife at his side, he spoke of the pain of the last year, the fear and embarrassment of the seizures that find him now. He spoke of the kindness of his friends, the miracle of the thing we call community. He spoke with love for his five year-old daughter and there were questions that did not require words. 
 
We were invited to pray for him, to put our hands to his body and ask God to heal him. i have no idea how that works, why God fixes some people and lets others die. i don’t write much about faith because i feel like almost all of the words have been abused. I’ve become embarrassed by most things called “Christian” but i still believe in a God who loves people. Anyway, we were invited to pray and I knew i had to go. i made my way close to him, to where i could reach through the crowd to touch his right arm. Different people prayed out loud and i don’t remember the words but I remember crying and i remember the feeling of wanting this man to be okay. 
 
i walked back to my chair, tears falling down my face but without shame. And it struck me that this moment had happened inside a gathering that I had feared might be a shallow celebration of folks with lots of answers. Instead, the moment that moved me most was the one without answers. It was a group of us meeting our friend in his enormous question. i go to so many things where it’s experts and leaders and public speaker people. There is a strange circuit of people that the world calls important. 
 
This is not a “Come to Jesus” blog. It is simply a confession that with all that I’ve seen in the last few years, all the events I’ve been invited to and all the people that I’ve met, I am less and less impressed by “impressive” things or people who are presented as having lots of answers. i am impressed by people who are honest and kind. i am inspired by moments of vulnerability, moments of confession and compassion, moments where someone makes it clear that they are a person in need of other people and someone else makes it clear that the first person is not alone. 
 
We’ve done some winning in the last few years. There have been some bright moments and surprising open doors. MTV and USA Today and Rolling Stone. CBS News. None of it meant as much to me as that moment praying for that man, when crying was the most appropriate response, because there are tragedies in this life that deserve our tears. I will not forget the privilege of standing in the small sea of strangers, reaching into sickness and mystery and hoping God might be real and hoping that he loves His children. 
 
Be loved. Be known. Love people and know people. Be so brave as to raise a hand for help when you need it. Make friends and make sure they know they matter. Be loyal to them and fight for them. Remind them what’s true and invite them to do the same when you forget. If you do some losing or you walk with someone else in their defeat, live with dignity and grace. It is a middle finger to the darkness. 
 
In the event we live to be old, i doubt our last days will find us aching for success or achievements. I doubt we’ll ask for bigger names or internet followers or virtual friends. If influence comes then let it come but it was never the point of the story. We will look back and smile at the moments that were real, the people who knew us and the people that we knew, the relationships and conversations, the days we walked together, the story that we told. We will consider the moments when we were allowed to show our beauty and our mess and the miracle moments when we were embraced by people who loved us even at our worst. And they loved us not for any sort of fame but simply because our stories had joined somehow and that miracle of friendship had taken place. 
 
An hour after the prayer, it was time to say goodbye. The man, who I now consider a friend, told me that on his darkest nights, he wears a TWLOHA shirt to bed. He said he does this to remember that he’s loved. 
 
Peace to you tonight.
jamie
 
PS: “Friendship is a diminishing of distance between people.”
– Keith Richards 


_____________________________________________________
With profound gratitude to +Jeremy Cowart for sharing this on FB . . . 
- Stephanie ___

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2013-04-04 17:36:42 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 46 +1s)

Expect to have hope rekindled.

Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. 

The dry seasons in life do not last.

The spring rains will come again.

- Sarah Ban Breathnach

Expect to have hope rekindled.

Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. 

The dry seasons in life do not last.

The spring rains will come again.

- Sarah Ban Breathnach___

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2013-04-02 15:10:01 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 41 +1s)

How strange that the nature of life is change, yet the nature of human beings is to resist change. And how ironic that the difficult times we fear might ruin us are the very ones that can break us open and help us blossom into who we were meant to be.

— Elizabeth Lesser 

How strange that the nature of life is change, yet the nature of human beings is to resist change. And how ironic that the difficult times we fear might ruin us are the very ones that can break us open and help us blossom into who we were meant to be.

— Elizabeth Lesser ___

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2013-03-21 13:44:27 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 51 +1s)

The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.

― Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.

― Elizabeth Cady Stanton___

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2013-03-20 02:50:26 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 67 +1s)

Do not be afraid, dear one. You can trust your bliss. That is why it was delivered to you in the first place. You can trust the finely tuned crosshairs of your dream because it knows exactly where to go and what to do. And it will inform you as you go. Your only job is to receive.

- Suzanne Falter-Barns

Do not be afraid, dear one. You can trust your bliss. That is why it was delivered to you in the first place. You can trust the finely tuned crosshairs of your dream because it knows exactly where to go and what to do. And it will inform you as you go. Your only job is to receive.

- Suzanne Falter-Barns___

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2013-03-13 00:24:33 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 52 +1s)

all of life is about feeding yourself, with love and art and people and books and music and acts of kindness. we are nourished by the lives we build, layer by layer of detail and experience, pain and mistakes. these things have to be our own. there is no way to copy it or will it or wish it into being. revelations are all around us. sometimes they take great loss to reveal themselves.

- Amy Grace

all of life is about feeding yourself, with love and art and people and books and music and acts of kindness. we are nourished by the lives we build, layer by layer of detail and experience, pain and mistakes. these things have to be our own. there is no way to copy it or will it or wish it into being. revelations are all around us. sometimes they take great loss to reveal themselves.

- Amy Grace___

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2013-03-01 13:15:33 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 60 +1s)

Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.

- Henry David Thoreau

Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.

- Henry David Thoreau___

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2013-02-27 16:50:54 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 55 +1s)

A Course in Miracles asks, “Would you rather be right or happy?” 

Clearly, the loving response is to choose happiness over the ego’s need to be right— but happiness can be hard to achieve when you believe you’ve been deeply wronged. 

A lack of forgiveness hurts us in nasty ways. When the ego blocks us from forgiving, we inevitably take on certain fearful archetypes. Here are some of the personality traits we pick up from the ego’s unforgiving ways. 

The Daily Victim: When we’re unwilling to forgive, we wake up each day feeling like a victim. We hold tight to our past hurt and resentment, replaying it in our mind over and over again. This automatic replay reinforces the ego’s illusion and strengthens our perception of being the victim. Eventually we identify so closely with the role of victim that we begin to establish that dynamic in all ourrelationships. ... more »

A Course in Miracles asks, “Would you rather be right or happy?” 

Clearly, the loving response is to choose happiness over the ego’s need to be right— but happiness can be hard to achieve when you believe you’ve been deeply wronged. 

A lack of forgiveness hurts us in nasty ways. When the ego blocks us from forgiving, we inevitably take on certain fearful archetypes. Here are some of the personality traits we pick up from the ego’s unforgiving ways. 

The Daily Victim: When we’re unwilling to forgive, we wake up each day feeling like a victim. We hold tight to our past hurt and resentment, replaying it in our mind over and over again. This automatic replay reinforces the ego’s illusion and strengthens our perception of being the victim. Eventually we identify so closely with the role of victim that we begin to establish that dynamic in all our relationships. 

The Angry Boxer: When the ego feels attacked, its immediate response is to attack back. The ego has faith in fear and believes that we’re at the mercy of a cruel world. So it keeps its boxing gloves slung over the shoulder, always on alert to fight off an attack. These defensive thoughts and energy bleed off the angry boxer and inevitably create more negative experiences. It’s a wicked cycle.

The Shutdown and Protected: This is the person whose ego has convinced them to shut themselves off from the world for fear of being hurt again. The shutdown person lives small, hides out, and evades all potential conflict by avoiding intimacy altogether.

These are just a few of the many ways the ego’s lack of forgiveness holds us back in relationships. Letting go of our need to be right and surrendering to forgiveness is the only way out of the ego’s unforgiving nightmare. If we truly want to enjoy our relationships, we must respect them through the miraculous act of forgiveness. 

A Course in Miracles suggests we use this affirmation: “I could see peace instead of this.” When we choose for peace, we’ll put down the boxing gloves, come out of hiding, and throw down the F word. The process of forgiveness requires willingness to see things differently. The Course doesn’t suggest we pretend like nothing happened — rather, that we acknowledge our ego’s experience and choose to perceive it with love.

By Gabrielle Bernstein, May Cause Miracles: A 40-Day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness___

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2013-02-08 07:09:32 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 68 +1s)

There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.

- ernst haas

There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.

- ernst haas___

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2013-02-07 16:40:15 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 49 +1s)

You cannot save people. 
You can only love them.

- Anaïs Nin

You cannot save people. 
You can only love them.

- Anaïs Nin___

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2013-02-03 02:53:20 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 44 +1s)

A bit of a replay for a girl short on time to process these days . . . 

Love & hugs, my friends . . . 

S.

At various times in our lives, we struggle with loneliness, relationships, finding our voice, illness, loss, trying to leave the past behind . . . .

(Here’s a hint: Maybe you should try to Embrace your past.  And Forgive Yourself in the process.)

We all want to be Better, Faster, Stronger.  We are all striving to succeed.  We all experience failure.  

We have hopes, fears, goals and dreams – both on the surface and buried deep within us waiting to be unearthed.  We are all searching – for love, friendship, understanding and respect.  For Answers.

We are complex creatures.   In the same moment, we can feel happy, sad, angry, frustrated, exhilarated and empowered.   Though it may sometimes feel like it – we aren’t Crazy, we are Simply Human.

The key is tapping in to our Humanity.  Opening our eyes to what we have in common.

Recognize and acknowledge the humanity in another and you possess the ability to make a powerful connection with that person.  Rather than objectifying or labeling them, open yourself up to the reality that They are like You – Happy, Sad, Joyful, Lost.  Growing.  Becoming.

The unfriendly grocery clerk, the ex-wife, the awful boss, the guy who won’t stop tailgating you. They are all human.

How do you handle people who bring negativity or sadness into your life?  Know that they are on your path for a reason.  They have been sent to you to challenge you, teach you and elevate you to a new, higher plane.  To teach you patience, compassion, conflict management . . . the list is Endless.

The real Power in these moments?   You can extract the lessons learned and use what you have learned to elevate others.  Live and learn.  Pass it on.  Pay it forward.  We are all on this journey together.

You can have a major impact on the life of another person by simply recognizing them for who they are, respecting the significance of your connection and opening yourself up to what you have to teach one another.

You never know what is bubbling under the surface for someone else.  What lurks that they are afraid to share but so desperately need to in order to Let it Go. To grow. To overcome obstacles.

Be there for them.

I’ve spent a tremendous amount of time trying to determine how to focus my efforts – how to change the world in a meaningful way.  What I finally realized is that you don’t have to solve world hunger to make an impact.  You simply need to follow your heart and make yourself vulnerable in the world.

Do those things you fear most.  Take a chance – reach out in large and small ways to touch the hearts and lives of other people.  Lift them up as you would want someone to lift you.  Share with them the gifts they so desperately need from you. There are concrete ways that we can touch the lives of other people and make an Enormous difference.

Be grateful for these opportunities and take the leap.  You’ll be glad you did.

It is so easy to walk away and leave an opportunity on the table.  Do you really want to take the easy way out?  Or would you rather live your life as an agent for change?

You have the opportunity every day to be Someone’s Angel. Someone’s Mentor. Someone’s Hero.  

Wouldn’t you want them to take the leap and be Yours?

With Love & Gratitude –

Stephanie Anne___A bit of a replay for a girl short on time to process these days . . . 

Love & hugs, my friends . . . 

S.

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2013-01-29 19:36:04 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 51 +1s)

What we strive for
in perfection
is not what turns us
into the lit angel
we desire
what disturbs
and then nourishes
has everything
we need.
—David Whyte

What we strive for
in perfection
is not what turns us
into the lit angel
we desire
what disturbs
and then nourishes
has everything
we need.
—David Whyte___

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2013-01-14 16:26:10 (13 comments, 3 reshares, 88 +1s)

You are goodness and mercy and compassion and understanding. You are peace and joy and light. You are forgiveness and patience, strength and courage, a helper in time of need, a comforter in time of sorrow, a healer in time of injury, a teacher in times of confusion. You are the deepest wisdom and the highest truth; the greatest peace and the grandest love. You are these things. And in moments of your life you have known yourself to be these things. Choose now to know yourself as these things always.

~  Neale Donald Walsh 

You are goodness and mercy and compassion and understanding. You are peace and joy and light. You are forgiveness and patience, strength and courage, a helper in time of need, a comforter in time of sorrow, a healer in time of injury, a teacher in times of confusion. You are the deepest wisdom and the highest truth; the greatest peace and the grandest love. You are these things. And in moments of your life you have known yourself to be these things. Choose now to know yourself as these things always.

~  Neale Donald Walsh ___

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2013-01-14 11:00:30 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)

Hoping your day is filled with Love & Laughter  . . . 

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
2012

http://youtu.be/8At8zfh_o3E


Because dreams tend to be so precious and potent, many people keep their dreams to themselves. A dream is a sacred thing to share, and doing so melts boundaries and calls forth commonalities and resources of all kinds. When you know someone’s dream you look at that person differently— with more tenderness, respect, familiarity, sympathy, and generosity than before. 

Look at everyone you meet this week and actively think to yourself, “I wonder what their dreams are?” Ask at least one person what his dream is. You can do it subtly, like, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” or “What did you want to be when you were growing up?” Or you can just go direct: “So, like, what’s your big dream?” So many people never get asked that. Even fewer are really listened to when they answer. 

The guy in the cubicle next to you may be working on a novel about extraterrestrials and espionage. Your sister might be fantasizing about her own cabaret breakout performance. Your postal carrier may be patenting the next great invention. Make no assumptions about your partner, your workmate, or the bus driver— everyone has a dream in them. Small, mighty, seemingly impossible, or simply pure… when you know what someone’s dream is, your perspective leans toward openness. 

I dream of Morocco and Paris, and a koi pond in the backyard. Making art, supporting art, learning art. Late-night talks with soul sisters who make me feel crazy blessed and motivated. Stage presence. Books and more books. Film. Belly laughs. I dream about communion. My man. Our son. Always. I dream of sitting around a fire with leaders and lovers of progress. Being able to give yeses that open doors and new dimensions for people. I dream of tenderness and innovation. I dream of invitations that humble me, and magical connections with people I recognize on a cellular level. I dream that we band together to leverage change. I dream of feeling more electric and sweet every single day. Mostly, I dream of being amazed. 

How ’bout you?

Laporte, Danielle (2012-04-17). The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms (Kindle Locations 1485-1503). Random House, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
#FireSS___Hoping your day is filled with Love & Laughter  . . . 

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2013-01-13 23:30:20 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 45 +1s)

Sharing a few of my favorite G+ posts this week . . . 

xoxoxo
S.


#GMAPP3  #GMAPP3auditing

I have had the great fortune of being chosen to participate in the Summer Session of the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers with +Robin Griggs Wood.  The last nine weeks have been a great journey of self discovery and practical application of artistic principles.  I thought I would share my recent post to the class, as it applies to all of us.  

Enjoy the day and all that it brings, my friends!


PLUS Post
Week 8

I spend a good deal of time late at night cruising through the G+ stream and watching photography videos . . . lighting . . . portraiture . . . film work . . . feeding my brain after long days coaching and cuddling two little people.   It's bliss, this soaking in of information, this eye candy, swimming in this deep pool of inspiration.   I have said to those who know me best that it is my goal to produce work that stops people in their tracks.   In order to do that, you must feed your brain.  You must practice.  You must experiment.  Indeed, You Must Play.

I pass on two treasures this week that I found inspiring and comforting all at once . . . 

An outstanding episode of Film that reminded me that we are all human and that our work is colored by our choice of tools and toys as much as it is by our life experience.

http://framednetwork.com/episodes/film-14/

And a quote that I shared on my G+ page that you may have missed - it speaks for itself:

1. Art is made by a human being. 
2. Art is created to have an impact — to change someone else. 
3. Art is a gift. You can sell the souvenir, the canvas, the recording… but the idea itself is free, and the generosity is a critical part of making art. 

Being artful is pouring your soul into it. When we’re giving our best, we’re artistic. When we’re intentionally making something more beautiful, more understandable, more accessible, we’re artistic. 

When we reach below the surface and bring something thoughtful forward, we’re being artistic. It’s happening all of the time. 

When you’re bringing your whole self to the party, you’re practicing your art form. Be it in conversation, on the canvas, or on the court, when you’re creating something from your soul, you’re making poetry happen. 

“Life itself is a creative act,” declares Patti Digh. “I see poetry everywhere— in the way a waiter hands me my vegan enchilada, in the way the train doors close at the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, in the reflected smile of a cab driver in his rearview mirror when I ask about his children whose pictures are so proudly displayed.” Patti is the author of Life Is a Verb and a diversity trainer. I attended a teleseminar of Patti’s called “Playing with Your Creative Blocks,” in which she posed this question:

If you knew that your art would support your life, how would you live?

Laporte, Danielle (2012-04-17). The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms (Kindle Locations 2182-2196). Random House, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

So, go live your art . . . 

Many thanks +Robin Griggs Wood for your kindness and your words of wisdom . . . ___Sharing a few of my favorite G+ posts this week . . . 

xoxoxo
S.


#GMAPP3  #GMAPP3auditing

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2013-01-12 03:06:11 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 54 +1s)

Yep.
2012

Yep.
2012___

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2013-01-08 18:13:31 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 58 +1s)

Do not pray for easy lives.
Pray to be stronger men.
Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers.
Pray for powers equal to your tasks.
Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be the miracle.

— Phillips Brooks

Do not pray for easy lives.
Pray to be stronger men.
Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers.
Pray for powers equal to your tasks.
Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be the miracle.

— Phillips Brooks___

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