After Hours

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Portrait of Merri

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Her Careful Choices

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Portrait of Isadora

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Lady in White

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The Coddling of the American Mind

I just finished what I’ll call a landmark book on today’s social trends – “The Coddling of the American Mind”. 

The authors outline and then offer recommendations, on why we’re experiencing growing polarization of ideas, groups and politics….and the perceived threats of loss of safety, even in differing opinions. They describe the dramatic rise in anxiety, depression and suicide among today’s high school and college students as well and those entering the workforce today. They talk about the ‘Call Out Culture’, safetyism, social activism, inability to emotionally deal with opposition or differing opinions, the huge rise in screen time on phones and computer devices and the loss of unstructured, unsupervised play time.

So very well researched and presented. They even go over Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) as a means of dealing with irrational and fear based thinking. Isn’t that amazing! A study by two liberal professors who are upset by the protests of college students that want to shut out opposing philosophies and perceived threats from invited speakers on college campuses…and discover….we’ve got major social problems going on here. Isn’t that what college campus’s are supposed to do?!?! That’s what prompted the authors original article in The Atlantic magazine and eventually to write this book. They suggest that its OUR faults for allowing the censoring and prohibition of debates and opposing views. Whether it’s politics, or COVID, BLM, parenting styles or gender identity, we must return to dialog and interaction, not shouting each other down or calling one group good and the other group bad, or by letting emotions rule over objective thinking, or…simply being human to each other. The authors suggest that we need to be kind, understanding, tolerant, resilient and willing to listen as well as able defend our position without attacking one another.

It’s an amazing book. Warning – you’ll have to think! 

https://a.co/d/9UfssI8

And here’s the webpage for resources related to the same authors and their book:

https://www.thecoddling.com

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I Am What I Dream

I am that which I dream, that which I choose. I define who I am. I am unrestrained. I do not conform. I attain. I reach my destinations. I am resilient. I am strong.

I am what I dream.

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Fiesta !

Fiesta!

I was in Marfa, Texas last year during a street festival where the young Marfa ISD Ballet Folklorico dancers performed. I took several shots with my iPhone and hoped to create an image that captured that movement and color. It took a year, but here’s the final result.

Latin culture has been a part of me for most of my life. Mexican, Spanish, Italian, Central and South Latin America… and the American Native peoples and their cultures have always attracted me. I’ve lived with it and even though I have a Swedish, English and German background, my experiences and loves, include these latin cultures, too.

So here’s a tribute to the beautiful mix of cultures that make up who and what I am. A Japanese and a Chinese camera, European descent, Latin influenced and a Texan at heart! 

Olé ! Fiesta!

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Arise and Listen to the Morning Light

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Wall Art by Muralist Candy Kuo

Artist Candy Kuo putting the finishing touches on her mural at Austin City Limits Music Festival. October 2022.
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