Is It Broken, Or Is It…

Seeing it from a different perspective.

Broken… or well-worn?

That’s my biggest change. A change in my personal viewpoint. It took my Storyteller break to help me see the difference. It took those days to help me understand that I’d better stop reading so much bad news. More importantly, I stopped reading viewers comments at news websites. Both sides are nuts. I’m not on either side. Most people seem siloed. The more you try to change them, the deeper they dig. They angrier they get. I’m not angry.

Who needs that?

Even though I don’t make New Year resolutions, I did kind of did make one.  By all accounts 2018 was a disaster. It left everybody unhappy, depressed, out of sorts. Me too. A lot of that was well beyond my control. You know what I’m talking about. Some of it is within my grasp, yet I didn’t do much to fix it.

That can’t go on.

For me, personally, if I live my life feeling negatively I don’t get much done.

Let’s just use Storyteller as an example. I started worrying about my yearly numbers. Don’t do that. It starts a cycle of posting for one reason only. Reader views and likes. Those numbers add up to nothing. Instead of doing that, post your truth. Post your best picture whether or not you think it will be well received. Post your best story. Let it fly.

Stop overtly selling.

There are a couple of bloggers that I’ve just stopped reading. They wrote a book. In an effort to drive people to the book, they stopped telling their stories. Everything is sell, sell, sell. Lead me to your work. Don’t shove it down my throat. That’s sort of a rule among more sophisticated sales people.

Besides. Probably 20% of the emails I receive want to sell me something. Facebook, Twitter and now Instagram have become never-ending sales tools. Don’t drown me in it. My reaction is to never buy anything. We both lose. You don’t make a sale. And, I don’t know what I missed.


I’m not leaving social media unless personal security becomes a bigger issue than it already has. I want everybody to see my work. But, I’m not going to convince you to buy it. I’m not going to share most news events and I’m not going to get in what used to be called a flame contest. There’s no need.

I’d rather post about art. In all of its forms. That’s what I understand best. That’s what I like.

That said, this picture. I made it at a second line. The tuba, or sousaphone if you want to split hairs, was resting. It was waiting to be played on a long walk through Central City.  I saw it. I photographed it.

You can look at the picture in one of two ways.

The instrument is busted up. The sidewalk behind it is busted it up. My city is busted up.

Or, it’s well-worn and repaired from playing a lot of music. The sidewalk is torn up because the city is 300 years old and that’s why a lot of us live here.

Yeah, sure. There is plenty to repair. The streets are potholed. The water pipes and pumping stations break down. Power fails.

Yet, one yearly statistic made me smile. The murder rate was lowest that it’s been in 50 years. That’s a start. A pretty big start. Hang on to that and build. Build a little more. And, keep building.

A little housekeeping. The new website/blog is about ready. I’m a little afraid to push the button. There are a couple of reasons for this. They all center around the unknown.

I have no idea what Facebook and Twitter will see through my distribution channels. I have no idea whether I can build portfolio pages from which pictures are sold or licensed. I have no idea about static background pages that are not the main page. And, I don’t know if I can post multiple pictures in one post. There is no going back once I push the button. I can’t know those things until I do that.

I suppose that I should jump and fix things on the fly.  Nobody will die if I get parts of it wrong.

Wish me luck. Or, at least, a soft landing spot.


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  1. “…it’s well-worn and repaired from playing a lot of music” – yes, this is how I see it. My 79-year-old dad likes to restore model trains that others would throw or give away. I love this concept of restoring and repairing. Your reflections about where our focus is and choosing to turn away from the negative is personally helpful. I haven’t shared my new blog on my FB page yet, so I will join you in pushing the button!

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    • I’m glad it helped. I like model trains too. I’d build a small railroad here, but photography can be isolating enough. Today’s post is about a mural on the side of a house. After the storm, that house was dead. It was restored. Now people live in it.


      • Just continue your positive thinking. Uh, not always easy with this rather strange political times.
        I can’t believe that there is not a test sight where you and see your site with the changes. Undoubtably you explored this extensively. Without the testing it does threaten the desire to keep a positive attitude.
        Best with the change.

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      • I’m trying to ignore the political times. Although I did cheer when I saw all those new representatives. Women and every possible color and culture.

        There is a test site. I can see all of the big issues. They look good. It’s the little things that you can’t test. I’m going to — in my effort to be positive — think that if they aren’t there to be tested, they will do what I hope.


      • I agree that seeing this new freshman class with all their diversity is wonderful. Maybe we are finally moving our democracy to higher level. Who thought it would take a cranky old supposedly rich white man to cause this to happen. Positive thinking. Yah, Yah, Yah!
        Hey that’s an excellent reaction to the transition. A bit of putting my head in the sand syndrome; you’ve got plenty of company – me included.


      • You know, it’s not really putting my head in the sand. I know enough to know that right now following politics is like following a sporting event. I like sports, but not when the planet could blow up. Besides, it just makes me miserable.

        The old white man didn’t realize what his slogan really meant. Make America Great Again. We are.

        There is something floating around Twitter that everybody is laughing about. Some conservative guy posted a video of AO-C dancing on a rooftop. She was in high school. So what? So what if she dances now? My reply was along the lines of, “Maybe you should have danced in high school. You wouldn’t be so miserable now.” It’s gonna be a long hard slog.

        I bought one of her t-shirts (actually four of them for each family member) to support her election. I love wearing mine to something where a lot of right wingers will be around. Heh.

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  2. I’m certainly with you on the aspect of avoiding the polarizing anger and unrelenting negativity. This last year I recall several times when I actually felt sick after overconsumption of political ferocity. It was like taking a bath in toxicity. I don’t yet know what I will do, but I guess I’m fairly clear about what I will not. I have nothing to really share on social media so it’s easier for me to walk away, but I do understand for those who have something to share. Somehow we have to find balance in our lives in an era where everything feels so tilted!

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    • I only ready legit newspapers. The NYT and the WashPost. I don’t read the comments and I skip over or unfriend people who post nothing but politics on either Facebook or Twitter. I’d give them both up completely, but my work gets seen there. It’s very hard for me because at the heart of me is a journalist. In better times, I’d be a news junky. I can’t do that today. I doubt if I ever will again.


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