How it is the Passerbys Glow

By Jen H.

Each week WordPress provides a photo challenge, that you can participate in even if you only have a cell phone with a camera (it’s clear a camera is good, too).  Looking for the challenge this week, it turned out WordPress provided the challenge to show “glow.”

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https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/glow/

The idea is to play with the idea of glow, such as taking a picture just after sunrise, or before sunset, the latter being what I did.

 

I took a photo of a plaza just as the sky was glowing red and the clouds were disappearing into the night.  The stoplight in the street was red, meaning the cars headed that direction were stopped and waiting for the light to change.  One single vehicle had made the light and can be seen proceeding in the direction from which I’d walked.

 

Some of the details in the photo I took are lost to the disappearing light, which adds mystery, I think, to the picture, and makes it a little more interesting.  The “glow” challenge gave me the idea for the first time to try capturing with the camera a location that was glowing from sunset.

 

I hope you like it.  If you take part in the weekly photo challenges (each Wednesday), maybe I’ll see what you shot.  That would be nice.

 

What’s more, the WordPress Daily Prompt today is the word “release.”  It is too complicated an idea to explore, but I think again how it is to be expressive, particularly on WordPress, where an inclusive atmosphere is intended, is quite a positive release, I’d argue, to let emotions that are within come to the surface.  Human beings are creatures of expression.

 

Thanks for reading, and good luck with your blogging!

Thinking I Have Been Misguided

Late in June this year, I had the good fortune to read an interesting 2007 Live from the NYPL interview with filmmaker Werner Herzog

https://brickmag.com/was-the-twentieth-century-a-mistake/

The films the chronographer points to include Nosferatu the Vampyre, Aguirre the Wrath of God, and Fitzcarraldo, three films which I viewed quietly when I was in college when such things were far less frequently available.  One of my college essays included observations about Herzog, and, perplexingly enough, my teacher mentioned to me the last we spoke that the young gentleman was planning to write a book about Herzog, to establish himself as a writer (and as a “serious” academic).  The interview in the literary journal here recounts Herzog’s observation on adventure:  “I cannot stand the term adventure nowadays–I lower my head and charge–it has degenerated into such an obscenity that you can go to the travel agency and book an adventure trip to New Guinea, to the headhunters, to the cannibals.”

I was reminded of my June 24 post- https://findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2017/06/24/what-might-have-been-adventure-can-show-the-rust/ which was titled with the unfortunate word Adventure.  I have thought how I can correct the mistaken impression, but to the post’s credit, it did receive the favor of a blogger with a much larger profile than I have got myself.  beautybeyondbones you should read, and you can find what she was characteristically saying on her own blog this summer (it is hard hitting):  

https://beautybeyondbones.com/2017/06/22/the-exploitation-by-to-the-bone/

Compared to me, she’s very good.

Yesterday my nephew to move to his new college town, and while we’re not close I am interested to see how he will do (he anticipates he will become a teacher).  He has his own dorm room now and his studies will shortly begin, once he has acclimatized to being in his new life situation.

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I think how hard it is to be by and large confined to the area which is local.  Personally, I am not easily discouraged, but I think compared to beautybeyondbones, who has gone through tremendous suffering and come back strong, it is a daunting outcome to contemplate being powerful enough to effect insight.  I sometimes tweet links to articles that argue for the relative merits of blogging, and I feel the odd person who could click through what trending posts I share on Twitter may occasionally see something that works for him (or her).  

You can find me on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/findingenvirons

There is a plenitude of blogging advice available on the Internet, but the best advice I know of is this tidbit.  You should not tell people what to post.

Any passion, any ingredient for inventiveness or what is usually referred to as authenticity, should not be filtered out of an individual’s content for the sake of conveying expertise.  It is not a good idea.

I shall include another photo, which I think implies transience, simply which inspired the blog post which beautybeyondbones saw, impressing me greatly.  If you are of a mind that this is favorable to you, feel free to “like,” “comment,” and/or “follow.”  I seldom know what this will turn up, but I was moved by the Werner Herzog interview.

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Photography Challenge Finding an Understated Structure

Struggling with the unseemly requires an extra serving of common sense.  Putting the Grammarly app up on your desktop browser with the intention of evaluating your own writing is an example.  It speaks to critical issues.

 

The folk at Grammarly would have you think you can proudly check your writing on your phone and get it revised at the last minute so it fits the mold, it becomes right where it was flawed, effectively it makes sense.  Do you typically compose your writing on your phone?  No, you do it elsewhere, and I won’t spend a moment telling you where.

 

This week’s photography challenge is a charming essay about structure, published the thirtieth of August.  The structure essay instructs to observe and then to photograph so that we are shown what was mostly invisible, yet necessary.  The thing to observe is made evident by the photo that captures it, which I know makes the photo somewhat of a bombastic wisp, because what for the most part wasn’t there is now at once what we are seeing.

 

There will be many photographic blog posts that explore how unseen structure can be interesting, even captivating.  I hope I get to take a look at a few of them or more because sometimes they are charming, that is seeing the photos and understanding a little about why the photographer made the decision to add the photo to his or her blog.  Photographers challenged by the essay are a community, and I remember from when I made the change on my blog to go to the safety of the daily prompts and the weekly photo essay challenges how my experience of publishing my blog posts came of age and hesitantly began to seek welcome, as similar processes in the minds of bloggers fascinated by bloggers do entangle.

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WordPress blogger beautybeyondbones officially took her first major publication live a day before the structure essay appeared, the thirty-first of August.  Bloom:  A Journal by BeautyBeyondBones draws sensitive females into a true story about a real battle with an eating disorder.  The Bloom book launch is discussed with WordPress here:  https://beautybeyondbones.com/get-my-book

 

I know beautybeyondbones because she had the kindness in her heart to favorably interpret a few of my up-to-date blog entries, which if you are of a similar mind you can visit with the help of this list:

 

https://findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2017/08/10/like-sunshine-the-future-is-welcome/

 

https://findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2017/08/14/autumn-leaves-favourite-memories-and-water-balloons-2/

 

https://findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2017/06/24/what-might-have-been-adventure-can-show-the-rust/

 

I wish beautybeyondbones good luck with the success of her book.  Take another look here:  https://beautybeyondbones.com/2017/08/31/my-book-launch

 

Personally, I have a hundred or so blog posts, and I want to update a few of the ones that are half-decent, to trash a few of the worst, and to write many altogether new posts, being optimistic that there will be more good daily prompts and photo challenges which can be explored and interpreted in a variety of ways.

 Sunday, September 3, 2017

Even without being a big success, you can kind of make friends by blogging and there is something in it that keeps you feeling young, as when in my case I didn’t think I would ever have a blog on the Internet, because for a long time I didn’t know what a blog was!  If you find pleasure in writing for the purpose of self-publishing, and you aren’t too bashful to permit yourself to blog, it could be the hobby that gives you more purpose in addition to everything else you do.

 

You’re welcome to “like” this post, or to venture a comment and/or to “follow” my blog.  Thank you for reading.

Boundaries Challenge

How is it that we can direct ourselves to have boundaries?  How is that we can present and yet remain independent?

A golfer is bound by rules that determine how he drives the ball.  If a golf ball falls outside of play, a penalty is incurred.  I would attest there are boundaries in the real world which stop you in your tracks.

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Boundaries contain, and keep you in the entirety of the whole amid which you are active.  Boundaries, I think today, are generally inflexible enough that your position remains in one spot, from which you are not to tread much further.  There is an art to subtly crossing them, and if you do persist in your advancement, you must continually drive back the idea that you are right about it, and that there has been no transgression.

Every individual is surely subject to boundaries.  We strive to maintain the largest boundaries which feel are ours, and we exercise caution when straying into new or otherwise unknown boundaries.  Each step we take is contained by boundaries, some of which exist solely in the mind of the one in motion, some of which are tangible outside that which the individual perceives.  It must be hoped it is evident you are undertaking the challenge of crossing them.

It is a grid, I think, that keeps us feeling “safe.”  Often, we are a part of a structure that is tacitly organized.  There are enough of us interested in remaining in place that we are evading the more turbulent sorts of disorder.

We count on others to remain regulated and to be interested in being regulated.  The grid is laden on us so that we have fewer problems by which we manage ourselves.  These grid phenomena are common to us.

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We feel we thrive if we see life in similar terms to what I am discussing as an advantage.  We enjoy ourselves best if we are cooperative with one another to keep us in check.  We know that if we tire of our environment, we are permitted to move on.

However, the most we readily accomplish is that we trade our circumstances, which keep us staying put, for similar though fresher digs.  Wherever are, we most often choose to remain inside the unit amid which we are already prospering, because we respect the place we’ve reached.  We enjoy what we have because there are so many chances to improve it.

It is here that we grow.  Boundaries can be creative.  Often, boundaries attain cohesion because so many people evince similar behavior.

More often than not, common characteristics among people mean we participate in similar activities at the same time and in the same way.  We check our boundaries, and we exercise them.

If you appreciate these ideas, you are welcome to click “Like” on this post and/or click “Follow.”  Comments are welcome as well.  Thank you for looking at my blog!  Good luck to you.

Pity for Loss and Unfulfilled Expectations

The pleasure that is in sorrow is sweeter than the pleasure of pleasure itself. – Percy Bysshe Shelley

Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is the word Recite and it is a daunting cue, but not impossible. The prompt invites bloggers to reason and interpret the idea of the word, “recite.”

Each WordPress Prompt is a word planned to help bloggers to think of something to write for his or her blog. This is naturally risky in that the blogger can seem foolish, but the appearance of stupidity must be risked if you want an audience. I just want to run over for you that it would be common to recite a poem, of course, and if I had to mention a poet, I would consider Shelley.

How is it that pleasure in sorrow can be sweet? How can sorrow provide any pleasure, if it is a condition of suffering? I think of these two questions when I contemplate what Shelley said.

Sorrow occurs when there is an overwhelming loss in the life of an individual.

This can devastate you. It can unravel you from within, as though you were a wool effigy mounted on the hearth or in the vestibule. It is not a state of pleasure, almost definitely not, and yet Shelley possibly felt that it was, or it could be, and I take it the poet experienced that kind of pleasure as being of the highest order.

How is it that we can be anything else than embittered by the peril of sorrow and suffering? How is it possible that we can encounter the pleasure of all things during the turmoil of the condition of sorrow?

What is there to be had from entering into a state of sorrow with the expectation that the desired outcome should be a pleasure? Why did a search for Shelley return that quote?

The pleasure that is in sorrow is sweeter than the pleasure of pleasure itself. – Percy Bysshe Shelley

The search says Shelley was an Englishman who died in 1822. Don’t tell me what I’ll find if there are depths of sorrow ahead. It’s a depressing thought, and I don’t blame you if you aren’t ready to “like” this.

You’re free to, however, to “like” this post if you see fit, and to comment and/or to “follow.” I hope you’re all right, and I know that unhappiness is challenging if you are feeling low. Unexpected avenues of pleasure become evident sometimes, and while I urge you to steer clear of sorrow, you are welcome to every drop of pleasure you can extract.

Good luck.

If You No Longer Need Your Depression Meds, Here’s a Common Strategy to Leave Them Behind You

Consider that a guideline for reducing psychiatric drugs you take, according to http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/759-tips-for-tapering-off-prozac-fluoxetine/ the website which informs of such a guideline, encourages users of psychiatric drugs to effect a ten percent rule.  The rule is to reduce a dependence on psychiatric drugs by ten percent per month, which is sometimes known as tapering off, to avoid withdrawal, as in feeling adverse consequences from no longer taking the psychiatric drug.  The site I’m referencing is detailing Prozac, which is the oldest antidepressant available, having been prescribed to patients who need it since 1987.

 

The WordPress Daily Prompt for today is the word, “taper,” and that is why I have looked up the definition of withdrawal referred to by the expression, “to taper,” or, “tapering off.”  I don’t take Prozac, but I have occasionally in my adult life been prescribed antidepressants, usually because work type stressors were bothering me and I needed some extra strength.

 

Friday afternoon a friend of mine of about twenty years gave me a phone call, and in the course of the conversation, he mentioned that depression concerns are overwhelmingly detrimental to members of the workforce, who run afoul of them constantly.  I had some idea already this is true.  I’m not on medication for depression and at the present I don’t suffer much depression, but my friend does, and he’s been with the same employer for what I think he said is twenty-nine years, and for several months now he’s been avoiding working owing to his problem with depression, and being paid seventy percent of the wages he would get if he wasn’t bringing up his depression to his bosses and continuing to work.  He said the situation is tolerable.

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He doesn’t blog, but he takes an interest in both Facebook and in Instagram.  I’m not on Instagram, but the gentleman and I share our friendship together on Facebook, and he is an unabashed anti-social, which leaves me feeling that he is more interested in toying with Facebook than he is in any sustained effort at a BFF kind of relationship (“best friends forever”).  He’s a lot older than me, and that’s fine.  We’re just not having a bromance together.

 

I feel a little bad for him, that he’s kind of tanking, but at least he’s bringing home most of his wages, and he’s responsible and doesn’t waste his money or other resources.  He’s a gentleman with a dog, who I suspect is his true best friend.  Dogs are lovely animals, and sometimes fill the role of a guardian, and I know his dog is dear to him.  I wouldn’t tax him to give me more of his energy, particularly as he is telling me when he does talk about his depression, and I respect his right to manage his life the best he can without unduly aggravating his state of mind.  For everyone, life’s a hard journey.

 

I don’t particularly want to go down the same route in life as he has gone.  I try to work smart, and I use medication to better my performance, rather than to make work bearable.  I enjoy working, I’m “Type A.”  I just feel that pacing yourself is a better strategy than struggling day after day with an enormous workload that results in ailments such as depression, and other kinds, too.

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I just thought I’d bring all this up when I saw what today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is.  All I’m doing here is posting an example of what I am encountering in my day-to-day life and I am not offering advice or recommending you change, even though I suspect if you are on psychiatric medication and you want to stop taking it, you should use a guideline, not unlike the ten percent reduction rate.  If you feel some comfort in reading this post, feel free to, “like,” “comment,” and/or, “follow,” so I know you’re out there.  I wish you well, and if you are suffering from a psychiatric malady, good luck with your recovery and with a better future.

Action is Essential if you Want Your Aims

A very important realization to have is that time waits for no man. (That’s Chaucer).

I don’t need to tell you twice. You have a finite number of years left in your life, so make the most of them. I am reasonably confident that if you are reading this, you already are. My WordPress strategy is currently to draw inspiration from the WordPress Daily Prompts, and if you understand that I am a blogger doing this for personal reasons, then you are my kind of reader.

I feel I am as capable as I can be with this kind of hobby underway: it must be clear, it must be readable, and it must give me an opportunity to reach fellow bloggers so that I know who might be thinking along the same lines as myself.

I implore you to act. You don’t have an endless supply of the day known as tomorrow, and you should be exploring your own identity with the aim to be both effective and distinct. The aim of bringing it to the digital page should be providing you with both momentum and motivation. It comes but once, and you should have the benefit of some kind of calendar schedule that reminds you when to act, and how.

I want to be known to those with similar paths in life to my own. It is not glory that I want, or riches, but only to gain skill at a craft.  I want to see the world with the eyes of one who has learned something he desired to know. That is all I can do now, but I will be learning each and every day, a pursuit of knowledge.

If you are seeing this, perhaps your own goals are in full swing. You are in charge of your own fate, and what brings you here is sympathy for another, one apart from yourself. You never know when a spark will ignite, and however you have found your way to this tidy page outside yourself, feel free to enjoy as you see fit and to do as one does with a blogger: you “like” and you “follow.”

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