Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Soul Food



Just read this from Mark Morford and I think I shall adopt it as my new creed:

"Eat well, not too much. Exercise every day. Meditate. Have lots of sex. Get outside. Love like you mean it. Quit whining. Read a book. Never vote Republican." 

Today I really appreciated Anne Lamott's Facebook post -- she is countering the craziness in congressional politics by doing good deeds.  That's a healthy and helpful response to those whack job tea partiers who are holding the whole damned country hostage.  Gawd but they infuriate me.

I mean, I'm really upset by this stuff.  I can't even bear watching the news and I can't bear the lack of good reporting on the subject.  The media are a bunch of sheep, I tell you.  So, to feed my soul today I met my good friend S. for coffee and he graciously listened to my venting and witnessed my hand wringing.  And then I gave him the floor and got to hear all about his wedding plans to his sweet man-honey, R.   Gay weddings, galore~!

More soul food: this evening I joined my photo class in Capitol Park for a night shoot.  It was fun, and I learned some helpful things from my teachers.  I also received very complimentary feedback from them on some of my previous work.  That made me feel great!  I had hoped to show you a couple of my night shots, but when I went to download them off the camera, discovered that the battery is dead.  Sigh.  Take my word for it, they were interesting shots of the Vietnam war memorial in all kinds of lighting conditions.  P.S. Here's a couple now that my batteries are charged:








I hope you are finding ways to feed your soul, boost your spirits and generally be at peace in these dispiriting times.  We'll get through this, but in the meantime, it's a bitch.

10 comments:

  1. The only thing I would add to Mark Morford's list is TURN OFF THE TV. Looking forward to seeing your pics.

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    1. or, be very selective on what you watch on t.v. there are some shows that lift my spirits. Finally got the pics up -- not masterpieces, but rather working on the subject of available light.

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  2. I don't even watch PBS Newshour anymore. I get my news from The Daily Show. If you missed his show on Monday, you should check it out on Comedy Central. I do listen to NPR and I can manage it in five-minute portions.

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    1. I concur! The Daily Show and Colbert Report are my go-to news stations. It's the only palatable way to see and hear the daily crap roll. I did see Bill O'Reilly on Daily Show and I just wish Jon would stop having him as a guest. I don't want him promoting his schlocky books. "Killing Jesus." Pul-eeze.

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  3. It's definitely a tough time and I think creative endeavors are one important way to feel better.

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  4. Tara, those are beautiful photos!

    I stopped doing TV news years ago. Just cannot stand it. The internet offerings have their iffy places, too, but just a click to go somewhere else. Do you know the Maddow blog? http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/

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    1. thanks for the reminder about Maddow Blog. I don't visit it very often, but it would be good way to get my news.

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  5. Nice pics, Tara. I love what you are learning to do here.

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  6. Very cool pics Tara. Sounds like a fun and interesting class and I think it's awesome you are honing your craft. Looking forward to seeing more pics. And it's a great outlet for all the craziness that is happening around us.

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  7. I love the Mark Morford quote.

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