“Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.”
For all the positive stereotypes (strong, agile, dexterous) that surround dancers, there are many negative ones as well (lack common sense, unintelligent, flighty). I once dated a dancer who specialized in modern dance, and I can tell you that not all dancers fit these categories, especially the negative ones.
Red Sparrow, released this week in the United States, shows the general audience what I learned long ago: don’t underestimate dancers.
Question from someone I literally just met: What do you do?
My response: Oh I enjoy watching baseball, reading books, taking pictures…
And their followup: No, I mean what do you do for a living?
When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.
One of the blessings of my current job is the fact that I get to travel to Israel on a somewhat regular basis. The flight time is horrible, and I am there to work, but even so the trip provides me an opportunity to take some absolutely beautiful pictures along the way.
Photography is a hobby I picked up a few years back. I’ve only posted an extremely small number of sample shots I’ve taken over the years, and haven’t taken many pictures over the last few years so haven’t posted any lately. That, dear reader, is about to change. I have ordered a new camera that should arrive next week. I am excited – here is what I ordered:
I am excited, and also a little sad – you see it will arrive over the weekend, but I will be out of the country when it gets here. That means I have to wait until I return home.
I hope to post some new great shots soon, so be on lookout!
So the Olympics started last week. I admit, I normally don’t watch. Each time they happen I tell myself I will, but invariably I forget or am travelling or am washing my hair which is no mean feat when you think about it. After all, I don’t look to be going bald anytime soon, fingers crossed. This year though, oh this year has been a bit different.
“You wear your honor like a suit of armor, Stark. You think it keeps you safe, but all it does is weigh you down and make it hard for you to move. Look at you now. You know why you summoned me here. You know what you want to ask me to do. You know it has to be done … but it’s not honorable, so the words stick in your throat.”
– Lord Petyr Baelish, Master of Coin, to Lord Eddard Stark, Lord of Winterfell, Warden of the North, Hand of the King, and Protector of the Realm, from Game of Thrones by George R R Martin.
Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets; art deserves that, for it and knowledge can raise man to the Divine.
“When you write down your ideas you automatically focus your full attention on them. Few if any of us can write one thought and think another at the same time. Thus a pencil and paper make excellent concentration tools.”