Monthly Archives: February 2014

what my father taught me…

Many years ago, back when my father spent most of his days working in the photography business he and my mother owned and operated (the kids still just call it “The Studio”), one of the package printers stopped working. Continue reading


The Photography Lie

Taylor Jorjorian

The Photography LieWhat is a photograph and better yet what is a photographer?  These terms have become very hard to define lately.  For the last 200 years or so photography has been a beautiful and unique medium defined by its ability to portray a reality as seen through the photographers eyes.  To be a photographer meant that you used a camera to capture a subject and then made a print, end of story.  It was honest and simple but tragically those days are over.  In the last few decades the advent and easy access to digital manipulating software has bred a new generation of image makers who rely heavily or fully on software to produce their artwork.  This has resulted in the creation of a new artistic medium, digital-art, which for some reason has been recklessly grouped in with photography.  Photography has now become a free for all genre of art with…

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Push for Preschool Become…

Push for Preschool Becomes a Bipartisan Cause Outside Washington
RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA,MOTOKO RICH | The New York Times | The New York Times – Mon Feb 3 20:12:50 UTC 2014

Once a mostly Democratic cause, government-funded preschool has been embraced by both parties outside Washington, with Republican governors pushing some of the biggest increases in preschool spending.

Hard Times at Howard U. C…

Hard Times at Howard U.
CHARLAYNE HUNTER-GAULT | The New York Times | The New York Times – ‎Tuesday‎, ‎February‎ ‎04‎, ‎2014

A premier black college has been rocked by the economy, infighting and a changing demographic landscape.

Obama Announces Pledges o…

Obama Announces Pledges of $750 Million for Student Technology
EMMARIE HUETTEMAN | The New York Times | The New York Times – Tue Feb 4 19:20:39 UTC 2014

President Obama hailed the promises by business leaders as a way to ensure that all students receive a high-quality education as they prepare to compete in the global economy.

Tennessee Governor Urges …

Tennessee Governor Urges 2 Free Years of Community College and Technical School
RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA | The New York Times | The New York Times – Wed Feb 5 01:26:42 UTC 2014

Tennessee would be the only state in the country to charge no tuition or fees to incoming students under the proposal by Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican.

Encouragement Works (Pass It On!)

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Building people up.  Positivity.  Encouragement.  It’s so easy to give and great to receive.  An encouraging word is so much more motivating than criticism.  It’s all in the way that we frame the conversation, the tone of our voice and the way that we make people feel.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you know that I love lists so here’s 5 Simple Ways to Practice Encouragement:

1.  Listen.  Sometimes people simply need someone to listen.  Not to problem solve or offer advice or suggestions.  Active listening is a skill and it requires focus.  When you are really listening to someone, the person speaking can feel that positive, focused energy.

2.  Show empathy.  There is so much going on in all of our lives and some people are better at asking for help than others.  If you see a friend, family member or colleague…

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