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M Street Coffee re-opens after remodel – Studio City

April 29th, 2011 Comments off

M Street CoffeeMy favorite place for coffee has re-opened — M Street Coffee near the corner of Moorpark and Fulton in Studio City (map). They were only closed about 2 weeks, but the entire bar area has been re-built, providing much more space for the baristas and 2 new stool/stand-up bar areas for the patrons.

Good to see everyone again including Andrea and Kate.

Here are 2 panoramas I shot with my iPhone during out quick visit on Thursday.

M Street Coffee Panorama 1

M Street Coffee Panorama 2

Click for larger versions of the M Street Coffee panoramas

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Read it now! — “Do the work” by Steven Pressfield – Free

April 28th, 2011 Comments off

I have just finished reading Do the work by Steven Pressfield and would highly recommend you do the same. In fact, I am thinking that I will make it (and Pressfield’s earlier book, The War of Art) required reading before I will work with any client. Both books have helped me tremendously in my life and work. We all have to start somewhere on our creative adventures and Pressfield’s books are like an experienced guide that can help to lead us through the creative forest. Revisiting them on a regular basis reenergizes me to face the fight that all creatives feel.

Of course, creativity isn’t just the domain of some specialized class of people. We are all creative in unique ways and we all experience the haunting voice of resistance, as Pressfield names the monster that frightens all of us away from big, transformative changes in our lives. Pressfield reminds us of the nature of this beast and gives us the tools we need to defeat it — again and again.

In my work, I meet so many people who don’t realize their own potential. They drastically underestimate their power to change their lives and change the world. They face the resistance dragon and allow it to eat them nearly every time instead of emerging, triumphant, like St. George. It is often my goal to give them the tools — the horse, the lance, the sword — to help them slay the dragon of resistance just as I have to fight against it everyday. Sometimes I can bring them along with me — at other times, not, but I will never stop trying.

So, to repeat my unasked for advice — get these books, read them and then start on your own creative adventure. You can overcome resistance and create something new, something unique and something great!

Do the work is now available in a free Amazon Kindle edition. You don’t need a Kindle to read it, though. Download the free Kindle app for your Windows or Macintosh PC, Apple iPhone or Android phone and then download the book, for free, from the Amazon store.

The War of Art is also available from Amazon and your local public library. Add it to your creative toolbox today!

If you read either book, I would love to hear your thoughts. How did it help? How did it not? What project are you now going to create? What problems are you facing? Leave a comment here and share your adventures with other readers.

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Douglas hosts next Tech Tuesday at Tuesdays with Transitioners – May 3, 2011

April 27th, 2011 Comments off
Journeying to a better career

A message to all members of Tuesdays with Transitioners

May 3 is Tech Tuesday!

Douglas Welch will be our guest host for this Tech Tuesday, so come armed with your laptops (or borrow one) and questions about the Tuesdays with Transitioner site, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or other Social Media.

See you then!

Visit Tuesdays with Transitioners at:

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I Like This – April 27, 2011

April 27th, 2011 Comments off

A collection of interesting items I found in my daily reading.

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My new custom made arrows!

April 25th, 2011 Comments off

Update (April 28, 2011): I am happy to report that the arrows fly beautifully. They are probably better than my current skill level can actually utilize, but I hope to grow into them over the next several months. I spent almost 2 hours today shooting from all different distances and look forward to shooting them a lot more. This weekend is my first SCA tournament, (Robin Hood Archery, Rapier, and Thrown Weapons Tournament) and my son, Joe’s second. I hope these arrows “up my game” and help me do well. I don’t see how they can fail in that regard.

Custom Made Arrows, originally uploaded by dewelch.

I picked up my new custom made arrows from Guy Taylor as I returned from Easter Dinner in Orange County. All I can say is, “WOW!”

These were made by Guy Taylor/Greenman Archery in Anaheim, California on recommendation from some fellow SCA members. Click the link above for more information on Guy and his work.

Guy was great at leading me, a true archery novice, through all the options on custom made arrows including length, weight, type of bow I was using, left-handed vs. right-handed, and aesthetic considerations like color, shape of fletching, etc.

I think these turned out beautifully and can’t wait to get out and shoot them. I have a practice on Wednesday night and then my first SCA tournament, along with my son, Joe, on Saturday.

I went with purple and black for a variety of reasons. One, I wanted to choose a color that other archers didn’t have, to make it easier for scoring. I always like the combination of purple and black so that idea just jumped to mind.

I’ll post more info here once I have had a chance to put the arrows through their paces. Based on the experience of those who recommended Guy, though, I am sure I will be very pleased.

Link: Greenman Archery

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I Like This – April 20, 2011

April 20th, 2011 Comments off

A collection of interesting items I found in my daily reading.

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Follow the life of an newborn endangered Channel Island Fox on Twitter!

April 18th, 2011 Comments off

My friends, Keri Dearborn and Pat Meyer, have just started a new project for their organization, Friends of the Island Fox.

Tani, a new pup on Santa Cruz Island, has just been born.

Follow her adventures moment by moment via Twitter and Facebook. This is a great way to school kids to learn more about this endangered species that only live right here in their own California backyard!



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Event: ArtisinalLA 2011: Photos and words

April 18th, 2011 Comments off

Like last year’s event, ArtisinalLA 2011 was great. I must say first that for $10 admission, the value delivered by this show is unprecedented. There is more to taste than most people can hope to consume and it is all of the highest quality. The artisans themselves are approachable, eager to talk and obviously deeply involved in creating their crafts.

I have attended this event with my tweener son both times and he enjoys it as much as I do. We both have a bit of “foodie” in us and I take great pleasure in watching him experiment with new and unique foods. Like myself, he will try things are ArtisinalLA that he might never try at home. The atmosphere bring out a sense of adventure and excitement. Below is a slide show of photos I took at the event and a recap of the products we liked enough to take home with us at the end of the day.

Watch ArtisinalLA 2011 slide show on Flickr


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Photo: On Target – Instagram and Toonpaint

April 18th, 2011 Comments off
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Photo: Blue cup

April 14th, 2011 Comments off

Blue cup, originally uploaded by dewelch.

This scene caught my eye as I was having brunch with some friends this morning.

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