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Photo: Start Walking!

June 30th, 2011 Comments off


Start Walking!, originally uploaded by dewelch.

Took a walkabout tonight with my new camera, an Olympus PEN E-PL1. Took some very nice pictures like this one, but also a lot fo flowers for A Gardener’s Notebook.

Click this picture to see the entire set of photos from the walk.

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New Project: MediaCampLA!

June 29th, 2011 Comments off

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Following my successful founding of CareerCampLA and CareerCampSCV, I am moving forward with another unconference idea I have had for a while — MediaCampLA.

This unconference will focus on New Media of all sorts including online video sharing sites, podcasting and social media like Facebook, Twitter and more. I have attended many New Media conferences over the years, but it always seemed odd that Los Angeles — the main hub of entertainment in the US — didn’t have its own conference. There are so many people that could greatly benefit from such a conference — both in entertainment and other businesses — so I wanted to develop some sort of event here in my own backyard.

Having attended several BarCamps and other unconferences, I am sold on the concept of a conference organizing and structured by its attendees. Instead of calling in the typical A-list speakers, unconference draw on the large amount of amazing talent and information that exists locally. It provides a space for the underseen and underheard people to start sharing their message. Often these messages turn into something much larger, but these people and their ideas need the opportunity to be heard and spread. MediaCampLA hopes to provides a platform that allows for creation of “The Next Big Thing!”

If you are interested in helping to organize MediaCampLA, you can join the mailing list for MediaCampLA and check out he MediaCampLA blog. We are also on Twitter at @MediaCampLA and Facebook.

For more information, read What is MediaCampLA?

#Trust30 Day 30: Text from the future

June 29th, 2011 Comments off

Today’s Prompt:

10 Year Text by Tia Singh

Speak what you think now in hard words, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said today. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Imagine your future self, ie, you 10 years from now. If he/she were to send you a tweet or text message, 1) what would it say and 2) how would that transform your life or change something you’re doing, thinking, believing or saying today?

(Author: Tia Singh)

Read the post online: http://ralphwaldoemerson.me/tia-singh

 

My message: At home in Sicily. Festa tonight. Joe settled in Oxford flat. Next book release in 3 weeks. Pre-sales great! Rosanne speaking at TED this year.

Geez, how many cliches could I cram into one text message!? Still there are some dreams there. I foresee us spending more time in Sicily as the years pass and Joe is on his own. There is a possibility of a Italian/EU passport through Rosanne’s family connections, so that would allow us to stay in country much longer than as tourists. Joe has travelled to the UK twice, so a season at Oxford or Cambridge isn’t completely out of the blue. My goal has always been to show him as many possibilities as possible. Then again, he might be happier at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) to pursue his pastry making dreams. Rosanne’s career is growing everyday and I truly expect that one day she is a well-known leader in history, writing and a number of other fields.

As with most of these prompts, I feel we are already pursuing many of these possibilities and will continue to pursue then as the years go by.


#Trust30 is an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge that encourages you to look within and trust yourself. Use this as an opportunity to reflect on your now, and to create direction for your future. 30 prompts from inspiring thought-leaders will guide you on your writing.

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I Like This – June 29, 2011

June 29th, 2011 Comments off
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#Trust30 Day 29: Fading Fear

June 28th, 2011 Comments off

Today’s Prompt:

Overcoming Uncertainty by Sean Ogle

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Write down a major life goal you have yet to achieve or even begin to take action on. For each goal, write down three uncertainties (read: fears) you have relating to each goal. Break it down further, and write down three reasons for each uncertainty. When you have three reasons for your fear, you’ll be able to start processing the change because you know where the fear stems from. Now you’ll be able to make a smaller changes that push you towards your larger goal. So begins the process of “trusting yourself.”

(Author: Sean Ogle)

Read the post online: http://ralphwaldoemerson.me/sean-ogle

My major goal is a bit wide, but fear is an ever-present companion. I simply want to have an effect and there are lots of areas and ways I can have that effect. My biggest fear is leaving the planet before I can accomplish it. As I grow older the fears about being accepted, being liked and being right, slip away. I become more honest with both myself and others. I become more active — doing as much as thinking and creating.

Fear still rides with me every day, but I try to pay it less attention every day. Sometimes I hear it babbling more than others, but each day it fades a bit more. Maybe that is the way that life is supposed to work.


#Trust30 is an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge that encourages you to look within and trust yourself. Use this as an opportunity to reflect on your now, and to create direction for your future. 30 prompts from inspiring thought-leaders will guide you on your writing.

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Project: Videos for UCLA Extension Writers’ Program Publication Party

June 27th, 2011 Comments off

We just completed a project for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program where we recorded their annual Publication Party and then created videos for each of the speakers which could then be used on their instructor information pages as well as on YouTube for the world to see.

This is a great way to promote your projects and events and you can and should do the same. Capture the content you are already creating and share it with the world!

Watch this video and others from the Publication Party on YouTube

My wife, Rosanne,  and I have worked as instructors for UCLA Extension for many years so when this even was scheduled they came to us knowing that we worked in New Media. Rosanne, has taught television writing and together we have taught “Podcasting and New Media for Writers” both online and as a 1-day workshop on the UCLA campus.

I was out of town on another project during this event, so Rosanne acted as the on-site producer and our good friend, Liam Johnson (@editorliam) handled the shooting and the editing of the final videos. If you are looking for an editor for your project, I highly recommend Liam. He is quite creative and dedicated.

You can find all the videos on the UCLA YouTube channel (you will need to scroll down a bit to find the videos), as related videos to the one embedded above or on the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program Instructor Bio Pages.

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#Trust30 Day 28: When do you feel most alive?

June 27th, 2011 Comments off

Today’s Prompt:

Alive-est by Sam Davidson

Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. If we follow the truth, it will bring us out safe at last. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

When did you feel most alive recently? Where were you? What did you smell? What sights and sounds did you experience? Capture that moment on paper and recall that feeling. Then, when it’s time to create something, read your own words to reclaim a sense of being to motivate you to complete a task at hand.

(Author: Sam Davidson)

Read the post online: http://ralphwaldoemerson.me/sam-davidson

I tend to feel at my most alive when I am talking to and help others. I was recently a panelist at the Writers Guild of America West, and as usual, I had a great time. I love answering questions. I love interacting with people. Most importantly, I love spurring others to action. Helping them gets started always helps me to move forward as well.

In many ways, I am already using this action in my work. It is other people’s enthusiasm that helps me to discover my own. It is other’s action that helps me take action of my own. I hadn’t realized it until I started writing this, but I am already using their energy and the good memories of the past to motivate me to work on the next big thing. Good to know that Davidson recognizes this as an important thing to do.


#Trust30 is an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge that encourages you to look within and trust yourself. Use this as an opportunity to reflect on your now, and to create direction for your future. 30 prompts from inspiring thought-leaders will guide you on your writing.

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#Trust30 Day 27: Use the bad example

June 26th, 2011 Comments off

Today’s Prompt:

Personal Recipe by Harley Schreiber

I do not wish to expiate, but to live. My life is for itself and not for a spectacle. I much prefer that it should be of a lower strain, so it be genuine and equal, than that it should be glittering and unsteady. I wish it to be sound and sweet, and not to need diet and bleeding. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Think about the type of person you’d NEVER want to be 5 years from now. Write out your own personal recipe to prevent this from happening and commit to following it. “Thought is the seed of action.”

(Author: Harley Schreiber)

Read the post online: http://ralphwaldoemerson.me/harley-schreiber

My biggest fear is to become person who stops learning and stops doing.

I see so many people who “live a life of quiet desperation” as Emerson’s close friend, Thoreau once wrote. I often joke about not wanting to become one of those “Hey you kids! Get off my lawn!” type of people and I actively work against it. One great way to do that is to find reasons to be around younger people. Their fresh thoughts, hopes and dreams can help you to remain young, while also offering a bit of guidance from your own experiences.

I often hear others demeaning the “youth of today” and I wonder who they are using for their examples. The kids I meet these days are intelligent, driven, realistic, but also hopeful. I think they will do just fine. We must remember that our parents often said the same demeaning things about us and most of us have turned out just fine. Instead of complaining, we need to lead, to mentor and to challenge today’s youth to “be all that they can be!”


#Trust30 is an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge that encourages you to look within and trust yourself. Use this as an opportunity to reflect on your now, and to create direction for your future. 30 prompts from inspiring thought-leaders will guide you on your writing.

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#Trust30 Day 26: You’re the CEO!

June 25th, 2011 Comments off

Today’s Prompt:

Call to Arms by Sasha Dichter

The secret of fortune is joy in our hands. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

What if today, right now, no jokes at all, you were actually in charge, the boss, the Head Honcho. Write the “call to arms” note you’re sending to everyone (staff, customers, suppliers, Board) charting the path ahead for the next 12 months and the next 5 years. Now take this manifesto, print it out somewhere you can see, preferably in big letters you can read from your chair.

You’re just written your own job description. You know what you have to do. Go!

(bonus: send it to the CEO with the title “The things we absolutely have to get right – nothing else matters.”)

(Author: Sasha Dichter)

Read the post online: http://ralphwaldoemerson.me/sasha-dichter

Manifesto:

  • Find and connect with great people who are interested in improving not only their own careers and lives, but also in improving the lifes of others.
  • Organize these people into groups and help them to work towards whatever goals they find most important.
  • Lead these people in great projects where they can learn the tools they need to create their own great projects.
  • Find ways to address some of the more persistent problems of modern society including unemployment, proverty and self-actualizaton.
  • HAVE A GREAT TIME DOING IT!

 

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#Trust30 Day 25: The ordinary

June 24th, 2011 Comments off

Today’s Prompt:

Most Ordinary by Patti Digh

Good and bad are but names very readily transferable to that or this; the only right is what is after my constitution, the only wrong what is against it. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are our most potent at our most ordinary. And yet most of us discount our “ordinary” because it is, well, ordinary. Or so we believe. But my ordinary is not yours. Three things block us from putting down our clever and picking up our ordinary: false comparisons with others (I’m not as good a writer as _____), false expectations of ourselves (I should be on the NYTimes best seller list or not write at all), and false investments in a story (it’s all been written before, I shouldn’t bother). What are your false comparisons? What are your false expectations? What are your false investments in a story? List them. Each keep you from that internal knowing about which Emerson writes. Each keeps you from making your strong offer to the world. Put down your clever, and pick up your ordinary.

(Author: Patti Digh)

I think I error on the opposite side of this equation. I tend to compare myself worst to what I think I am capable of. Other people do things differently, so it is an apple to oranges to comparison. Comparing yourself to your own idea of what you should be accomplishing is much harder to bear.

I have often been described as being harder on my self than anyone else might be. In some ways that is good, but it can also be damaging as we can expect too much of ourselves sometimes. We also might not have a clear vision of who we are really destined to be. Like I wrote yesterday, the danger of wanting to much can lead us down dangerous and damaging paths even when we know better.

That said, I revel in my “ordinary” on most days. Of course, what is ordinary for me is often strange for others. I follow different paths, engage in different things and take the greatest joy in something as simple as a day well lived.


#Trust30 is an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge that encourages you to look within and trust yourself. Use this as an opportunity to reflect on your now, and to create direction for your future. 30 prompts from inspiring thought-leaders will guide you on your writing.

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