Appreciating The Little Moments

I have been taking pictures for friends and friends of friends now for several years and I love it. Nothing makes me happier than meeting a family at a beautiful, natural location and taking their pictures. Some posed pictures of course, but the ones that you can’t pose are by far my favorite.
On a recent family shoot, I walked around a gorgeous outdoor setting – stone steps, a tremendous natural backdrop of trees, rose bushes and paths covered in fallen leaves. My dream location. A spot will call out to me and we’ll stop for a few minutes and I’ll snap away. Most of the time since there are children involved, we stop, take breaks and just chat. Because the majority of my clients are friends or friends of friends, there’s always something to talk about which makes the time seem all the more unique and genuine. Kids need breaks, parents need breaks and I love to talk. Win-Win.
It’s during these breaks that sometimes I can manage to still keep taking pictures and some of them come out dec…

Ancient Greek Wisdom – What Makes A Good Leader?

Emily Anhalt, Sarah Lawrence College

What makes a good leader?
This question confronts us at every election and with every domestic and international policy decision. As a professor of classical languages and literature for more than 30 years, I marvel at our insistence on addressing this question as if it were brand new.
Centuries ago, myths helped the Greeks learn to reject tyrannical authority and identify the qualities of good leadership. As I write in my book “Enraged,” the same myths that long predate the world’s very first democracy have lessons for us today – just as they did for the ancient Greeks centuries ago.

Respect and reciprocity
Long before the Athenians first instituted their radical direct democracy in 508 B.C., Homer’s “Odyssey” began to teach the ancient Greeks to recognize good leadership when they saw it and to despise the alternative. Until the late sixth century B.C., the autocratic rule of warlords, kings and tyrants was all that anyone had ever seen. The “Odyssey,…

Is There A Divine Influence In Your Writing? Part 2 of 3

If the Power of the Divine is an important part of your daily life, should it also be an important part of your writing life? During a time when publicly embracing God is politically incorrect and often hidden from sight, might you dare to be anti-PC by coming out of the dark with your Divine by sharing the love and wisdom in your writing bestowed by the Divine?
My guest writer this week is Kaye Bewley who shares part 2 of her 3 part literary thoughts in words on the power of divine influence in your writing life. You can read Part 1 of this series HERE. Kaye Bewley is the founder of BewleyBooks, supporting writers to be confident in creating their message that changes the world while embracing their spirituality. She is a certified psychotherapist of the heart and mind and author of several fiction and non-fiction books.

Is There A Divine Influence In Your Writing? Part 2 of 3
If there was one thing I learned from my days spent ensconced within the hallowed halls of academia it was to,

What"s The Real Value Of Emotional Intelligence?

Defining Emotional Intelligence
Have you ever met an entrepreneur with so much empathy and awareness, that they can read people in every situation and relate? Or a salesperson that will always genuinely put your success ahead of their own personal gain? These are powerful qualities – and emotional intelligence is all about the ability to better navigate social situations, including with colleagues, bosses, and clients. Today’s infographic comes from Aumann Bender & Associates, and it defines emotional intelligence while explaining the benefits of higher EQ in both qualitative and quantitative terms.

Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist
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My Santa Rosa Memories

I am going to do something different than what I have ever done as far as how I start my article is concerned. My norm is to go right into the article with no introduction as to what I am writing about. This time around I find it necessary due to yet another tragedy of epic proportions that I felt the need as well as an obligation to put into words as the effects I feel on a personal level as a result of ALL the tragedies that have enveloped us one after another. The horrific scene of the senseless slaughter by gunfire that shattered the night in Las Vegas is still fresh on just about everybody’s mind. We are at a loss to find out what made a man so determined to kills as many innocent people as possible.
This week wildfires raged across the picturesque city of Santa Rosa, California. A growing hub located to the north of San Francisco. Santa Rosa was located just south of the wineries in beautiful Sonoma County. In the wake of these fires many if not all of these wineries were destroy…

Can You Be Hacked By The World Around You?

Could scanning a QR code be an invitation to malware?
Zapp2Photo/Shutterstock.comJeremy Straub, North Dakota State University
You’ve probably been told it’s dangerous to open unexpected attachment files in your email – just like you shouldn’t open suspicious packages in your mailbox. But have you been warned against scanning unknown QR codes or just taking a picture with your phone? New research suggests that cyberattackers could exploit cameras and sensors in phones and other devices.
As someone who researches 3-D modeling, including assessing 3-D printed objects to be sure they meet quality standards, I’m aware of being vulnerable to methods of storing malicious computer code in the physical world. Our group’s work is in the laboratory, and has not yet encountered malware hidden in 3-D printing instructions or encoded in the structure of an item being scanned. But we’re preparing for that possibility.
At the moment, it’s not very likely for us: An attacker would need very specialized kn…