five things, february 21


1. I think as I'm trying to write this post the US vs. Canada gold medal hockey game is in sudden death overtime. I have no real idea what's going on, but I'm having trouble concentrating. And... Canada wins again. Darn.

2. I think I found this article, in the Harvard Business Review, fascinating. Even if it's not a regular thing, we all bump up against times when we're less inclined to want to get something done. Some interesting strategies offered here.

3. I think I'm so thrilled to be beginning my 4-week camera phone class today with my good friend Kim. She is a phenomenal photographer who inspires me every day, and I'm simply looking forward to hanging out with her a little more. Our class is called "Ditch Your Gear" and it's all about getting the most out of the camera you have right in your hand. I'll let you know how we get on.

4. I think I'm super proud of Cal this week. He's been battling a cold pretty much since he left us on Sunday, and he worked hard to power through. Can't wait to pick him up this afternoon.

5. I think one of the highlights of my week was attending a talk by the photographer Platon at The Norfolk Forum speaker series on Tuesday. It was spectacular! Honestly, when I linked to his site, I didn't know which page to pick. Click on the menu and look around. He's photographed so many famous and no-so-famous people around the world, for Time Magazine, for Vogue, for The New Yorker. Chances are you've seen at least one of his portraits somewhere. (Oh, and Erin, if you scroll around on the movies & television page, you might see something of interest [cough-GaryOldman-cough].) And his photo of Philip Seymour Hoffman gave me chills. I went with my friend Artemis, and we'd heard that Platon was a compelling story teller. We weren't disappointed. I could have stayed for hours. Every portrait had a story behind it, and I want to hear them all. Add to that, Platon has great sense of the human spirit and a great understanding for our capacity for compassion and kindness.

He said to us, before he stopped speaking and took questions, "What's the one thing you'd do if you weren't afraid?" There are all sorts of versions of that question floating around these days, but somehow having this amazing man ask it, as we faced all these photos of such amazing people (some you'd want to know and others you decidedly wouldn't), it really struck me. It's been in my mind a lot anyway. My fear. My general stuckness. And then I see something like this, and I think, what right do I have to be stuck? What right do I have to be afraid?