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Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

18 Jan

Normally, I’d post a Dr. MLK Jr. quote about the complexities of love and hate, and leave it at that. A quote that’s profound. Powerful. Inspiring.

But this year, with all of the problems America is facing right now? How could I just add another meme to the slush pile of the internet? Who would that help?

No one, is the answer. It wouldn’t encourage you to think about the context of those quotes. How they came to be. How poorly received they were and how poorly treated he was. The uphill battle every BIPOC (black, indigenous, person of color) faces every day in the United States, from its founding to now.

Nor would it encourage you to think about the divided state of our country and how we can heal those wounds. How unproductive extremism and hate is. How beneficial moderation can be.

It certainly wouldn’t get you to think about how WORDS MATTER. Rhetoric matters. Lies told are lies believed, and so, honesty matters. Not cherry-picked truths, mind you. No. The bald face of a situation, followed by productive conversations, active and compassionate listening, and beneficial solutions.

So today, instead of just a quote, I ask that you do the hard work. Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by really learning about his journey, no the history softened by time. Read some of his works that make you uncomfortable. Challenge yourself to be better. Because better is the only viable way forward for our country.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

The time is always right to do what is right.

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness..

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Happy Birthday to America!

7 Jul

'Merica

‘Merica

This weekend, I spent a lot of time away from my phone.

It was a nice feeling, to unplug a bit. As a photographer trying to grow her business, I spend more time than most people worrying about my edits, planning my blogs, working out marketing and social media strategies, networking, educating myself, etc. It’s a labor of love, and it doesn’t weigh on me…but every once in a while its nice to just enjoy the friends and family around me without worrying about the next whatever.

Fireworks Fun

Fireworks Fun

I did put a few photos on IG and FB to document the weekend, but haven’t done much catching up on you guys until this morning. (I hope y’all are enjoying the fireworks, the barbeques, the beaches and ‘Murica’s bday!)  The whole process made me think a little bit about the whole social media as a way of marketing thing, and the interesting cultural decisions to embrace one social media over another.  Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, G+…why are they leading the pack, ya know?  Why are Flickr and 500px such powerful photo sharing resources?  Why one and not another?

IG

IG

Most of those are rhetorical questions, but what I do want to know is which social medias do you use the most?  Which ones do you enjoy?  Get feedback and interaction on?  Which ones are a worthwhile investment in your time?

Also, obviously, if you want to follow me on any of your various social medias, I’d appreciate the support.  It helps spread the word about SSP, and as we all know, word of mouth is a powerful thing.  At one point, I think someone said something along the lines of…never toot your own horn, let other people do it for you.  I believe it was Abraham Lincoln.  On the internet.  Therefore, it must be true. haha

Remember Remember the 5th of November…

5 Nov

In May I co-hosted a quotography challenge, and just happened to get a quote from the famous poem about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder plot.  Today seems like a great day to re-share the image. =)

Remember, Remember the 5th of November

Remember, Remember the 5th of November

Thanks to the movie V for Vendetta, many people associate the Gunpowder Plot with govermental oppression, though in reality the issue had more depth, also touching on religious persecution and an era of civil unrest.  (Read a bit more about that here, and how I honored them with this image.) In America, in particular, people are charged about tomorrow…election day…and interpretations of the meaning of the quote are flying around the Interwebs fast and furious. haha

No mater how you choose to take the quote, one thing can not be denied…Guy Fawkes and his crew believed in action for change.  If you live in the US, do him a favor tomorrow?  Go out and take meaningful action…VOTE! 🙂