Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #108

Start your Monday off right:

  1. I don't eat pizza often these days so when I finally succumb to the urge, it better be good pizza. This recipe for Sicilian pizza might be my answer. The work necessary to make it obviously negates any detrimental health consequences. Isn't that the rules?  
  2. The Scottish photographer, Iain Sarjeant, talks about his on going series, Out of Ordinary, where he documents the "landscapes" around us that people take for granted. Its a great reminder to take a moment and study your surrounds for the beauty you may be taking for granted. 
  3. A teacher's dismissive comment led James Tarry to spend 10 years in various jobs before he returned to his first love, art. Tarry's journey continues as he explores different aspect of photography including combining painting with photography with brilliant results.  
  4. “Turn down the volume of your negative inner voice and create a nurturing inner voice to take it’s place. When you make a mistake, forgive yourself, learn from it, and move on instead of obsessing about it. Equally important, don’t allow anyone else to dwell on your mistakes or shortcomings or to expect perfection from you.” ― Beverly Engel
  5. James Barkman quit his job in Pennsylvania, bought an old VW bus, and drove out west to become an adventure photographer. A great video of his story and van.  
  6. Every week I seem to stumble on a great photographer from the past that I unaware of. This week's photographer is Danny Lyon. He spent the 60s and 70s documenting parts of society far from the norm such as the Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle club and a prison in Texas. 
  7. During the month of family events and work parties, here is a list of quick and easy ways to improve your conversational skills.  The other common issue during the holiday season is feeling rushed and overwhelmed. The key is becoming aware of when those feelings arise and purposefully stopping the mental pattern. It's a practice so it takes time to develop. 
  8. Skills like mental toughness and learning to say no may seem difficult to acquire but the payoff can last a lifetime. As Scott Adams says, "Every skill you acquire doubles your odds of success." The question becomes how do you live your life to constantly adding to your current set of skills and acquiring new ones. 
  9. Nassim Taleb points out that skills of great talkers and great doers are often very different. "The the green lumber fallacy the situation in which one mistakes a source of visible knowledge ....... for another, less visible from the outside, less tractable, less narratable."