The NEW Professional: Part 1

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Professional used to have an allure of conservative confidence instantly recognizable by the dark blue suit, skirt just below the knees, the sensible heels, perhaps pearl earrings and a thin chain of gold peeking beneath a scarf.

It was warm but reserved, attentive but distant, confident and quietly cagey. (I think it was called getting “the upper hand.”)

Then virtual reality came along and…

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August 31, 2014 No comments

Friday’s Featured Quote

“As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly
incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance.”

~ Calvin & Hobbes

Kim Clantonwww.kimclanton.com

August 29, 2014 No comments

What If Rejection is a Good Thing?

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Several years ago I made a commitment to myself. I decided that no matter what, I would always expect, and look for, the silver lining of any event that had the potential to present itself as a problem.

And here I have to make a distinction between a silver lining (or, as Maya Angelo sings it: the rainbow behind every cloud) and the rose-colored glasses that my Pollyanna, painter mother wore with a flair.

Rose-colored glasses treat all events alike and blur the boundaries of contrast and challenge.

A silver lining, on the other hand, is the event inside an event that just happened, often not showing its sparkling face until the first event is over.

Here’s an example from yesterday, an ordinary day spent doing ordinary things, like unloading dishes.

I was pulling a small glass vase out of the dishwasher when it

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August 24, 2014 2 Comments

Friday’s Featured Quote

“No artist is ahead of his time. He is his time,
it’s just that others are behind the times.”

~ Martha Graham

Leslie Ebertwww.LeslieEbert.com

August 22, 2014 No comments