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A long time valued member of this site says he is tired of no action being taken on issues related with our business and will be leaving the site.

An advertiser who has tantalized me with an opportunity fails to complete the deal.

Poor attendance at an art fair which has delivered well in the past deals a blow to the pocketbook.

Unprecedented rainfall in NYC (13" in 24 hours!) destroys millions of dollars of property.

A beloved entertainer takes his life.

Endless problems of insurrection and political mayhem in other parts of the world seem unsolvable. And who is even thinking about how climate change that will affect future generations?

Feeling low this morning I turned on Morning Joe and then Good Morning America before I came to my computer. How long could I listen to that? It made things worse. Syria, Iraq, the Kurds, Gaza. OMG -- that was a wrong decision.

What do you do?

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Comment by Richard L. Sherer on August 14, 2014 at 10:40am
I get busy doing something new in studio.
Comment by Tim Reilly on August 14, 2014 at 11:05am

Hi Connie, I have discovered the benefits of following an old house restoration maxim that goes "take it a room at a time" rather than dwelling on the overwhelming totality of the project. I start each day with a glass of tea and a short meditative reflection on what I want to accomplish for the day. Then I pick one of those things and get at it... focusing only on that task until it's complete.Later, during the day, I check in with multiple news sources to stay abreast of world events.  Knowing how chronic and crises filled the world is makes completing small projects all the more satisfying. T

Comment by Pam sharp on August 14, 2014 at 12:34pm

focus on what you can change.

one can get mired down in affairs that we can not change.  the world has not changed that much just our access to what is going on... and the medias attempt to sensationalize it with vivid pictures. 

Comment by linda geiger on August 14, 2014 at 3:19pm

Partner and I follow the doom and gloom and prepare in our small way  to make sure the kids and grands will benefit from our place long term .  In the short term we start each day down by the pond feeding the fish and turtles and soaking in nature.  We call it our reality TV as we only get news from the internet and not TV.  Before the pond we still practiced sitting in the garden, watching the birds, or just looking at the clouds.  It seems minor and yet keeps us focused on what is important to us.  Happy places whether physical or in the mind  allow you to regroup and face another dose of doom and gloom.  We also take comfort in the fact that we are insignificant piss ants in the scheme of things and can only effect   the lives of the critters inhabiting our small space.   It is still better to be aware than have your head stuck in the sand. 

Comment by linda geiger on August 14, 2014 at 3:21pm

...and if all else fails, afternoons are reserved for adult beverages, just saying!

Comment by Tim Reilly on August 14, 2014 at 3:47pm

[adult beverages, just saying!] Yea, sometimes we need a little help... and every now and then I become aware of how easy it is to miss the intense beauty all around us...last night I was sitting on a bench in the garden and realized I must have encroached on a firefly ritual. There were hundreds of them all in the area around the bench, and the effect was magical... way more beauty than necessary, and such a gift. T

Comment by Oscar Matos Linares on August 14, 2014 at 4:51pm

I think that most important thing is to understand what is going on in the world and out industry. If do not understand that it very hard to live. I created art to give an escape to other people from the reality we live.

I wake each Morning to Morning Joe and keep watching that station until 9am. If Do not choose to go out to take picture I listen to Herd (sport radio show) and after that show is over I listen to music for four hours before I put the Ed Show and I stop working and start enjoying life.

Well you just need how balance the input you get.

Comment by Connie Mettler on August 14, 2014 at 5:30pm

Thanks, folks. Ordinarily I don't get mired -- but am not one to sit still and want to always fix things, make things better, and there seems to be so much way out of my control, our control it seems a time to despair. I do want to be aware, but overwhelming and it seems an escape to ignore it and go my merry way. Isn't there something a person can do?

I do have a firefly ritual, Tim. Every night at dusk I do go outside and watch the lightning bugs. A few years ago a visiting daughter-in-law from SoCal was stopped in her tracks in the yard. She had always thought they were mythical, guess kind of like unicorns ;)

Now, what are we going to do about Gaza?

Comment by Wendy Merkle on August 14, 2014 at 5:49pm

easy.  Anti-depressants.

Comment by Tim Reilly on August 14, 2014 at 6:08pm

[Now what are we going to do about Gaza?] Time for those adult beverages? In all seriousness, I'd say level the playing field... and not necessarily with arms to the Palestinians. I'd recommend any support for Israel come with some significant strings attached... a kind of parachute to slow them down. I think that all we're doing by supporting Israel is fueling the worlds hate machine. T

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