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Leaders who inspire me.

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Human beings who inspire us.

Regular human beings who inspire us are all around.  Some are quite famous, while some are not. They include our neighbors who live courageously, who seek authentic lives everyday despite those barriers that spring up in the road.

My go to list of famous inspirational people has changed over the years. Here are my current favorites below. Well known by many and yet they truly are “regular” human beings. I think it is that sincere quality of authenticity which makes them so wonderful to read and listen to.

Photo of Seth standing outside smiling and with a big smile.

 

Headshot photo of Margaret Wheatley, curly hair, smiling and wearing glasses.

 

Headshot photo of Gar Alperovitz speaking, He is speaking into a mic and gesturing with his right hand.

I do recommend them! Check out their podcasts, books, blogs, and videos. All are working steadily on changing the world for the better with intelligence, perseverance and courage. Each of them have traveled down very different pathways and yet they are speaking about the same core work. They continually ask the difficult questions and engage others in conversation. How can we discover and build a new world together based on human values right next to the old crumbling world? The work of creating change and making a difference wherever possible, while being quite human about it all. It is nothing less than saving our planet and preserving the future of humanity.

I have always thought that it’s okay to be a regular person. 😀

Smith & Tinker: The Land of Oz

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Smith & Tinker

Smith & Tinker was an inventing firm based in the town of Evna. That town is located in The Land of Oz.

I read all of the books as a kid; fourteen I believe. Lyman Frank Baum (May 15, 1856 – May 6, 1919) wrote them.
Thank you Mr Baum.

One artist & one scientist

There isn’t a tremendous amount written on these two characters. In fact there is very little, but here I have some snippets. There will be no references for today. I copied this information from here and there some time ago. 😀

“Mr. Smith and Mr. Tinker were artistic inventors who created several fantastic machines. One of these is Tik-Tok the clockwork man, whom the firm sold to King Evoldo of Ev. Another is the iron giant which was made for the Nome King to keep folks from finding his underground palace.”

“The firm is now closed, due to the loss of both partners. Smith, the artist of the duo, painted a picture of a river that was so real that he fell in and drowned. Tinker, the inventor, made a ladder so tall that it reached to the moon. He climbed the ladder to the moon and once there pulled it up so no one could follow him. (Ozma of Oz)”

Smith & Tinker are only briefly mentioned and never actually appear in the Oz books.

A nice domain name

Would’ve been a nice domain name for an artist/inventor who cut her teeth (or rather learned to read) on stories about OZ, Wonderland, The Secret Garden. I can’t leave Science Fiction out of that mix. Science fiction and Fantasy Literature. Maybe it should be the reverse. Too bad some programmers got to making it a domain name first! I mean good for them. 😀 I was a tad jealous, but it’s alright.

Wait, they don’t seem to be using it… :/ It’s for sale. I am talking about smithandtinker.com

Good day!

The changing of sunlight to moonlight…

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It’s all about changes

Managing Change MSM608.SP13 / Planning for Change MAT613.SP13 is a class I am taking which is essentially all about the human side of Project Management. We reviewed a few songs that are all about changes; there are many of them since it is a constant in our lives!

Reflections of My Life

Here is my offering today. If you are not familiar with the Marmalade they are a 60’s group from Scotland.

The Marmalade – Reflections of My Life

Creating a new future

This song seems uber sad and sappy at first. But really it is a song with an underscore of hope, as when he says, “oh but I don’t wanna die”. This is a person who is undergoing big changes and yet is courageously embracing his past and reintegrating that past into creating a new life. The most important point about change is that the transitions, letting go of the past and embracing the future are the hardest part of change.

Still, he never wants to forget his home; nor where he comes from!

The Marmalade – Reflections of My Life, Lyrics, 1969

The changing of sunlight to moonlight
Reflections of my life, oh how they fill my eyes
The greetings of people in trouble
Reflections of my life, oh how they fill my eyes

All my sorrow, sad tomorrow
Take me back to my old home
All my cryin’, feel I’m dyin’, dyin’
Take me back, to my old home

I’m changin’, arrangin’, I’m changin’
I’m changin’ everything, ah everything around me
The world is a bad place, a bad place
A terrible place to live, oh but I don’t wanna die

All my sorrow, sad tomorrow
Take me back to my old home
All my cryin’, feel I’m dyin’, dyin’
Take me back, to my old home

All my sorrow, sad tomorrow
Take me back to my old home
All my cryin’, feel I’m dyin’, dyin’
Take me back, to my old home

keep it simple ok?

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Function first

About this place, I decided to forget about a color scheme and branding for a bit. I am talking about this website. Instead, focus on what is functional like the basic layout and content. So far, this has made it easier to make progress. Form usually does follow function. Now I feel more satisfied with what I am looking at.

Keep it simple sweetheart!

Also, I must remember the principles of design, which is of course C.R.A.P! It simply stands for contrast, repetition, alignment and proximity. I could expand on those but I have to work on this website! I can recommend a book which we read in “Web Design and Media Production” class. It outlines this now very popular idea of design “Non-Designers Design Book” by Robin Williams.

Robin is known to have first coined the acronym C.R.A.P.

Contrast
Repetition
Alignment
Proximity

You see?