Curated Content for the Week of April 4, 2021

Top articles and videos from around the web that I found particularly interesting or useful this week. I only post a few to avoid information overload. Their inclusion here does not necessarily constitute an endorsement or agreement with the views expressed.

Sic erat scriptum… (vol. I, no. 1)

Sic erat scriptum, “thus it was written.” Generally used to draw attention to a writer’s mistakes. Herein, a writer’s companion of questionable wit and half-baked wisdom. It’s food for thought for writers and the people who tolerate them. Come as you are; stay as long as you like; clothing is optional.

How to Avoid Being an Absentee Leader

Absentee leadership is not about a lack of physical presence. Quite often, the best leaders are the ones who are out of the office much of the time, making connections and positioning the organization for success. One can be out of the office yet still present to the team. Rather, absentee leaders are those who distance themselves from those they purport to lead, and the effects are disastrous.

Giving Up vs. Letting Go

There is a distinction to be made between giving up and letting go. We give up on things when we stop caring about them—when they become more trouble than they are worth. By contrast, letting go does not mean one does not care. Rather, it means one accepts that the desired outcome is not going to happen and that continuing to pursue it could be harmful to oneself, one’s relationships, or future endeavors.

Crystal Lake: Early April

This series of photographs is closely related to the previous one: Crystal Lake in March. I shot these while on a walk on the western side of the lake, experimenting this time with panoramic shots and 16:9 aspect ratios. All of these were shot with a filter designed to sharpen contrast.

Redeemer, the Spring

or have i become Winter?
broken, defeated, mean
so brutish and addicted
that no Spring could ever
safely entrust herself to me?

Hiding in Eden

“Where are you?”
You called out to the two,
after it all went horribly wrong,
and they hid themselves from You.

The South Forty: Early April

The South Forty is the nickname I have given to our backyard, which is actually a wooded double lot. It is like having a miniature wooded acreage in the city. This early spring period is a great time for black-and-white photography as there a lot of lines and sharp edges owing to the foliage not being fleshed out yet.

Failure is an Option

Success and failure are two sides of the same coin. They go together. The most successful people have known failure just like everyone else. The real difference between successful and unsuccessful people is that successful people are willing to try, fail, try again, fail again, learn from all of it, and persevere until they succeed.

“Fundraising is the gentle art…”

“Fundraising is the gentle art of teaching the joy of giving.” – Hank Rosso

Minuet, Johann Krieger (1651-1735)

[Performed by Mark Zobel] The minuet was a dance in triple meter, one of the traditional Baroque suite of dances, popular in the 17th century. By Krieger’s time, the suite was principally a musical form, with the dancing long since abandoned at parties…except for the minuet. Even in the early 18th century, people would still get up to dance the minuet when it came around.

“Our deepest fear…”

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.” Marrianne Williamson (continued…)

Crystal Lake in March

Located in Dakota County within walking distance of where I live, Crystal Lake is bordered on the west by undeveloped land, which means woods and walking trails. These photographs were taken in mid-to-late March as the lake was thawing out. No leaves on the trees means a lot of clearly defined lines and contours, which were then processed with a high-contrast filter.

What a Walk Down by the Lake Taught Me About Donor Stewardship

Like a lake, there is great beauty in the ‘ecosystem’ of philanthropy, which draws people to their best selves but is no less contingent upon living rightly with one another. Easily fractured, the relationships we foster are what make transformational change possible. Carelessness therein sabotages the mission, and needless human suffering invariably follows.

Curated Content for the Week of March 28, 2021

Top articles and videos from around the web that I found particularly interesting or useful this week. I only post a few to avoid information overload. Their inclusion here does not necessarily constitute an endorsement or agreement with the views expressed.

COVID-19 a Year Later

Vaccinations are increasing, new jobs are emerging, restrictions are relaxing, and people are going out and doing things they enjoy. Doubtless there is a long way to go before we reach a “new normal,” and there is much work yet to be done for those most marginalized by this crisis, but in the shadow of all that has been lost there is indeed light at the end of the tunnel.

What a Mind Like Water Can Do

Imagine tossing a pebble into a calm pond. Then imagine tossing a boulder into the same pond. How does the water react? As David Allen notes, “totally appropriate to the force and mass of the input; then it returns to calm. It doesn’t overreact or underreact.”

Found Objects

i lie awake in the dark
imagining You, Your touch
the sound of Your breathing
how you might rest your head
on my bare chest and whisper
“I love you”