An amazing collection of images.
A photo gallery of some of the best Getty news photos of the year from around the world. 2011 was a year of many interesting visual events, from riots, stages collapsing, tornadoes, massive snow storms, and hundreds of thousands participating in the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, and more.
2011 Getty Best News Photos Of The Year from Around The World | Denver Post Media Center — Denver, Colorado, Photos and Video.
Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs “childish” thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids’ big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups’ willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.
A prolific short story writer and blogger since age seven, Adora Svitak (now 12) speaks around the United States to adults and children as an advocate for literacy.
Why you should listen to her:
A voracious reader from age three, Adora Svitak’s first serious foray into writing — at age five — was limited only by her handwriting and spelling. (Her astonishing verbal abilities already matched that of young adults over twice her age.) As her official bio says, her breakthrough would soon come “in the form of a used Dell laptop her mother bought her.” At age seven, she typed out over 250,000 words — poetry, short stories, observations about the world — in a single year.
Svitak has since fashioned her beyond-her-years wordsmithing into an inspiring campaign for literacy — speaking across the country to both adults and kids. She is author of Flying Fingers, a book on learning.
“A tiny literary giant.”
Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America
We’re taught to try to live life without regret. But why? Using her own tattoo as an example, Kathryn Schulz makes a powerful and moving case for embracing our regrets.
Photographer Monika Bulaj shares powerful, intimate images of Afghanistan — of home life, of ritual, of men and women. Behind the headlines, what does the world truly know about this place?
Charles Limb: Building the musical muscle
Charles Limb performs cochlear implantation, a surgery that treats hearing loss and can restore the ability to hear speech. But as a musician too, Limb thinks about what the implants lack: They don’t let you fully experience music yet. (There’s a hair-raising example.) At TEDMED, Limb reviews the state of the art and the way forward.
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“Everything is a subject. Every subject has a rhythm. To feel it is the raison detre. The photograph is a fixed moment of such a raison detre, which lives on in itself.” André Kertész (Hungarian born photographer/ known for his groundbreaking contributions to photographic composition and the photo essay)
Wandering Violinist, Abony, Hungary 1921
Changing Your Perspective
Most often changing your perspective, or the way you see the world, can be as simple as changing your perspective. It has been said “that life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” Having adventures and being adventurous, requires us to be open to exploring new perspectives and different points of view. Change your perspective, your point of view, and you might change the way you see the world, it could be that simple. Given the choice between looking at things from the same perspective and having the same point of view everyday or being open to and seeing new perspectives and expanding your viewpoint; which would you choose?
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” ~Dr. Wayne Dyer
Just for today make some simple change of perspectives in your life, maybe take a different route to work, go to a restaurant or coffee shop you have never been to, read a book you would not normally think of reading, if you do not normally read books then read one, start an exercise program, eat a food you never tried…you get the idea. See whether changing some or several aspects of your life makes a difference to how you feel on that day or during the week. Once you get used to simple changes in your life and get into the habit of doing this, then embark on bigger changes such as taking up biking, go on a mountain hike, vacation in a new location, buy a new camera, make new friends and any other activity that would not be the norm for you.
Change your perspective and begin a new adventure.
Changing Your Life
Whether you want change in your life or not, you can be certain changes will occur. The only thing that might not be as certain is how quickly or slowly it might occur. There are events that happen in our lives that change everything for us overnight and then there are the actions and activities we chose to be involved with that change our lives on a more over a longer period of time. When we do certain things over an extended time things can become habits.
Habits may, for good reason, be difficult to change especially the one that have a long time to root themselves. The time it actually takes to create a habit can vary, some can happen fairly quickly and then be broken and others may have been developed over a lifetime. Studies have shown that it takes approximately 21 days to create a new habit. Breaking a bad habit can sometimes be challenging especially if it was developed over a long period of time. The interesting thing about bad habits is that is often is something that at least at one point was providing us with pleasure or was something that was enjoyable. So, it makes sense that if we want to break or rid ourselves of a bad habit, that gives us pleasure, then we need to replace it with a new habit, that is not bad for us and that gives us pleasure.
Now is the best time to make changes in your life, stop thinking about the excuses why you can not change, it is never too late to change. Don’t let excuses get in the way of your changes…anything that tries to prevent you from change is an excuse, if you really want change in your life there may be challenges, but no excuses.
Creation and Reality
The precise instant of creation is when you choose the subject. (meaning that the essential thing occurs at the moment when he, the photographer, meets the reality he wishes to capture. -Brassai (Hungarian Photographer/Artist-began photographing the night scene in Paris in the 1930’s)
Sounds of Silence
Sometimes we need to be still and quiet to regain our sense of direction. We have to sit in silence and listen. Silence can calm us and help us recharge ourselves. Everyday most of us are surrounding by sounds and noise that cause an underlying level of tension within our bodies. For the next week try to surround yourself with silence for at least one hour everyday, relax your muscles, release the tension from your body and ask the universe how you can make your life less stressful and then listen closely for any answers that come to you. In a relaxed quiet state, you may be surprised what the silence can tell us. During this time also observe how you feel during your hour of silence and then at the end of the week see how you feel and if it has made a difference in your stress levels and your thinking. Is your mind calmer and do you think more clearly? Did you receive any answers to your question?