I was in the news business. It was my first real job.  I was young, like Alison Parker and Adam Ward were, and my job took me to all corners of my city, many neighborhoods that I ordinarily wouldn’t have seen, and others that were wholly familiar.  Through our camera lens and through my colleagues’ reporting, we heard stories of inspiration, of desperation, of crime and punishment; stories of hope and loss; stories that served as a microcosm of the human condition.  And at the end of each day, those stories were broadcast to hundreds of thousands of people, perhaps millions, those viewers learning something new about the place they lived in, learning a little bit about neighbors they had never met, and perhaps never would, save for that 2:15 package sandwiched in between commercials for car services and lawyers.

But in all the years that I was out in the field, and then later on behind the assignment desk, I never truly felt like my or my colleagues’ lives were in danger.  There were perils of the job to be sure: shooting a standup besides a busy street and almost getting hit by passing cars, or getting b-roll during a storm, or during a violent strike, or chasing a crime suspect to get footage of her – there was always the possibility that something bad might happen, and that we might get hurt.

Never did I think, though, that someone would murder me, or our reporters, producers, or anyone else in our broadcast journalism world.

Perhaps that was naivete; perhaps the world has simply changed.

Perhaps there are simply more murderous madmen in the world with easy access to guns.

When 24-year-old Alison Park and 27-year-old Adam Ward went to their assignment – a morning feature, as local TV news folks might call it, on the 50th anniversary of a local resort – I doubt that they thought their lives would end at the hands of one of those murderous madmen.  

They worked for WDBJ TV, one of the stations in the Roanoke-Lynchburg market, ranked 68th in the United States and with more than 445,400 “television homes,” according to Nielsen.  (New York City, by comparison, is ranked first, with almost 7.4 million TV homes.)  The morning feature was as local as local news gets, and by all accounts, Alison and Adam were beloved.

As the interview with local chamber of commerce chief Vicki Gardner unfolds, there is no sense of danger. No pause by the interviewer or the interviewee to indicate there was anything wrong, at all.

Then, gunshots.

Alison screams and turns to run.

Vicki turns to run.

The camera falls to the ground.

The gunman is seen, briefly.

Alison and Adam are dead.  Vicki is wounded, though is later said to be expected to live.

And the control room cuts away from the scene to a visibly shaken anchorwoman, who, like the thousands of people watching WDBJ TV at around 6:45 on a Wednesday morning, have no idea what just happened.

Had no idea that Alison and Adam were no more.

- - -

We cannot know what grief and sorrow are coursing through their families now. We cannot know how their colleagues have become numb, and shellshocked, two of their own taken so suddenly and violently in the course of a morning news show during a segment on a local tourist hotspot.  

The meaninglessness of it. 

The cruelty of it.

I still have friends in the local TV news business.  Before today, we’d share stories about life in the field, having to re-shoot standups because of flubbed lines and remembering all the crazy assignments from today, and yesterday, and from years ago.  Silly things like movie premieres and building openings and politicians’ press conferences and fashion shows and sports championships and yes, segments about local tourist hotspots.

And most of us probably still can’t imagine anything happening like what happened to Alison and Adam today.

The meaninglessness of it.

The cruelty of it.

Not cool, brah. Arrow Recap 321,“Al Sah-him”

Finally getting back into the final three before next season kicks off. I tried to  make both 21 and 22 into one recap because I honestly did not like them first time around, but it was more work than just tearing them out individually. So here is the first of two of the saddest, angriest episodes of Arrow ever through the lens of MS Paint and my trademark IDGAFness. Let’s begin.

Oliver’s been trained, tortured, shaved, chained and seemingly converted into the realm of steely-gazed emo killers.

He can now only speak in his super-deep voice, so you know he is very evil. R’as congratulates him on saying that Oliver Queen has been forgotten and reassures him that he is truly Al Sah-him, Hot Heir to the Demon. Suddenly a hooded man is brought in and Maseo/Sarab says he is known to Al Sah-him.

When they take his mask off, it’s another hot man: Diggle. Digg reminds Oliver of who he is, but Oliver gives him a sword and tells him to fight, ending it by stabbing him in the heart.

When he turns the body over, however, it is one of the guards. It was a test administered by R’as to gauge his loyalty, and the Demon’s Head is curious to see who Oliver saw, but Ollie Sah-him won’t tell.

R’as reacts with to this with an offer of a road trip to “a place of the dead.” Deader, I guess.

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Into Thin Air, by AlisterBenn

Located at around 4500m in Nepal, this valley leads towards Everest Base Camp. We rose early this morning and made our way to an isolated stretch of the river. Cool glacial waters rush towards me as the sun kisses the very highest peak. Through my zoom lens, I count over 20 climbers on the snow slope in this photograph, making their way to summit Laboche Peak.

(x) greatlegsandhighheels said:Lol. Not likely. Today everybody is seen through the lens of a media saturated LGBT acceptance. Dude was a womanizer. Even more so in the movie. You may dream about his alternative inclinations but it doesn’t make it so.

First of all, we’re not talking about the movie. As far as I’m concerned that’s a completely different character. I mean not only was that Hawkeye married, but they’re nothing alike (thank goodness.)

I agree he was a major womanizer but that doesn’t mean he was necessarily straight. Plenty of bisexual people can favor one side over the other more, that’s completely okay (not to mention that this was set in the 50′s, not very pro-gay time.) You know what’s also okay? Having your own opinion. Laughing at someone for thinking one way isn’t alright. I would understand if it was something that had absolutely no bases but frankly, I can see where anyone that thinks that is coming from. If they were to say that he was gay I think that would be way off. There were definitely a couple of times where I could see Hawkeye’s sexuality as more fluid (for example with Trapper and Tommy.) Personally, I think he could be straight or bisexual, or even pansexual, but that doesn’t matter. So don’t worry so much if tons of people see something you don’t. People can think however they want too.

And frankly you may or may not think we live in a mainly straight world but that doesn’t make it so. 

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"Self-improvement and self-deprecation are two very different things. Do not confuse them." ; "Black and white are just colors - not the lens through which you should view your life." DAMN you are brilliant girl. So insightful and such a way with words. I'm so glad this site brought me you. You are truly a treasure.

I AM SMILING EAR TO EAR AND SOMEONE JUST LOOKED AT ME FUNNY FOR IT BUT I DON’T CARE. Messages like this touch my soul and totally warm my heart, thank you SO much. 💕💕💕💕

Chakras! Part 3 (Last One).

We talked about what chakras are and how you can open them. Now we need to go a little further into them. If one of your chakras is overactive, your life will be ruled by what that chakra is associated with. You will see everything from the perspective of that chakra. For example, if your sacral chakra is overactive, you will see everything through a sexual lens.

This is easy to understand when we talk about babies. When babies are born, their main goal is to survive, which is what the root chakra is associated with. They depend entirely on their parents, and once their parents make them feel safe, then they can transcend. This goes for all of us - if we are not made to feel safe, or if we are in a very chaotic environment, we won’t be able to successfully transcend to and open the next chakra.

Once you have accomplished that feel of survival and safety, you (or ‘Spirit’) realize that there is another chakra available. As you know, the sacral chakra is next. It deals with interaction, so once you (or a baby, since that metaphor might be easier to understand) feel survival, the baby desires to interact with other human beings (parents, other children, etc.). So you get older and your sacral chakra matures, and then you, or Spirit, has to move on to the third available chakra. This is the solar plexus, which deals with will power.

At this point, you want to know how things work in this world. Why does rain fall, why can’t I float, etc. The baby starts trying to make things happen by moving things around and picking up toys. At this age (usually starts at 2 years old), the child wants to test things. They will try to push limits, just to see what the world will and will not allow them to do.

After this, there’s what many like to call a ‘half-step’ to the higher chakras. Before crossing this half-step, you/Spirit may not know that the higher chakras even exist. Many adults today go through life unaware of what else it has to offer because they have not crossed the half-step.

Remember how I said there is an 8-chakra system? In this system, the 8th chakra is the root chakra again. The first root chakra is about survival, but this root chakra is about connecting you to your higher and eternal self. It goes beyond the physical body. Just like the half-step that hides the chakras past the solar plexus, there’s another half-step that hides the 8th chakra.

It’s all about portals, you guys. Once you master the first three chakras, you get access to the heart and so forth. Once you master the heart chakra through the crown chakra, you can see the 8th chakra.

Master, unlock, master, unlock. It’s a cycle!

We’ll talk more about chakras in other lessons, everyone. Love and light!

Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown
What if Darth Vader took an active role in raising his son? What if “Luke, I am your father” was just a stern admonishment from an annoyed dad? In this hilarious and sweet comic reimagining, Darth Vader is a dad like any other—except with all the baggage of being the Dark Lord of the Sith. Celebrated artist Jeffrey Brown’s delightful illustrations give classic Star Wars® moments a fresh twist, presenting the trials and joys of parenting through the lens of a galaxy far, far away. Life l … [Read More]

 ‘The Hairdresser of Harare’ by Tendai Huchu

“…Tendai Huchu, whose debut novel, “The Hairdresser of Harare,” while uneven, provides a fresh and moving account of contemporary Zimbabwe. When the novel opens, Huchu’s narrator, Vimbai, is a struggling single mother, estranged from her family. But she is also the best hairdresser in Harare — at least until a charismatic fellow named Dumisani arrives at her salon. The secrets Dumi brings with him ultimately transform Vimbai and her understanding of the world around her…And yet “The Hairdresser of Harare” is also political. Vimbai’s story is a lens through which we view a culture wrestling with corruption, class stratification and the aftershocks of colonialism. The novel does a fine job of exploring the tensions in a country where, as Vimbai explains, the key to success as a hairdresser is to have your client “leave the salon feeling like a white woman.”


Through the Lens: Mr. T-Michael

Undoubtedly one of the most stylish and influential personalities in the current menswear scene, T-Michael makes an impression wherever he goes.

During a recent visit to Portugal, I got a chance to team up with Filipa Alves for a relaxed photo shoot among friends, featuring the bespoke tailor and Norwegian Rain designer. The unexpected rendezvous resulted in yet another record of his flawless aesthetic.

Keep an eye out for his full collections at Pitti Uomo, Liberty Fairs, Tranoi Homme and Norwegian Rain’s showroom at Rue Charlot, Paris.

Ph: Filipa Alves and Beyond Fabric

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Documenting the talents of amazing people who happen to surf.

Iconic surfer Rob Machado has traveled the world for more than half his life. And during that time, he’s crossed paths with countless individuals who share a love for surfing and a passion for the arts. In his new series called Through The Lens, we meet these individuals and follow Rob as he re-connects with the people who’ve inspired him along the way.

This episode features Jay Nelson, a San Francisco-based artist who specializes in a unique type of automobile customization. This past winter, Jay drove down to Rob’s house in Cardiff, CA, where the two worked together to build out the inside of Rob’s van and create the ultimate surf mobile.

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02/17 - Paris Day 2

One of the downsides to being in Paris in February is the weather. While we avoided the deep freeze that New York experienced, we met a humid cold that chilled us to our core.

Being our second day in Paris, we wandered some side streets and decided to hit the biggest ticket item we wanted to see: the Eiffel Tower. Seeing it in person is nothing short of spectacular. If I could recommend one thing: sit on a bench nearby, eat a simple baguette and take it in slowly.

We didn’t go up the Eiffel Tower today. It was quite frankly, freezing. Instead, I tried out the most amazing present in the world: a (new to me) Hasselblad 500c. It’s a totally interchangeable medium format camera with a shutter that tells you when it’s taken a photo. I can’t wait to see what photos were made with this camera.