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Plastic Kindergarten bell

Bell ornament from my Kindergarten teacher, 1972. It’s the first ornament I hang on my tree every year.

Happy Christmas Eve to you! Enjoy this smattering of interesting blog posts from around the Internet this week.

Here’s a photo from my Christmas tree. With tinsel garland and glass ornaments, it’s pretty traditional. Shaun Nelson, however, has decorated a tree that only a film-photography fan can love. Read Film Christmas Tree

The space program captivated the nation in the 1960s and 1970s, and many men (and women) worked to put men on the moon. J. M. Brewer‘s uncle was one of them, but he passed on in 1973. Recently, a series of interviews with him was found, and reconnected the entire family with a man they respected and admired. Read A Voice From The Past

Derek Sivers chases a rabbit I’ve chased here a couple times: the way to make money and do what you love is to make sure the two stay separate. Read How to do what you love and make good money

Globalism has led to the end of the “enlightened self-interest” that used to guide American businesses to build not just their profits, but a better America, says Aaron Renn. He goes on to criticize how this has led companies to treat workers as fungible. Read Carrier and the Commonwealth

Lately, Eric Kim has been deleting old photographs that don’t hold personal meaning to him. It’s a new phase in his minimalistic lifestyle. I’m both intrigued and daunted by the idea, even though I know hundreds of useless photos are moldering around my hard drive. Read In Praise of Deleting Your Photographs

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4 thoughts on “Recommended reading

  1. lmstevens0724 says:

    Merry Christmas to you also Jimmy. Thanks for these links. Not sure I subscribe to Mr Kims deleting old photographs. Though the process can bring you immediate joy and happiness, it also robs you of the chance in future to look back, find the meaning you missed and experience feelings you threw away. All these things you feel no need for as a young person. But there will come a time in your life where they become tools in your personal growth. Just a little insight from an old photographer.

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    • This middle-aged photographer flirts constantly with minimalism — there’s something deeply appealing about traveling light. But you’re right, I think: it’s a shame to not be able to look back on images. When I think about the first film I shot, back in the ’70s, those images were technically terrible. But they capture scenes that would almost certainly be lost in the fog of my memory if I didn’t have them still. I wish I’d shot more photos of everyday scenes around my home and neighborhood, even if the images were horribly crappy.

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