Saturday, February 28, 2009

Follow your bliss



Follow your bliss, as Joseph Campbell said. Start a blog, get in the groove of writing an essay everyday. Take lots of pictures, lots. The next thing you know, you'll see your photo and essay featured on the same Smithsonian Photography Initiative page as Hugh Hefner!

Life is short, people. Follow your bliss!

33 comments:

deborah said...

Mazel Tov
What talent!
Congrats
Whoo Hoo
WOW WOW WOW

love you so much

tam said...

Bravo! A great story by a great seer. Clever you, well done!

Coffee Messiah said...

Nicely done,
friend seen/unseen ; )

Chris Wolf said...

Yes, Reya! Follow your bliss! Congratulations

Joanne said...

To your essay, congratulations. Very nice! And to your advice, Always!

Butternut Squash said...

Very cool. Every day in every way, you're my hero. Have you read John Berger's 1977 book, "Ways of Seeing?" I think the BBC did a series on it. It must have made an impact, because I read it 26 years ago.

Meri Arnett-Kremian said...

The article is magnificent. Clear, cogent writing that is both poetic and thought-provoking. And the photo made me suck in my breath in wonder. Well done, Reya! I'm going to link it in to my blog later, when I figure out what's worth saying today.

Evening Light Writer said...

How wonderful! What a lovely essay, I enjoyed it this dreary not-so-spring morning. I hope you are basking in the bliss!

Reya Mellicker said...

Butternut I LOVE that book. It's still in my collection and I return to it again and again.

You are always my hero, too. Thank you!

And thanks all of you. I am very excited and proud.

Mrsupole said...

Groovy, like follow your grove. Go after your dream. Very well said. Blog heaven awaits those who do this,

Great post as always, and I love the pictures as usual.

None can do better.

The Family Julz said...

Congratulations you wonderful soul. You are such a blessing!

Lizzy Frizzfrock said...

Congratulations!!! Well written. I'm very happy to know you through your blogs. It is a privilege!

ArtSparker said...

Wonderful essay and orangey reflected universe. Congratulations.

kathi said...

Congratulations! You do have a special gift of seeing the unseen... I love your photos!

janis said...

Follow Your Bliss.
I love that!
Congratulations. You Go Girl!

mary said...

Wonderful, wonderful..WooHoo !! So you are a double threat - writing and taking amazing pictures......are you holding out on us? Can you dance?

BE PROUD

Angela said...

Your thoughts always keep hanging on with me, Reya. Yes, I have photos of some ancestors of mine, and I also like to look closely at other people`s, even at the photo albums of strangers. It is always interesting to see what other people thought worth taking.
Great post, as always!

Lori ann said...

Wow! Congratulations Reya.
That is an amazing photo(is it one of your favorites? do you have a favorite?) and a truly fantastic essay.
You are brilliant and you should be proud, I am so proud for you! The Smithsonian, WOW....
xxx lori

Adrianne said...

Woooohooooo!!!!! As soon as you mentioned your desire to enter this contest, I knew that they would find a way to showcase your contribution. I just knew it. I so love it when I'm right. More than that, I love you. Congratulations and well done, dear friend. Well done, indeed.

Pam said...

So happy for you Reya! What an exciting post this is!xx

mouse (aka kimy) said...

wow!!!

great job reya..... love the essay - wise and wonderful as you are!!

Bee said...

Reya, your essay is fantastic. May I borrow a line or two from it (with full linky homage, of course)?

e said...

Lovely essay and photo! Mazel Tov and enjoy the rest of your weekend!
I knew this would be an interesting year. I hope the remainder is as wonderful as this is for you.

Gary said...

Indeed!!

Delwyn said...

Bravo reya, a clear, succinct piece or writing - I call my camera my third eye...

Steve said...

Amen!

(Hugh Hefner, LOL!)

Mrsupole said...

Was funny, went to dinner with hubby tonight and was finding the mirror thing. I kept trying to not do it and would change the placement of my hand and then hubby would follow or if I stopped thinking about it, I followed.

We got seated right away, so no
waiting to watch anyone else.

Just wanted you to know what you said was so true, no wonder they let you guest post.

Auntie, aka cagny said...

Congrats! What a great article you wrote.
Everyone knows what a great talent you have.
And now I MUST know...how old were you when you got your very first camera?
I was just 11, and it was a cheap plastic thing I got in the mail.
Oh but I treasured it!

Reya Mellicker said...

My father was a great photographer so we had access to cameras from the time I was tiny.

My grandmother had an old box camera with a pinhole. I remember it distinctly, even the way it smelled.

I remember my first brownie camera and of course my first polaroid. It was the kind with the telescoping front. You had to pull the film out, wait for 3 minutes, then peel off the back and coat the pic with some goo.

I had many 35mm cameras as well over the years. It was Pat of DCBlogs who insisted I buy a digital camera a few years ago.

And yes, Bee you or anyone feel free to use any piece of the essay you like. It's out in the public domain now, so no longer 'belongs' to me.

Thanks everyone! It has been such a fun week.

lacochran said...

Congrats! Very exciting and well deserved!

Greg said...

Congratulations! Excellent piece (and I like your work more than Hugh's).

Reya Mellicker said...

Greg I am honored!

Sandra Leigh said...

Congratulations, Reya! I picture Hugh Hefner lying on a chaise beside the swimming pool, surrounded by lovely, air-brushed young women, reading your excellent essay. I hope he enjoys it as much as I did.