Challenging Thoughts

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Most people, like this hungry-challenged kitty-cat, enjoy a challenge in life, and it may be that the more one answers that call to challenge, the more satisfying life becomes.

I enjoyed this writing- and work-related challenge given by one of the producer-writers of the movie “Bright Star”, a biographical drama on the life of poet John Keats. Paraphrased, she indicated that “playing with the (your) work is how you find your energy” for it, to carry it out well and with enthusiasm.

Keats, although unappreciated in his short life-time (dying at the age of just 25), practiced play with his work, and he practiced his poetry, as well as using it in his love letters to “Fanny”. His work eventually became recognized throughout the world as genius.

Work, play, practice altogether brings rewards.

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Credit:
Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

 

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Seventy-Five Years Old…

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This year, 2016, brings a birthday celebration to Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the state of South Dakota, USA. The monument is 75-years-old.

The biggest sculpture project in the lives of Gutzon and (son) Lincoln Borglum, the memorial consists of the faces of four American Presidents carved into the native rock of South Dakota’s Black Hills.

Finished in its last several years by Lincoln Borglum after the early death of his father, the memorial’s construction employed 400 plus men and took nearly 14 years to complete. The project  was twice stopped, refunded by interested and generous collaborators, and was the most consuming obsession of Gutzon Borglum, who began its work with huge vision, but very little financial support.

Borglum’s genius applied to the mammoth project allowed for an inch of rock erosion every 10,000 years. And with a draw of over three million visitors annually, the rock solid Presidents — George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln — should be around for a long time to come.

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Photo courtesy of http://www.pixabay.com