The Un-Man Falleth

As we grow older it sometimes proves difficult to make new friends, especially for someone like myself who is more reserved. On a rare occasion, you may meet or be introduced to someone with whom you quickly connect. I recently made a new friend, Barrett Martin, whom I met because he married one of my closest friends, Lisette. He is an accomplished musician, visual artist, and prolific writer. The essay shared below comes from his new book of short stories, The Way of the Zen Cowboy: Fireside Stories from a Globetrotting Rhythmatist. I recommend that everyone read (and re-read) The Un-Man Falleth.

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On Photography: Part One

My very first camera was something my father bought me when I went on a school trip to Switzerland when I was twelve. It was quite a long time ago so it was beautiful, but not terribly sophisticated or expensive. I had no idea how to use it. It was a classic black and white film camera, you gave it to the drugstore, and they processed and printed postcard-size pictures. My biggest regret in life would be not documenting everything I experienced, the way Jacques Henri Lartigue did from the age of five. I would have loved to have had an iPhone fifty years before anyone else did because I have so many memories of such extraordinary things, especially when I started working at René of Mayfair.

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The New Yorker: Personal Best

I remembered reading this fascinating New Yorker article in 2011 about a very successful surgeon at the top of his field. One day he realized that he needed a coach in order to continue to improve his work. It really struck me that everyone can benefit from coaching, not just professional athletes. Mentoring is something I have been doing throughout my career. The article has inspired me to offer coaching in an official capacity and I will be sharing more information on my website regarding opportunities to work with me soon.

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