Amy Clark2 days ago
No matter how many times I travel through developing countries, the poverty always hits me hard. It really does change my perspective. I do believe in the benefit of temporary welfare programs for people who fall on hard times, but I agree that, long term, it shouldn't be viewed as a lifestyle. The abusers and the "woe is me" folk are some of the people I wish I could take to a truly impoverished place, shake them, and say "See how good you have it?" Point being, perspective is always a good thing. And travel is a great way to gain it.
Thanks for your comments :)
Kelli Cooper2 days ago
I loved this post so much and I agree with so many of the things you said. Of course there is a lot to do and see, but yeah, comparing traveling domestically with internationally is just not an accurate assessment.
I particularly resonated with your point about poverty. The average poor person in the US is leaps and bounds ahead of poor people in less developed countries. I have seen true poverty and it certainly can shift your perspective on how much opportunity we have in the US and how people are just wasting it and blaming everything outside themselves for financial struggle--I know some may find that sentiment harsh but it's true. We don't do people any favors by feeding into a mentality that they are just 'unlucky' and have no choice but to stay where they are and have to rely on others to assist them their whole lives. Went off on a bit of tangent there, but that point made me think of it!
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Daniel J. Dombrowski4 hours ago
Wonderful post. I'm a sometimes writer and an editor, so I've been on both sides. I always try to keep one thing in mind when sending emails letting authors know that I will not be working with them:
Be a mentor, not a judge.
I let them know that I appreciate their efforts and always point out as many positives as I can while giving constructive criticism. I think dismissive or insulting comments from editors and friends/family alike come from, as you say, a lack of understanding of the creative process and also from a lack of knowing what helpful feedback from readers really is.
Writers can't do anything with, "Well this just isn't good," criticism or flat-out mockery as you experienced. They need to hear individual, specific issues so that they don't get overwhelmed.