Beauty Can Save Your Life

Here’s a version of the talk I gave this evening at IgniteDC #6. The audio quality is fairly miserable, and you can probably tell I’m suffering from a massive head-cold.

I wasn’t thrilled with my delivery. I bumbled a fair bit, even when reading my script. More practice would have helped, and feeling a little less under the weather would have been awesome. Still, I’m really glad I participated. The energy at these events is so positive and electric!

It’s a real challenge to make an effective and substantive presentation in five minutes; it took me a lot of work to whittle down all the gazillion things I have to say on this topic. I wouldn’t have any trouble at all filling twenty minutes, and I could probably do it without a script because I’d be less concerned about making every. single. word. count.

I have no real sense for how the talk was received. (Fortunately, Crystal was there and I’m hoping that she can give me some no-holds-barred candid critique tomorrow over lunch.) I can tell you that the speaker who followed me, Heather Coleman, blew the roof off the place with an incredibly brave presentation about postpartum psychosis and the importance of knowing how to ask for, give, and receive help.


A Year Ago: A Little Video

While I was at Great Falls I shot a few brief clips in the camera’s AVHCD Lite video format…
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14 Responses to Beauty Can Save Your Life
  1. Crash
    February 3, 2011 | 11:14 pm

    “In a very real way, beauty saved my life…??”
    Wha?

  2. Matt
    February 4, 2011 | 12:07 am

    I loved your presentation, thank you for sharing.

    I also wanted to say I really enjoyed your aesthetic, your photos were beautiful. I like the subtle (and not so subtle) repetition and smooth curving lines passing through everything.

  3. Patrick
    February 4, 2011 | 3:22 am

    Very, very, very nice, Sis.

  4. Abbie
    February 4, 2011 | 9:55 am

    Great job! Loved it.

  5. Jen
    February 4, 2011 | 12:20 pm

    I check your blog every day for something beautiful, and even on my worst personal days, your photos give me a little boost. It helps to know that there is beauty out in the world, whether I can see it at the moment or not. Thanks for everything you provide through this blog. And your speech makes me appreciate it even more.

  6. Jason McCool
    February 4, 2011 | 12:28 pm

    I was there last night and really enjoyed your talk! I’m involved in the arts and therefore like to think I’ve cultivated an everyday appreciation of the beautiful, but it was nice to hear a reminder to slow down and enjoy the view. Looking forward to following your work. Kudos!

  7. David Woolley
    February 7, 2011 | 11:05 am

    Inspiring talk, wonderful photos.

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  9. Suzi Woolley Campbell
    February 25, 2011 | 1:37 pm

    That was a fabulous talk to listen to today as I have been trying to recouperate from a rough school week. I love where we live, raw farm ground, tractors and alfalfa and produce growing everywhere. That’s my ‘perfect’ beauty.

  10. NT
    February 26, 2011 | 2:27 pm

    Thanks for all the kind comments, folks.

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