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High Notes

I’m headed out into the rain for an impromptu photo shoot. I’ll be going to Bernheim Forest- beautiful place. I’m not satisfied with the shadows vs. highlights in my pics- I think I need to drop my AP and increase my ISO- I want heavy blacks. Yeah, these are the things that I ponder much of the time. :0) 

I received a super special email from my Health Psychology instructor; it made me cry. It said:

For assignment three; 
Your work continues to be excellent.  Your answers to each item were complete, supported, reasonable, and demonstrated understanding of the key concepts.  It appears your absorption of the health related information will not only help you but, as an example and source of information, those whom you affect personally and/or in your career.  It is a pleasure to have such a capable student.



Homeless man wanders off with Josh’s change, and his booze.
Louisville, KY- 50 MM/natural lighting/manual


10 responses

  1. yvo

    ohhh B . . I am heartened and happy for you!! So glad you have an instructor that cares is connected and can offer such genuine encouragement!! I have no doubt you are a dream student. :))) Love the photo and illuminating documentation. Love your blog. Keep em coming. X

    June 17, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    • Thanks so much, Y! I always try to go above and beyond fore my teachers. I want them to know that I care and that THEIR job is important to me. Because of that, the least I can give is my best. 🙂 This particular instructor rarely gives any praise at all- she’s known to be a stickler for things and so this means so much more to me because of that. (Last semester I tried like heck to get a good comment or two out of her- just didn’t happen, and I never received a perfect score for any assignment. This is my 3rd semester as her student.) This semester, I’m putting everything I have into my work, so yeah- this means a great deal to me. Thanks! it’s getting ready to start pouring down rain- I better run. Hope you’re doing well, Y- you know, before you know it, you’ll be back in school. I sure hope you’re getting lots of down time. I’ll see you soon. 😉

      June 17, 2013 at 5:14 pm

  2. LOVE that! I’m so glad your professor took the time to let you know how awesome you are!! People so often focus on what people do wrong, and overlook what they do right. So glad she did that, and glad for you!!! 🙂

    June 17, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    • Thanks, Amy. 🙂 I was shocked that she did that really. (You know those instructors that are so no-nonsense and poker face. Right.) I was so surprised! Things have been so hard lately, especially academically, it was a drop of water in the desert that I desperately needed. Hope you’re well! xo

      June 18, 2013 at 1:34 am

  3. Well done on your good report.

    June 18, 2013 at 3:11 am

  4. claude

    My AP dropped and my ISO increased…

    But the Doctor gave me a salve, and it’s all better, now. :-p

    June 18, 2013 at 8:10 am

  5. Congratulations on receiving such a great comment! It means all the more since it seems your teacher has high standards and obviously respects you. Sometimes people may feel more remote than they are because they are trying to keep a professional distance. This may be something that you will need to think about as you enter a healing profession. Perhaps this is a subject you can broach with her?

    June 20, 2013 at 10:04 am

    • I’ve never agreed with “professional distance”. In my life, there have been those who have bent those rules a bit, and those are the people who have reached me the most. Doctors who have openly said that they would pray for the patients, therapists who have said “I’m not supposed to say this, but…” (Etc. etc.) I remember people like that. And I think sometimes, professionals use the “unspoken rule of conduct” as a form of laziness. I’ve had quite a few professors who have been down right lazy- using the previous instructor’s syllabus (and they took over the class 6 years before, you know…) I’ve just had some very lazy professors in the past, and I’ve had to report a few.

      This particular instructor who gave me that comment is a top notch instructor though. She really knows her stuff, so yeah, it meant very much to me.

      In any field I go into, I want to bring my heart because I’ll need to reach the person’s core. There’s no way I can be “professionally distant” when a person is crying out for a drop of humanity. So these are things I’ve given much thought to already. I’ll definitely be professional; just not professionally distant.

      June 20, 2013 at 1:19 pm


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