The Chalkboard Project

July 18, 2015


Back in 2011, I profiled Linda Swift and her High School Photo Project on this blog. It was a project that really inspired and intrigued me. It also activated my sense of curiosity to the point where I reached out to find out what motivated her to create that project.

It was with great pleasure to stumble on her latest exhibition at the Harold Washington Library in downtown Chicago the other day. While it’s got a new name, the exhibit is an updated version of her previous project. Walking through the project, I was moved by the images and enlightened by the quotes that accompanied the photos.


To me, seeing these photos was a passing of the torch, so to speak. Many of the quotes are timeless and have been inspiring and influential to me…but now they are inspiring and influencing a new generation. For more info visit the Chicago Public Library website or better yet, stop by the Harold Washington Library to see for yourself.

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Pardon Our Dust

April 26, 2015


If you live in the Chicago area, you know that there are basically two seasons: winter and construction season. This goes for both roads and the public transportation rails. Even our Chicago Cubs have started their season with the bleachers closed for construction (see above photo).

Spring is a time for renewal. A time to let go of the cold, dark and icy winter. It’s a time to let the dirty snow melt so that new growth can take place.

Here at 360 Degree Self we’re bracing for some construction, too. As you can tell, the beautiful header that once brightened the home page is gone, victim of a blog update gone wonky. If you spend enough time consuming older content, you’ll notice a plethora of broken links, as well.

There’s also a chance the 360 Degree Self name might be changing. Truthfully, I’m not sure I ever liked the name of this blog – I suppose I did at one point, but I think the average blog reader might get confused at its name. I always thought the 360 Degree Self URL is somewhat confusing, too. I don’t plan on leaving or disappearing – as a matter of fact, I’d love to post and add content more often. I just need to tidy up a bit and re-decorate. I hope, dear reader, that you’ll join me.

Thank you for your continued support and your visits. I’m curious…what do you think of the 360 Degree Self blog title? Is it a keeper? Is it too confusing or vague regarding what this blog is about? I’d love to hear your feedback and suggestions.

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2015 AATH Humor Conference

If you’ve read my blog, you might know about my involvement with a great organization known as AATH, the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor. They’re an organization that studies humor and applies it to everyday life. Last year, I attended my second AATH conference in Vincennes, IN and attended AATH’s Humor Academy. Yes, you can study humor and even get college credit for it. Last year I delivered a presentation on Twitter at their Humor Academy luncheon and had a great time at the conference.

Over the past year, I’ve studied in level one of AATH’s Humor Academy. As part of my studies, I kept a humor journal. I recently submitted an entry and got some great response from it. So great, they wanted to publish it. So head over to fellow AATH member Maia Aziz’s blog and check out my guest post The Gift of Laughter.

Oh, and by the way…if you’re anywhere near Philadelphia in May, you need to check out AATH’s 28th annual humor conference. You won’t meet a friendlier, funnier and more positive group of people anywhere.

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Use Your Brain

October 26, 2014

The Brain is Wider than the Sky –Emily Dickinson I’ve always had a fascination with the brain. It’s a part of the body, like the vast oceans, that are puzzling and filled with mystery and the unknown. Through science, we are learning more. But I’m not sure the brain gets the respect it deserves. Last […]

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Changing Your Life Through Cooking

June 23, 2014

If you’ve followed me for a while, you know that I love to cook (see my earlier Cooking as a Spiritual Experience post). I would not consider myself a foodie (though I do like good food) and I am not a health nut. What I do like is that I can save myself a lot […]

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My Favorite Coffee Shop Experience

May 26, 2014

Note: This is a guest post that I wrote which originally appeared on back in June, 2010. As far as I know, the site is no longer operational. Coffee shops are well-known for being a community gathering place and a venue to meet friends and strangers. I typically go to a coffee shop to […]

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Taking the Social Media Plunge

April 22, 2014

If you’re a big Downton Abbey fan like me, you might remember a scene from an episode in the first season. Carson, the Head Butler, sits down to make his first phone call on a “strange” device known as the telephone. As he sits down, he stares at the phone with a strong sense of […]

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A Little Laughter…

March 17, 2014

Life is unpredictable…one minute it’s going great. The next minute, it’s filled with challenges and adversity. There’s so much about life we cannot control. And, as we learn in Victor Frankl’s A Man’s Search for Meaning and throughout our lives, we are always in control of one important thing: our attitude. I feel very fortunate […]

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The Passing of a Social Media Friend

February 10, 2014

In the world of social media, the word “friend” gets used quite a bit. Perhaps overused. Many of us get onto Facebook and Twitter to promote ourselves, our businesses, our causes, our points of view. If we’re lucky, we run into like-minded individuals who entertain, enlighten and make us laugh. In some cases, we get […]

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