After so many times scrambling to provide a decent picture and bio with less than an hour’s notice, I finally asked for help getting a high-resolution head shot. I just feel so awkward saying cheese for the camera, especially if I am supposed to do it in a way that still looks professional (what do you mean I can’t make a goofy face for this?). Sandra Buskirk of Wild Hunt Photography spent way more time with me than I would have requested, and the result is that I finally, thankfully, have something I can provide the next time the Wall Street Journal or Bam Radio or anyone else needs this from me.
Sandra being Sandra, we started out having some fun in Gasworks Park in Seattle. I’m grateful to her and Satyr for picking me up and taking me there.
This is the official professional head shot. Sandra took a couple others that might also work, but this is the one for which Kevin declared “that’s it!”, and I agree.
Something irritated my eyes, causing the make-up to run, but I otherwise love this picture with Kevin – who did his part to inspire the expressions in all the best photos.
“Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. It’s a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.”
“There was a part of me that was working real hard to engineer staying small. Staying right under the radar.” As with her previous talk, this one is sometimes funny, and moving throughout.
“What is it like to raise a child who’s different from you in some fundamental way (like a prodigy, or a differently abled kid, or a criminal)? In this quietly moving talk, writer Andrew Solomon shares what he learned from talking to dozens of parents — asking them: What’s the line between unconditional love and unconditional acceptance?”
“Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.”