The Power of Positive Publishing

When I started this blog, I wrote that I just might veer off course from time-to-time and write about things other than photography.  This is one of those times.  I’d like to tell you about two websites that I think are unique and worthy of a look: and  “Celebrate What’s Right” will take just a few minutes a week to view and read.  (Unless you read and enjoy the previous posts.)  “TED” on the other hand, may pull you in for hours at a time…

tedtalks has been around for since 2005.  TED (Which stands for technology, entertainment and design.) began in 1984 as a conference in Monterey California.  Speakers for the first TED conference came from the worlds of (You guessed it.) technology, entertainment and design.  It was six years before the second TED conference was held and the list of presenters expanded to scientists, philanthropists, philosophers, religious leaders, musicians and more.

In 2005 the TED website was launched and hundreds of “TED Talks” as they are called that had been previously heard only by guests invited to the conference were available at the website for free.


The premise is simple.  A TED Talk can be no longer than eighteen minutes and cover one subject.  It would honestly take too many pages to write a list of the interesting and thought provoking speakers and subjects that can be seen and heard at  If you have ever thought there is nothing good happening in the world, you are wrong.  Search TED and see for yourself.  You will be amazed by the ideas and diversity of the presentations.  For those who live away from a computer there are TED podcast for your iPod or smartphone, many public radio stations carry weekly TED programs and Netflix streams TED Talks online.

Celebrate What’s Right in the World is the brainchild of award winning former National Geographic photographer, writer and Academy Award nominated filmmaker Dewitt Jones.  For many years Jones has used his photography and stories of his travels as the basis for his motivational speaking career.  Recently he created Celebrate.  There are daily facebook postings, weekly emails, a blog and the website with videos he has created.  You may enjoy a quick look at the work he has posted or you may want to subscribe to all of it.  What you will find are positive words that celebrate good in the world and terrific photography to inspire the photographer within you.Jones-Dewitt-Large

As I am writing this blog a new Celebrate post reached my computer.  It is titled, The Power of Words and written by contributor Lynne Sheppard.  It began like this:  “An embarrassment of riches, a flood of responses, a deluge of requests, a whirlwind of activity. I wonder sometimes if it is more than the news that afflicts us in a negative way. How we use language might affect us adversely as well, acting as a barrier to celebration.” 

I’m signing off now and am going to read the new blog post.  I hope you will to.


PS. I hope TED Talks and Jones forgive me for pirating the images from the Internet…


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