Beautiful Photograph of Pre-Covid Paris (Leica on film)

This stunningly beautiful photograph of Paris was taken by my son Stephen. He kindly gave me permission to put the picture on this post. The scene is Paris pre-Covid. Hopefully it will not be long before Paris and all of us return to normal. Enjoy the picture. Keep safe.

Copyright Stephen Bartels – Used with permission

Dunsborough beauty near Perth in Western Australia

Very good friends spent some time in Dunsborough recently. Here are three pictures. What a rugged and beautiful coast line. Judging from other pictures the accommodation was excellent and the beaches lots of fun. And wow, look at those shells!

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Golden Gate Roll Piano Improvisation

A snippet of musical thoughts flowing spontaneously from thinking about this wonderful bridge and feeling its pulsating energy. What a bridge! What a City! Thank you San Francisco.

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Oswego Lake Piano Improvisation

Oswego Finger Lake. What a wonderful place. We were were very fortunate to go there with family last year. The picture was taken at that time. The piano improvisation is how I felt looking at the picture and reliving the memories. This is a musical experiment. “Tread softly because you tread on my dreams”. Thanks!

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The Voice of the Redwoods

Can you hear the joy of the saplings as they grow into magnificent giants?. The sound of the mighty forest is silent thunder. The road invites me to enter this eternal sanctuary. Please join me on the journey. Listen to the silent words as the Redwoods speak to you.

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Food for Thought: How to develop genuine confidence

“Be clear that confidence and self-esteem are not the same. Self-esteem refers to general feelings about yourself; confidence refers to your belief and feel in that you can perform a task successfully.” Hank Weisenger, Famous psychologist, writer and corporate adviser. Link to source

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My takeaway from this valuable insight from Psychologist Weisenger? Confidence is in relation to getting a job done. So, how do you develop strong confidence? There is only one way. Find out what you must do to complete the job successfully, Then, work hard to develop the required level of competence. Only then will genuine confidence begin to emerge. As the famous golfer Ben Hogan apparently said: “The secret is in the dirt”.

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Self-esteem alone will not enable anyone to fly a Jumbo Jet from London to New York. Confidence to fly across the Atlantic only comes from rigorous training and lots of hard work. There is no short cut to genuine competence which leads to genuine confidence.

Food for Thought: The Centre Cannot Hold

Why is there a feeling that things are falling apart in these uncertain times? Do we sense that anarchy is increasingly eroding law and order? What has happened to ethics? Is there a centre that is falling apart? What is that centre? What is your centre? What is my centre?

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“Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.”

Opening to The Second Coming – W. B. Yeats, 1865 – 1939

John Bartels Piano Composition

John Bartels composition 28 August 2020

I hope you enjoy this. Take care during COVID

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