ChatterLog April 2010

Photo by Andrew Crompton

Greetings everyone, and welcome to the April ChatterBulletin! Since last month, we have moved from the 12th sign of Pisces, into Aries, who is technically the 1st sign of the Zodiac celebrating the “New Year” and the start of the season of Spring. This, according to “Mother Nature” is when all new life begins, so perhaps some of you have noticed a little more energy already? We’ve all heard of “Spring Cleaning” and I literally found myself, after months of total resistance and lethargy, scrubbing down my kitchen this week. I also noticed that the “quality” of my cleaning energy was just like that of an Aries, aggressive, fast-paced and completely clumsy! I knocked over the bottle of cleaning fluid at least three times! Is it any wonder that April 1st is also April Fools day?

And now to this month’s theme, which continues on from last month when we talked about Creativity and the Arts. As the 1st sign of the zodiac, Aries is all about energy and inspiration. It is their job to get the party started. So this month I decided to write about the topic of Inspiration. My sister and I were fortunate enough to grow up in the beautiful English countryside and we found our selves close to nature from an early age. To this day, “Mother Nature” never ceases to amaze me and is an ongoing inspiration and source of comfort to both my sister and I. Whenever my mother was feeling troubled, she would go and look at the sea. Not only did it calm her, but it also reminded her that in the big scheme of things, we are but “grains of sand.” So, I am opening up this bulletin with an image that not only reflects a mere fraction of the beauty and inspiration of “Mother Nature” herself, it also demonstrates the extraordinary miracle of nature. The snowdrop in this photo was one of several that were planted last November in a wood, somewhere in Canada, in my mother’s honor. With no help from anyone, this little bulb survived the brutal winter and sprouted forth, just in time for the spring and the anniversary of our mother’s death. How inspirational is that?

April not only moves us into the season of spring, but the clocks have also now “sprung” forwards, giving us an extra hour of daylight. We celebrate Passover and Easter at this time and it is interesting to note where the tradition of wearing an “Easter bonnet” comes from. Once again, we look to the sign of Aries, that rules the head, and which produces wearers of all sorts of hats, not only Easter bonnets. For instance my German friend Horst (an Aries) not only made fabulous leather clothes, but one of his trademarks were his adorable leather hats. And there was my dear friend Linda, another Aries, with whom I spent several wonderful Easter vacations (notice I said Easter, not Christmas!) I fondly recall sitting with her in the Japanese-style hot-tub at her beautiful home in Northern California, drinking champagne, looking at the stars and wearing only our flamboyantly decorated “Easter bonnets!” Let’s connect the dots some more – Aries is associated with the ram, the sacrificial lamb, (which is why one traditionally eats lamb at Easter and not turkey!) but we also think of cute little chicks (the fluffy kind), Easter eggs and bunny rabbits, right? And, we have all seen the TV commercials featuring the energizer bunny, right? Well, this energizer bunny is displaying the energy of an Aries, who also has the ability to keep on going, and going, and going… Can anyone find the “off switch?”

As I continued to ponder who or what has inspired me in my life, I found myself on a magical journey of assorted artists and performers and I thought in particular about two huge influences, both of whom were ironically “changing history” during the exact same time period, but in totally different countries and cultures.

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ChatterArtists April 2010

Diane Arbus

First up is Diane Arbus, who undoubtedly provided me with one of my first inspirational moments with photography. I was still a teenager when I went to see her provocative exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in London. This was unlike any photography I had seen previously. It quite literally “blew my mind” and opened my eyes to a world where apparently not all art was “pretty.” I was fascinated by her documentation of the unacceptable, the rejects and the “freaks” in our society, and who better than a Pisces to do that?


Photo by Diane Arbus

Garry Winogrand

Garry Winogrand, a native New Yorker and a Capricorn, was best known for his portrayal of American life in the early 60’s. Similar to my teacher Etienne Decroux, Winogrand also observed the connection between humans and animals, as seen by his photographs of the Bronx Zoo and the Coney Island Aquarium. Many copied his visual style but his wit and distinctive imagery remains unique. Coincidentally, or not, one of his main influences is my next photographer.

Photo by Garry Winogrand

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson, considered to be the “father of modern photojournalism” and whose birthday happens to be the day before mine on August 22nd on the cusp of Leo & Virgo, is one of my most favorite photographers of all time. He helped develop the art of “street” photography and who cannot love his ease of expression and subtle sense of humor? Cartier-Bresson started out as a painter, but when he saw Hungarian photojournalist Martin Munkacsi’s photograph “Three Boys at Lake Tanganyika” showing three naked African boys, caught in near-silhouette and running in to the surf, he was so “inspired” by what he saw, he gave up painting and took up photography. He followed his heart!

Photo by Henri Cartier-Bresson


ChatterNews April 2010

William Armstrong

In keeping with this month’s theme of “Inspiration,” we’re giving a shout out for Henrietta Heald, who is an editor, a writer and married to one of my cousins in England. One of Henrietta’s “inspirations” is a man by the name of William Armstrong, also known as “The Magician of the North.” So much so, that she has written a book (to be published in September of this year) and created an in-depth website on the subject of Armstrong’s life and his accomplishments.

What I find fascinating however, is not just that he was a visionary inventor and engineer, and an environmentalist who was way ahead of his time, but that his birthday is the exact same day as Henrietta’s. And even more curious, is that Henrietta’s birthday is the exact same day as her husband’s twin sisters! Now that’s interesting!

Please visit: http://www.williamarmstrong.info/

Frank Meo

Captured in the Mind

This month we are also giving a mention for Frank Meo‘s current book project titled “Captured in the Mind.”

From the website: “Frank Meo with Designer Steve Singer have created an exhilarating collection of indelible mental flash cards that reflect the indomitable strength of the mind.”

For more information please visit: http://www.capturedinthemind.com/

The Center for Alternative Photography & ICP

Beginning Saturday, April 10th, 2010 The Center for Alternative Photography partners up with ICP, offering several different workshops and classes.

Photo from The Center for Alternative Photography

To view the upcoming workshop schedule please visit:http://www.capworkshops.org/workshops.htm#wetplate

Slideluck Potshow XV

Submissions Deadline – Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Slideluck Potshow is participating in the New York Photo Festival next month. For more information please visit: http://network.slideluckpotshow.com/group/slpsnyc

NY Photo Festival Coming Next Month – Wednesday, May 12th – Sunday, May16th, 2010

Submissions Deadline – Saturday, May 1st, 2010

For more information please visit: http://www.nyphotofestival.com/site/?page_id=6824

ChatterTip of the Month April 2009

How to Cure the Hiccups!

Photo courtesy of http://www.lizapple.com/

I was talking with a dear friend the other day and somehow we found ourselves comparing remedies for curing hiccups, even though neither one was suffering from them at that moment. When he told me his solution, it was so hilarious, and my cure was pretty silly too, so I thought it would be fun to give you all a selection of favorite and bizarre cures for the hiccups this month! But before we get to the cures, what exactly are hiccups?

Hiccups are little more than a reflex that takes place when the “vagus” nerve (or one of its branches) gets irritated. The irritation may be the result of eating or drinking too fast, or perhaps eating food that is too spicy, or simply eating too much. The home remedies are believed to work in one of two ways, either by overwhelming the vagus nerve with another sensation or, by interrupting the breathing in some way so that the body stops thinking about the hiccups and concentrates on eliminating the carbon dioxide and breathing properly instead. So here is an assortment of cures:

Brown paper bag – tear off a piece of brown paper bag, lick one side to moisten it and then stick it on to your forehead – yeah, I know, sounds ridiculous, but check it out next time you have the hiccups, okay? Another cure is to simply breathe into a paper bag.

Just say “Boo!” – have someone literally scare the “c***” out of you by shouting loudly when you least expect it – tends to shock the hiccups right out of you!

The money method – if you are with a friend who has hiccups, wait until they hiccup and then tell them you will give them $20 if they can hiccup right now. The author of this suggestion has been doing this for years and has never had to part with his money!

Drinking water – this interrupts the vagus cycle but where I come from we added an extra twist by drinking from the other side of the glass. So fill a glass with water and hold it in front of your mouth tilted away from you slightly. Drink the water slowly from the opposite side of the glass. Bizarre but you’d be surprised!

Paper towel – for this one, fill a glass with water and then place a sheet of paper towel over the top of the glass and hold it in place with your hands. Drink the water very slowly ‘through” the paper towel, and those hiccups may just stop.

Holding your breath – hold your nose and close your mouth and hold your breath for as long as you can, just like you do when jumping into a swimming pool.

Plugging the ears – I remember this one from growing up but it required a partner. Drink slowly from a glass of water while the other person plugs up your ears with their fingers. Might be worth checking out by using a pair of earplugs if a partner isn’t available! And some sources say just plug the ears without even drinking any water.

Sticking out your tongue – this is weird – apparently sticking out your tongue and yanking on it may actually stop the hiccups!

Pressure point – press the indent in between your nose and upper lip for 30 seconds. This presses on a nerve that sends a message to the diaphragm. Looks stupid but works.

Something sweet – place a tablespoonful of sugar or peanut butter in your mouth and hold it there. Let is dissolve before swallowing.

Fish cure – this is one of the sillier ones I found. Supposedly, if you have hiccups, ask someone to simply ask you the question, “What swims in the ocean?” And when you answer “fish” your hiccups will magically be gone!

Vinegar – and what would our tips section be without mentioning our good old faithful friend vinegar? Next time you have the hiccups, drink a little vinegar.

ChatterRecipe of the Month April 2010

Spiced Lamb with Coconut

© Dennis Williford

http://www.denniswilliford.com/

I had no choice but to feature a lamb recipe this month and although lamb is not necessarily everyone’s favorite red meat, it can be delicious when prepared well. Growing up in England, roast lamb on a Sunday was as common for us as roast beef, and I recall one famous summer in France when my cousin slow-cooked a large leg of lamb in the BBQ, infused with numerous cloves of garlic and fresh rosemary, for hours and hours until the meat fell off the bone… But for this month, I decided to combine the “lamb” and the “Fiery heat” of Aries, resulting in “Lamb Curry!”

For the Dry Marinade:

1 inch piece of fresh Ginger (peeled & grated)

1 tablespoon Curry Powder

1 tablespoon ground Cumin

1 tablespoon ground Coriander

1 teaspoon ground Turmeric

Salt & Black Pepper

For the Curry:

2 lbs boneless shoulder of Lamb (cut & trimmed into 1-inch cubes)

2 tablespoons Butter

1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil

I large Onion (sliced)

2 large cloves of Garlic (crushed)

1 tablespoon all-purpose Flour

13 oz can of chopped Tomatoes

2/3 cup of Stock or Water

Grated zest and juice of 1 Lime

2 tablespoons Mango Chutney

¼ cup of Coconut Milk

1 cup Plain Yogurt

Cilantro sprigs for garnish

Make the marinade by combining the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Toss the cubed Lamb in the dry marinade, cover and leave in the refrigerator overnight. To make the curry, melt the Butter with the Vegetable Oil in a large flameproof casserole dish. Cook the marinated Lamb in batches over a high heat for about 5 minutes, until browned all over. Lift out of the pan with a slotted utensil and set aside. Add the Onion and Garlic to the pan and cook gently until softened, but not browned. Stir in the Flour and cook for a minute, then add the Tomatoes and the Stock, the Lime zest & juice and the Mango Chutney. Add Salt & Black Pepper to taste and bring to a boil, stirring. Add the Lamb back in to the casserole along with the Coconut Milk and again, bring back up to the boil. Cover and cook in the oven at 325 degrees for about 1 hour or until the meat is tender and cooked through. Stir in the Yogurt before serving and garnish with the Cilantro. Serve with Basmati or Rice of your choice.

ChatterEvents April 2010

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

APANY Presents All Day Event: Fools Rush In

Doors open at 11:30am

@ Bathhouse Studio

540 East 11th Street

New York, NY

Cost: VIP Pass – $50 Members & $60 Non-Members; Party Pass – $15 Member, $20 Non-Member, $20 at the door after 3:30pm

Louisa J. Curtis will be reviewing portfolio’s from 12 – 3pm!

For more information and to register please visit:http://www.apanational.com/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3294

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

The Lucie Foundation Presents: MOPLA

@ Los Angeles, CA

The Lucie Foundation kicks off it’s 2nd annual, month-long photography event & celebration- Month of Photography Los Angeles – Saturday, April 3rd, 2010.

For more information please visit: http://www.mopla.org/home.php

Saturday, April 10th and Saturday & Sunday,

April 17th & 18th, 2010

Andrew Darlow Presents Two Workshops This Month

Saturday, April 10th, 2010 – 11am – 5pm

Color Management 101 & Inkjet Printing With Lightroom

@ Unique Photo

123 US Highway 46 West

Fairfield, NJ

Cost: $149

Andrew Darlow (right) with participants at a recent printing workshop.

From the website:

“This full day lecture-style workshop with award-winning author and photographer Andrew Darlow includes an overview of suggested inkjet printers, tips for selecting the right papers and coatings, a printing workflow using Lightroom, tips for color managed printing from Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop Elements, and much more!”

For more information please visit: http://www.unique-university.com/e/index.php/classes/color-management-101-and-inkjet-printing.html

Saturday, April 17th or Sunday April 18th, 2010 – Choose Either Day

Fine Art Inkjet Printing with Photoshop

Directions to location will be sent upon registration

Cost for either day: $199 + $20 materials fee

For more information and to register for this full day workshop with Andrew Darlow and to register for this workshop please email: nancyori@comcast.net or call: 908-790-8820.

To view more of Andrew’s workshops and photo tips please visit his online magazine at:http://imagingbuffet.com/

Thursday, April 15th – Sunday, April 18th, 2010

ASPP/PACA Present: Reinvention Weekend in Boston

@ Omni Parker House Hotel

60 School Street

Boston, MA

From the ASPP website:

“Reinvent, Reimagine, and Reinvigorate your career—renew your entire approach to the image business at our four-day event for ASPP and PACA members and picture professional colleagues. Our conferences bring together the key people engaged with keeping the essential elements of our image community humming: stock agents, researchers, editors, publishers, art buyers, photographers and consultants. Expect spirited dialogues with your photo contemporaries from around the world!”

For more information please visit: http://www.aspp.com/index.php/resources2/news-of-interest/147-aspp-paca-reinvention-weekend-april

Monday, April 19th, 2010 –

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

ASMP Presents A Series of Three Copyright Seminars

Monday, April 19th, 2010 – 7pm

What Do I Charge? Presented by Susan Carr

@ Calumet

20-22 West 22nd, 2nd Floor

New York, NY

Cost: $25 ASMP Member; $50 Non-Member; $40 Professional Association Member; $10 Student

From the ASMP website:

“Susan Carr presents a candid discussion on licensing and pricing your work. Take the mystery out of determining your fees and setting licensing terms. Get real world strategies for pricing in this tough business climate. Learn how to sell your prices with confidence.”

For more information please visit: http://asmp.org/education/event/info?id=25

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 – 9am

Free Copyright Registration Workshop

@ TBD

From the ASMP website:

“ASMP is offering a two-hour free workshop on registering your images with the copyright office. The workshop is open to ASMP members and non-members. The workshop will outline step-by-step the ASMP Best Practices for Registering Your Photographs and each participant will set up a template to make future image registration easy.”

For more information please visit: http://asmp.org/education/event/info?id=57

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 – 9:30am – 4pm

Copyright and the New Economy

@ TimesCenter

242 West 41st Street

New York, NY

Cost: Free – space is limited!

From the ASMP website:

“ASMP will bring together thought leaders representing different points of view on the subject of copyright to explore its significant issues, challenges and trends.”

For more information please visit: http://asmp.org/education/event/info?id=83

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 – 7pm

NY Monthly Photo Salon

@ SoHo Photo Gallery

15 White Street

New York, NY

Cost: $10 at the door

For more information or questions please contact Rich Pomerantz at rich@richpomerantz.com, Emmanuel Faure at emmanuel@emmanuelfaure.com or Bill Westheimer at bill@billwest.com.

Saturday, April 24th, 2010 –

Sunday, April, 25th, 2010

A Spring Flower Photography Workshop by Barbara Bordnick

@ Barbara Bordnick’s Studio

Photo/Flat Iron District

39 East 19th Street

New York, NY

Cost of entire weekend workshop: $950

For more information please visit: http://www.legionpaper.com/pub/files/SpringWkshpDkGrBordnick.pdf or email Barbara at info@searchings.us.

Thursday, April 29th, 2010 – 1 – 6pm

Miami Ad School Portfolio Review

@ Miami Ad School

10 Jay Street, 8th Floor

Brooklyn, NY

For more information please visit: http://blog.miamiadschool.com/

Friday, April 30th, 2010 – 10am

Barry Anderson of Mogo Media Presents: Introduction to Adobe Flash – All Day Workshop

@ St. John’s University, Manhattan Campus

101 Murray Street

New York, NY

Cost: $149

From the website:

“Whether you’re looking to update your skills, work more efficiently in Flash, revamp your web site, or launch a new career or business, you’ll walk away with awesome new skills in the industry-leading animation authoring software!”

This workshop will be in several cities! For more information please visit: http://www.mogo-media.com/seminars/introduction-to-adobe-flash/2010/new-york-city/

Inspiration

Photo by Andrew Crompton


Greetings everyone, and welcome to the April ChatterBulletin! Since last month, we have moved from the 12th sign of Pisces, into Aries, who is technically the 1st sign of the Zodiac celebrating the “New Year” and the start of the season of Spring. This, according to “Mother Nature” is when all new life begins, so perhaps some of you have noticed a little more energy already? We’ve all heard of “Spring Cleaning” and I literally found myself, after months of total resistance and lethargy, scrubbing down my kitchen this week. I also noticed that the “quality” of my cleaning energy was just like that of an Aries, aggressive, fast-paced and completely clumsy! I knocked over the bottle of cleaning fluid at least three times! Is it any wonder that April 1st is also April Fools day?

And now to this month’s theme, which continues on from last month when we talked about Creativity and the Arts. As the 1st sign of the zodiac, Aries is all about energy and inspiration. It is their job to get the party started. So this month I decided to write about the topic of Inspiration. My sister and I were fortunate enough to grow up in the beautiful English countryside and we found our selves close to nature from an early age. To this day, “Mother Nature” never ceases to amaze me and is an ongoing inspiration and source of comfort to both my sister and I. Whenever my mother was feeling troubled, she would go and look at the sea. Not only did it calm her, but it also reminded her that in the big scheme of things, we are but “grains of sand.” So, I am opening up this bulletin with an image that not only reflects a mere fraction of the beauty and inspiration of “Mother Nature” herself, it also demonstrates the extraordinary miracle of nature. The snowdrop in this photo was one of several that were planted last November in a wood, somewhere in Canada, in my mother’s honor. With no help from anyone, this little bulb survived the brutal winter and sprouted forth, just in time for the spring and the anniversary of our mother’s death. How inspirational is that?

April not only moves us into the season of spring, but the clocks have also now “sprung” forwards, giving us an extra hour of daylight. We celebrate Passover and Easter at this time and it is interesting to note where the tradition of wearing an “Easter bonnet” comes from. Once again, we look to the sign of Aries, that rules the head, and which produces wearers of all sorts of hats, not only Easter bonnets. For instance my German friend Horst (an Aries) not only made fabulous leather clothes, but one of his trademarks were his adorable leather hats. And there was my dear friend Linda, another Aries, with whom I spent several wonderful Easter vacations (notice I said Easter, not Christmas!) I fondly recall sitting with her in the Japanese-style hot-tub at her beautiful home in Northern California, drinking champagne, looking at the stars and wearing only our flamboyantly decorated “Easter bonnets!” Let’s connect the dots some more – Aries is associated with the ram, the sacrificial lamb, (which is why one traditionally eats lamb at Easter and not turkey!) but we also think of cute little chicks (the fluffy kind), Easter eggs and bunny rabbits, right? And, we have all seen the TV commercials featuring the energizer bunny, right? Well, this energizer bunny is displaying the energy of an Aries, who also has the ability to keep on going, and going, and going… Can anyone find the “off switch?”

As I continued to ponder who or what has inspired me in my life, I found myself on a magical journey of assorted artists and performers and I thought in particular about two huge influences, both of whom were ironically “changing history” during the exact same time period, but in totally different countries and cultures.


Martha Graham, Letter to The World, “The Kick”. 1940. Photo by Barbara Morgan


The 1st was dancer and choreographer Martha Graham, who revolutionized modern dance in America with her unique, dramatic and theatrical style. This woman not only changed the way dance was performed and appreciated, she was also one of the first to accept dancers of all sizes into her company. I remember being enthralled to see her company perform live, comprising of dancers who ranged from five foot nothing to a full six feet tall! Perhaps if my teacher, Marie Soanes, had lived during this era, she might have one day fulfilled her dream of dancing professionally? While I was at college, I studied dance and theater and at one point took classes in the “Graham” technique. One of my best friends decided we should audition for the Martha Graham school in London, which we did. What a terrifying experience that was! The hallways were full of skinny little girls, all smoking cigarettes to curb their appetites. But I liked both food and cigarettes, and the audition itself pretty much told me that I was not cut out to be a professional dancer. My audition piece was more “movement theater” than it was dance, and told the story of a streetwalker… Well, you get the idea.


Martha Graham, “Maple Leaf Rag”, Sept. 7, 1990. Photo by Jim Wilson

And while Martha Graham was rewriting the dance history books in the US, Etienne Decroux, who was known as “The Father of Modern Mime” was creating his own brand of movement theatre in France with his technique “Corporeal Mime.” Although mime and mask work had previously existed in ancient theatre, this was the first time that someone created a specific “language” of movement, just like the language of ballet. I went from learning “Plies” and “Pirouettes,” to the “Tour Eiffel” and “Bascule.” I was fortunate enough to spend a year in Paris studying with Decroux, even though he was quite elderly by then. It is a time that remains etched in my mind and was a special period in my life. After doubting my ability to be a professional dancer, and facing my insecurities about being an actress, here was a form of creative expression that I was actually perfect for! It required an athletic body, not a skinny one, and even better, it required emotional expression utilizing the whole body. Funnily enough, I was a vegetarian when I first lived in Paris and then one weekend, I went to visit my Uncle & Aunt. They told me that even though they were serving “roast lamb” that weekend, there were plenty of wonderful vegetables from the garden for me to enjoy. Well, I took one smell of that roast lamb and that was it, I became a carnivore once more. How very Aries of me!


Etienne Decroux, “Meditation”, 1957.
Photographs by Etienne Bertrand Weill

Decroux taught the perhaps better-known and Internationally famous mime Marcel Marceau (who incidentally was an Aries!), and thought him to be probably one of his best students, that was until in his opinion (and continuing on with the streetwalker theme) Marceau “prostituted” the art of mime by making it mainstream. Marceau popularized what we now know as “pantomime” but the original art form was much more than cute characters and facial expressions. Instead, it was a deep and intense study of body articulation, manipulation and perfection in terms of movement – as seen in this video of Decroux demonstrating the many ways to drink a glass of water!

Much of Decroux’s inspiration came from “Mother Nature” and he constantly talked about “animals being our teachers.” But the animal Decroux selected for his school’s emblem was the “seahorse” – chosen for its unique ability to move swiftly one moment, and then without any apparent effort, stop silently and instantaneously and hold its position without moving. Therein lies the essence of what “Corporeal Mime” is all about – to be able to execute a movement that may be extremely difficult, but it is done in such a way as to look totally easy and effortless. It is much harder to stand still and be a statue, for example, than it is to move. We could compare it to photography and say it is the photographer’s job to produce an image that appears effortless in its execution.


Etienne Decroux, “Improvisation”, c. 1971.
Photograph by Andre Maurice

But back to the seahorse and for all of you out there that doubt the power of the mind and the “energies” that surround us. While I was pondering this month’s article, I was sitting at my computer and thinking about Decroux and the seahorse. The TV was on in the background and all of a sudden the contestant in the game show, or whatever it was, exclaimed the answer to the question, which was, “seahorse!” So what are the chances of that question & answer occurring at the same moment that I was thinking about my article? Now, a couple of days later, and still working on the article, I am describing this event to a friend over the telephone and being a multi-tasker, I start to clear up a little corner where I keep my paper towels and so on while I am speaking on the phone. I pull out a few napkins that I had saved and one of them, you got it, had a seahorse on it! And here it is:

There are many more artists and performers on my “inspirational” list and I am saving those for another time! In the meantime, stop and make your own list and give thanks to those people who have inspired and helped to shape and guide you to where you are now.