Magic Beans

Stephen King says that if you want to be a writer you have to be a reader. I haven’t ever considered myself a writer, though for more than a year I’ve published a daily blog.

As I close in on my 400th post, I can say that some entries are harder than others. I suppose this is to be expected.

Fortunately, I have lots of inspiration in the form of four daily blogs that put a spark to my tinder. Reading each of them is a real treat.

Seth Godin is the gold standard of bloggers. He writes daily and has for twenty years. Every post is like a master class in becoming a better person.

Bob Lefsetz analyzes the music and entertainment world but everything he writes is applicable to any artist making a living with their work. His observations about life are revelatory. If Bob had been my big brother, I would have made about a million fewer mistakes growing up.

Kirk Tuck writes about the art, craft, and business of photography with a level of detail that is unrivaled. His candor is remarkable. Quite honestly, I can’t believe that he works as hard as he does to educate and entertain.

George Tannenbaum is a writer and creative director at Ogilvy in New York. His blog is called Ad Aged and is a mix of industry observation and personal anecdotes written with style and panache.

His latest entry mentioned the phrase “cool beans” which made me chuckle for about 6 hours yesterday. Call it fate or kismet, but as I was still thinking about his story I happened upon this food truck in Austin.

If that isn’t cool beans, I don’t know what it.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer specializing in creating environmental on-location portraits and corporate photo libraries for blue chip companies. 

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