Sababa: A few little lists, a lot of hopes and dreams I THIS AND THAT

January 2, 2018


Deep in the diaspora, in the middle of the Midwest (and far, far away from the Middle East), I live life with Hebrew as a second language (or maybe more language and a half, considering how little I use it). “Sababa” is Hebrew slang that expresses enthusiasm and happiness…which is the perfect way to describe my bucket lists (and if nothing else, I hope it got your attention). While this will evolve into another segment of my website (that’s the plan, anyway), it seems like a nice way to start the new blogging year.
As a communicator/photographer, these are goals of mine that would bring the ultimate happiness:
  • Photographing a Jewish wedding in Israel (bonus if we can do portraits at the Kotel)
  • Create my own magazine.
  • Be a guest blogger on (or better: be published in) Matha Stewart.
  • Capture Annie Lebowitz (gotta dream big or stay asleep, am I right?).
  • Participate in a campaign shoot for a local business (Target or Aveda count as local businesses…)
  • Be a photojournalist for the Pioneer Press for one day.
  • Capture a dog’s best last day ever.
  • Record a recovery from zero (war, natural disasters, etc).
  • Teach a communication course.
Places I would looooove to photograph:
  • Havana, Cuba
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Santorini, Greece
  • Every single one of Minnesota’s Counties
  • The mountains (it doesn’t matter which ones…)
  • More of Israel (a la Martin Fletcher’s Walking Israel)
  • Amman, Jordan
  • The whole coast of Lake Superior
  • Harper’s Valley, West Virginia
Challenges to stretch my thinking/streaming/photography skills:
Dogwood Photography’s 52 week photo challenge
Watch every one of the American Film Institute’s 100 greatest American films
Popsugar’s reading challenge (even though it is for 2017, it could still work for 2017).
Try the unattempted hobbies in this list of 50
So there it is, all the hopes and goals and dreams that I kick around my head, now out and about online. Will this hold me accountable? Maybe! But no matter what, there is something positive about seeing what you want to accomplish in writing…seeing what can be done with a little focus and even, well, that’s pretty inspiring, and the something definitely worthy of a whole lot of sababa.

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At home on the road. Forever-focused on authenticity and the thrilling art of creation; always found in the moments that leave me breathless and in awe. 

After fourteen years as a high school educator, I stepped back through a door I thought was closed. Journalism came back into my life. Armed with a Masters of Arts in Communication, I was again challenged and prepared to tell the stories that would become history, but with a twist: It is now your legacy of love that I document. The tension I seek is that from every tear, smile, laugh, and moment of love on your wedding day. 


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