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16 Quotes on Politicians from American Humorist Will Rogers

“This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.”
– Will Rogers

2.) “I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.”
– Will Rogers

American humorist, writer and actor Will Rogers

American humorist, writer and actor Will Rogers

It is fascinating to me how Rogers’ quips, written in the early 1900’s, resonate so soundly today. His biting wisdom and humor held both Republican and Democrat feet to his sarcastic fire when he felt they deserved it, which was often.

3.) “Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.”
– Will Rogers

How appropriate for today! Think of the influence that John Stewart and Bill Maher (comedians) have on the voting public.

“William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers (November 4, 1879 – August 15, 1935) was an American cowboy, vaudeville performer, humorist, social commentator and motion picture actor. He was one of the world’s best-known celebrities in the 1920s and 1930s.” via Wikipedia

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…and that’s why I love to sing.

“Have fun while you can ’cause fate’s an awful thing. You can never tell what might happen and that’s why I love to sing.” – T-Bone Walker

T-Bone Walker (1910-1975)

T-Bone Walker (1910-1975)

This quote from T-Bone Walker, one of my heros of the blues, sums up life for me. I enjoy my life and career in television, video production and photography, but before all that I was, and continue to be, a singer and lyricist. It’s an integral part of who I am. I don’t make a living at it, but I will continue doing it as long as I am alive.

When I am singing I can suspend everything else in my mind, all the ups and downs and rocks in the road of life, and just be “in the moment” with the song.

It calms me and makes me happy to be alive at the same time …and that’s why I love to sing. – Trace

What about you?

Trace. Photo by: Rick Moore

Trace. Photo by: Rick Moore

What takes you to a place where you can feel alive and “in the moment?”
I would love to hear about it, please comment below. Thanks.

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Taking ProBlogger Advice! Time Management Quotes that Help me Cope

It’s Thursday morning, my scheduled weekly deadline for this blog, and yet I have been too busy to generate any new posts this week. So what to do? Just yesterday I tweeted this post from Darren Rowse’s excellent blog (@ProBlogger):
One Activity You Should Do On Your Blog Every Day
In it, Darren talks about publishing new posts from older ones that have performed well in the past, a way to expose new readers to previously generated content. SO, that fits in perfectly with my situation this morning!

I hope you enjoy the quotes, songs and tips here, things that help me cope with one of my biggest headaches in life, Time Management!

Thanks for tuning in, Trace

Waking up to a mental list of tasks, agonizing over opportunities missed, juggling work and home life AND time to write consistently for this blog, it all gives me a headache! As an entrepreneur (freelancer) I constantly struggle with “time management”. How do I keep groceries on the table, and pursue tasks that are closer to my own personal visions for the rest of my days? The only ANSWER I know is – Keep working on it. It’s easy to let the multitude of tasks and commitments at hand get the best of us, if we let it.

Wait a minute!

There are many great articles written from a practical business standpoint which address this issue. Most boil down to some simple ideas:
1. Make lists of tasks and then prioritize: Work on the most important things first.
2. Give yourself credit for small things, simple tasks completed. Pat yourself on the back when you reach small milestones. Many people are waiting for the BIG GLORIOUS VICTORY before they give themselves any credit. Sometimes that victory never comes. Don’t worry about it, celebrate small victories as they happen.
3. Schedule specific times for specific tasks. Like this blog, I schedule every Wednesday evening and early Thursday mornings to complete at least one post a week. It’s HARD, amidst everything else in my life, but I get it done because I have it SCHEDULED.

There is an interesting and in depth post this week from Entrepreneur Magazine – Read it here > 10 Time Management Tips that Work

“I am guilty of a dreadful selfish crime. I have robbed myself of all my precious time” – Robert Earl Keen

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posted by Tracy Ready in Psychology,The Social Freelancer,Writing and have Comments (2)

The allure of a Texas river… Photography

Ideas, like large rivers, never have just one source.- Willy Ley
I have always been drawn to rivers. Near them, I can be alone with my thoughts and yet still connected with the rest of the planet. It’s all tied to my youth, and much time spent splashing around in streams, skipping stones and camping with my family, most often near some stretch of serene river.

The feeling of being connected and yet all alone is still with me today, and rivers have become one of my favorite photographic challenges as well.

I have spent much of the last 25 years bouncing back and forth between Dallas and San Antonio, Texas, personally, professionally and musically. In my travels I try to avoid the mind numbing Interstate experience in favor of Texas Highway 281 and the towns and scenes along that path. Recently I took these shots of the Pedernales and Blanco rivers in the Texas Hill Country, compiling a collection of images for a video to the song The Flood by Trace Relations.

Pedernales River, LBJ Ranch, Texas

Pedernales River, LBJ Ranch, Texas


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Quotes that Resonate from The Social Freelancer

I have found when things are working well in my writing process, a catch phrase or sentence will emerge that resonates well with the reader. Generally these are not thoughts that I had when I sat down to write. They come out organically, as I am thinking through and working on the piece at hand.

Is anyone listening?


For me, writing is about reaching a comfortable “stream of conciousness” where my brain is active and flowing with ideas, but not so fast that my typing hands can’t keep up.

This is not easy to attain in my experience, but sometimes, thankfully, it happens. The quotes listed below originated in such moments.

When I see something I wrote shared on Facebook or Twitter, it helps my writer psyche. It gives me insight into the moments when my writing was smooth, not just clunking along as is so often the case. It lets me know that I am connecting with someone. Someone thought enough of what I wrote to share it with their friends. It helps me to trust the feeling that I get when things really start to flow and not quit and walk away as I sometimes do when I am feeling like no one cares.

Quotes from The Social Freelancer ™:

YES, you are invited to share, but please include credit of my @TraceTV or @freelancesocial Twitter profiles.

HOW? On Twitter, use the RT (retweet), Reply and Follow buttons below each quote. On Facebook, copy and paste the quote text into your status update. Thanks!

Which of these quotes resonates with you? Please comment in the section provided at bottom of this post. I appreciate your feedback. ~ Trace


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