Lens-Artists Challenge # 57: TAKING A BREAK

Self’s current book, Mihaly Czsikszentmihalyi’s FLOW: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF OPTIMAL EXPERIENCE is a very, very interesting book.

Her son and daughter-in-law were Psychology majors at Claremont, the school where the author taught. In fact, she read about him in the Claremont Graduate University alumni magazine, The Flame.

She is trying to practice Flow thinking (see graph below). She is trying to achieve “complexity” in her consciousness. This will be her project for the rest of the summer.

She thinks this goal is very much tied in with the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: TAKING A BREAK.


Today, she walked downtown, which she hadn’t done in two weeks. Courthouse Square was empty. Nevertheless, the trip was not in vain, for she saw a movie: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Is this a ‘Flow’ experience? Self thinks it is. Watching movies is one of self’s most enjoyable activities.


Mid-Afternoon, Courthouse Square, Redwood City, CA

And, she spends A LOT of time in her garden, where her efforts are repaid with gorgeous blooms like this one, on her Sheila’s Perfume rose:


Sheila’s Perfume, last week of July 2019

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.



  1. Tina Schell said,

    August 3, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    Hmmm, not sure I understand the concept and not likely to study the book so will count on you to share your insights. How did you like the movie? My husband just suggested it but I heard it had lots of violence in it. I hate leaving a movie more stressed than when I went in! Thanks for joining our challenge, you’re right, timing was perfect for our subject this week!

    • August 4, 2019 at 12:11 am

      I enjoyed the movie. I was surprised I related to the Brad Pitt character, I can’t remember that happening in a long time. There IS violence, but most of it in one particular scene that happens towards the end. And it’s a hopeful re-telling of the Sharon Tate story, if you can imagine such a thing. There are a lot of close-ups of not-pretty feet.

      • Tina Schell said,

        August 4, 2019 at 12:48 am

        LOL re the feet. I remember the Sharon Tate story VERY well. So frightening at the time and so very sad.

      • August 4, 2019 at 12:49 am

        Quentin Tarantino is quite the tease, but he never quite goes *there* thank God. I would have left.

  2. JohnRH said,

    August 10, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    Excellent. ‘Go with the flow!’

  3. pattimoed said,

    August 10, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    Great ideas for a break, anthro. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but may wait for it on TV.

    • August 10, 2019 at 4:03 pm

      It’s not as violent as I expected it to be. It’s very long, so waiting for it on TV sounds good.

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