Those who can, do. Those who can't teach. ?

I've always had some difficulty writing blogs. I feel like a blog should be written only from a place of authority; a place where you teach others how to do something that potentially they do not already know how to do. Old school thinking? Possibly.

So, my intent with this blog is to do a little of both. Curiosity is one of the best gifts the human race has. It leads to more learning and beautiful, intense connections between human beings. One teaching and one learning. Then the listener becomes the teacher. It's a perfect circle.

I will share what I learn every day. Some very small and seemingly insignificant subjects and others, that equip me with major life lessons. Hopefully in between I will be able to teach a few things as well. Because I know graphic design, I will more-than-likely involve that in a lot of the "teaching" segments. However, as I'm learning, a blog can be a gorgeous melting pot of anything and everything.

So, here goes nothing...(forthcoming in my next writing). I welcome your thoughts, comments, and criticisms too. Like I said, I'm here to learn too!

With kindest regards,

Insight Design Solutions, Inc & Insight Design Reserve

Anastasia Athans-Stothoff


Those who can, do. Those who can't teach. ?

LEARN This entry is a learning blog. I've been on a "crypto-binge" as of late. Playing and solving cryptograms as a wind-down to my day. For those of you who may not be familiar with the game; a cryptogram is a word game where a paragraph or quote is solved by substituting real alphabet letters for the hidden letters. For example, an "A" might actually be represented as a "Z" in the puzzle. (Clue). Here's a simple cryptogram I just made up: RZCV Z PEEW WZQ. I'll hold on to the answer for fun — just in case anyone wants to give it a try. So, more to the point, it occurred to me that cryptograms/sudoku/crossword puzzles, etc., may be popular for a couple reasons: 1.) Competition. Don't we love to compete!? I know I have a competitive streak in me. I keep it in check, but it's still there. Maybe it's part of a fight or flight response (I want to secure my place in the world) or the survival-of-the-fittest component, (If I exercise and strengthen, i will live longer). 2.) Compartmentalization. It's a way to "fix" life, if you will. That's a bit dramatic, but I do belive that because we can't control so many things in life, i.e., death, these games help us to gain some level of control. In the world of puzzles, there is always a right way and a wrong way. There is always a definitive answer. This is so rare for us in life. How are the stocks doing? Am I gaining or losing money? Will I retain my current work position in this economy? Will my love continue loving me back? Will I be healthy five years from now? Will I be alive five years from now? It's a throw of the dice. Yes, we can make some positive choices that will head us in the right direction, but when push comes to shove, how much is really up to us? There is a third reason these riddles keep us occupied. Maybe we quite simply enjoy them. I would like to think this is the true reason I like cryptograms. They're just a bit of fun to relax to. And I suppose that in itself is a very good reason. We can all use more fun — no matter the guise. PS Remember the cryptogram! All my best, Anastasia


Lyndon Wood


Those who can, do. Those who can't teach. ?

Blogs are used for a variety of reasons and be personal or commercial. For me I actually really enjoy sharing what I know and reading things that I do not know. Equally important is to have your own opinion too. I tend to be biased towards business guidance in a hope to encourage and help people build small or large businesses that help them contribute back and look after their families. The important thing is to keep it true to you and what you believe in not what everyone may want to hear. Maintain your expert status by blogging about what you do and interact on other blogs to show your interest with others as well. Ask why are you blogging? for what purpose? what end result? this can be simply to log your ideas and knowledge and to share with others that is a huge gain in its own right, helping. Good Luck here when you want me. L


Gordon Wheaton


Those who can, do. Those who can't teach. ?

Good blog Anastasia. I do agree with you. Blogs are good to teach Regards Gordon


George Emsden


Those who can, do. Those who can't teach. ?

Anastasia Always thought GBS's above saying was rubbish - teaching can be the best job in the world. Regarding blogging, my main piece of advice is get a coach! Mine was Antony Parry, a retired Reuter's journalist without whom, I would have written very little. HTH


Julia McDaid


Those who can, do. Those who can't teach. ?

I agree with what Andrew says. No, a blog does not have to teach. Share learnings, lovely, raise discussions, express opinions, write what your heart wants to share, whatever that might be... all good :-) Just write what you feel like, as long as its not knocking anyone else, though you dont strike me as soemone who would do that ;-)


Andrew Field


Those who can, do. Those who can't teach. ?

Let your blogs be an expression from the heart... it does not matter if it has been said by others before, it does not have to teach. Allow yourself to stimulate the thoughts of others so that you may learn about the diversity of this blogging world... sometimes you may bore, sometimes you may excite. What counts is being a part, the interaction, the joy and sometimes the sadness...