Change of Perspective

Musings on Writing, Reading, and Life Narratives

Fiction writers and literary critics speak of point of view. Social scientists are more likely to discuss perspective. But both of these terms refer to essentially the same construct: the consciousness behind the perception and narration of experience. Each individual’s point of view is unique, and point of view shapes the stories people tell to themselves and to others about themselves and their relationships with their environment. The same event narrated from two different perspectives will produce two different stories.

A change of perspective can expand our perception and reframe our thinking about our experiences. We can all benefit from an occasional change of perspective.

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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Photo of the Day

This is Fred, a Royal Palm Turkey, in full strut. Here's what the sign says about Royal Palm turkeys:

Meleagris gallopavo ssp.
  • Bred for ornamental feathers, usually not for meat
  • Are rare and listed as a critical domestic species
  • One of smallest species of turkeys
  • Are active, good flyers, and excellent insect foragers, making them great pest controllers
Fred was strutting his stuff this afternoon at the World Bird Sanctuary in Lone Elk Park, St. Louis County, Missouri. In all his finery, he reminded me of a wedding cake.



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