“Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war. ” Loren Eiseley As summer approaches it’s (supposed) end, I’ve been visiting a few beaches with the purpose of… Read More If Life Is a Beach Then……
Records are being broken; yes its summer but unlike other summers past. The seasonal heat, its intensity, duration and coverage, has changed making it hard to enjoy the beauty and languor of the summer holidays in Australia. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-18/bom-warns-of-scorching-sydney-weather-with-top-of-45c/10723824 How we live our lives during such a time has changed-aircon is essential not optional, (thank you… Read More Saturday Morning, Sydney Harbour, Heatwave Hangover
“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.” Eleonora Duse This time of year can be hectic, stressful and… Read More Small Moments of Joy
“There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.” Aldous Huxley When we view something, what is it that we see? How the presenter of the thing wants us to see it, in other words a “curated” version? Or does what we perceive activate a part of… Read More The Presence of Absence or Ways of Looking at the World.
Bathers, togs, cozzie, swimmers; all AustraIian names for swimwear . It’s that time of year when you reassess your swimming gear in preparation for the swimming season ahead. Of course if you’re lucky enough to be in a warm climate where the weather is living up to its seasonal expectations, then you are able to… Read More Swimming Season
The passenger in the aisle seat opened his package and the delicious aroma of falafel filled the air. “Don’t you like airline food? ” I asked “Well, I’m vegetarian” he replied. ” Me too” And so we began to talk about a shared interest. The topic moved onto Tasmania, the apple isle we were leaving.… Read More Conversations on Trains and Planes
Through serendipity, I was invited by a local Brisbane-ite to accompany her to visit her mother, a fount of local knowledge. Nothing unusual about that except for the fact that her mother is Indigenous and lives on an island in Moreton Bay, near Brisbane. We took a ferry from the Redland Marina on a sunny… Read More The Hidden History of the Islands in the Bay
You feel it the minute you arrive in the Sunshine state; a loosening not just of clothing but an easing up in your approach to life. After three months of experiencing winter in three different states, Tasmania, the ACT and Victoria, I arrived on an overcast, wet day in Brisbane, Queensland. Although the sun didn’t… Read More That Queenslander Feeling
This is the 16th installment of this blogfest which seeks to promote positive stories of humanity to counter the miasma of constant negativity of mainstream news. The cohosts for this month are: Simon Falk, Andrea Michaels, Shilpa Garg, Sylvia Stein, Belinda Witzenhausen. Please visit their blogs for other inspiring stories. I love this story of… Read More WeAreTheWorldBlogfest; Who Has The Right To Beauty?
“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” George Orwell Sometimes we forget that history is not fixed but open to interpretation. Some stories, cultures and peoples are over-represented in modern Australian history while others remain hidden. “Every moment happens twice: inside and outside, and… Read More When Artists Make Our History