“Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.” – Wendell Berry “And do you travel with a group…? It’s a familiar question I’m frequently asked, carrying all that is implicit in the questioner’s… Read More The Loneliness of Travel
“Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will.” Jawaharlal Nehru A Now in recovery mode and staying with my family in Canberra, I am invited each saturday morning to watch my grandchildren play in their respective soccer matches . My grandson… Read More Saturday Soccer and The Game of Life
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Lao Tzu I booked the return ticket seven months ago; ihad been only four months before then that I had decided to go. To China. It had been a background dream for many years, my appetite whetted even moreso when I studied Chinese medicine… Read More The journey to my Journey
Melbourne’s weather is changeable, today it’s steel grey skies and chilly temperatures. My canine companion Ed and I are both wearing protective black fur What a difference a week makes! Seven days ago I was having a “playday” with my friend Lorna, who took me along the Bellarine peninsula to lunch with other friends, walk,… Read More Along the Bellarine
It’s time for the monthly “WeAreTheWorld Blogfest, a monthly blog dedicated to brodcasting good news stories of humanity. The cohosts for this month are: Shilpa Garg, Sylvia McGrath ,Belinda WitzenHausen, Dan Antion, Damyanti Biswas. Please take the time to visit their blogs. Two weeks ago, more darkness exploded in our world in the form of… Read More WeAreTheWorldBlogfest: Headscarves for Harmony
“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……
My palms became sweaty, throat tight, veins throbbed and heart pumped overtime. But it was the thoughts which were worst, irrational yet unstoppable ones of plunging to the depths of the ocean. For over 20 years each time I flew, this experience was repeated. Now, reflecting on the past six years of constant travel in… Read More Taking Flight: A Cure for My Fear of Flying
I ask myself this question on the eve of the 6th anniversary of falling into this lifestyle. Why spiritual? Well there’s an aspect of service to the greater good about it, as you help pets feel peaceful and comfortable in their owner’s absence and also the owners feel less guilty in taking a break. Of… Read More Is House Sitting a Spiritual Vocation?
I love movies almost as much as I love books. Almost. Australian, American, English,French, Iranian, Jewish-if the film is good I’ll enjoy it. When I get a chance I take the opportunity to visit my favourite cinemas where I can enhance the cinematic experience with a good coffee/ wine and cheese platter. There’s something sacred… Read More At The Movies-in Style
“Camera lies all the time. It’s all it does is lie, because when you choose this moment instead of this moment, when you… the moment you’ve made a choice, you’re lying about something larger. ‘Lying’ is an ugly word. I don’t mean lying. But any artist picks and chooses what they want to paint or… Read More Do Portraits Lie ?