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
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?
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
In the middle of the week I decided to explore the Brooklyn area on the Hawkesbury River, north of Sydney. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time but haven’t had the opportunity. My original intention was to do part of the Great North Walk starting at the foreshore but as a large… Read More Dangar: Abundant Island on the Hawkesbury
Whenever I move to a new city, I like to catch up with local friends. I’d organised with Lorna, my Melbourne friend, to meet at Sorrento and enjoy a day out. It always feels like an adult play-date when we meet; there’s a feeling of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off to it as we give ourselves… Read More Sunny Day in Sorrento
We Are The World is a monthly blogfest which seeks to bring positive stories to light. This is my contribution for July. As human beings,we’re all wounded. Some wounds heal quickly, others can take a lifetime but in our imperfect world there is often an expectation that we should be perfect and so we try… Read More WATB# WeAreTheWorld Blogfest; Showing Our Scars
Can there be anything more exquisitely beautiful than a finely cut piece of jewellery? Even if we can’t afford to buy it, we can admire and appreciate it from afar. In the case of the jewellery and watchmaking of the Cartier family, I had the rare pleasure of visiting the Cartier exhibiton with my grandaughter,… Read More That Cartier Style
Its a tiny town really, located in the North East coast of Tasmania bording the the Bass Strait. Tiny not only because of the human population, but also because it’s a seasonal home for those beautiful creatures, the little penguins who have a rookery at a point named after them. Little penguins are aptly named,only… Read More The Big Little Town of Penguin, Tasmania
In many cultures and spiritual traditions, mountains are the homes of the Gods. So in theory, it felt like the right way to approach a Hindu shrine- walking slowly, mindfully in steep ascent to the limestone cave dedicated to Lord Murugan. But in practice it was an altogether different experience. The humidity took my breath… Read More 272 Steps to the Gods