Talking to Dragons

“Always speak politely to an enraged dragon.” ~ Steven Brust, Jhereg   It’s after 3am. An odd time to be posting a blog. Still. I’m wide awake. I might as well stay up now so that I can do my morning meditate soon, as is my daily practice. It’s been one of those nights. The […]

The Rock, the River and the Mountain

“…your memory is a warm stone hidden in my hand I’m always turning over…” ~ John Geddes, A Familiar Rain “I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but […]

Auntie and the Fairy Mound

“Come away, O human child! To the waters and the wild With a faery, hand in hand, For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.”  ~ W.B. Yeats, The Collected Poems Another post that links in to my Kimberley Story… Like most stories, mine is not a linear one. It would be so much […]

The Gift of Feathers

“Now you got your Story, your Spirit no longer lost. That Dreaming inside you make you understand who you are. That Story how you gonna walk this world.” ~ Auntie The next installment of my Kimberley Story… It was late in the afternoon. The shadows were long, the air had cooled and a light breeze […]

Sorry Business

“To weep is to make less the depth of grief.” ~ William Shakespeare The next installment of my Kimberley Story… I cannot tell you how I knew that Little Aunty had passed away. I do not know how the Aboriginal stockman knew it either. But here we were, sitting in the front of his vehicle, driving back […]

Little Bird

“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.”  ~ Robert Frost The next installment of my Kimberley Story… Auntie, the old barefoot Aboriginal Elder in her faded pink dress, had turned up in my dream before she ever turned up in my waking hours. And when we finally met she promised me that she would take […]

Show me dem hands…

“If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh The next installment of my Kimberley Story… […]

Night Flying and Cups of Tea

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”  ~ Leonardo da Vinci   The next installment of my Kimberley story… Do you know what it’s like to sit in a bush kitchen with a barefoot […]

Out in the wilderness…

“Funny how “question” contains the word “quest” inside it, as though any small question asked is a journey through briars.”  ~ Catherynne M. Valente, Under in the Mere “Say it, reader. Say the word ‘quest’ out loud. It is an extraordinary word, isn’t it? So small and yet so full of wonder, so full of hope.”  ~ Kate […]

You See Dem Owls?

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” ~ e.e. cummings So, back to my story about the Kimberley owls… Have you ever wanted to run away from yourself? Twenty years ago or so, when I arrived at this remote cattle station at the top end of western Australia – a […]

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