Embrace Your Inner Activist

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” ~ Elie Wiesel I have a challenge for you, dear readers – I want you to embrace your […]

The Coral Bird

“Our memory is a more perfect world than the universe: it gives back life to those who no longer exist.” ~ Guy de Maupassant   When I was growing up my mother’s parents, Ceddie and Marga, owned a boat (first a yacht and later a motor cruiser) and they would often take us out into Moreton […]

A Moodle on Noodles…

“The saddest thing about selling out is just how cheaply most of us do it for.” ~ James Bernard Frost For a very brief moment yesterday I thought I’d hit the blogging big time. I was approached to do a review of cup noodles on my blog ‘based on my blog’s successful readership and suitable […]

Reflections From A Cancer Clinic Waiting Room

“From even the greatest of horrors irony is seldom absent.” ~ H.P. Lovecraft, Tales of H.P. Lovecraft A small family cluster of us sat endlessly in the waiting room of a cancer clinic yesterday. It was a busy place, at a busy hospital. On the way to the clinic, we’d passed a young woman who […]

Everything Will Wait, Except The Things That Can’t

“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.” ~ Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey   Illness has taught me many things. One of them is that most things can wait. Strangely, it has also shown me that […]

The Importance of Meeting for Coffee

“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.”  ~ Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey   I was talking to a friend on the phone yesterday. She’s like so many of my friends right now. Exhausted. Overwhelmed. A […]

My Whole Life I Was Wrong

“If I am right, Thy grace impart Still in the right to stay; If I am wrong, O, teach my heart To find that better way!” ~ Alexander Pope, Moral Essays   My whole life I was wrong. I laboured under the illusion that I needed to be perfect. More beautiful. Thinner. My relationships harmonious. My […]

Lovely, Lovely 3am

“You were born and with you endless possibilities, very few ever to be realized.  It’s okay.  Life was never about what you could do, but what you would do. ” ~ Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway: Quotes, Verse, & Grumblings for Every Day of the Year   Every day, since I was around twelve years old, I […]

Don’t tell me how good you are. Show me…

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ” ~ John F. Kennedy “Talk is cheap.” ~ Anonymous Today’s post has come about in part after watching a good friend be deeply wounded and disillusioned by the bullying actions of some […]

A Day without Context has No Meaning

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it.” ~ Edith Wharton Yesterday was my birthday.  Last night a girlfriend called to see how my day had gone. “Did you spoil yourself?” she asked. “Did you get massages, and go somewhere fabulous to eat, and get heaps of […]

When is it okay to break a promise?

I take giving my word very seriously. Promises made are never made lightly, and since childhood I have rarely needed to break one. But I’m going to break one now. This isn’t information I’d normally share, but I have given so much thought to this that I felt my musings might be helpful to someone […]

Defining Your Priorities in Life

Life is short. Life is precious. And in our lives we need to be able to fit into a limited amount of time the things that will satisfy us, grow us, and make us happy. So many people that I know have this terrible sense of never having enough time, and never getting around to […]

Advice for strong people who aren’t coping…

Strong people are used to coping. They are used to leading.  They are used to taking charge.  Strong people are able to put their own hurt and exhaustion aside when others rely them, or the job needs to get done. They are not good at sharing their pain or asking for help. You know who […]

How You Can Change the World

I’m here with some good news.  You are powerful, and you can make a difference in our world! Have you noticed that much of the world media is focussed primarily upon the negative, and it builds a vibration of fear and uncertainty around our futures?  Many of us are reeling under the constant barrage of […]

Rescue helicopters, cupcakes and caring…

Most of us expect that when we’re in trouble help will come.  And we never know what that trouble might look like – a fire, a flood, a car accident, a sudden illness, a job loss or the death of a loved one. We never think it will be us, and heaven knows I hope […]

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