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Quote Friday #14

“She stiffened a little on the kerb, waiting for Durtnall’s van to pass. A charming woman, Scrope Purvis thought her (knowing her as one does know people who live next to one in Westminster); a touch of the bird about her, of the jay, blue-green, light, vivacious, though she was over fifty, and grown very white since her illness. There she perched, never seeing him, waiting to cross, very upright. For having lived in Westminster – how many years now?...

Quote Friday #12

A quote about baby boomers… ‘How prosperous, how influential, how they had flourished under a government they had despised for almost seventeen years. Talking ’bout my generation. Such energy, such luck. Nurtured in the post-war settlement with the State’s own milk and juice, and then sustained by their parents’ tentative, innocent prosperity, to come of age in full employment, new universities, bright paperback books, the Augustan age of rock and roll, affordable ideals. When the ladder crumbled behind them, when...

Used To Used To Used To

I’ve spent this week in Vanuatu on a short-term work assignment. It’s been great revisiting an aid program I used to be a part of, a program that brings the churches in Vanuatu together to work on development projects. I know the people involved, and it’s nice to catch up with old friends, but also strange, because I’m just dipping my toe in the water and then leaving again. I’m not around for the long-term. The people here know that,...

Quote Friday #11

Did you see the Pixar movie Brave? Man, it is so good. A warrior princess who won’t conform, an ancient curse, a broken bond between mother and daughter, the push and pull of love and independence. This week’s Quote Friday quote made me think about that film. “There is no problem being brave if one is not afraid.” Tove Jansson...

Quote Friday #10

I made note of this week’s quote when walking around the Van Gogh exhibition with my friend Ivy back in July. The painting in the photo, called Tree trunks in the grass, seems especially suitable for this time of year. All the little grass flowers are coming up in Melbourne: if Van Gogh were here, I’m sure he would have had his brushes out. “What am I in the eyes of most people — a nonentity, an eccentric, or an unpleasant...

Quote Friday #8

I’m a worrier. Are you? I go over and over things in my mind, and I’m harsh on myself, too. Particularly when I have a job or project to do, I berate myself for not being good enough. Experience has shown that my work generally IS good enough, but I sometimes find that hard to really believe in the moment. I find this quote helps me to focus, relax, and get on with the show. “Do your best And leave...

Quote Friday #7

As you may be aware (hopefully by now!), I’m a SeaChange fan. The regularity with which lines and scenes from SeaChange enter my head, given it finished in 2000, is possibly cause for psychological intervention. Regardless, they do, and this week’s Quote Friday quote is from SeaChange Series 1 Episode 12 – Perchance to Dream. In the episode, Kevin, the local caravan park owner, and his son Trevor, are preparing to set sail. Kevin, who is a little dim but...

Quote Friday #6

The quote below is one that resonates with me. I’ve changed a few words from the original (changed ‘God’ to ‘the universe’) – I think that’s fine, the sentiment is the same. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, clever, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to...