Quote Friday #13

“What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.” Crowfoot...

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...

Taking Stock: September

I have to get up at 4am tomorrow for my flight from Port Vila to Sydney. Which is in 7 hours. So what better thing to do than Taking Stock for September? Making: plans for Saturday night. Escape room + Chinese hot pot for a friend’s birthday Cooking: nada Drinking: Tasker beer, Vanuatu’s nambawan brew Reading: A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre (did you know that ‘Le Carre’ is a pseudonym and means ‘the square’? John The Square....

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...

Taking Stock: August

As winter (technically) draws to a close here in Melbourne town, it’s time to take stock: Making: fingerless gloves Cooking: nothing. Steve is doing all the cooking around here. Thank you Steve x Drinking: Hot water with lemon and honey. I don’t know if it really does much, but it tastes nice Reading: Saturday by Ian McEwan Trawling: through reviews of Still Writing by Dani Shapiro on Goodreads. I read it first in 2015, then again these past few days....

The View from Bed

Eerrrrrgghh. I’ve been struck down by the delightful ailment known as ‘strep throat’. So close to the end of winter, I was starting to feel pretty pleased that I hadn’t been sick when almost everyone else I know has been. ‘I’m so tough!’ I thought. ‘It must be the pure lifestyle I lead!’ BAM. Struck down. Thank you very much, powers that be. I think I needed that. I’m not great at being sick. I mean, who is, really, but...

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...