30 December 2014

Unexpected dialogue: "Shall I hold the penguin?"

So, I went over to Waiheke with my friend Rachael to see her sister Miranda Hawthorn's art exhibition at The Red Shed at Palm Beach. We had a nice lunch, ate an ice cream in idyllic surroundings on a Summer day.... 

then ...

... with 651 people crammed on to a ferry, I stood by the gate so as to be near life jackets and exits.... only to hear myself say, "Shall I hold the penguin?"

Never heard myself say such a thing before! 

The ferry staff were transporting an injured penguin to a refuge.

I held the penguin in a box while they roped the ferry to the pier, opened the gates, etc. Then I saw the crew person hand the box to an elderly lady. First off the ferry, I walked alongside the woman and learned the boxed bird was to go to the Bird Lady in Rothesay Bay.

The woman said, "Traffic will be horrible. It had to come on the 4 PM ferry!"

I replied that I lived near the Bird Lady and could do the delivery if she liked. She gripped the box tighter.... until I said I was a member of NZ Forest & Bird. 

So Jane and Richie arrive to collect me and stroll along the nearby picnic area, ... only to find me with a penguin in a box under my arm!

Off we go to the local Bird Lady who invited us in to see what the problem with the penguin was, and to see the rest of her guests; kingfishers, young tui, wood pigeons, young gulls who had washed off a flat roof and down a pipe into the gutter at the feet of a compassionate passerby, a rosella, other penguins and an adolescent Morepork owl!

Fascinating woman. 
Fascinating day. 

"Shall I hold the penguin?" may be the oddest line of dialogue I ever utter.

09 December 2014

Practical wisdom and why we need to value it

by David Blockley, directly quoted from Oxford University Press blog

“Some people who do not possess theoretical knowledge 
are more effective in action (especially if they are experienced) than others who do possess it.”

Aristotle was referring, in his Nicomachean Ethics, to an attribute called practical wisdom – a quality that many modern engineers have – but our western intellectual tradition has completely lost sight of. I will describe briefly what Aristotle wrote about practical wisdom, argue for its recognition and celebration and state that we need consciously to utilise it as we face up to the uncertainties inherent in the engineering challenges of climate change.

Necessarily what follows is a simplified account of complex and profound ideas. Aristotle saw five ways of arriving at the truth – he called them art (ars, techne), science (episteme), intuition (nous), wisdom (sophia), and practical wisdom – sometimes translated as prudence (phronesis). Ars or techne (from which we get the words art and technical, technique and technology) was concerned with production but not action. Art had a productive state, truly reasoned, with an end (i.e. a product) other than itself (e.g. a building). It was not just a set of activities and skills of craftsman but included the arts of the mind and what we would now call the fine arts. The Greeks did not distinguish the fine arts as the work of an inspired individual – that came only after the Renaissance. So techne as the modern idea of mere technique or rule-following was only one part of what Aristotle was referring to.
Episteme (from which we get the word epistemology or knowledge) was of necessity and eternal; it is knowledge that cannot come into being or cease to be; it is demonstrable and teachable and depends on first principles. Later, when combined with Christianity, episteme as eternal, universal, context-free knowledge has profoundly influenced western thought and is at the heart of debates between science and religion. Intuition or nous was a state of mind that apprehends these first principles and we could think of it as our modern notion of intelligence or intellect. Wisdom or sophia was the most finished form of knowledge – a combination of nous and episteme.

Aristotle thought there were two kinds of virtues, the intellectual and the moral. Practical wisdom or phronesis was an intellectual virtue of perceiving and understanding in effective ways and acting benevolently and beneficently. It was not an art and necessarily involved ethics, not static but always changing, individual but also social and cultural. As an illustration of the quotation at the head of this article, Aristotle even referred to people who thought Anaxagoras and Thales were examples of men with exceptional, marvelous, profound but useless knowledge because their search was not for human goods...

03 December 2014

Cam Semmens: poet, philosopher, prophetic comedian

Petite poetic queries.
Deep humor.

Cameron Semmens books of poetry are probing humor.


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18 November 2014

Brooke Fraser: Trying new things with Brutal Romantic

"Being a beginner again I think is healthy... at every stage of life." -Brooke Fraser

 A Radio New Zealand interview video ranges widely from creative process to musing about suffering in the lives of people we love.

Brooke affirms her Christian faith but thinks labels are rather two dimensional and pigeon holing. I agree. There's so much more to her, and most people, than what media can describe.

Brooke's love of words started young and has born fruit in ways she didn't imagine. As a teenager, Brooke wanted to be a journalist. A prolific reader, she continues to learn and grow and stretch and create.

Her latest album, Brutal Romantic, is available on iTunes and other retailers. It opened at #1 on NZ charts. Her tour dates for North America, Australia and New Zealand can be found at her terrific Kiwi designed website.

Watch Kings & Queens video here.

I love her sense of humour and groundedness. She knows who she is and fights to maintain her identity in what could otherwise be a crazy industry and lifestyle.

Follow @brookefraser and @ninetonoon on Twitter

10 November 2014

Suffering: respond kindly, with gentleness and grace.

Be kind. Give a little. Let grace, gratitude and generosity win the day, or each battle as it comes.

A Maori whakataukī or proverb:
He aha te mea nui? He tangata. He tangata. He tangata.
What is the most important thing? It is people. It is people. It is people.

Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines a year ago. Remember?
NZ's South Island had two devastating earthquakes 3 1/2 years ago. Remember? What's no longer in headlines is still an unwelcome reality for the locals.

Tornados through Joplin, MO, and southern Indiana.... tsunamis that devastated the lives of people in parts of Thailand, India and the region... fires, floods, violence, accidents... a friend's dad died yesterday.... attended a baby's funeral last Friday.... someone's just gotten out of prison; someone else has just gone in... surgery is planned; "Further treatment won't help. I'm sorry."

Refugees wait, or try to resettle as foreigners. Foster kids wait, wondering why and what next? Identity confusion, addiction, insecurity, depression, abuse....

There is so much we cannot fix, but we can respond. We can be kind to each person we meet, not knowing the battles each faces. The common ground is our shared humanity.

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29 October 2014

Psychosocial: is it social media or just projection of a fiction?

Is how we're perceived, or projected, on social media who we really are? Not that we must bare our souls online, it's just that fiction should be labeled as such.

Brooke Fraser's new song Psychosocial addresses the dichotomy between real connectedness and the isolation of social media.

Brooke Fraser, "I think where things get sticky is that we have all this connectivity without connection, and we as humans if we're online, are more accessible than ever but more isolated and lonely than ever."


31 August 2014

Kobayashi Issa haiku, This world is dew...

Kobayashi Issa, a haiku master in the 18th century, wrote:

“This world of dew
is a world of dew,
And yet, and yet. ...”

Toni Bernhardt writes, "This short gem makes vivid the fleeting nature of life. Almost as soon as we see the dew, it changes to something else. The last line inspires me to question my fixed views about this turn my life has taken. Yes, I'm sick. "And yet, and yet..." Might there not be unexpected wonders awaiting me nonetheless?

Issa's haiku from The Essential Haiku, trans. by Robert Hass.

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26 August 2014

The Story is between...

"Facts alone are never the whole story. The space between the facts is where the story is." ~ Leonard Sweet

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25 August 2014

Richie the Dog: smart & punctual

My dog knows how to tell time. Yep! Seriously.

I'm sitting here in my red reading chair drinking a beautiful cup of Assam tea, when Richie gives me the look.

I then look at the clock on the bookshelf over my right shoulder.
Yep. 6:00 ON THE NOSE!

So I thanked him for reminding me, got up and fed him.

RNZFB Guide dog NZ labrador
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24 August 2014

Making sense of the Middle East, challenging over time

Maps that help explain the Middle East, how the region has evolved, devolved and who the influencers are over time.

It's so easy to be myopic. We are chronologically challenged, limited by time and space and worldview.

Check it out:

It's easy to forget that, for centuries, Christianity was predominantly a religion of Middle Easterners, who in turn converted Europeans.


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21 August 2014

Absent Minded Reader: Library Lapse

Went to the library to pick up a book I knew to be in and available.
Searched a few other titles,
Eavesdropped on conversations,
Smelt the aroma of books.....
Checked out two other books.
Only now realised I didn't get the book I went for.

20 August 2014

Jesus was a bum? By choice or circumstance?

Jesus was a bum? By choice or circumstance?
"Homelessness, from this perspective, is viewed not as an individual choice but rather as the by-product of wider economic, political and social forces. Myles argues that Jesus’ homelessness has become largely romanticized in recent biblical scholarship. Is the flight to Egypt, for instance, important primarily for its recasting of Jesus as the new Moses, or should the basic narrative of forced displacement take centre stage? The remedy, Myles contends, is to read directly against the grain of contemporary scholarship by interpreting Jesus’ homelessness through his wider economic, political and social context, as it is encoded in the biblical text.

To demonstrate how ideology is complicit in shaping the interpretation of a homeless Jesus, a selection of texts from the Gospel of Matthew is re-read to amplify the destitution, desperation and constraints on agency that are integral to a critical understanding of homelessness. What emerges is a refreshed appreciation for the deviancy of Matthew’s Jesus, in which his status as a displaced and expendable outsider is identified as contributing to the conflict and violence of the narrative, leading ultimately to his execution on the cross.

In this provocative new reading of the Gospel of Matthew, Robert J. Myles explores the disjuncture between Jesus and homelessness by exposing the political biases of modern Western readers."

I do NOT necessarily endorse this book, but the reasoning presented in the above publisher's note does grab my attention. We read through our own social, chronological, economical, racial, political, personal filters.

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11 August 2014

Islamic State: Sorry state for displaced innocents

It's difficult to make sense of events happening far away to strange peoples with whom we have little affinity other than being human.

My recent travels, within a land torn by identity and religion, to a secular Muslim country, to a thoroughly Islamic country, have been insightful in ways I didn't expect. To hear the muezzin call throughout the day and to feel disoriented, over a period of weeks, challenges my sense of normal and brings everything under acute observation.

I've heard stories, sipped cups of tea, seen the pride and love in parents' eyes as they introduce me to their children. I've been helped, informed, guided, warned and even harboured by locals. They are people with names and faces and preferences in ice cream or juices. They have hopes and dreams and fears. We have much in common with them.

So when I hear of radical splinter groups like the Islamic State terrorising everyone who thinks differently than they do, indignation rises. Injustice cannot be blinked at. While it's difficult sometimes to know what to do, we cannot ignore and hope to continue unaffected by it all. What's happening is not ok.

Ethics, economics
You may think me an impractical idealist, ranting about obscure happenings a world away. Please note, you will be affected. When people's lives are so severely disrupted, they die or move. You may not notice if they die; you never knew them. You will notice if they move because they move into your country, your city, your neighbourhood, your school. They may vie for your job or rely on your tax dollars for survival. I've seen this with my own eyes in my work with refugees in New Zealand and my experience in Africa.

There are higher motives for caring about what's happening in northern Iraq than personal self interests, but I appeal to those if nothing else. It pays in practical tangible ways to be a participating global citizen, as well as the ethical and moral imperatives as human beans in this huge pod together.

Who is under attack and why? It's rather exclusively inclusive.
By Joshua Berlinger, (CNN) –

In a church in Irbil, 40-day-old Yeshua lies asleep in a crib, his sister playfully rocking him. It's a peaceful scene. Their mother watches over them, but her face shows the fear and despair many Iraqi minorities have felt over the past few days.

The Sunni militant group ISIS, which calls itself the Islamic State, has steamrolled into Iraq's north, forcing hundreds of thousands of minorities from their homes. The militants have beheaded some who won't bend to their will and are "putting people's heads on spikes" to terrorize others, a senior U.S. administration official said.

Nearly 40,000 Yazidis are trapped on the top of Mount Sinjar with few resources; many with just the clothes on their back, U.S. President Barack Obama said in an address late Thursday evening.

"These innocent families are faced with a horrible choice," Obama said. "Descend the mountain and be slaughtered, or stay and slowly die of thirst and hunger."

So who are these people being threatened by the Islamic State?
And why do the militant Islamists have them in their cross hairs?

The majority of the world's Turkmen, a Turkic-speaking, traditionally nomadic people, live in Turkmenistan and elsewhere in Central Asia.

But a small minority of them can be found in the Middle East, primarily in northern Iraq, Iran and Turkey.

eThe city of Tal Afar, whose population is mostly made up of Turkmen, was caught in the crossfire of sectarian violence between Shiites and Sunnis during the recent Iraq war - a suicide attack killed 150 people in 2007. The city's population dwindled from about 200,000 to 80,000 in just a few years.

Sunni Turkmen make up 1% to 2% of Iraq's population, according to the State Department. A smaller group of Shia Turkmen live there, as well.

Despite the risk ISIS poses to Yazidis, Turkmen, Christians and the country's other minorities, the risk to Iraq's majority Shia Muslims is far more widespread.

In their quest to create an Islamic caliphate stretching from Syria to Iraq, ISIS has targeted Shiites in both countries.

In June, the group claimed on Twitter that it killed at least 1,700 Shiites in June. ISIS is also fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces in Syria. Assad is a member of the Alawite sect, on offshoot of Shia Islam.

Like many of the minorities in in the Nineveh province, Shiites and Alawites have been labeled as infidels by ISIS. Shiites outnumber Sunnis in Iraq on the whole. Most of Baghdad is predominantly Shiite, but large portions of Iraq's western and northern territories contain Sunni majority populations.

The Yazidis
The Yazidis are one of the world's smallest and oldest monotheistic religious minorities. Their religion is considered a pre-Islamic sect that draws from Christianity, Judaism and the ancient monotheistic religion of Zoroastrianism.

Yazidis worship one God and honor seven angels. Unlike Muslims and Christians, they reject the idea of sin, the devil and hell itself. Many Muslims regard them as devil-worshippers because the Yazidis revere an angel who, their tradition holds, refused to obey God.

Their religious differences have made them a target for persecution throughout history, most recently during the U.S. war in Iraq - in 2007, more than 700 people were killed when suicide bombers attacked a Yazidi village. Before that, they were targeted for centuries under the rule of the Ottoman Empire.

President Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry have said that if the Yazidis are not protected, their slaughter could quickly escalate to a genocide.

To help the trapped people, the U.S. has sent them humanitarian airdrops. Obama has authorized airstrikes against the Islamic State fighters who are threatening the Yazidis there.

The U.S. State Department's 2013 International Religious Freedom Report estimates that approximately 500,000 Yazidis live in the northern Iraq, accounting for less than 1% of the country's population. Another 200,000 live in other parts of the world, according to the website YezidiTruth.org.

Like the Kurds, they mostly reside in Iraq's north, many in the town of Sinjar in northwestern Nineveh province, bordering Iraq's Kurdish region. The province is home to mostly Arabs and Kurds, who have jostled for control over it for centuries.

Iraqi Yazidi lawmaker: 'Hundreds of my people are being slaughtered'

But Yazidis also reside in Turkey, Syria, Armenia, Iran and parts of the Caucasus region. The people speak Kurdish and are of Kurdish descent, but most see themselves as ethnically distinctive.

Iraqi Christians
Before being targeted by ISIS, an enormous portion - some say as many as half - of Iraq's Christians fled the country at the start of the U.S. war in 2003. Al Qaeda in Iraq, which preceded ISIS, brutally targeted the country's Christian minority.

According to the State Department, Christian leaders and nongovernmental organizations estimate that there areapproximately 500,000 Christians in Iraq - a that figure has declined by nearly 300,000 in the last five years. At one point there were over a million Christians living in Iraq.

Most Iraqi Christians are Chaldeans, who are communicants with the Roman Catholic church. They predominantly reside in northern Iraq.

The al Qaeda splinter group has taken control of the country's largest Christian city, Qaraqosh. And last month, Christians in the country's second largest city, Mosul, were told they must convert to Islam, pay a fine or face "death by the sword."

"Christian communities are particularly affected: a people fleeing from their villages because of the violence that rages in these days, wreaking havoc on the entire region," said the Rev. Federico Lombardi, a spokesman for Pope Francis.

The Pope said on Twitter: "I ask all men and women of goodwill to join me in praying for Iraqi Christians and all vulnerable populations."


Iraq Muslim Christian Kurd Syria Turkey

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08 August 2014

Empowered to choose better

A person lives more fully once they've realised death is inevitable. Unless they are melancholy or prone to pessimism; then denial is preferable, but unlikely. Because of a melanoma diagnosis late in '08, I now receive free flu vaccines and other health maintenance perks. While that's nice, there's more value in the journey than that. Illness makes some decisions for us, but it often empowers us to make better decisions for ourselves.

02 August 2014

Diversity on the corner

Conversations at Intersections happen to me all the time. ~Selçuk, Turkiye
Traveling alone means I engage more with locals than with a traveling companion.

Just chatted with a Turk, a Kurd, an Italian and an unknown older quiet man.... all sitting on the corner of the street and alley where my guesthouse is. As I passed by, they greeted me, then asked where I am from. Conversation started. Next thing I know, the nice Turkish man gets up to give me his milk crate for a seat!

We talk politics, religion, education, people, language, religion, terrorism.... Best comment was from the Italian, "See my five fingers? None the same. So with people. Every one different."

The Italian likes the new pope but thinks he's irrelevant to people getting jobs. The Kurd appreciated that I pray for justice for his people. The Turk just seemed happy that I like his country.

All of this a stone's throw from where it is said that John penned his Gospel. Literally, across the street.

You can meet nice people anywhere.

13 July 2014

Life, hard for all the innocent unheard normal people

CNN: Life under bombs in Israel and Gaza

" Rasha can't leave even if she wants to. The border crossings out of Gaza are closed.

"In all the world, there is nowhere like Gaza," she says, "a big jail for 2 million people."'


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07 July 2014

We are what we read?

"Annie Dillard says, 'A writer is careful what they read, because what they read is what they will know, and what they know is what they will write.' Which is another way to say that the old bromide was wrong — we are not what we eat; we are what we read.
~Robert Benson in Living Prayer

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01 July 2014

Struggle, yes. Shame? No.

Most of us struggle with something. It's a reality of living and loving. Mental illness, diagnosed and not, has marked many in my family. In the midst of the struggle, we don't need to worry about the stigma, or think we're the only one. Struggle is a common condition of humanity. Let's get on with it without shame making it harder.

Thanks, Harmony Hensley

Check out other refreshing writing on Rebel Storytellers too.


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30 June 2014

email..... woes & whines

My Yahoo account, via Telecom NZ, is a pain. It's cumbersome, slow, and inefficient.

Many emails I think I've sent get hung up and don't send. They are all accumulating in my DRAFTS folder. Hard for you to read them there.

Other addresses that worked just fine last week, get blocked or fail, even when I've just hit REPLY. 

I use web-based email so it's accessible from anywhere I have internet access.

Shall I go email free? Think how much more time I'd have in a day.

 Let's WRITE letters again, by hand. Some of you would have to copy out all those jokes and heart felt stories the hard way, or photo copy them. 

~sigh~ not totally first world problems these days... kinda universal, but I suppose my expectations are first world as to speed and efficiency. 

Gmail is better, for now, but each redesign on any of them complicates my flow. Phooey.

26 June 2014

Rain pounds

The quaint old house withstands much,
but old caulking allows seeps.

Rain pounds on windows and walls,
sound of impact tinking on glass.

Curtains billow with each gust.
Wind pushes moisture through the cracks.

If only the storms came from the West.
We're more protected that side.

Dehumidifiers fight on.
Wifi, defeated, surrenders.

First world problems, nodding assent,
As mold grows on framed artwork.

Surface dust thickens where it sits.
The rain will stop, later this week.

Indoor Plants thrive; lawns are boggy.
Traffic backs up, people slow down.

Lights reflect on surfaces,
Passive watercolour paintings.

Gutters run downhill, full and fast.
The wind pushes, rests, then pulls.

Homeless and car-less have no choice,
Old coats allow seeps, everywhere.
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13 June 2014

Bad Art: collect and appreciate, or not


You've heard of Cake Wrecks, the website for miscommunication or cake decorating gone wrong? How about a glance at bad art: "naive" art, the more unusual or poorly executed pieces.

If you're not quite sure what sort of "Art" could be found in a thrift store for less than $25, if you're a serious art historian, or if you listen to opera frequently, then you should probably visit The Louvre or something.


12 June 2014

Secrets: Sacred and Unique

"I am trying to learn to be in the 3rd space. Someone who has a few wisely kept secrets that are for the truest and the best. Those secrets aren’t the what and the when of things I’ve done or said or thought. The secrets I’m trying to keep are the precious ones, the ones that are sacred and unique. The moments I’ve felt most alive, the most pointed pains and the deepest joys. The secrets I love keeping most are actually found in relationship. Shared conversations, private jokes and sacred moments, but as for the rest of it – I’d like to live in the middle ground. Whole enough to keep some things between me and the universe, trusting enough to share secrets with a few and open enough to invite people into my eccentric, crazy life." ~Tash McGill


10 June 2014

Why work? Why play?

If play is the opposite of work and people work for a living, does that mean play is undervalued?

Some of us need to play for a living or we're not really living; we're working machines with little life inside.

Yes, naysayers, balance matters, but more than balance we need essence. What is behind our work, behind our play?

I often return to asking "why?".

27 May 2014

Violence, conflict, chaos....

“To allow oneself to be carried away
by a multitude of conflicting concerns,
to surrender to too many demands,
to commit oneself to too many projects,
to want to help everyone in everything,
is to succumb to the violence of our times.”

― Thomas Merton

26 May 2014

Poem: Wild Geese, by Mary Oliver

Wild Geese
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese,
high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting-
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

Mary Oliver, Dream Work, Grove Atlantic Inc., 1986 & New and Selected Poems, Beacon Press, 1992.

19 May 2014

Richard Rohr: Worthy or not...

Love your neighbour as yourself sounds simple. Conceptually it is simple, but truly accepting and loving who we are is possibly more difficult than loving others. We see through so many filters; it's difficult to discern what we are truly seeing, feeling, rationalising.

Richard Rohr: "The enormous breakthrough is that when you honor and accept the divine image within yourself, you cannot help but see it in everybody else, too, and you know it is just as undeserved and unmerited as it is in you. That is why you stop judging, and that is how you start loving unconditionally and without asking whether someone is worthy or not. The breakthrough occurs at once, although the realization deepens and takes on greater conviction over time."

(I do not endorse EVERYTHING from ANY writer I quote. Sift for yourself. Keep what is true.)

02 May 2014

MacRumours review of Notability for iPad

I use Notability on my iPad and am growing to appreciate more and more of its features. You might want to check it out this week as it is free for a limited time. http://www.macrumors.com/2014/05/01/notability-app-of-the-week/ App of the week. Notability for iPad. MacRumours Apple
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21 March 2014

Development Creed

Development Creed
(modified Chinese proverb)

Go to the people
Live among them
Learn from them
Love them

Plan with them
Start with what they know
Build on what they have

Teach by showing
Learn by doing
Not a showcase, but a system
Not relief, but release

But of the best leaders
When their task is accomplished
And their work is done,
The people all remark
“Look at what God has done!”

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27 February 2014

Writing as Compassion

"Compassion in my mind is an admixture of feeling and sustained attention with regard to others. Compassion is the absence of cruelty. Compassion is steady and relaxed—allowing patience where we may not have any for ourselves. Compassion is acceptance of what you didn’t realize or can’t understand. Compassion is not attainable without process—going through the various methods of drafting. Each one provides you with another perspective, another point of focus."
                                 —Nancy Beckett

02 February 2014

What Career Should I Actually Have?

I don't wanna take any tests, sign up for the app, etc....

I originally thought I'd be a librarian, as per my earliest memory.
Then it was a journalist, Nat'l Geographic writer /photographer.

Somewhere in there reality made me a painting contractor and a darkroom technician.

Then things got really interesting...

Multiple hats suit me. :-) Keeping my options open.

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31 January 2014


How we see a piece of artwork is often 
affected by the frame around it.

If we re-frame the piece, something 

different is highlighted or POPS in to focus.

The artwork itself doesn’t change, 

nor does the artist, but the frame, and the framer, 
has a lot of influence over the experience.

28 January 2014

imperfectly yours~

It's easy to work with people who are teachable, who wanna get things as right as possible, 

and there's a vast difference between striving for excellence, or personal bests, and being a perfectionist ~which just wears everybody out.

Being a perfectionist is more about fear and avoiding criticism than it is really a desire to get things right.

Being the best we can is about personal choices; it's not about anyone else at all.

I saw something signed, "imperfectly yours" recently and I liked it. Something freeing about it.

So how does this apply to my watercolour painting, my writing, my irregularity of posting on this blog....?

How does it apply in your life?