• Life Day By Day,  Life Matters

    Taking decluttering too far

    Decluttering is so popular but are we taking decluttering too far? What about that old pair of track suit pants that went in the bin and would have been ideal for working in the garden? Then there is that favourite book that no longer sits on the bookshelf. And the question I ask is ‘can creative people declutter?’ To find out about someone who was not into decluttering we need look no further than Margaret Olley. Make a visit to the Tweed Regional Gallery in Murwillumbah, Northern New South Wales. There you will find a re-creation of Olley’s home studio. There are over 21,000 items gifted from the Margaret Olley…

  • Life Matters,  Socio-Political

    Take your phone with you!

    Our mobile phone has become our new companion and I often say or hear the phrase at our place ‘take your phone with you.’ No more did the phrase ‘take your phone with you’ stand out for me when I heard the Honourable Ken Wyatt AM, from herein referred to as Ken (with due respect), Minister for Indigenous Australians. He gave an address during NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee) week at the National Press Club. The NAIDOC theme for 2019 is Voice. Treaty. Truth. Not long into his talk Ken mentions that the Sunday following the recent Federal election was National Sorry Day. Later that day, when…

  • Life Matters

    A self-directed life

    Is a self-directed life the best way to live? What I mean by a self-directed life is that we take responsibility for the decisions we make. We do not always have control over what happens in our life, but we do have control over how we respond. Therefore, we can direct ourselves out of situations we do not like and direct our lives into areas we will find more satisfying. Let me explain. My mother grew up in the 30’s and 40’s which was a time when societal values directed women’s lives. Even in the decades that followed there was very little self-direction for women. Young girls, including myself, were…

  • Life Day By Day

    Feedback fatigue

    I think I am suffering from feedback fatigue. The condition is caused by incessant requests to give feedback about products and services. If I give feedback it takes up so much of my time. If I don’t give feedback it still makes me tired due to the continual bombardment for requests. I then have to decide should I give feedback? If I do, will it change my life? Will it change someone elses life? Just in this past few days I have had requests from a hotel we stayed in, my dentist, and an insurance company seeking membership feedback. I found the request from the hotel intriguing. They said, if…

  • Life Matters

    A Final Farewell

    Yesterday it was time to say a final farewell to my mother. My siblings and I gathered for the occasion at the Helidon Cemetery. It was a small gathering including partners and the two youngest children of my brother Michael, Jaylen and Maia. My sister Christine and her husband John travelled from Malanda on the Atherton Tableland, the longest distance, so that we could all be together to fulfill our mother’s wishes. Our dear mother, Valma Jean, asked for her ashes to be scattered at the cemetery in Helidon. There are two cemetery’s at Helidon, the Roman Catholic one and the general one at 6 Cemetery Road, on top of…

  • Life Matters

    Life is just a dash

    If life is just a dash, how important is it as to how we live the dash? Let me explain. But before I do, I will tell you how I came to know about the dash. Within three days two people I know passed away. One was a friend I have known since school days, Lexie; the other my second cousin, Leona. Both their names starting with ‘L’ and both with five letters! These are just the little coincidences I notice as I walk through life. Walking through my dash. It was Leona’s decision not to have a funeral and it was Lexie’s decision to have one, the one she…

  • Life Day By Day

    What sparks joy?

    What sparks joy in your life? What sparks joy are three magic words that according to Marie Kondo, an organisational expert, will change your life. Years ago, I wrote about surrounding our lives with things we love. Beautiful ornaments, crockery, comfortable cushions, a vase of roses, crystal glasses or even chooks! I recognised that I feel happier when I have a home full of things I love. It sparks joy! But what about the gifts we receive? Do you find there are some gifts you have that have never seen the light of day! What do we do with gifts we have no place for or the gift that does…

  • Life Matters

    A walk amongst the roses

    A walk amongst the roses in our garden tells me something about life. You can brush up against some roses and all you experience is their beauty and their fragrance. With other roses you have to be careful as you may get hurt by their thorns! A quote by Pablo Picasso is a good way to look at the world. It says, ‘You can complain because roses have thorns or you can rejoice because thorns have roses’. Even some people who are a little abrasive have other attributes that can endear us. We just have to look past the thorns, handle them with care in order to see the beauty…

  • Life Day By Day,  Live Simply to Simply Live

    The Rose

    The rose is a beautiful flower and many roses have a delightful fragrance. Years ago, I read a great quote about the rose. It said, ‘A rose does not preach, it merely spreads its fragrance’. I am reminded of the beauty of the rose as Mother’s Day is celebrated this Sunday. In many countries, including Australia, Mother’s Day is held on the second Sunday of May. This tradition began in 1908 when Anna Jarvis an American woman first held a memorial service for her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis. Anna Jarvis wanted a day set aside for mothers to be honoured given her belief that a mother is the person who…

  • Life Day By Day

    Still tidying up

    It does not seem to matter how I approach organising my home as at the end of the day I am still tidying up! If you are still tidying up at the end of the day or the end of the week, don’t despair. It is a normal part of life. It is better to be tidying up then letting all the clutter gather around you. When I was growing up my paternal grandmother, aunts and later an uncle all lived in the same rambling Queenslander at Cannon Hill, Brisbane. Verandah on three sides. My sisters and I loved exploring when we stayed there on school holidays. There was always…