• Life Matters,  Socio-Political

    The Circle of Life

    My interest in the topic ‘The Circle of Life’ came about this past week as I was thinking about how we live our lives. We live in the world we create, in our own circle. Our circle includes family, work, learning, health, social, spiritual and community. This is our circle of life. Do we stay in our own circle of life or do we venture out into anothers circle? Do we invite others in and keep others out? It is our choice. We are the masters of our circle of life, what we create and how we live. Eventhough we create our own circle of life we are all connected.…

  • Life Day By Day,  Life Matters

    Laughing is good for you

    It is true laughing is good for you so we should laugh often. Studies have shown that children laugh around 300 – 400 times a day. Adults laugh about 17 times a day. Growing up is no laughing matter. Children do not have the problems adults face day-by-day. So, children can laugh away! I love spending time with happy people. I worked with a woman years ago who laughed and spoke all at the same time. I always wondered how she did it. Was it a carry over from her childhood? Anyone who spent time with her would also laugh along. At a work meeting, I was chairing, there would…

  • 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 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 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 Matters

    Hands

    Hands tell a story about the person. This is why so many artists like to include the hands of the person in their work. Hands are unique, just like the person. Take a look at your hands and then look at others. How are they alike and how are they different? Every healthy hand has four fingers and a thumb. It is our hands that enabled us to make our way in the world. We took our first step by hanging on to a piece of furniture while we learnt to walk. Our hands helped us do things as simple as buttoning a shirt to putting on a sock or…

  • Life Matters

    A Daughter’s Reflection

    On the 8th April I wrote on the subject title ‘Living to die’ and now I am writing a daughter’s reflection on the passing of my mother, Valma Jean, on 13th April 2019. My mother was 92 years old. On my last post I wrote about my sister Christine and I spending time with our mother, 9-12 hours a day. We did this not because it was our duty but because we loved our mother. My other siblings, Trish, Debbie and Michael also spent time with our mother in between work and family commitments. Christine and I concluded by Wednesday 10th April that our mother was in the active phase…