• Life Wise Hints,  Self-Care

    Aussie rock star Kirk Pengilly

    Have you heard of Kirk Pengilly, the Aussie rock star who performed with the music group INXS (In Excess)? The group was co-founded by Andrew Farriss and Michael Hutchence. Pengilly has a long history as a musician, dating back to 1971 when he was lead singer of a high school band called Guinness. The band evolved into INXS with Michael Hutchence as the lead singer, selling more than 30 million records. However, my focus today is not on INXS but on Kirk Pengilly. He is a talented musician, playing guitar and saxophone. He was also a principal song writer for INXS and a backing vocalist. In 1987 Pengilly when travelling…

  • Life Day By Day

    Gathering the straws of life together

    I have not been very successful these past few weeks in gathering the straws of life together! At least, not successful in gathering my thoughts and writing an article for my blog. I have excuses! It is my birthday month and my son Matt returned to Queensland after eight years of living in Western Australia. Once again he can call himself a Queenslander! Although I have not published a blog that does not mean I have not been writing. I have several unfinished articles while I search for focus. In reflecting on my blog I realised it was time to refocus. That is, what do I want my blog to…

  • Life Day By Day

    Seniors on St Valentine’s Day

    When you get older is St Valentine’s Day full of the same pizzazz and tradition you experienced when you were younger? When my One & Only (O&O) were younger (a few years ago) we would give cards to one another, maybe even put a stamp on the envelope and send it via the post. Then there were the times we would go out to dinner to celebrate love, to celebrate life. So, what changed? We got older. However, that is only part of the story. We no longer find enjoyment in busy and noisy restaurants. However, back in the days when we found joy in joining with the throngs of…

  • Health Matters,  Life Matters

    Flowering gums and flying foxes

    I am fortunate to live in a treed area in Toowoomba with flowering gums. They are tall and stately trees mostly found in the bush, but one is in the corner of our backyard. There are also a few other trees nearby on neighbouring properties. Where we live was developed around 30 years ago and many mature trees were preserved. We bought our home in February 2016 but did not move in until a few months later. One night in February we stayed overnight (air mattress). My sleep was disturbed by what I thought was possums moving around at night. Life went on and it did not occur to me…

  • Life Matters


    Martin Luther King Jr said ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ Injustice comes to most of us in many varying forms as part of our life journey. But we have to rise above it. We must never give up. We are all born with the ability to rise above adversity. Nothing more to say today, I said it all in my book of 90,000 words published last year.

  • Life Day By Day,  Life Matters

    Never give up

    There are many mottos we can live by and ‘never give up’ is an important one. Many Australians are going through tough times at the moment. States across Australia are facing unparalleled fire emergencies. Up to 100,000 people have been asked to leave their homes in Victoria. Yesterday around 1,000 people were evacuated to two naval vessels (MV Sycamore and HMAS Choules) from the beach at Mallacoota in Victoria. In Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia fires are posing a risk to life. This is an unprecedented situation, never seen before in the history of Australia. New fires are forming at a disturbing rate. This follows scorching temperatures, extended…

  • Life Matters

    2020 Vision in 2020

    We are about to step into a New Year but will we have 2020 vision in 2020? At the very least we all have an opportunity to make 2020 the best year possible for ourselves and others. We can visualise the life we want but our experiences might be different. For many Australians there will be struggles in 2020. For those who have sufferered and are still suffering from the devastating bushfires there will be many dark days ahead. It will be difficult for many to bounce back to where life was before the bushfires. There has been so much loss: of life; of homes; of businesses and livelihoods. There…

  • Life Day By Day

    Christmas Tree Topper

    A Christmas tree topper is a decoration placed on the very top of the Christmas tree. The most popular tree toppers are an angel or a star. Choosing a Christmas tree topper is important as it is the ‘pièce de résistance.’ That is, it is the most important feature of the tree. Do most of us choose a tree topper without much thought of its significance? My choice of Christmas tree topper in an angel. A few years ago, I updated our Christmas tree topper replacing it with the smaller, but much-loved decoration, with an angel that looked more radiant, with shining golden wings and a harp! When I placed…