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Just for Today (3)

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Balance / creativity / emotions / Friends and family / Just for Today

3. Just for Today, I will adjust myself to what is, and not try to adjust everything to my own desires. I will take my family, my business, and my luck as they come, and fit myself to them. Author Unknown How did you go yesterday with remembering you are as happy as you make up your mind to be? Confession time – I didn’t do so well but the quote kept coming to mind […]

Brothers …

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Cohuna Victoria / family history / Friends and family / Writing

I am the youngest of five children with two sisters and two brothers. This story goes back to when we were kids.Somehow my brothers had me twisted around their little fingers. For example they would con me into polishing their shoes. I would spend ages doing it and waiting for their approval which was very hard to get. I remember we had an old cupboard in our yard (no longer useful in the house) and […]

Going back in order to go forward

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Acceptance / creativity / creativity enhancement / emotions / Friends and family

Barbara Mallon (A Year of Creativity) says that: Sometimes in order to go forward you have to go back to earlier times when the path you were starting out on was still covered in virgin snow. She poses the following questions and suggests you write your responses in your Creative Year Journal. I will include my answers to the questions in this blog. My favourite childhood game was…. “let’s pretend.” This included dress-ups, shop keepers, […]

Kahuna or Cohuna – my home town?

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beautiful / Cohuna Victoria / creativity / Friends and family / Garden / Just for fun

Today I went to Bunnings to get a few garden things and at the entrance there was a colourful display of plants called The Big Kahuna. Now, you may have heard of the movie: The Big Kahuna¬†is a 1999 American¬†business¬†comedy-drama film¬†directed by John Swanbeck, and produced by¬†Kevin Spacey, who also starred in the lead role. The film is¬†adapted¬†from the play¬†Hospitality Suite, written by¬†Roger Rueff, who also wrote the screenplay. John Swanbeck makes few attempts to […]

Many Happy Returns

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Acceptance / Australia / beautiful / Friends and family

Well I have heard of people who have ‘near-death’ experiences where their life flashes before their eyes. I didn’t know that having a 65th birthday could also bring on this phenomenon! A little bit of background – nearly ten years ago we moved from Perth to the South West of Australia. I didn’t have much prior knowledge of the region so there are not a lot of cues for past memories. It is a bit […]

2019 and all that …

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Acceptance / Australia / Friends and family / Geography / Gratitude / retirement

I am thinking about next year and where to focus my interest and my energies. I am not one for New Year’s resolutions or for setting goals but I like to pause and consider what I want to include or change in my year ahead. 2018 was a pretty good year for me. It was very busy and enjoyable year with my U3A (University of the Third Age) commitments. It was one of those years […]

Lunch with Maggie

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family traditions / Food / Friends and family / Just for fun / Magpies / Meelup / Uncategorized

Every so often we have a picnic lunch at Meelup Beach near Dunsborough. On Thursday we stopped off at the popular Dunsborough Bakery and bought our lunch . This week we were pleased to find there was hardly anyone at the beach. There were some young bush walkers and a few tradies either working or stopping for a lunch break. It was quite idyllic. This maggie was very friendly and ¬†keen for us to share […]

Life’s surprises are not always welcome

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Acceptance / emotions / Friends and family / Self acceptance / Uncategorized / Wisdom

As I look back over my life there are probably a dozen incidents or more that were a significant blow to my equilibrium. The sort that makes everything else seem petty and unimportant. I am sure that we all experience these things from time to time. My first experience I remember was when my school friend’s father died. He worked at our school and was very popular with all the kids. It was my first […]

Revisiting Melbourne

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Friends and family / Holidays / Uncategorized

I first lived in Melbourne in 1972 after I left school. I found work and at different times rented in the City, East Melbourne, West Melbourne and Brunswick. We left Melbourne first in 1980 to go and work in the Northern Territory and then finally said our goodbyes in 1982 when we moved to Western Australia. I travelled from Western Australia to Victoria dozens of time over the years but didn’t ever stay in Melbourne […]