Child of my heart,

One with my spirit,

Born of the dust

And the breath that I gave you.

What will you bring me

When you come home?

I’ll bring you the touch

of the wind on my cheek,

and the kiss of the sun

and the fragrance of earth,

the song of a bird

and the warmth of a friend,

these are all things that

I found of great worth.

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Women and cats


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“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.”
Robert A. Heinlein

Image by Angie Stevens

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Bless all those who knit…

Bless all those who knit
who sit and click the needles,
bringing the threads together,
into a new creation.

Bless all those who unpick
the holey ideas of yesterday
that no longer serve us well,
unravelling prejudice.

Bless all those who then re-knit
the residue of the past with
the dreams of today into
a new garment of hope.

May we be knitters and un-pickers,
determined and dreamers,
fools, lovers and conspirators
in this glorious insurrection.

Glynn Cardy – A Book of Blessings

Incomplete knitting project with wooden needles
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and, when the time comes

“and,when the time comes, to let it go, to let it go” This is the hardest thing…

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“to live in this world

you must be able
to do three things
to love what is mortal;
to hold it

against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go”

Mary Oliver, New and Selected Poems, Volume One
Painting by Mark Boyle

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Divine Silence

The divine silence is not a vacuum to be filled but a mystery to be entered into, unarmed with words and undistracted by noise…Our job is not to pierce that mystery with language but to reverence it.

Barbara Brown Taylor
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Spring is sprung,

The grass is ris,

Eyes itch, I sneeze,

Hay-fever is.

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There is always joy, you just need to know where to look for it.

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Words form themselves,

Spill gently

Onto the attendant page,

Swirl, re-form, make sense

Make sentence.

Beautiful words that

Roll off the tongue:

Mellifluous, numinous, eloquence,

Concordance, assonance, antithesis,

Inchoate poetry…


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Who’s Driving?

Max has a new car, a hybrid, silent running when the electric motor is engaged. And environmentally friendly. Cool!

But it also has a lot of bells and whistles that my simple little manual doesn’t have. It senses your presence with the gadget in your pocket (no key to put in the ignition!) and opens the door for you. It thoughtfully leaves its lights on while you walk to the front door, digging in your bag for the right key, then switches off.

It reads roadside speed signs and chastises you when you’re above the limit. It puts the brakes on when it thinks you’re too close to something. It beeps angrily at you if you don’t engage/disengage the park brake or don’t put your seat belt on. Cruise control means it doesn’t need your foot on the accelerator to keep going… It has satnav to give you the wrong directions for where you know you want to go, and argues when you ignore it. And, it has an annoying female American voice that greets you with “Right here for your driving safety”, “Powering up”, “Powering down”. I have to grit my teeth because apparently there’s no way to switch her off…

Who needs a human driver? The robots are coming…

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Swan Plant

Been doing some research into growing swan plant (Gomphocarpus fruticosus) and found that strictly speaking it is a noxious weed here and shouldn’t be grown in the home garden! It’s native to South Africa, spreads like a weed here in South Australia, noxious because its sap is toxic. The purists won’t countenance growing it as butterfly food for the Monarch as this is a feral too! They insist we should not grow food for the foreigner at the expense of natives. Not very Christian if, like me, you extend care for others to the whole of creation.

The quote below is from one of my online resources.

Sums it up nicely…

“Whilst neither Gomphocarpus fruticosus nor Danaus plexippus are natives to Australia, if that is going to be held against them then most of us are going to have to pack up and move out with them.”

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