Responding to a Facebook post quoting Thich Nhat Hanh 20 September 2021: Sitting on the veranda, breakfast and stretches done, enjoying the morning, reading a post from a dear cousin: “When fireworks explode in the night sky, sparks shoot out like flowers in all directions. You are like fireworks. You do not continue in a … Continue reading SPHERES
Reflections one Sunday, having morning coffee by the pond. “Locked-down’ is a notion with all sorts of meanings and colours. I would rather call it for what it is, a Stay-At-Home Health Order, applied to us because Covid-19 cases have occurred in our Local Government area. I acknowledge how pleasant it is for us to … Continue reading Locked down or just staying home?
Thoughts and reflections 20 years later: I was in Cambodia, in the final months of my career with WHO, serving as the WHO Representative. My wife, Leslie was in Australia, completing a unit in the geriatric nursing course she was following, about to travel to the USA with one of our sons, who was to … Continue reading Where were you on 11 September 2001 ?
I love the way these rainy days, with their darkened skies, intensify the colours of our forest and the clearing in which we live. The greens are all seen differently, deeper shades and not just now clean, free of dust, but shining with their coating of water following each shower. In addition, other colours which … Continue reading The Colour of the Rainy Days
5 March 2021 I love it when the sky clouds over and then there comes a burst of sunlight, like a fanfare, or the Hallelujah chorus, transforming our space. Awe and wonder from our veranda. And our four kookaburras on a nearby gum-tree branch burst into song, Sounding the Trumpets, so to speak. Magpies add … Continue reading A morning burst of awe and wonder
“Other-handed-ness”, as in “on the one hand ‘this’, and on the other hand ‘that’”, in a world where ’this’ and ‘that’ co-exist, but are often cast as opposites, "other-handed-ness", as in 'on the one hand this is awful', while 'on the other hand that is awe-full', and the two can co-exist, along with so many … Continue reading On “on-the-other-handed-ness”
Sharing a morning walk -18 February 2021 Yesterday, I wandered with my camera, and came across a number of sights I felt to be worth sharing, some old, some new. Come with me amongst the trees, along paths we have created through these trees, in a forested wild garden for which we have the privilege … Continue reading Pausing amongst trees …
Awe and wonder in the morning light. The morning light is the awe and wonder. It invites one to see and savoir things seen yesterday from a different perspective, from a fresh awareness of other dimensions, added to by finding joy in doing so. There is a ‘multiplier effect’, as that memory prompts me to … Continue reading Awe and Wonder, Morning Light
I am fascinated by the range of thoughts and feelings experienced during this period of ‘stay-at-home’ isolation, a consequence of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Most frequently we have reflected on how fortunate we are to be isolated on a five acre rural property, with a forest in which to wander and still be at home, enjoying … Continue reading Reflections during Covid-19 self-isolation: June 2020
Winter morning, early. To the east, the sun shines low through the forest transformed by last night’s rain droplets on leaves A thousand prisms glinting, sparkling, twinkling welcoming me Into this day