The fishing was good; it was the catching that was bad.


~A.K. Best

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“Once upon a time, a fisherman went out to sea. He caught many fish and threw them all into a large bucket on his boat. The fish were not yet dead, so the man decided to ease their suffering by killing them swiftly. While he worked, the cold air made his eyes water. One of the wounded fish saw this and said to the other: “What a kind heart this fisherman has- see how he cries for us.” The other fish replied: “Ignore his tears and watch what he is doing with his hands.”

― Randa Abdel-Fattah, Where the Streets Had a Name

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He gives me the hairy eyeball, and asks me to help him find his pancreas.”


― A. Lee Martinez

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“…beyond observing that some law of logic should fix the number of coincidences, in a given domain, after which they cease to be coincidences, and form, instead, the living organism of a new truth (“Tell me,” says Osberg’s little glitana to the Moors, El Motela and Ramera, “what is the precise minimum of hairs on a body that allows one to call it ‘hairy’?”)”

― Vladimir Nabokov, Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle

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Yon chestnuts half the latticed boat-house hide



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Beneath them I swam to the boathouse
With only my life in my arms
To wait for the lake to shine back
At the risen moon with such power
That my steps on the light of the ripples
Might be sustained.

(James Dickey

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For maybe twenty minutes we sat together, one on one, as if staring back or forward into prehistory. LES MURRAY



“All of us have our wires crossed and crisscrossed so many times it’s impossible to untangle the mess. It really does seem like the entire human race might as well be conversing with hand gestures and grunts, for all the success we’re having.”

― Jody Gehrman, Babe in Boyland

At full tilt, air gleamed –
and a window-struck kingfisher,
snatched up, lay on my palm
still beating faintly.

Slowly, a tincture
of whatever consciousness is
infused its tremor, and
ram beak wide as scissors

all hurt loganberry inside,
it crept over my knuckle
and took my outstretched finger
in its wire foot-rings.

Cobalt wings, shutting on beige
body. Gold under-eye whiskers,
beak closing in recovery
it faced outward from me.

For maybe twenty minutes
we sat together, one on one,
as if staring back or
forward into prehistory.

© 2010, Les Murray
From: Taller When Prone
Publisher: Black Inc., Melbourne…

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“Love is when you meet someone who tells you something new about yourself.” ― André Breton, Mad Love


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“Each meeting occurs at the precise moment for which it was meant. Usually, when it will have the greatest impact on our lives.” 

― Nadia ScrievaFathoms of Forgiveness

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At Home: Warwick Keen and Burra Bee Dee :: MGNSW

Artist Warwick Keen recently exhibited Burra Bee Dee at COFAspace, the UNSW’s Art & Design gallery in Paddington.The work tells the story of his mother’s Home country in the Coonabarabran area and presents photos which visually hover between documented truth and experienced reality. It evokes enquiry and curiosity in the viewer.M&G caught up with Warwick to find out more. First up Warwick, tell us about Mary Jane Cain?Mary Jane Cain is my great, great grandmother. In the 1890’s she wrote to Queen Victoria’s representative in Australia, the Governor of NSW asking for some land to be given back to the Aboriginal people of the Coonabarabran North-western NSW area, so that they could get on with their own lives and become independent and self sustaining. As a result of my great, great grandmother’s persistence in advocating for the rights of her people the Governor bequeathed a total of 600 acres to Mary Jane with the proviso that it be shared and utilised for the good of the entire Aboriginal community.

via At Home: Warwick Keen and Burra Bee Dee :: MGNSW.

Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.


― Marcel Proust


“I am an expression of the divine, just like a peach is, just like a fish is. I have a right to be this way…I can’t apologize for that, nor can I change it, nor do I want to… We will never have to be other than who we are in order to be successful…We realize that we are as ourselves unlimited and our experiences valid. It is for the rest of the world to recognize this, if they choose.”

― Alice Walker, The Color Purple

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A canoe which we are all in with no exception.


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“Two people with mental issues in a relationship does not work. It’s like sitting in a boat and neither one has an oar to row the other to shore. You can meet your mirror image in life but that doesn’t mean you should marry him.”

― Shannon L. Alder

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Ring out old shapes of foul disease; Ring out the narrowing lust of gold; Ring out the thousand wars of old, Ring in the thousand years of peace.


Lord Alfred Tennyson

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In the beginning, everybody that gets to work with me, thinks I’m nice. But three weeks later, they hear a bell ringing. Then they realise I meant everything I said during that first week. It’s not my fault people are not taking me serious from the first moment.

Andrew Eldritch

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“The search for a scapegoat is the easiest of all hunting expeditions.” Dwight D. Eisenhower


And now I understand. I was always going to have to be the Baddy. Someone had to be – to stop the pain.


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“you were both hunter and hunted; the shadow of your thoughts was the beast which killed you.”

― Robert Holdstock, Lavondyss

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lead me along an ancient path.

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The Grace I Seek

I pray for the following graces: to be more aware of how God is near; to trust in God’s personal care and love for me.

Then there is no need to be scared even of the malice being directed this way. No worries at all. Today I went shopping in Bellingen and I didn’t do too badly. A lot of gentle self talk and no reprimanding. I tried to do the meeting but couldn’t sit still long enough. Nonetheless I waited outside and chatted. Max was there and quite beautiful.

Now I am home and its Facetime with Eden. Very tired and a nose bleed and backing the Malice out of the door. Silly children.

Consider: How does God gaze upon me? How open am I to receiving this intimacy?

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Play from the heart; the flute is a heart song… like a sweet prayer, and it will teach you as well as you teach yourself.


Mato Wambli

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“Ginger: You know what the greatest tragedy is in the whole world?… It’s all the people who never find out what it is they really want to do or what it is they’re really good at. It’s all the sons who become blacksmiths because their fathers were blacksmiths. It’s all the people who could be really fantastic flute players who grow old and die without ever seeing a musical instrument, so they become bad plowmen instead. It’s all the people with talents who never even find out. Maybe they are never even born in a time when it’s even possible to find out. It’s all the people who never get to know what it is that they can really be. It’s all the wasted chances.”

― Terry Pratchett, Moving Pictures

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If yuh nah get wing, nah ah guh a bird sport.


If you feel that you do not belong somewhere you should not go there. Also, if you are unable to do something, you should not do it.

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“Like a parakeet, that says what he knows but doesn’t know what he says”

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I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each. I do not think that they will sing to me. T. S. Eliot.


The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Saturday 17 December 1927

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Goldsworthy, Peter

Fin and scale, sand and shale,

From seagrass plait my hair,

Conch and coral shape my ears.

Of driftwood, my bleached bones.

Fin and scale, sand and shale

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NT Aboriginal child removal ….. researcher says numbers have increased threefold since 2007 | CAAMA

NT Aboriginal child removal ….. researcher says numbers have increased threefold since 2007Posted on 10/11/2014 Tagged Aboriginal people, aboriginal, indigenous news, Indigenous broadcasting,, Indigenous broadcasting, indigenous news, NT Aboriginal child removal, out of home careAlarming data on the removal of Aboriginal children from their families in the Northern Territory reveals the number has grown by more than three times since the Howard coalition Government Intervention in 2007.Paddy Gibson a Central Australian based researcher with the University of Technology Sydney says with almost 800 Aboriginal kids in the NT  now in out of home care…the aggressive attitude is not improving outcomes and there are  no indicators to demonstrate things are getting better.Mr Gibson says under the watch of  the  current  Minister for Child Protection, John Elferink, the system has seen its  biggest influx of kids.

via NT Aboriginal child removal ….. researcher says numbers have increased threefold since 2007 | CAAMA.


A willingness to share *
Valid during several weeks: At this time you are inclined to identify your ego with what you own and what you value. You may consider your financial position to be a sign of your personal worth. If you have money, you feel that you are a good person. If you don’t, you feel bad and discouraged, quite aside from anything you have accomplished. You act as if you are what you have. You may become overly touchy about your beliefs, opinions and desires in some area and get into arguments about their merit or worth. On the other hand, you are willing to use your possessions to get work done. If you have something that can help you accomplish a task, you will use it. Once you have got over petty ego problems with your possessions, you will allow others to use what you have, so long as they acknowledge your willingness to share.
Transit selected for today (by user):
Mars in 2nd house,  2,
activity period from 11 November 2014 until beginning of December 2014

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Valid during several weeks: This can be a time of intense ego conflicts with others, and you are very likely to be the loser if you are not careful. Your ambitions in various areas may provoke others to try to stop you because they feel threatened. Or it may be that you come across people whose goals are intrinsically opposed to yours. This may happen in any area of your life; most commonly it will affect your public and social life, but it can also affect your personal and domestic life.During your first run-ins with others, you will probably be very bitter and antagonistic, but you will also become cautious about venting your anger. The result is that you will constantly be in a state of suppressed rage. Then someone who has nothing to do with your mood may be the victim of a sudden unexpected burst of anger. Needless to say, that is not the way to win anyone over.You must not get discouraged by the failures you experience at this time. This period will not last, and you can consider it a testing time for yourself and your ambitions. There is no need to assume that your present setbacks are permanent.
The interpretation above is for your transit selected for today:
Saturn square Mars, , exact at 20:50
activity period from 5 November 2014 until 22 November 2014

Well I have certainly been having the setbacks. A saturn squaring Mars eh ? Bum to that. Just a bit longer to go.


Letting go of feelings ***
Valid during many months: This is a challenging time which you will hardly be able to ignore. You will repeatedly be confronted by situations in which others – whether consciously or not – reawaken painful feelings which you had either forgotten you had, or were reluctant to admit to.You now have the opportunity to recognize these feelings and to ease the pain they cause. They have probably been caused by events in your past such as an embarrassing situation or a painful rejection which you only felt able to deal with at the time by burying the pain you suffered. You may have been carrying this pain within you for so long that you have become unaware of its existence. Certain contacts could now reawaken such feelings, and even if the present situation is overtly positive, your reactions will remind you of those unpleasant events in the past. However, your present situation differs in that your emotional maturity can help you to better cope.The only real danger is that you might close your mind to these new impulses. Watch out if you react in a blunt or dismissive way, or if you trample on your own feelings and those of others. Such situations give you the chance to change your behavior. This will help you to fulfill dreams which your fear of awakening old wounds prevented you from doing.
Transit selected for today (by user):
Chiron opposition Moon, Chiron(null)OppositionMoon,
activity period end of April 2013 until end of January 2015

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Enlightening experience ***
Valid during many months: This influence will expose you to ways of looking at the world that are quite different from any you have known before. The alternate states of consciousness designated by this influence are not terrifying or confusing. Instead, you are much more likely to experience a widening interest in the greater depths of the universe and an increased ability to perceive them. Your intuition will be enormously heightened at this time, and if you have any innate psychic talents, they will appear now. You will be increasingly interested in the occult and astrology, and these disciplines will give you understandings that you have never had before. It is quite likely that you will have an enlightenment experience – a perception of your true place in the universe – on some level that is meaningful to you.Idealism is also part of your life now, but its nature is very abstract. You are much more interested in philosophical truth and absolutes than in practical reforms in the world around you. The exception to this is that you could become directly and practically involved with the plight of the underprivileged. You might work to reform conditions in a hospital or other such institution.Another consequence of this influence is that you may become involved with a religious or spiritual movement that works for social reform – a movement motivated not by political doctrines.
Transit selected for today (by user):
Neptune trine Uranus, ,
activity period end of March 2013 until end of January 2015


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