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I am in a  totally distressed condition tonight. Very sad. Very weary. Very frightened. Very hopeless.

I am going to engage in as mind numbing an activity as I can.


Hi lynn. Forgive me for not writing after show last night. It was a long day and before show I had worked in my yard for a few hours, so I was beyond tired last night. Everyone loved your pictures my laptop internet is on the blink, so ‘ll post more pics of the show soon. We didn’t have much foot traffic with the nice weather, so no sales but the consensus was that your self portraits and other people photos were incredibly intimate and powerful. The one painter among us , however, wants to paint one of your landscape pieces…!!! I hope that he does. He paid $10 for one of your pics that I put in a small…

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5 Ways to Stop Giving a F*ck What People Think | Idealist Revolution

We’re all guilty. Every day from the moment we wake up, we live our lives caring what other people think of us.

We accept the status quo for what it is because everyone around us does. We tip toe our way through life by doing things in order to please others, not because it’s what we believe in. Eventually our actions, appearances, and lives become molded by how we think other people perceive us. How are these pants going to make me look? What will my colleagues think if I spoke out? Are those people talking shit behind my back? If I take this job, what will my friends and family think of me?

via 5 Ways to Stop Giving a F*ck What People Think | Idealist Revolution.


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So today brought a pictorial treasure of part of a woman’s life from the bush and lagoons of Urunga on the North Coast of New South Wales. I hope that I can share these moments of happiness and loss with my artist friends at the upcoming show this weekend at Barberton Gallery of Fine Arts in the way that I have experienced them as a viewer. And I also hope that I can show how photographer LynneSanders-Braithwaite’s pictorial narrative mirrors the ups and downs of life that we all go through—as it mirrors the joys and griefs of my own recent years. Lynne, for me—you are the epitome of grace and I promise to hone my kayaking skills and meet you halfway to Urunga, across the sea whose stillness and turbulence is so much like life. When we meet we shall talk about dragonflies and…

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An Open Letter to Legislators Currently Considering Vaccine Legislation from Tetyana Obukhanych, PhD in Immunology – The Thinking Moms’ Revolution

Just what I have been wondering for ages. If you get immunised, then you should not be at risk of catching the disease because you have just been protected against it. Otherwise there is NO point in being immunised whatsoever. You have NOT then been made IMMUNE. 

An Open Letter to Legislators Currently Considering Vaccine Legislation from Tetyana Obukhanych, PhD in Immunology

Posted on April 17, 2015 by Thinking Moms’ Revolution


Dear Legislator:

My name is Tetyana Obukhanych.  I hold a PhD in Immunology.  I am writing this letter in the hope that it will correct several common misperceptions about vaccines in order to help you formulate a fair and balanced understanding that is supported by accepted vaccine theory and new scientific findings.

Do unvaccinated children pose a higher threat to the public than the vaccinated?

It is often stated that those who choose not to vaccinate their children for reasons of conscience endanger the rest of the public, and this is the rationale behind most of the legislation to end vaccine exemptions currently being considered by federal and state legislators country-wide.  You should be aware that the nature of protection afforded by many modern vaccines – and that includes most of the vaccines recommended by the CDC for children – is not consistent with such a statement.  I have outlined below the recommended vaccines that cannot prevent transmission of disease either because they are not designed to prevent the transmission of infection (rather, they are intended to prevent disease symptoms), or because they are for non-communicable diseases.  People who have not received the vaccines mentioned below pose no higher threat to the general public than those who have, implying that discrimination against non-immunized children in a public school setting may not be warranted

via An Open Letter to Legislators Currently Considering Vaccine Legislation from Tetyana Obukhanych, PhD in Immunology – The Thinking Moms’ Revolution.

Stunning artwork at Ulmarra breaches heritage code | Clarence Valley Daily Examiner

THE STUNNING mural on the Pacific Highway at Ulmarra that tells the creation story of the Yaegl people is almost complete.

However, the mural breaches heritage codes in place make sure buildings adhere to Ulmarra’s design and the Clarence Valley Council have asked the owner of the house to paint over it.

What do you think? If you have seen the artwork do you think it contradicts Ulmarra’s layout?

Or should it stay?

via Stunning artwork at Ulmarra breaches heritage code | Clarence Valley Daily Examiner.

Enlightenment must come little by little-otherwise it would overwhelm. Idries Shah



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Reflections by Noel Davis


Meeting in being
Out with the land once more
with the mountains sitting all around
their fiery colours now fast asleep
but the sky wide awake
her stars rapt in the moon
close to the top of the night.
A jet day and a world away from the noise of
do and go
and the lights of illusion
listening to the desert quiet
calling me home.
Still . . .
so still
this land in shadow
deep in the Dreaming
not a word from the trees
not a sigh from the rocks
not a whisper from the dry grass
not a sound . . .
all about silent
meeting in being.

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Smoking kills. If you’re killed, you’ve lost a very important part of your life.


-Brooke Shields


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“Her laugh. The way she smoked before she gave up. Smoke trickling up her nostrils. Spokes of smoke when she spoke.”

― Craig Raine, Heartbreak

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Bittangabee Bay Mosquitoes – an excerpt from ‘This Other Eden’ | Magnet

Bittangabee Bay Mosquitoes by Kevvie Warren

Just six miles south of Eden on the shores of Twofold Bay

There’s a little cove cut in the rocks where small ships sometimes lay.

’Twas here that two old seamen seeking shelter for the night

Dropped anchor late one evening, for the weather wasn’t right.

Now a tale of what befell them, I’ve noted with my pen,

For this very night they vanished and were never seen again.

It was after dropping anchor and they’d locked themselves below

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To shelter from the mosquitoes that lived there long ago.

via Bittangabee Bay Mosquitoes – an excerpt from ‘This Other Eden’ | Magnet.

They wordlessly excused each other for not loving each other as much as they had planned to. There were empty rooms in the house where they had meant to put their love, and they worked together to fill these rooms with midcentury modern furniture. (“Birthmark”). ― Miranda July, No One Belongs Here More Than You



I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things, so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it. Now the skillful workman is very careful indeed as to what he takes into his brain-attic. He will have nothing but the tools which may help him in doing his work, but of these he has a large assortment, and all in the most perfect order. It is a mistake to think that that little room has elastic walls and can distend to any extent. Depend upon it there comes a time when for…

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Unshared joy is an unlighted candle.



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“…part of me must have really wanted to believe–like a child hearing, in perfect safety, a tale of horror–that the unconscious would be like any other room, once the light was let in. That the dark shapes would resolve only into toy horses and Biedermeyer furniture. That therapy could tame it after all, bring it into society with no fear of its someday reverting. I wanted to believe, despite everything my life had been. Can you imagine?”

― Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49

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10 Reasons Why This Generation Is Losing The Ability To Be In Love | Idealist Revolution

Ever wonder what our generation will be known for in the decades to come? I ponder the question regularly.

There are so many great things we could be remembered for, but if history has taught us anything, it’s the negative that tends to last the test of time, not the positive.

My greatest worry is our generation will be looked at as the generation that gave up on love. We date for the sake of dating. The generation that forgot how to love — which is ridiculous. Most people have never had a good understanding of love, just a poor interpretation of it.

Generation-Y seems to be the first generation moving away from conventional takes on romantic, loving relationships.

The only question that remains is whether we’ll be remembered for being the first generation to accept a more logical and rational take on love or the generation that gave up on it altogether.

via 10 Reasons Why This Generation Is Losing The Ability To Be In Love | Idealist Revolution.

Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.”




― Marianne Williamson


“In the eyes of a child, there is joy, there is laughter, there is hope, there is trust, a chance to shape the future”

song lyrics from The Eyes of a Child by the band Air Supply


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When the kookaburras bless the world because the world is good.


The Kookaburras  by John O’Brien


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Could I Hear the Kookaburras Once Again

May a fading fancy hover round a gladness that is over?
May a dreamer in the silence rake the ashes of the past?
So a spirit might awaken in the best the years have taken,
And the Jove that left him lonely might be with him at the last.
While he searches in the by-ways, shall his heart forget the highways
Where the sunburnt arms are toiling in the sun-shine and the rain,
Where the simple things and lowly make their lives sublime and holy,
And the kookaburras chorus once again?



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Sufism Relationships Four Layers Of Heart | Relationships | Yogitimes.com

Sufism and the layers of the heart

A Sufi is someone who has made a total commitment to return to the One by traveling the path of the heart, the path of love. Sufis are experts on the inner landscape of the heart. Sufis say it is only in the awakened heart that we can begin to taste and experience our true divine nature. The great Sufi mystics of the past gave us a model or map of the heart’s road that leads back to the Source. Early writers such as al-Hakim al –Timiridh describes four primary layers of the heart, and subsequent writers elaborated on the 28 “stations” or subdivisions of the four primary layers of the heart.

For the sake of simplicity, I have found the “four-layers of the heart” model to be an extremely useful and timeless spiritual perspective on all aspects of my life, especially for understanding relationships. Put simply, the four layers of the heart are as follows:

via Sufism Relationships Four Layers Of Heart | Relationships | Yogitimes.com.

When You Start to Enjoy Being Alone, These 10 Things Will Happen | Idealist Revolution

Some people think of “being alone” as a bad thing. It either means you’re anti-social, or unwanted, neither of which are a good position to be in.

But actually, being alone isn’t’ necessarily a bad thing, as there are a handful of benefits that emerge once you learn to embrace solitude.

I’m not advocating you go all Tom Hanks in Cast Away, because no one can argue the benefits, and the joys, that come along with fulfilling relationships with other people.

But I am saying that once you learn to enjoy being alone, you’re going to grow as a person.

Below are ten amazing things that will happen in your life when you start to enjoy being alone.

via When You Start to Enjoy Being Alone, These 10 Things Will Happen | Idealist Revolution.

Twelve Traits of the Avoidant Artist |

Twelve Traits of the Avoidant Artist

We grew up in an atmosphere of invalidation which resulted in ambivalence about our artistic expression.

In any given twenty-four hour period we find ways, consciously or unconsciously, to avoid doing that which gives us the most joy — expressing our creativity.

We have withdrawn from our art by investing ourselves in lifestyles, relationships and work activities incompatible with our artistic purpose.

Our creative energy has often been blocked by despair, depression, rage, obsession, compulsive behavior and/or addiction. We block significant relationships from our lives –professional, social, love, family and friends.

Self-defeating thoughts and societal myths turn in our heads: “Art is not practical” – “Artists are neurotic” – “You’ll starve” – “You have to be trained” – “You are too old” – “It’s too late”—“You are a fraud.” We have accepted these as true when, in fact, they are not.

We have felt intimidated by other artists’ success. Jealousy, envy, fear, self-pity, perfectionism, resentment and other character defects block our faith in our creativity. We do not feel worthy of the success we achieve or desire.

We often feel “not safe.” Afraid of becoming a target for criticism, harm, and rejection, we prefer to be invisible and stand forever on the edge of beginning, caught in the Avoidant Phobic Syndrome.

We have thought of our art as divorced from reality, denying ourselves the right to follow our dream. We forget that artists are entitled to their right work and deserve the happiness and success that right work brings.

We doubt that we can earn an income from our art. We have difficulty determining the monetary market value of our art. The concept of supporting ourselves through our art has seemed overwhelming.

We deny our responsibility to fully develop and realize our talents. We fade in and out of commitment to our true self. We are afraid to set the priorities and make the necessary sacrifices to fulfill our dreams.

Our time is unmanageable. We have difficulty following through on projects and frequently sabotage our efforts. We want to work at our art but don’t know how. We become impatient with the process, forgetting that the results come in God’s time, not ours.

We have been afraid of our creative energy and have mistrusted our creative instincts. Lacking spiritual awareness, we have not seen ourselves as channels for the Infinite Creative Process.

via Twelve Traits of the Avoidant Artist |.


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ONE FLY – every time I sit at my desk, ONE FLY comes a’buzzing to drive me nuts. Said Fly is here again now.

And now to start Part Two of The Silverbird. Its taken me all weekend touching up blogs. Now its Sunday Night. I am fed, washed and clad in pyjamas.I kind of skuzzed my poor girl into visiting today and I am sorry for doing that. I could have just asked her honestly. Despite that we had a good day. There is a Fairy Path out the back now and K tells me the yard won’t be as much trouble as I think. We had Eden on Facetime, Ede called me and we spoke longtime and Sandy and the Lad came to visit. I thought it was going to be a tough one to get through but it was good.

As I begin to feel more secure…

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To be ill adjusted to a deranged world is not a breakdown.”


― Jeanette Winterson

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When a dying man cries, it is not because of where he is going which he knows nothing about, but because of what he wishes he would have done in the world he is leaving behind.



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“Moon! Moon! I am prone before you. Pity me, and drench me in loneliness.”


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“Oh how lovely it is!’ she kept saying. Look what a moon! Oh, how lovely!…I feel like squatting down on my heels, putting my arms round my knees like this, tight – as tight as can be – and flying away!” Prince Andrei, a serious man who thought he had given up on the pleasures of life, hears her from below, and “all at once such an unexpected turmoil of youthful thoughts and hopes, contrary to the whole tenor of his life, surged up in his heart.”

― Leo Tolstoy

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15 Things You Don’t Owe Anyone At All (Though You Think You Do) | Idealist Revolution

Many choices we make in life—ranging from what we do, to how we conduct ourselves, and who we interact with—are subject to prying questions and commentary from those around us. Family members, friends, and even total strangers, it often seems like everyone has an opinion on the things we do, no matter how small or insignificant those things might seem to us.

Sometimes people go so far as to ask you to explain yourself for the decisions or choices you make in your own life. You might feel obliged to respond, but some things are really no one else’s business and you don’t owe anyone an explanation at all for the following 15 things—though you think you do.

via 15 Things You Don’t Owe Anyone At All (Though You Think You Do) | Idealist Revolution.

HEALING : acupuncture, lymphatic massage, swimming in salt water, sleep and fresh fish and SNEZ MUSICA

Originally posted on THE SILVERBIRD:


This morning  I went to Paul the Acupuncturist in his clinic at the CWS rooms in Bellingen. He had a young german Physio visiting and she gave me a lymphatic  massage which felt exceptionally good. She knew exactly what she was doing and I could feel the effects of her touch.

Then Paul put in needles for acupuncture. I liked the atmosphere. 5 or 6 people at shiatsu and acupuncture. The room is beautiful and looks over the river. I accepted the Chinese Herbs he has made up for me although I fear them somewhat. I do not fear them as much as the western medicine. Which is doing nothing anyways. Nothing that helps me.

I AM BEGINNING TO LAND – just a little. Still the pain comes but I begin to reappear from the wastelands of grief and suffering.

When I came back to Urunga I took a drive…

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Babylon Sisters: Sisters on the Fly

Sisters on the Fly

Driving home from New Orleans to Houston yesterday we saw one of the “Sisters on the Fly”.  It’s a group of women who restore vintage campers and then travel around – as they say, “having more fun than anyone”. I LOVE their vintage trailers.  Look!

via Babylon Sisters: Sisters on the Fly.

Cathedral Peregrines

Chichester Cathedral Peregrines…

Saturday 11th April to Sunday 5th July 2015

Peregrine falcons have been nesting in the Cathedral turrets since 2001.  The first pair of falcons raised 46 chicks together between 2001 and 2013!  In 2014 two new peregrines claimed the nest site and successfully hatched two chicks.

Open Daily between 10am and 5pm (4pm on Sundays)

Free enty.  All are welcome.

From 11th April until mid June come and view live footage of the peregrine nest from the RSPB marquee located in the garden of the Cloisters Café.  Thanks to the nest cameras visitors will be able to witness the family life of these amazing predators up close.  From mid June until 5th July visitors will be able to view the birds through telescopes located in the Cathedral grounds.

via Cathedral Peregrines.


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