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Making Sense Of It All

One can always learn new things … and glean wisdom and knowledge from the experience and knowledge of others. The trick is to have the ears to listen and the heart to receive … not to mention the brain to decipher it all. One of my present jobs is working for a local publisher, co-ordinating product pages and club profiles for what is Australia’s most esteemed woodworking magazine. This brings me into contact with a … Read more

Then Just Don’t Listen!

Apparently I waffle on … and on. Apparently I say too much. Apparently I don’t need to tell the ‘back story’ but just answer the question .. directly, succinctly, concisely.  Apparently no one really wants to hear the context of my answer as I explain my response. Apparently no one is really interested. When heard from a friend who sharply stated “get the point, drop the back story” it was hurtful and both cruel and … Read more

No Longer In Silence!

As one of my daily rituals, I try and find something inspirational or ‘wise’ to add on my Instagram page. It might be a few words about things that inspire me, things I have observed, learnt, experienced or something that has simply been placed on my heart to share. Recently I really toiled over sharing the following ‘quote’ that I had ruminated on for some time. And then I thought … be brave, say it … Read more

The Essential Ingredients of Life, Love & Home

This weekend is the grandparents’ big ‘moving day’. After more than a decade living in the most gracious old Blue Mountains’ heritage homestead, with its quirky floorplan and instant warmth and charm tangible long before one ever stepped foot on the property; it’s rambling terraced gardens that ultimately drew hundreds of visitors each year as it was opened to raise money for a local school; its homely, charming ‘gathering room’ complete with wood log fire … Read more

Finally … Hearing The Truth

It’s amazing how we can hear the same thing over and over again … a word of advice, a slice of wisdom, a warning, a truth, and never really ‘hear’ it until, one day, just at the right and appointed time, we finally hear it. It resonates deep within us, and we finally understand and maybe even embrace it to the point where we take it on board and it becomes a personal mantra, or … Read more

A Call To Arms!

I’m going to have a rant … apologies before we go any further, but it’s something I need to get off my chest! I’m totally bewildered! Where in the heck is all this coming from? It seems that man’s total disregard for his fellow man has reached fever pitch! Do we need a war or some planetary natural disaster to bring us back to basics, to bring to the fore once more the most elemental … Read more

A Fitting Addiction

I think that I’m an addict! I have this problem and sometimes I wonder if is working to my detriment! I get consumed by it at times and have to be very disciplined to say “enough” … get outside now or go do something productive. You see, it’s like this … Instead of sitting watching all the mindless television on offer (why is it that there are more and more channels available with less and … Read more

Lessons Of A Lifetime

Welcome to my new website and blog. I’m so excited to welcome you all! It seems that it has taken almost a lifetime to get here. And on the other hand it feels like only yesterday when I sat wondering what I would do with myself and where would I head. Certainly the past two decades have been the most tumultuous and challenging, rewarding and confronting, wonderful and inspiring, and have brought me to this … Read more