The Australian immigration story continues – maybe not appreciated in the same way today as it once was. Here is a synopsis of the importance of the migrant contribution to Australia – the land and its people – in the early post-war years.
Are the armchair analysts in our midst actually creators themselves? Maybe so…but it’s hard to believe when they persistently insist they ‘know’ the innermost meanings, leanings, intent…even sexuality of the authors they dissect. Mine may well be a ‘voice in the wilderness’ protesting this practice, but I choose to believe I speak for many creators (both illustrious…and not) who have preceded my humble efforts. Maybe the armchair analysts would do well to review the Golden Rule…there’s a lesson in that one for all of us…if we choose to learn.
If you’ve ever known a bachelor farmer, you will also have observed, unequivocally, that a farmer NEEDS a wife…whether he acknowledges and accepts this…or not. There are just too many situations – and concepts – and dreams, demanding to be shared. Even when he accepts this, the Law of Attraction will require a little more of him than simply ‘needing.’
Will the ‘Brave New World’ of the future present more problems than solutions? Indications abound of a different, though just as predictable human evolution ahead – IF the predictions are not recognized and addressed.
Despite an increasing demand for a reduction in class numbers…with an insistence that this is urgently needed to provide children with more focused and improved teaching – I really wonder if this is the answer. As a ‘baby boomer’ growing up with subsequent overcrowded classes, plus the added memories from my husband’s post-war schooling experience in occupied Denmark – we look at this ‘dilemma’ from a completely different perspective.
Halloween ‘trick or treat’ activities are increasing every year in Australia, and I wonder why? Why do we not embrace, in the same hearty fashion, such Northern hemisphere ‘celebrations’ as the French Bastille Day, or the Italian Carnevale, or American Independence Day – and Ground Hog Day, or the Spanish Easter celebration – Semana Santa? You may be surprised to read the history behind Halloween. And you may also be left wondering why we would celebrate this event in Australia, as I am.
We have all heard birds chattering and tweeting at dusk and dawn… but how many of us have taken a little time to contemplate just what they may be saying? Here is a whimsical percolation ‘to go’.
There are many meanings for the words ‘friend’ and ‘friendship’…quite different to the way they are being used in the electronic media today. To many of us who value the purest meaning of these words, today’s usage is abhorrent.
Kangaroo numbers soaring in Outback Australia. Meat industry insists legal ‘culling’ required, but faced with bitter opposition to ‘barbaric’ slaughter and marketing of ‘roo meat overseas. What IS the answer? This is an eyewitness account and one individual reaction.
How many common expressions do we use daily to describe situations, actions, feelings – and how often do we really know what their origins are… how they developed into phrases of such regular usage, that they just roll off the tongue, seemingly without thought? Here are just a few of these ‘pearls of wisdom’ and a little enlightenment about them, in this collection of general type idioms.
There are countless phrases or idioms that spring to mind and roll off the tongue with the greatest of ease. These come in all shapes and sizes, sometimes as ‘pearls of wisdom’, sometimes not, but almost always actually depicting their message – in our minds, at least. They are commonly used, but often with no understanding or knowledge of their origins. Here are a few strictly nautical nuances for your ongoing education and entertainment…
Everyday… somewhere… someone uses one of many common expressions to describe a situation, an action, or a feeling. The person knows what they mean (and hopefully, so does their listener, also) – but few know the meaning behind the words. This collection focuses on animals…and amazing and unexpected connections to the expressions we all love to use.
It was an extremely long way to Tipperary from New South Wales in Australia, but despite Irish parentage, the wide brown land Downunder was where Patrick Joseph Hartigan would make his life – as a Catholic priest – and as an author of poems, stories and historical research into the country and his religion. He was highly respected and appreciated in both fields, but one poem in particular, became so popular, its name became a widely used colloquialism for all manner of dire predictions of the potential for impending disaster. Don’t be alarmed – this is a humorous poem that just happens to depict a personality-type we have all known, somewhere… sometime.
Some of us play with poetry. We are ‘wannabee poets.’ And because I cannot resist a challenge (if it’s in my capabilities…or ‘copabilities’, as the case may be) – I sometimes play with words in a pseudo poetic way. Here’s one of them…but I don’t think this is the path to ‘Rich and Famous’…and I don’t think any ‘Real’ poet will feel even ‘tiny’ bit threatened!
They ‘sang’ the songs of the Australian Bush in their poetry. They felt the anguish, the pain of the battlers in city and country alike. Their words touch and haunt us — and challenge us to live our lives just a little better, a lot more courageously, and with a whole heap more dignity.
You would know, of course, of the Spirit of Christmas – but another little-known ‘legend’ is that of the Spirit of Ginger Beer! Here is the story of my personal experience of this supernatural phenomenon – AND I lived to tell the tale. It’s a TALL tale – but true! Enjoy!
In the poem by Adam Lindsay Gordon of the same name, the last line suggests the need for courage in times of trouble. I don’t know that he actually anticipated someone interpreting this to mean that bravado could come from a bottle. But certainly, in this rare situation, endurance was definitely enhanced by the ‘spiritual’ powers of my ‘potion’.
My Auntie Rene is a lifetime devotee and virtuoso performer of what I choose to call Chamber music. Less sensitive souls would say she ‘fluffs’ a lot. Of course, they are right, but this seems a bland description of the full scale of her repertoire.
We all know the ‘Once Upon a Time’ tale of Cinderella – but few know of her sibling, Sendafella – a desperately neglected wannabe hero. Here is your chance to learn and wonder just how things could have been…