Stories

April 25, 2019 - The Red Tree

Short Film from book, The Red Tree, by Shaun Tan.

April 25, 2019 - The Drop

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The Drop .

Imagine a lift – dropping.  Air is pinched tight through the holding breath.  Stomach pressing against throat’s base.   Your footing – gone.   You’re falling into a moment lost.   Trapped in time, travelling at lightening speed towards a target.  And you know what lies at its centre.   You wish, like you’ve wished time and time before, for a floor in the falling.   A line securing reality to an altered mind.  To hold you suspended from the end.   Mark a path back.  And then … you turn the corner and you’re back where the drop began.  Landing on a returned breath.  Stunned by its convincing lie.

Footnote: Dedicate this to my Vietnam Vet friend Graham and anyone else who battles with PTSD.  Reposting for ANZAC day.  Thanks for the art Harley (Manifold).

April 23, 2019 - Strength In Wild Imagination

Small is Good.

When the wild things contemplate eating Max, he tells them they can’t eat him because he’s a King.  “But you’re so small.”  They reply.  “Small is good.”  Explains Max.  “My powers are able to slip right through the cracks.”  “But what if the cracks are closed up?”  Ask the wild things. 

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April 15, 2019 - Be Like a Squirrel

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The Squirrel Story  (from The White Stripes album ‘Elephant’, track 10).

When problems overwhelm you and sadness smothers us where do we find the will and the courage to continue?  Well the answer may come in the caring voice of a friend.  A chance encounter with a book.  Or from a personal faith.  For Janet, help came from her faith but it also came from a squirrel.  Shortly after her divorce, Janet lost her Father.  Then her job.  She had mounting money problems.  Janet not only survived, she worked her way out of despondency and now she says life is good again.

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April 15, 2019 - Flipper Girl – To The Rescue No More

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As the catch of responsibility drifted out of the saving, there was little left for Flipper Girl to do except wonder beyond the fishbowl of seriously fogged goggles.

Some thoughts on this one ….

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April 14, 2019 - Flipper Girl – Mind Your Buckets

army of ink go ask the frogs

Tired of moving mountains, Flipper Girl settled for being strategically productive, (not of her own kind) up the muddy creek.

Some thoughts on this one …. 

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