Stories

September 21, 2015 - Beautiful Tears

Join Joni In The Moon for a free concert in the front garden of Fremantle Art Centre, Sunday 4th October, 2-4pm.  See also,  ‘Boy Pretending‘.  ‘The New Brave‘.  ‘Rose on the origin of sadness’.

 

porn guaranteed

And ‘PG – Porn Guaranteed’.

May 15, 2015 - Army of Ink Sailing Still

army of ink sailing still

A time to go – place to stay.

On this particular day, something precious came to its end.  Two breaths became one.

Footnote:  This little girl’s previous arrival is here but I’ve since found other useful layers of meaning – not relating to loss …..

A docked boat is one that has been taken out of a damaging environment for repair and restoration. It’s going nowhere right now, but it still has a place – and relevance.   I think this ‘pulling up’ process is one we have to continually engage in – and make time for.   To restore ourselves.  To stabilise and question; ‘Where to from here?’   But the pace of life too often gets in the way.  Interrupts.  And doing ‘nothing’, taking time out for ourselves, isn’t something viewed in a positive light.   So it’s the ‘stopping’ I feel in the image that’s important – and in urging us to do the same.

“A time to go – a place to stay”?  reflects not only creating a place in our lives for those who we have lost but it could also be about choosing (in our living lives) what to move away from and what to hold on to and really importantly….. what we can take from all of that’s made us who we are and use it in the building of our future selves.

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May 11, 2015 - Look On The Bright Side

 

PARIS NOTRE DAME

 

A Mother’s Day story.

Grief can plant you in a lonely and isolated place because culturally we’re conditioned to ‘look on the bright side’, and ‘get on with things’.   So when the ‘bright side’ eludes you and you struggle to ‘get on with things’, you can be left feeling pretty grim – and somewhat down on yourself.

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October 28, 2014 - Black Dogs Break ups and Drawing

The drawing is something to see…

September 16, 2014 - Be There

In the world of ‘likes’ and ‘Facebook friends’ and ‘followers’, even if we have one good friend, one person that can ‘be there’ for us – that’s more meaningful and substantial than all the ‘likes’ and ‘followers’ in the world.  Tori Amos is a favourite of mine – she’s a kick arse kind of songstress (more so on her previous albums).  This song is from her latest album and features her daughter Tash.  I lost my best mate (Mum) earlier this year.  She was my ‘be there’ person (still is in spirit) – and makes me treasure even more the relationship I have with my ‘best mate’ daughter, Ash.  Pass it on to all those who’ve ‘been there’ for you….

April 24, 2014 - On The Wire

On the wire book

The book ‘Man’s Search For Meaning’ is Viktor Frankl’s story of his struggle for survival in Auschwitz and other Nazi concentration camps.  “His insights into human freedom, dignity and the search for meaning are deeply humanising and have the power to transform lives.”  Chief Rabbi Dr Jonathan Sacks.  “This book will serve as a guide and an inspiration to those for whom life’s meaning, life’s hardships, and life’s mysteries are hard to fathom, yet call out for understanding.”  Martin Gilbert.  My Psychiatrist recommended this and I return to if often.  A video with some words of wisdom and hope from a 106 year old survivor of the holocaust here.

Similar posts…. ‘The Journey’ – saving the only life you can save.  A story about ‘A scarecrow, a magpie and treason‘. ‘A time to care’.  An umbrella for the dark cloud.  ‘The Release’ poem.