April 18, 2015 - Critical Thinking

black dog

Why didn’t the Black Dog cross the road?                                                                                                       Because he wanted to wonder a while at the masses marching in blind faith.

Why didn’t the Black Dog cross the road?                                                                                                             Because green’s not always right – and red’s not always wrong.

Why didn’t the Black Dog cross the road?                                                                                                                     Because he wasn’t ready to go yet.

Think about it…

Find in Clunk & Jam book.

April 6, 2015 - Army of Ink Little Star

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Little Star .

When the lights go out I cannot see, but when I sit alone in the dark with the glow of real stars above, the warmth of the distance soothes the longing to be close.  Now, when I go out into the woods at night, it’s not a star that will grant me my wish -it will be my own candle glowing in the dark.

Footnote:   This little soldier is from the Rock The Boat book.  Which is what often happens when you endeavor to make personal change.  Or when you tell the truth. It ‘rocks the boat’.  The small, feathery space where she sits calmly with a single lit candle might suggest a quiet, personal vigil.   One that reminds her to value herself and the small space and life she’s so painstakingly created.  A space that keeps her protected from harm – her world snugly contained.  Allows her to control when the ‘lights go out’ rather than the onset of darkness being manipulated by those around her.

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March 20, 2015 - Strange Magic of Art

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(Art Harley Manifold, original in colour.  Excerpt from article, ‘What Lies Beyond’ by David Malouf, Weekend Australian Magazine Feb 28th-March 1st).

The article below is a refreshing insight into the downfall of our ever-shortening attention spans and the ability of art, music, books, films etc to capture our attention, hold us still and allow us to escape for a longer, deeper while in a self replenishing place …

What Lies Beyond .

Any activity that demands our complete attention – absorption in a task, looking hard at a painting or piece of sculpture, losing ourselves in a book or play or film; doing anything, as we say, that “Takes us out of ourselves” – is restorative, and in a particular way.  We are there, fully there, in the most complete exercise of our consciousness and being; but, since we are also outside ourselves in the object of attention, we are relieved for a time of the heavy consciousness of being; and, in that strange suspension of time we experience on such occasions, we are free as well of the even heavier consciousness of Time.


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On the whole, modern living is not very conducive to this sort of activity:  to the concentrated long-looking, a painting demands, if we are fully to take it in, or the kind of intense listening we need to give to music. When we allow our attention to become thin and spasmodic, when we give up “attending”, it is not the painting or musical work that grows dim and disappears, it is us.

Read full article here.

February 8, 2015 - Someone To Look Up To

Perth, Western Australia next weekend from Friday 13-15 February.   Details here.  And a line from the movie, ‘Wild’… “Place yourself in the path of beauty”.  In doing this we counter balance the dark aspects of our lives and world.   Make (and take) time to soak some beauty in.  Maybe walk with the Giants….or watch the video above through to its beautiful end.  And enter the website and world of the Giant’s French creators, Royal de Luxe.

girl giant

Once upon a time in a desert in the west, a Little Girl Giant fell from the sky into one of those communities in love with the stars, the earth, the trees, the water …(Story commemorating the ANZAC centenary).  See 2012’s beautiful feathery opening of the Perth Arts Festival here, along with a feathery story about the damage of gossip.  And instead of gossip, do something good and pass this beautiful post on…

December 17, 2014 - Disconnect

Powerful flick (new release DVD) about the dangers of the cyber world and of relating to each other through this medium; the tragic consequence of bullying through social media; but also, as the lives of these people reach breaking point, how they find ways to pull back, hold on and reconnect in the real world.

See previous posts, ‘Virtual Cake Shop’.  ‘Keep In Touch‘.

October 6, 2014 - Breaking Into You

Banksy bottle

Message from Banksy – Pass it on …

People are taking the piss out of you everyday.  They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear.  They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small.  They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else.  They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate.  They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever see and they bully you with it.  They are THE ADVERTISERS and they are laughing at you.  You, however, are forbidden to touch them.  Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright laws mean advertisers can say what they like, wherever they like with total impunity.  FUCK THAT.  Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see or not is yours.  It’s yours to take, rearrange and re-use.  You can do whatever you like with it.  Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.  You owe the companies nothing.  Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy.  They ow you.  They have rearranged the world to put themselves in front of you.  They never asked for your permission, don’t ever start asking for theirs.