February 7, 2017 - When I Grow Up

Written for the musical ‘Matilda’.

“I am not what happened to me,                                                                                                                                                            I am what I choose to become.”  Carl Jung.

And imagine if teachers wrote school reports that rang with the positivity of Rose’s stories.  Another:  ‘Growing Down’.

November 19, 2016 - Army of Ink Because She Mattered


Because she mattered.

Leave her with you to ponder some meaning….

And on a similar note, this is a good read:



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’.


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And ‘PG – Porn Guaranteed’.

August 26, 2015 - Girl Disappearing

“My self destructive side, had grown a mile wide.”

Saw this movie (documentary) recently about Amy Winehouse.  The heart could not help sink as you watch this brilliant, sure footed, upright, gutsy young women disintegrate.  I was left with one question—where were all the good men?  Where were all the ‘good men’ within her management who said ‘No’ to her exploitation.  ‘No’ to the fans who wanted more when she had all but a thread of Amy left.  Said ‘No’ to the touring she was physically and mentally unfit to do.  Where were the good men in her band and in the audience who said ‘No, this is not right’ and saved her from the humiliation of being plopped on stage only to crumble, unable to perform before adoring fans who perhaps also should have said ‘No’.  Where were the good men among the paparazzi who said, ‘No. We can’t continue to hunt her down like a pack of wild animals.’  Where were the good men (and women) who refused to buy the magazines that kept the paparazzi feeding on her.  If we don’t learn something from this, and it doesn’t inspire us to question and challenge popular culture and our part in it, then we’ll continue to lose more Amy’s.  If only she could have been given the space, time and encouragement by those around her to find peace in life – and mend from all that fuelled her self destructive side.

See previous article, ‘On The Mend’.  Army of Ink, ‘Stitch In Time’. ‘Free Yourself‘, the Birdman movie, another examination of pop culture.   ‘No Idea’ about womens magazines.

June 9, 2015 - Thumbs Up To Nice Guys

It must be tough being a sensitive, nice guy in a macho, sexed up, muscled up, revved up, mucked up, violent world.  Thumbs up to all the ‘nice guys’ (and girls for that matter) who choose a different path.  That takes balls – and brains.  Check out The Black Dog Story about difference.  And think about this and this.  Pass it on to all the nice you know  ….

May 13, 2015 - Rice Is Nice

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Long live the CD.

Sometimes when you’re not feeling so good, it’s easier just to stay roomed in at home.  Or you could take a risk, go out and possibly be met by a ‘feel good’ experience and someone nice …..Went to JB Hifi for a dose of music in the form of some new CD’s and found Damien Rice’s package of smooth vibes and beautiful artwork within a ‘nice to hold’ cardboard sleeve.  But it wasn’t just the physical process of flicking through the CD’s that provided the feel good experience, it was also the guy who worked there who, on taking interest in the small collection in my hand, enthusiastically strode off to bring back a favorite of his own that he thought closely matched my choices.  And so we talked a bit about the music (and the covers) and …. well, it made my day.  The digital age (and hunkering down at home to escape the world) puts us at risk of losing these simple, meaningful and excitingly intimate connections – unless we keep resisting, continue buying the real thing and engaging with the real world.  More feel good with previous posts, ‘Canned Kindness’; ‘Full Stop’; ‘Hey you’;  ‘Pay It Forward’.