Stories

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’.

April 16, 2015 - Dance To Your Own Beat

Daniel Johns new EP with 4 tracks is bliss.  The guy just keeps evolving, morphing, coming up new – despite the critics.

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 11, 2015 - FREE Postage

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Wisdoms of Rose

Currently offering free postage on all orders over $50.  Perhaps treat yourself to something rare and precious like the hand crafted, individually numbered book, ‘Wisdoms of Rose’ pictured above, or ‘Rock The Boat’ below.  Visit the website  SHOP and know your purchase will be supporting Black Dog.

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