January 13, 2020 - Fire Relief

As bush fires rage throughout Australia and news feeds take us live into the tragedy unfolding, its heartbreak and suffering, be mindful of protecting children from the trauma of these scenes.  Protect yourself too.   Those affected will need very sensitive care for a very long time to come – and this is already happening through the heartening swell of human kindness that has emerged in response to this tragic time.   Keep safe.  See links page for personal support.

There is strength, comfort and hope in art and stories ….


These beautiful image are from a book called ‘The Mysteries of Harris Burdick’ by Chris Van Allsburg.  The artist has never been found, nor the stories he wrote about the 14 beautiful drawings (with titles only).  They were published as a collection of drawings in the hope that children will be inspired by them – and write their own stories.

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January 13, 2020 - The Crossing



The Crossing .

One day I will swim out to the seaweed.    And I swam for the longest time to know the place where I now rest.     But let me not forget to look far back into the distance.    Cast the mind before the deep unknown.    Feel the fear in every stroke as I made that crossing.     As I make it still each day.

(Clunk & Jam book, 2019.  Pictured, Hansel & Gretel).


December 24, 2019 - Hard To Be Jolly Season

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Amelia Blooms balloon

As the holidays and Christmas time arrive, Amelia Bloom understands we are all so terribly aware of the many things that are broken right now.  She wishes those struggling peace, hope and strength as the year turns and so many face the long, hard time of repair and rebuilding ahead …


Robin Small wishes comfort to those struck by uncertainty.


Rose recommends putting the breaks on.   Go slow.  Be gentle, thoughtful and kind to others – to yourself.


Flipper Girl wishes those experiencing rough and challenging times strength and stability.


Find Robin, Rose, Amelia and Flipper Girl (Clunk & Jam Book, 2019)

October 30, 2019 - Alone Together



It’s interesting that when people ask how we are going we usually always say things like – good, busy, great, flat out, not bad.  Found this bit of honesty on a wall in Fitzroy, Melbourne.  We’re never as alone as we think.

See Links page for support and RUOK.

October 24, 2019 - Fitzroy Book Library



Donated some copies of Clunk & Jam, Wisdoms of Rose, cards and paste-ups to Condell Growers and Sharers community library and vege garden in Condell Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne.




October 23, 2019 - Army of Ink Mind Your Language


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What’s with all the smiley faces – things are not really that great.

The one thing she disliked most was false optimism  🙂   And it was making its mark everywhere, particularly in emails and text messages  🙂  Sometimes people even shouted happiness :)!!! But was all this just a disguise?  Were people really that happy  :/  She sensed the world increasingly turning away from those who weren’t feeling all that happy right now 🙁   Opting for the pretense of living fairy tale lives:)  That made her feel sad.  🙁   As did the effect of so many colons and wrong way brackets consuming a perfectly good language.

Pass her on because….you never know who’s feeling sad out there but are struggling to find a ‘sadness friendly’ place.

See this Rose who is free from the labor of smiling.  This Rose about dealing with all matters of the emotional kind.  This Rose who is curious about the origin of sadness.

(Clunk & Jam book 2019)