Stories

April 5, 2020 - Today Over Tomorrow

Stormie Mills Clown

 

(Art & words kindly from, Stormie Mills.  Instagram @stormiemills.  Original in colour).

‘A tra poco’ lets take a short break, from destroying our planet, listen to those that will inherit it, learn from the indigenous cultures of the past and see the future in a better way, let’s do more, let’s act, let’s ask those that are in ‘power’ to act on our behalf, repeatedly, or let’s change them out for those that will, let’s stop this circus of stupidity that values today over tomorrow.

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April 4, 2020 - You Can Do Anything

 

 

“The secret to change is to focus all of your energy,

not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

Music by Sia.   Soundtrack to the documentary movie, ‘The Eagle Huntress’.

April 3, 2020 - Be Like a Squirrel

 

squirrel story

 

The Squirrel Story  (from The White Stripes album ‘Elephant’, track 10).

When problems overwhelm you and sadness smothers us where do we find the will and the courage to continue?  Well the answer may come in the caring voice of a friend.  A chance encounter with a book.  Or from a personal faith.  For Janet, help came from her faith but it also came from a squirrel.  Shortly after her divorce, Janet lost her Father.  Then her job.  She had mounting money problems.  Janet not only survived, she worked her way out of despondency and now she says life is good again.

How could this happen?  She told me that late on Autumn day when she was at her lowest, she watch a squirrel storing up nuts for the Winter.  One at a time he would take them to the nest.  And she thought, if that squirrel can take care of himself – so can I.  Once I broke my problems into small pieces, I was able to carry them – just like those acorns.  One at a time.

 

March 19, 2020 - The Fringe

the fringe

The drypoint print titled, ‘My Secret is Out’ (original in colour), by Shana James .   The stories below showed up (back in 2013) when spending some time thinking about the print’s possible meaning.  Thanks Shana.

‘Coming Home’.

Shana’s art titled, ’My Secret is Out’, seems to strongly reflect the struggle of ‘fitting in’, of feeling like an outsider, but also the comfort and content of being alone with one’s self – in your own space and world.

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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).