March 19, 2019 - Wisdoms of Rose Moving On


wisdoms of rose suitcase

Rose was a complete stranger to rejection because she never gave anything away – and what she had wasn’t up for grabs .

Rose keeps close to chest the many varied and precious pieces that make up her belongings – and herself.  This commitment and loyalty she exhibits ensures Rose remains a one and only, high creative traveler of poetic and art-filled paths – to wherever she happens to arrive.  Long Live Rose.

(Wisdoms of Rose and Clunk & Jam, 2019 book.  Reposted from 2013)

November 26, 2018 - Wisdoms of Rose Holding Hands


Wisdoms of Rose Hold the Box

Rose took her life into her own hands .

Rose does things her own peculiar way, never relinquishing personal plans of the most unconventional type.  She confidently makes unadvised decisions which often place her outside of all things mainstream.  Rose fully embraces this difference, the unique directions she plots, and the independence her own decision making affords her.  She works within a space-like time frame, creating objects galore that keep her safe and sound in mind – and well outside the orbit of others.  Long Live Rose.

Footnote:  ‘Taking her life into her own hands’ may be about not only about being self reliant but also keeping all the good things safe and close.  Protecting those things from the tendency many of us have of self sabotaging and diminishing our own worth.   Protecting all parts of ourselves from the horrible habit of comparison maybe?   And within that small, precious space, setting our own limits.  Being less our own enemy and dimmer of our potential.

(Clunk & Jam  and Wisdoms of Rose books, 2019.  Reposted from 2013).

November 17, 2018 - Bending Spoons


BLOG spoons


Song line from track ‘The Great Beyond’ by Michael Stipe (REM).  The song was written to reflect the work and philosophy of  film maker Andy Kaufman which is …. 

“To keep creating you have to push forward, go beyond, attempt the impossible, in life as in art.”   

November 13, 2018 - Wisdoms of Rose Pocket Book


Wisdoms of Rose Book Browne Ink Studio 1


Wisdoms of Rose pocket book is now available on-line from Browne Ink Studio and in bookstores listed below.  Her stories you’ll find in the blog here.

. New Edition Bookshop, Fremantle. Fremantle Art Centre Found Giftshop.   Crow Bookshop, Victoria Park.  Planet Bookshop, Northbridge and Mount Lawley.  Subiaco Bookshop, Rokeby Road, Subiaco. Beaufort Street Books, Mount Lawley.  The Well Bookshop, Applecross.  Collins Booksellers, Cottesloe. Diabolik Books & Records, Mt Hawthorn and   Paper Bird Books, Fremantle.

November 5, 2018 - Recipe For Dreaming


recipe for dreaming


A Recipe For Dreaming (from a two dollar book) .

“Take one dream.  Dream it in detail.  Put it into your own hands.  See its final outcome clearly in your mind.  Then mix it with a little effort and add a generous portion of self-discipline.  Flavour it with a wholesome pinch of ambition.  Stir briskly with confidence until the mixture becomes clear, the doubt separated from the resolution.  Then bake at an even temperature in a moderate mind until the dream rises and is firm to the touch.  Decorate with individuality.  Cut into generous portions and serve with justifiable pride.  Approached in this manner, life is a piece of cake.  Good luck?  Is what almost always comes to those who use the recipe for dreaming and, having dreamed their dream, never, never give up until they have it.”  Bryce Courtenay.

Find in Clunk & Jam book.

October 30, 2018 - Tread Carefully In Mind

(Reposted from 2008).  You will Find Relief here.

Everyone Has Dark Times – A Personal Story…  

In relation to the diagnosis of ‘depression’ and the feeling of being ‘depressed’ … I’m uncertain how much of what I’m experiencing are normal feelings and how much is due to a chemical imbalance in the brain?   How much of how I’m feeling and experiencing is influenced by past trauma and bad experiences.   Circumstance and environment?  Belief and perception?While having a diagnosis of depression, anxiety disorder, PTSD and other conditions of mind can help make sense of things and provide a guide for treatment and medication (if necessary).  Giving it significance beyond that can further darken our world.  It can lead to the perception that, ‘something is wrong with us’.  A perception by ourselves and others that we’re weak or flawed.   And it can be the entry point into the isolation of social stigma and shame associated with ‘mental illness’.

(Art Harley Manifold, original in colour).

It has been helpful to separate myself from the diagnosis.   To work out not, ‘what is wrong with me’, but ‘what’s not right’?  

What remains are giant and often unmanageable feelings.  A cocktail of emotion.   Anger and rage in the mix with sadness, hopelessness and despair.  Fear.  Panic without a cause.  Sensitivity or intolerance to light, noise, stress – people.  The world around me.  Places I can no longer go. Unrelenting critical head talk.  Crippling self doubt.  Dominant dark thoughts.    Sometimes unbearably intense – other times, blunted.  A feeling of nothing.

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