When negative emotion is dissipated our physical vehicles will vibrate in much greater harmony with nature and much disease will no longer consume man.


Byron Bay poet Jen Jacobs made this feisty point about the ill person’s ‘otherness’ (with the added emphasis on non-visible disability):

"I look like I live in your world
I can pass as a well person – for a short time,
I’m good at pretending

… I no longer have automatic residence
in your country,
my citizenship is of another world entirely;
where pain is usual,
time and distance treat us differently, and
‘how are you?’ and
‘what’s wrong with you?’ and
‘are you better yet?’


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If your house is burning, there is not time to go hunting. (Priorities are important in planning activities.)

AFRICAN. http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/African_proverbs


As the world passes by,
they think about life, considering
all the the things that are important
all the things that are simple
and new.

An Afternoon at Snowfall

by Dilawar Karadaghi


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Nomina stultorum parietibus haerent. Fools’ names stick to the walls (of buildings). A reference to graffiti, as in Fools’ names, like fools’ faces, Are always found in public places. Anonymous



I don’t go to the pub much any more—
they pulled down the Newcastle ten years ago,
and the Forest Lodge is full of young punks
who can’t hold their drink.

(Selected Poems, p.174)



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We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiralling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies. Shirley Abbott



My Daddy

by Ashley

When you’re little
you don’t know what to say
when your daddy
comes home stoned everyday


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A gambler never makes the same mistake twice. It’s usually three or more times. VP Pappy

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The ANZAC Dedication:
For the Fallen
by Laurence Binyon
They shall not grow old,
As we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them,
Nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun,
And in the morning,
We will remember them.
We will remember them.

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Everything is now for sale. Even those areas of life that we once considered sacred like health and education, food and water and air and seeds and genes and a heritage. It is all now for sale. Maude Barlow

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"The best six doctors anywhere
And no one can deny it
Are sunshine, water, rest, and air
Exercise and diet.
These six will gladly you attend
If only you are willing
Your mind they’ll ease
Your will they’ll mend
And charge you not a shilling."
Nursery rhyme quoted by Wayne Fields

Fear less, hope more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Hate less, love more; And all good things are yours. Swedish.

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I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.  James Baldwin


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He who is guilty is the one that has much to say. Ashanti .

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If you could choose your parents,… we would rather have a mother who felt a sense of guilt—at any rate who felt responsible, and felt that if things went wrong it was probably her fault—we’d rather have that than a mother who immediately turned to an outside thing to explain everything, and said it was due to the thunderstorm last night or some quite outside phenomenon and didn’t take responsibility for anything.
(D.W. Winnicott (20th century), British child psychiatrist.


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The prudent embark when the sea is calm — the rash when it’s stormy. N.Z.


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Lakota Instructions for Living
Friend do it this way – that is,
whatever you do in life,
do the very best you can
with both your heart and mind.
And if you do it that way,
the Power Of The Universe
will come to your assistance,
if your heart and mind are in Unity.
When one sits in the Hoop Of The People,
one must be responsible because
All of Creation is related.
And the hurt of one is the hurt of all.
And the honor of one is the honor of all.
And whatever we do effects everything in the universe.
If you do it that way – that is,
if you truly join your heart and mind
as One – whatever you ask for,
that’s the Way It’s Going To Be.
passed down from White Buffalo Calf Woman

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Over the compost-box, poising rampant upon the palings … He stands there, lost in a green confusion, smelling the smoke of somebody’s rubbish. Bruce Dawe.



A dealer in rubbish praises rubbish


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There is no room within my heart for revenge, fire or hate there is no room within my mind for any thoughts like these.

(‘No room for hate’ by David Gould
In response to our daughter being killed in the London Bombings of 7 July 2005)


"As long as you don’t forgive, who and whatever it is will occupy rent-free space in your mind."
Isabelle Holland


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Proverbs 19.2 . Enthusiasm without knowledge is not good. If you act too quickly, you might make a mistake.

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Smith Wigglesworth.

“There are many things in your life that you cannot understand. But be patient, for when the Hand of
God is upon a thing, it may grind very slowly, but it will form the finest thing possible, if you dare wait
until the end of it.”


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Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind. Marcus T. Cicero c. 106-43 BC, Great Roman Orator, Politician



The sun blossoms on each and every stone
from the garden,
and the stones are smilling…
And if you’re patient enough,
you might even hear them whispering
about ancient songs and green words,
remembered from times that never existed…
Look, if I pick up one of the stones
and put it somewhere else,
I’m changing history…
their history…
Actually, we are not allowed
to dream together with them,
because we move all the time,
and we make history – OUR history – change…
(Maybe this is what ‘writing history’ is about…)
But the stones are always there,
waiting, patiently, for nothing to happen,
just hoping that one day,
maybe when the sun blossoms on them,
a rose will blossom by their side…
Liliana Negoi


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If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down. Mary Pickford


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The lehua blossom unfolds when the rain treads on it.

Offer encouragement to help a child grow. People need nurturing as flowers need water. People respond better to gentle words than scolding.    – From the Little Book of Aloha



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Dancing with delusion….. Visions of a cartoon princess, dancing gaily in her ice castle. Nightmares of an emaciated prisoner, crawling across a putrid dungeon floor. Songs of the seagulls as they glide above the crystal beaches and shimmering waves. Screams of the lemmings as they plunge into the churning surf on the rocks below.

Dancing With Delusion
by Eddie Thompson


A human being is a part of a whole, called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest. . . a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. ALBERT EINSTEIN.

DAVID BRINKLEY: A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.

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When a subject is highly controversial… one cannot hope to tell the truth. One can only show how one came to hold whatever opinion one does hold. One can only give one’s audience the chance of drawing their own conclusions as they observe the limitations, the prejudices, the idiosyncrasies of the speaker.
Virginia Woolf
1882-1941, British Novelist, Essayist


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Prov 21:17 You’re addicted to thrills? What an empty life! The pursuit of pleasure is never satisfied.

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The Thrill Seekers

On the verandah rail, inquisitive Willie Wagtails,

dressed ready for a black tie dinner,

dance, twist, flit in a flash to perch teasingly

on a magpie’s back, saucy tale upright.

Do they hope perhaps, for a free flight?

With a sudden song—burst they dash through water spray,

wing span maximised to ride the wind, surf air waves,

ski the skies, in flight so free assistance is superfluous.


foto – clarence river at ulmarra