Category Archives: KEEP IT SIMPLE

“All children, except one, grow up”

― James Matthew Barrie, Peter Pan


“I just sit here and tell the story as though I can’t help it. There’s always something in the day that reminds me, that sets me off all hot and guilty and scared and rambling and wistful, like I am now.”

TIM, WINTON – In the Winter Dark

Distance lends enchantment to the view. Familiarity broods contempt.

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“For this is one of the miracles of love; it gives – to both, but perhaps especially to the woman – a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted.”
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the kids waving through the kitchen window —
all this happens as a coda to the dream about
Kim Novak, and I suddenly understand the difference
between Apollo and Dionysus, between beauty and the
Beast of the Reading Room.

After Reading ‘Four Quartets’

— for John A.Scott


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It is the only thing that knows us, all the crannies, the secret places where the caulkers have not reached, where the weevils hide; it sees all.

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I want to hide something from the humans until they are ready for it. It is the realisation that they create their own reality

Red meat is not bad for you. Now blue-green meat, that’s bad for you!

-Tommy Smothers

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The Old Black Billy and Me

by Louis Esson


 The sheep are yarded, an’ I sit

Beside the fire an’ poke at it.

Far from talk an’ booze o’ men

Glad, I’m glad I’m back agen

On the station, wi’ me traps

An’ fencin’ wire, an’ tanks an’ taps,

Back to salt-bush plains, an’ flocks,

An’ old bark hut be the apple-box.

I turn the slipjack, make the tea,

All’s as still as still can be –

An’ the old black billy winks at me.



Don’t make love by the garden gate, love is blind but the neighbors ain’t



“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing 
and rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.” 
― Rumi

It’s teatime and all the dolls are at the table. Listen. It’s that simple.

Anne Lamott

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“If men could see us as we really are, they would be a little amazed; but the cleverest, the acutest men are often under an illusion about women: they do not read them in a true light: they misapprehend them, both for good and evil: their good woman is a queer thing, half doll, half angel; their bad woman almost always a fiend.”

― Charlotte Brontë, Shirley

The trouble about man is twofold. He cannot learn truths which are too complicated; he forgets truths which are too simple.

REBECCA WEST, The Meaning of Treason

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Sometimes the mind, for reasons we don’t necessarily understand, just decides to go to the store for a quart of milk.
Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider

It is easy to fool a goblin, but even easier to kill one.

(Don’t bother with complex solutions, when simple ones will do)

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I was born to find goblins in their caves / And chase moonlight / To see shadows and seek hidden rivers / To hear the rain fall on dry leaves / And chat a bit with death across foggy nights.

James Kavanaugh

The goal of life is living in agreement with nature.


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“Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.”

― Bertrand Russell

Insult is like boomerang. Every time you throw it, it turns back to you.”

― Yasser Kashef

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Our families are well respected
We are easily accepted
We have a drink or two
Even make our own home brew
We like to hunt on land
Bare feet on the hot sand
We hunt in the sea
It makes us feel wild and free
We come near and far
All bare feet without a car
We are proud
We sing out loud
We walk hand in hand
We are apart of the great Australian Land

All Walks Of Life by Sharon Roebourne, Western Australia

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”

― Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

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Keep it simple, surrender, admit defeat, abandon all destructive forces, form new beliefs, heighten your strength of mind, be honest and open-minded, willing, faithful, and hopeful.

In the hum of the market there is money, but under the cherry tree there is rest. (Japanese).

Curiosities in Proverbs


“What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow.  This is the entire Torah and the rest is commentary. Now go learn.”


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



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

foto – bateman’s bay 2010

The White Crane was only seen once a year. The guest who comes but rarely is compared to it.


Crane and Hawk



The crane, eyes fixed, moves steadily,

its expression one of quiet desperation;

awkwardly graceful, it lifts

with an arc of its wings.

Turning and cutting the same path over,

the crane relies on what we know as patience,

while the hawk effortlessly shadows—

death’s mimic playing with time.




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It is a foolish bird," we say, " that fouls its own nest,

"Proverb lore; many sayings, wise or otherwise, on many subjects, gleaned from many sources"

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Spain : " A little bird must have a little nest " — a lesson in contentment, a warning against pretension and undue importance.


The nest of a blind bird is made by God," is a beautiful lesson of resignation and faith.

foto – brolgas after the flood ulmarra may 2009