Category Archives: UNIQUENESS

No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings. – William Blake


Maka’ala ke kanaka kahea manu.

A man who calls birds should always be alert.

The Hawaiian alii (chiefs) wore beautiful capes and headdresses crafted by weaving in thousands of tiny feathers. The Kanaka kahea manu, the bird-catcher, would imitate bird-calls to attract the birds to catch them, pluck out a small number of tiny feathers and let them go. Once he had called the birds, he had to stay alert and be prepared to catch them quickly when they came near. The saying advises one who wishes to succeed to be alert to any opportunity that should arise.

That proves you are unusual,’ returned the Scarecrow; ‘and I am convinced that the only people worthy of consideration in this world are the unusual ones. For the common folks are like the leaves of a tree, and live and die unnoticed.

― L. Frank Baum, The Land Of Oz


“The way I see it, a person isn’t nothing more than a scarecrow… The only difference between one that stands up good and one that blows over is what kind of a stick they’re stuck up there on.”
― Barbara Kingsolver

Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven. Rabindranath Tagore


A tree says: A kernel is hidden in me, a spark, a thought, I am life from eternal life. The attempt and the risk that the eternal mother took with me is unique, unique the form and veins of my skin, unique the smallest play of leaves in my branches and the smallest scar on my bark. I was made to form and reveal the eternal in my smallest special detail.

Heman Hesse.

foto- tree seen from the xpt in august 2010 mid north coast nsw

Withered trees in spring burst forth afresh ; but man cannot be twice young.

"Eastern Proverbs and Emblems Illustrating Old Truths"


He followed his own path in life,
   A humble man was he,
Yet his great poems will surely go
   Down to posterity;
He never injured anyone
   Tho, he was always poor,
He never grumbled at his lot
   Of that we’re very sure.

‘Paddy’, the Sydney Street Poet

foto – workers’ cottage front paddock june 2010

“The grass is always greener over the septic tank.” Erma Bombeck

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This is a proverb of fable origin.

An ass seeing his master pet a little lap-dog and hold it in his lap desired the same treatment, so broke his halter, rushed into the house and began to prance and kick and at last tried to sit in his master’s lap in order that he might re ceive the same sort of caress that was given the lap-dog. For his trouble the ass received only a sound beating.

The fable and proverb teach that not all are born with like endowment of characteristics. It was used with reference to those who try to emulate those above them and become involved in difficulty for their pains.

"Moral significance of animals as indicated in Greek proverbs"

foto- coldstream backyard nov 09