‘Ike aku, ‘ike mai, kokua aku kokua mai; pela iho la ka nohana ‘ohana.
Many native Hawaiians live with their extended family and family is the most important part of life for them. This saying teaches why they should put family first…In the Ohana or family, you know others and they know you, you help others and know you will be helped if there is anything you need.
ALI COBBY ECKERMANN
My heart is Round ready to echo the music of my
family but the Square
within me remains
The Square stops me in my entirety.
As we became subjects of King Alcohol, shivering denizens of his mad realm, the chilling vapour that is loneliness settled down. It thickened, ever becoming blacker. Some of us sought out sordid places, hoping to find understanding companionship and approval. Momentarily we did — then would come oblivion and the awful awakening to face the hideous Four Horsemen — Terror, Bewilderment, Frustration, Despair.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, The Big Book
One Direction, One Direction: Forever Young: Our Official X Factor Story
“There was nothing wrong with being a homebody. There was nothing wrong with not wanting – not needing – the constant jostle and noise of a party or bar or… whatever.”
― Charles de Lint, Jack of Kinrowan: Jack the Giant-Killer and Drink Down the Moon
― Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
“No utopia can ever give satisfaction to everyone, all the time. As their material conditions improve, men raise their sights and become discontented with power and possessions that once would have seemed beyond their wildest dreams. And even when the external world has granted all it can, there still remain the searchings of the mind and the longings of the heart.”
Arthur C. Clarke, Childhood’s End
Covetousness brings nothing home.
"A collection of the proverbs of all nations"
Aboriginal poems and poetry
My Want Today
Here I am today
Some new ways learned
To try and stay calm
And not crash and burn
Still ways to go
To improve my life
And not pick up a beer
It’ll surely lead to strife
Sit back, take a breath
Something I’ve never done
Learning not to stress
A new life has begun
I’ll go and throw a line
It’s a beautiful day
The breeze in my face
Bad memories fade away
It’s comin’ on dark
I didn’t know the time
Home to cook a feed
And settle for the night
My want for the day
Is embedded in my heart
Don’t stuff up the day
Tomorrow’s a new start.
THANKS TO B Robertson, Oolong House, Nowra, NSW
foto – coldstream street ulmarra 2009.