Common Traits

cockatoo gift

Here in the forest, cockatoos come out to play.  A choreographed arrival of black ties on red carpet.  Uninvited.  Disturbing the peace that other beings may wish to enjoy.  Uncaring?  Unaware? These cockatoos screech with pleasure for hours.  They dance high in the trees, revelling in the smorgasbord of flowering eucalyptus.  They drop partially-eaten nuts andRead More

Simply This


I was hit in the face by a butterfly yesterday.  Three times, in fact.  On distinctly separate occasions.  Whilst meandering along my favourite coastal track. Out in the open, two beings collided momentarily.  One with wings and the other with legs. A simple and natural occurrence.  Ok, three occurrences. End of story.  Or so I wouldRead More


Each day I remind myself to be open to what life brings.  Open-minded and open-hearted. Life rarely unfolds in the same direction as what was expected.  Often I will pause and reflect with bewilderment on where I am or how I am.  I ponder the many steps that led to this particular moment and how fewRead More

Precious Gifts

The vibrant blue and indigo feathers of a fairy wren. A smile from a stranger. The barely discernible outline of a harmless jellyfish.  It’s gossamer form pulsing with grace. A homegrown lemon.  Placed at my front door by a friendly neighbour. Tiny flecks of light, dancing on water. Someone who listens when words are spoken.  TrulyRead More

Arrivals & Departures

arrivals and departures

At this transition into a new season, I take a moment to contemplate beginnings and endings. The moon arrives as sunlight departs. A flower delights all then withers into non-existence. Inhalation ends. Exhalation begins. Friends come and go. We ourselves come and go.  Bustling between home and work and shops and amusements. Birthdays, graduations, celebrations, promotions,Read More


brief reminder

This morning I stopped swimming in order to de-fog my goggles.  As I kept myself afloat, I looked towards the horizon and contemplated the ephemeral nature of life. It is like a bubble on the surface of the ocean.  Or a rainbow.  Or a reflection of the moon in a lake. We think we have manyRead More

A Kind Gesture

A Kind Gesture

I recently received a surprise gift.  It appeared on my bank statement.  A deposit had been made with a description that read ‘Sender’s Name_buy chocolate‘.  It took a week or so for me to notice the aforementioned deposit.  When I did, I smiled with my whole being.  If you are wondering how someone had my accountRead More

A Timely Thought

A Timely Thought

‘Time flies‘, we say. What is Time? We use this word to create order within the endless cycles of light and dark, growth and decay, accumulation and dissolution.  To create order within the cycles of life.  We quantify it.  Marking it into measured moments.  Then we develop elaborate gadgets to display these ever-changing measurements.  We solidifyRead More

2016 Rolls Out


Today is the final day of 2016.  Usually as we sit on the cusp of a new year, there’s a bit of reflecting on the year that has just passed.  Please remember that when you do this, it’s not particularly helpful to analyse the pants off the whole year.  You can re-live/regurgitate/recall as much as youRead More

Driving With Gratitude

Driven to thanks

As a water-loving, active yogi, long distance road trips are not on my bucket list.   Not that I have a bucket list.  But if I did have such a list, sitting in a driver’s seat for several consecutive days would not be a feature. However, due to a series of circumstances which are not entertainingRead More