Forest Life

I have become attuned to the cadences of the forest. Daily I listen to magpie melodies.  I know when they are communicating that the seed plate is empty.   ‘Ahem,  please address this matter.’  I wander outside under their watchful eyes, armed with fresh supplies, smiling to myself as feathers begin to flutter with anticipation.  Later, aRead More

Flying Visits

Winter is slowly turning into spring. Whales are breaching and spurting their way up the coast.  Onlookers are rejoicing.  Seagulls are happy that onlookers have snacks. In the forest, male magpie song fills the air all through the night.  It’s breeding season.  At ground level, kangaroo families are also expanding.   Young kangaroos stay close toRead More

Smile Like Glitter

It’s winter here.  The weather has been stormy, rainy, windy and grey.  It’s as if someone turned the dimmer switch down.  Occasionally the sun will appear between clouds.  But only as if to say, “I’m still here.  I’m just shining on other regions of the world right now.  I’ll be back with you in a fewRead More

This is Your Life

If you are reading this, you are alive.  I may or may not be alive.  As I jot these words right now, I naturally hope that I am alive for a few more decades.  But I cannot be certain of things turning out that way. How strange this thought is. Yet how true. Last week, aRead More

Common Traits

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

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


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