It’s between you and me…

“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.” — Mother Teresa Continue reading It’s between you and me…

framing: perceiving and interpreting

my status update: #lightingretrofit by Nic who’s screwed and complaining he needs two more inches ummm. so what am i really saying? well, we as you know, we all say things differently online. ive written about this before (here). to continue and to expand… a person writes comments or statements framed a certain way to get a specific response. the framing effect, one of the cognitive biases, describe that presenting the same option in different formats can alter people’s decisions (and hence responses). so. it’s how we perceive and interpret. politicians use it daily to persuade us to consider the option they … Continue reading framing: perceiving and interpreting

Winter silence – inspirations

  The language of silence is more powerful than the sound of words. When something is expressed in silence, it is with the power of thoughts. Such thoughts spread positive vibrations and reach out to the others, in such a way that even the words can’t. Also when such kind of positive actions are added to the positive thoughts, the desired effect of that is seen. Then the words are not needed to express good intentions and good wishes. When we are able to express ourselves through the language of silence, we are able to be free from expectations for … Continue reading Winter silence – inspirations

Firemans Ball @ the #Adelaide Convention Centre

Firemans Ball @ the #Adelaide Convention Centre started with Tan by Bronze Bodies Norwood, Hair by the Head Gardener, Makeup by Kristina, Champers all round and a dam fine time out with the girlies. No washboards on the night and the cab company still thinks its Christmas but I guess you cant win them all 🙂 We ended up at the Universal Wine Bar… #heart Continue reading Firemans Ball @ the #Adelaide Convention Centre

The origin of this letter is unknown

Never look down on anybody, unless you’re helping them up. To realize the value of a sister/brother ask someone who doesn’t have one. To realize the value of ten years: ask a newly divorced couple. To realize the value of four years: ask a graduate. To realize the value of one year: ask a student who has failed a final exam. To realize the value of nine months: ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn. To realize the value of one month: ask a mother who has given birth to a premature  baby.. To realize the value of … Continue reading The origin of this letter is unknown

25 years and 8 years respectively

Good ‘ol Facebook helped make a few connections for me recently. And what a stunning outcome. Gordon, on the left.. a school friend who I haven’t really seen since then. Jacqui, in the middle.. a school friend who got lost to me about 8 years ago. The usual issue of changing mobiles, emails and living interstate. Well Facebook sorted the contact out with Gordon, and Gordon sorted the contact out with Jacqui and I ended up in Melbourne for breakfast as a surprise visit. And what a joy it was. #heart I can’t wait to continue the journey… I’m sure … Continue reading 25 years and 8 years respectively

Memorandum for my twin bro…

22 Feb 2010: on this day for the past ten years i have sent out a little email to my friends. it goes like this: ——————————————— Who do you wish to remember on February 22nd? We have so many days for remembering war victims, people in disasters, terrorist attacks, workers killed on the job, and bomb blasts. All valid and all wanted. The difference. This day is to remember those moments in time enjoyed with people we love. Still love. Are still alive or are only in spirit, a memory. To stop a second. And say, I love you. Always. Just … Continue reading Memorandum for my twin bro…

Capricorns Birfday Lunch

Rick, Karen, Jennie, Josie, Jim, Sharon, Francis, and Charlie On 14th January 2011, eight capricorns got together to celebrate their birfday (celebration of birth). With what could become an annual event, these all very unique individuals gathered with friends and enjoyed stunning weather, chatty conversation, a relaxed location and yummo food. The week had been huge for Australia given the flooding in Queensland and so as the games and fun began, Josie (one of the eight) commenced raising money by having us guess the collective ages of all eight capricorns. Without revealing the result, I will say Josie collected and … Continue reading Capricorns Birfday Lunch

The fun we have…

can you imagine having a crazy nut as a mother or girlfriend like me? most cant. so what do you do when presented with a sexy mirrored ceiling in the deluxe caravan park cabin (with spa ensuite) for the relaxing weekend away? well, we jump on the bed and start taking crazy fotos – that’s what!!! about 50 fotos later, in hysterical fits, we have to go behave, meet and greet other guests. sori to spoil the romantic illusion!!! LOL xx Continue reading The fun we have…

challenging tasks

chatting tonight and i heard students have to write 100 things that challenge the traditional concept of a restaurant. yeaks. hard. then i read on amber’s blog ( she wants to know seven things you are looking forward to about summer. all good. easy? . easy for them. . for me. gee. 1) beach. warmth. 2) grass. smell. 3) brown. bodies. 4) friends. laugh. 5) water. splash. 6) christmas. birfday. 7) partee. partee. and i’m sure there’s way more. but that was a task for the kids to do. what lists do you like to write about? #FB (facebook) has been … Continue reading challenging tasks

2D (online) v 3D (offline) friends

. one day they come and another they go. sometimes they stay to play. and sometimes they go and sometimes… just sometimes they become friends. some friends last the test of time, the ups and downs, the ins and outs and some dont. this is all fairly normal. but the transition can sometimes be painful. to be a real friend you need to accept the person (offline 3D). not the facebook (online 2D). . the real person has complexities, issues, baggage, love, light, laughter, thoughts, opinions and traditions. each step in learning these things is a precious milestone. some friends … Continue reading 2D (online) v 3D (offline) friends

Murray Darling Basin – Water Report

Image by publik16 via Flickr The Murray Darling needs fixing – no question, no delay. Three years ago the federal government allocated $6 billion to spend on the problem. This money is to be spent subject to a revised Murray Darling Basin Plan. is a new, grass roots, not for profit advocacy organisation for mainstream Australia. It is independent of big companies, Government and political parties. Participants pick and choose the issues that matter for them. They recently petitioned to have the Murray Darling Water Report released. The release is currently on hold due to the election caretaker period. … Continue reading Murray Darling Basin – Water Report

an old joke i LOVE – for share

Two aliens landed in the Arizona desert near a gas station that was closed for the night. They approached one of the gas pumps and the younger alien addressed it saying, “Greetings, Earthling. We come in peace. Take us to your leader.” The gas pump, of course, didn’t respond. The younger alien became angry at the lack of response. The older alien said, ‘I’d calm down if I were you.’ The younger alien ignored the warning and repeated his greeting. Again, there was no response. Pissed at  the pump’s haughty attitude, he drew his ray gun and said gruffly, “Greetings, … Continue reading an old joke i LOVE – for share

the coffee addict

Image by spo0nman via Flickr is dana. great gal… loads of fun and i get to live with her in a share arrangement. the house is big enough (well mostly) for us to each live comfortably with her coffee machine. it can be testing at times but we are getting there. i, for one, refuse to go anywhere near the thing. the coffee machine that is. it’s a beast. not hairy but it’s a big gleaming steel thing that makes me go weak at the knees. having said this dana, and now my daughter too, can both produce a mean … Continue reading the coffee addict

Interacting with experts: Jim Manning speaks

FaceBook has brought me many friends. Some to poke, share posts, throw sheep, discuss concepts and theories. Whatever. And then some come along and share with me so much insight, wisdom and deep understanding that it makes me shut-up and listen. I met Jim Manning through his FB group “Save the Australian Wine Industry”. We held a common interest in wine – him with his group (and many winery friends) and me with my own wine group, Bring out the Dead Reds – that we had so much to discuss. Jim’s passion for conversation and making things happen were very … Continue reading Interacting with experts: Jim Manning speaks