An Inuit hunter asked the local missionary priest:
“If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?”
“No,” said the priest, “not if you did not know.”
“Then why,” asked the Inuit earnestly, “did you tell me?”
Annie Dillard, from Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
FOTO – NEVER NEVER CREEK AT GLENIFFER VIA BELLINGEN 2008
Try MACPHERSON, Robert
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia born 1937
Damn revisionists, why can’t they ever make history better? Like have us all live in Antarctica and worship the Golden Penguin? That’d be great. Dale Gribble
FOTO -MOBS PICTURE OF PENGUINS ART TARONGA PARK 2006
What are you doing?
You’re frying those ants
And they’re just meant for stewing.’
FOTO – OF ECHIDNA AT TARONGA PARK BY THE MOB.
Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen. JOHN STEINBECK
FOTO – RABBIT AT KINGSCLIFF 2005
Probably the happiest period in life most frequently is in middle age, when the eager passions of youth are cooled, and the infirmities of age not yet begun; as we see that the shadows, which are at morning and evening so large, almost entirely disappear at midday.
FOTO – BILAMBIL COTTAGE IN THE MORNING 2004
One only gets to the top rung on the ladder by steadily climbing up one at a time, and suddenly, all sorts of powers, all sorts of abilities which you thought never belonged to you – suddenly become within your own possibility and you think, ‘well, I’ll have a go, too’. Margaret Thatcher
SINGING THE SNAKE
(A poem of Ayers Rock)
Take time to look, look again -
feel the land through your feet;
the Snake will not harm those
who show the proper respect.
Those who rush in must be strangers.
"It will attack strangers."
FOTO - SNAKE IN WEE GARDEN BILAMBIL COTTAGE 2006
I used to hang out by the food table at PARTIES because you don’t have to talk to anybody. If you do then you can talk about the food. Jennifer Jason Leigh.
FOTO – BIRTHDAY PARTY AT KINGSCLIFF CREEK
Hug me, Sun
For in your cosy cradle
The golden coloured me
Want to become again
A sleeping baby
With golden dreams
Sheung Wai Chan (Sherry)
FOTO –KINGSCLIFF MARINE PARADE 2004
He has gone to fish, for his Aunt Jobliska’s
Runcible Cat with crimson whiskers!
by Edward Lear
FOTO – FISH AT GRAM AND POP’S IN BELLINGEN 2007
Extract from the Song Cycle of the Moon Bone
The Evening Star goes down across the camp, among the white gum trees …
Far away, in these places near Milingimbi
Goes down among the Ngurulwulu people, towards the camp and the gum trees,
At the place of the Crocodiles, and of the Evening Star, away towards Milingimbi …
The Evening Star is going down, the Lotus Flower is on its stalk …
Going down among all those western clans …
It brushes the heads of the uncircumcised people …
Sinking down in the sky, that Evening Star, the Lotus …
Shining down on the foreheads of all those Sandfly people …
It sinks there into the place of the white gum trees, at Milingimbi.
Sung by the Wonguri-Mandjigai people, translated by Ronald M. Bernd
FOTO – BRISBANE BOTANICAL GARDENS. LOTUS GARDEN 2007
The righteous eat to their hearts’ content,
because they go to the garden for their meals.
FOTO -MOB’S VEGIES IN ARMIDALE IN A GREEN PLASTIC BASKET.
He knows when you’re happy, he knows when you’re sad, and he knows when you have a carrot.
In the world of mules there are no rules.
FOTO – MELBOURNE CUP SWEEP.
WE ARE GOING.
They came in to the little town
A semi-naked band subdued and silent
All that remained of their tribe.
They came here to the place of their old bora ground
Where now the many white men hurry about like ants.
Kath Walker aka Oodgerdoo Noonuccal (1920-1993)
FOTO – “MARSHALL’S” CREEK AT “SOUTH GOLDEN BEACH”.
A bird can roost but on one branch,
a mouse can drink not more than its fill from a river.
FOTO – CLARENCE RIVER GRAFTON. 2008.
“It’s a great advantage not to drink among hard-drinking people. You can hold your tongue and, moreover, you can time any little irregularity of your own so that everybody else is so blind that they don’t see or care.”
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (1896-1940)
FOTO – JAMIESON’S RESTAURANT WEST TWEED HEADS NSW
A DILIGENT SEARCH FOR WISDOM
Seeking and searching with the same fervour as seeking for silver
and other hidden treasures.
FOTO - SEARCHING IN AUCHENFLOWER.