― Hermann Hesse, Gertrude
Ten Grey hairs and a silver one
I discovered my first grey hair
when I was Seventeen years old
It had to do with breaking up my first relationship
I discovered my second grey hair
when I was Twenty years old
It had to do with the quarrels at home
I discovered my third grey hair
when I was Twenty-one years old
It had to do with searching for work
I discovered my fourth grey hair
when I was Twenty-three years old
It had to do with losing my job
I discovered my fifth grey hair
when I was Twenty-five years old
It had to do with giving up my unborn child
I discovered my sixth grey hair
When I was Twenty-eight years old
It had to do with opening my pub
I discovered my seventh grey hair
When I was thirty years old
It had to do with giving birth to my daughter
I discovered my eighth grey hair
When I was thirty –two years old
It had to do with the first day at the kinder garden school
I discovered my ninth grey hair
When I was thirty-four years old
It had to do with finding out that some thing was missing
I discovered my tenth grey hair
When I was thirty-five years old
It had to do with the fights between my sisters and mum
My one Silver hair I discovered lately
Has to do with you
Because I miss you so hard …
If you want your children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.
Abigail Van Buren
foto- bellingen markets june 2010
The same occurs in Persian and in Hindustani. The meaning is, that such a man meets with accidents from quarters where he least expected to encounter them.
Substance is not enough, accident is also required.
foto – banner at the save bellingen hospital rally 15 may 2010
I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it. Audrey Hepburn.
foto – affeection in raleigh 2010
The Sea to the Shell
Oh, he rides hard to race the pain
Who rides from love, who rides from home;
But he rides slowly home again,
Whose heart has learnt to love and roam
The Sliprails and the Spur
foto – brunswick heads boat hire 2008
The secret of language is the secret of sympathy, and its full charm is possible only to the gentle. John Ruskin.
foto – KATI B AT KIRRA PUB 2008
Chinese Novels: Translated from the Originals; to which are Added Proverbs …"
As the scream of the eagle is heard when she has passed over; so a man’s name remains after his death.
R.I.P. ACTOR BILL. DROWNED PALM BEACH QLD. 2009.
But my daughter… said, “Tell them about how you’re never really a whole person if you remain silent, because there is always that one little piece inside you that wants to be spoken out, and if you keep ignoring it, it gets madder and madder and hotter and hotter, and if you don’t speak it out one day it will just up and punch you in the mouth from the inside.”
Audre Lorde in Sister Outsider
FOTO –FOR ZARA HABLETHWAITE. A FRAME AT THE END OF URUNGA. WITH BARINA.
Hab Gott vor Auge und’s Brod im Sack und de Choch (das Gekoche) vor em Ofeloch. (Swiss.)
Have God before your eyes, the bread in the sack, and the cook before the oven door.
FOTO – MOB’S ARMIDALE KITCHEN 2008.
“Like the trees, we are visitors, guests of earth. The light shines down, and a bud breaks, branches give way before us, a book’s leaves open, and our eyes look, look again. We are a grove, companions spared to be on earth at the same time. The trees – though not our kind – are kin, elder relatives standing to greet us.”
Kim Stafford, from “Tree of All Trees” in Entering the Grove.
FOTO – BELL LAND AT CONDONG NSW 2008
Empty the clear path to heaven, crowded the dark road to hell. Chinese proverb
FOTO – MURWILLUMBAH CEMETERY
‘Aren’t two sparrows sold for only a cent? But your Father knows when any one of them falls to the ground.’
FOTO – COUSIN META
Without justice the weak are defenseless. Without mercy justice is a robot that knows not what it does.
FOTO – SHERIFF’S OFFICE GRAFTON NSW 2008
If all the year were playing holidays, to sport would be as tedious as to work. Shakespeare, William
“Seek truth in meditation, not in moldy books. Look in the sky to find the moon, not in the pond.” Persian proverb
Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind. (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
FOTO – CARTER WEDDING SYDNEY 1949
The wisest man is generally he who thinks himself the least so. (Nicolas Boileau)
FOTO – BILAMBIL COTTAGE JANUARY 2009
Now my own suspicion is that the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.
J B S Haldane, Possible Worlds, title essay (1927)
FOTO -KATI B IN PADDINGTON. SASSAFRAS CAFE.
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Australian wind song
A poem by John Tomlinson©2005 John Tomlinson
My words are written on a westerly wind
please read them, or listen, please be my friend;
and let’s fight for justice and peace without end
and dance in the face of the westerly wind.
FOTO – HIMI AT BUDDHA BELLY UKI 2008
Ua leai se manu e olo. Not a pigeon is cooing.
Thus say the hunters when, entering the bush, they notice no sign of the game.
The saying is used of a family or village where perfect peace reigns.
FOTO – BELL FAMILY ROSEBERY SYDNEY NSW 1940s