Category Archives: TEACH ME A THING OR TWO

It is an honour for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarrelling. Prov 20:3

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Once I set traps,

but they’re far too clever,

keeping just out of reach of my pen.

And if I had caught them

where would I dare let them go?

Not on a genteel suburban street,

these wild and jealous shadows.

So I shut up the ceiling for good.

Now we will never escape.

Jeri Kroll

FRIENDLY STREET POETS

foto – raleigh water park and international raceway 2010 april

Blush like a black dog.

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If man were relieved of all superstition, and all prejudice, and had replaced these with a keen sensitivity to his real environment, and moreover had achieved a level of communication so simplified that one syllable could express his every thought, then he would have achieved the level of intelligence already achieved by his dog. 

Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

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foto – Charlie in Armidale 2009

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NORTHERN BELLES

A good fire can accommodate a large circle. Hislop.

Chinese. True gold fears not the fire.

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POORLY sits, richly warms.

Spoken when people sit on a low stool by the fire. Kelly.

The poor seat makes the rich warming. Gaelic.

The lowest seat is nearest the fire. Irish.

Lowly sit, richly warm.

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Boys must not have the ambitious care of men. Nor men the weak anxieties of age.

The Cyclopædia of Practical Quotations: English and Latin, with an Appendix Containing Proverbs …" 1882.

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Origin of Yew Trees being planted in Church Yards. Before the invention of gunpowder, and use of fire-arms, every parish in England was obliged to have yew trees in their church yards, the branches of which were made into bows for the use of the archers ; and to this it is owing that in many of those places we find yew trees still growing ; al- though the use of shooting with bows has long been discontinued in the armies of Europe.

"Curious Antiquities, Or, The Etymology of Many Remarkable Old Sayings, Proverbs, and Singular …"

“Every search begins with beginner’s luck. And every search ends with the victor’s being severely tested.” Paulo Coelho. The Alchemist.

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A DILIGENT SEARCH FOR WISDOM
Seeking and searching with the same fervour as seeking for silver 
and other hidden treasures.
 
FOTO - SEARCHING IN AUCHENFLOWER.

I am of the east-coast country; Not from the great cities that play Faust, With flats for souls. VAL VALLIS.

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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.

Yes. Feet on earth. Knock on wood. Touch stone. Good luck to all. Desert Solitaire. EDWARD ABBEY.

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But stark within my memory
I see it once again
When we all looked at it anxiously
Days when we hoped for rain;
I hear the hollow sounds it made,
Like some prophetic drum,
As I tapped rung on rung, afraid
Of dreadful days to come,

 

Our Corrugated Iron Tank by James Hackston

FOTO  – 2/3 PIONEER IN WESTERN DESERT WWII

First law on holes – when you’re in one, stop digging! Denis Healey.

 

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The Miser.

A miser sold all that he had and bought a lump of gold, which he buried in a hole in the ground by the side of an old wall and went to look at daily. One of his workmen observed his frequent visits to the spot and decided to watch his movements. He soon discovered the secret of the hidden treasure, and digging down, came to the lump of gold, and stole it. The Miser, on his next visit, found the hole empty and began to tear his hair and to make loud lamentations. A neighbour, seeing him overcome with grief and learning the cause, said, Pray do not grieve so; but go and take a stone, and place it in the hole, and fancy that the gold is still lying there. It will do you quite the same service; for when the gold was there, you had it not, as you did not make the slightest use of it. Aesop

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We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust. JALAL AD-DIN RUMI.

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Hard heads in Hardeston, 
Quakers in the Pow ; 
The braw lasses d Abdie 
Canna spin their ain tow" 

 

A CENTURY OF  SCOTTISH PROVERBS AND SAYINGS,

IN PROSE AND RHYME, CURRENT IN FIFE AND CHIEFLY OF 
FIFE ORIGIN. 

COLLECTED AND SELECTED BY G: MACKAY, 

Sheriff of the Counties of Fife and Kinross. 
FOTO - MT TAMBORINE SPINNER 2008

Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all. Harriet Van Horne.

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“I’ll bet what motivated the British to colonize so much of the world is that they were just looking for a decent meal.”
Martha Harrison

 

FOTO – ONE OF MICHAEL’S CURRIES AT JAMIESON’S RESTAURANT TWEED HEADS WEST 2007.

A light heart lives long. Irish Proverb.

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The hero is the one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for men to see by.  The saint is the man who walks through the dark paths of the world, himself a light. Felix Adler

FOTO – BILAMBIL COTTAGE 2007

Where God builds a church the devil builds a chapel. Martin Luther (1483-1546) German priest.

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The wages of sin are death, but after they take the taxes out, it’s more like a tired feeling, really.  Paula Poundstone

FOTO – COOLANGATTA CATHOLIC CHURCH

SILENCE IS BETTER THAN SPEECH: Cambodia

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I’ve always believed in writing without a collaborator, because where two people are writing the same book, each believes she gets all the worries and only half the royalties.

Agatha Christie (1890 – 1976)