Eulogy to a passionate woman

Mary died at 10am on May 23rd 2016 and according to the calendar she has not been with us for 18 weeks.┬áDamn and Feck – that’s over 4 months. It feels like 2 minutes and 2 millenia. There are things happening in my life that I really want to share with Mary – and I…

I miss you Mary

The loss of you is still raw and fresh. It’s like a hole in the world that will never be filled and my life has changed forever. Memories give me some layers of comfort but they feel like I’m looking through lace curtains and I can’t see you clearly anymore. I know you’re gone and…

retreat to move forward

When Mary went into the Wild Unknown of death 13 weeks ago, I went into the Unknowing. The Unknowing requires patience, a deep quiet internal listening and a weird kind of external antennae open to opportunity, serendipity and curious synchronicity. I adore complex patterns of information and ideas – teasing out and knitting connections and…

bear witness and hold the advice

There are a lot of things I remember in the last year of my dear friend Mary’s life. One of the ways we were such good friends was that we bore witness to each others struggles and held the advice in check – most of the time. When Mary was first diagnosed with leukemia she…

If I had 50 more years to live …

I love some of the gorgeous magazines that are created in Australia. John gifted me with 2 of my favourites today – Dumbo Feather and Womankind. Mary had subscriptions and we used to love reading the articles together and exploring ideas. Both magazines inspired me in many ways. I’m starting a creative reflection/writing challenge for…

The Why and How

” If we have our own why in life, we shall get along with almost any how.” Nietzsche
Dancing to a different drum isn’t always easy, particularly when the big drums of our culture seem to worship consumerism, technology and a kind of economic rationalism that kicks humanity to the curb in favor of financial profit for a small elite.

into the wild unknown

Tomorrow I farewell my best friend My wonderful Mary Del Casale died last Monday and I’m bereft. She’s gone into the wild unknown and exploring with the wonder she brought to her life. You can have a soulmate who isn’t your partner and Mary was mine so there’s a great big hole in the world…

inspire + perspire = not sure

Uncertainty as a motivator It’s bloody lucky that I’m drawn to the unknown because lately it’s become closer than a lover. If my life at the moment was an image it would look like a wild animal stepping gingerly across ground that could become quicksand or a path and each step could be the last….

Coco: Elvis & Neoteny

It’s all in the hips and the lips Part of the serendipity of this creative foraging over the next year is fine tuning how my conscious and unconscious communicate with each other. How do you get the hips and the lips to play together like Elvis? It’s becoming clearer to me that I need to…

Seduce: to entice and lead astray

Seduce yourself It’s all about the senses. Taste Touch Sight Sound Scent Stop right now. Use one of your senses and savor – enjoy it to the full. Lolling helps as well when you want to savor. I like the idea of wandering astray because that’s part of creative foraging – the serendipity wander with…

Perspire without losing the plot

Why is it important to perspire? Lolling is my love and it inspires me. Inspiration is what keeps me deciding to stay alive. Perspiration is the effort to action that’s needed when I want to creatively forage and turn insiration into reality. Passion without some kind of action/effort is just talk and can start to…