The thief left it behind: the moon at my window - Ryokan

Friday, December 26, 2008

New years gift Invitation

Invitation to join Group:
Daily practice and new resolutions
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You're invited to join my new group “Daily practice and new resolutions”.

(: This group feels like a good space and a number of friends have already joined and are enthusiastically participating :)


Am I happy and self accepting?

If I had one last last month on earth
what are the things I would want to do?

Can I start now?

If this were the last moment in my life
- what would my regrets be?

Can I prevent these?

What inspires me?
What am I good at
and do I give this place in my life?

Am I happy with what I do with my time?
What are my activities,
minute by minute through the day?

What are my thoughts,
minute by minute
and how do they play themselves out in my life?

Share practices, routines
and perhaps do a spring clean
(of your life)
in this non judgmental, caring place

Here you can confirm your commitments
and also share when you tumble from them!

Share resolutions,
whether they be new years resolutions,
renewed resolutions
or simply new ones.

Support, be supported and inspire!

Invite your friends to this group - it may be just the gift they need!


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Dear Friends

During school time life is fairly structured for my 12 year old son, Neville. There's the morning at school, extra murals in the afternoons and homework, leaving an hour or two to do various chores and follow his interests.

Now its the holidays... and the thing which is catching my attention right now is:
Holidays, children and what they do with their time.

When i look around my sense is that its all too easy for children to have caretakers in the form of TV, computer and/or playstation games, movies and the likes. I also sense my dilemma may be fairly universal and there may be a crying need for attention in this area. Though I don't know how it is in other countries.

From what I see, my 12 year olds interests are music and the computer, seconded by spending time with friends. We don't have a TV otherwise it would most certainly be on the Must Do list. Parents are definitely NOT cool, so the days of organising shared activities are in the past (and future) to a large degree.

The 1st few days of the holiday are about unwinding and simply enjoying relative freedom. Our end of year holidays in South Africa continue for over a month and children (of all ages) often start complaining about being bored when not provided with something to keep them occupied.

My sense is that no one seems to be coming up with a solution. This has got me thinking of starting a holiday project, something which will include children of all ages (possibly children forming age related activity groups). Also something which will help people in some way, so the activity becomes a means of growing awareness while simultaneously being entertaining and creative. My thoughts are still unformed - but fairly persistent.

One thought I had; there are many mothers and children on our street corners begging for money which is really heart breaking and another area where no one seems to know what to do - after all it's been going on for years. I thought it may be a good idea to somehow get involved with one or two families like this. But i'm unsure of the logistics and know this is just one possibility.

At this point I'd like to open this conversation up and hear from you. Please share your ideas, experiences, anything else you think of

With deep gratitude
Wishing you and yours a blessed year ending and new beginnings


Friday, December 5, 2008


Yesterday we had an electric storm as we do at this time of the year
Yesterday was also Gra-anna’s 4th memorial

When I was driving home, the largest dragonfly I’ve ever seen weaved its way in front of my car for about half a block.
I decided the artwork which I’d been planning for Gra-anna needed to include a dragonfly.
I tend to see things as symbolic so I looked up ‘dragonfly’.

Because of the storm yesterday
and wishing to connect with friends and family on the actual day
I hurriedly posted off a webcam pic
Today I create a less hurried post:
In memory of beautiful Gra-anna
Who 4 years ago decided it was time to take flight from this planet
Who left us precious foot prints
For those who still haven’t taken a peek – Gra-anna's Book is brimming with treasures and gifts to you and for those who have - take another dip into her gifting