There’s a part of me I almost always hold back. Not consciously but by default.
Yesterday it was New Year sparkler January and today it is orange sky May. Tomorrow no doubt will be 2027 with a chance of digital rain.
We grip a New Year’s Eve sparkler and hope it will light the year ahead.
In countless nooks and crannies around Sydney, locals come out onto the streets for a glimpse of Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks. To see the Sydney Harbour Bridge while just wandering around the corner in bare feet brings a kind of suburbly pride that mixes with warm humid midnight air, mobile phone photography and a […]
‘I love you and you and you and you and me and you and you and me and you and you!’ Pointing at four of my grandchildren in turn and occasionally at myself for comic relief – it was a fun game with a happy message. ‘Funny Pa Pa, you love yourself?!’ said the oldest […]
I pulled up on Norton St near the Palace Cinemas on my way home from an early Saturday morning appointment. Two skim whites from Berkelouw were in my sights and as I took my free half-hour parking ticket and placed it on the dash, I noticed the little, older man who is often seen around […]
After community breakfast yesterday I visited the home of a friend, clambered over belongings 60cm deep and took in his joy at his painting on the wall. Earlier he had arrived late for breakfast but we unpacked again so we could chat while he munched on a large bowl of cereal. We prayed for his […]
CS Lewis writes of our generous ability to find excuses for our own bad behaviour but our stubborn inability to accept those excuses in another. (Presupposing you accept the existence of something so old fashioned as the idea of bad behaviour…) He continues that even if there is reasonable excuse for a harmful or hurtful […]
Tony Abbott wore a blue tie everyday of his Prime Ministership, bar one. And was criticised for being partisan, or was that Parisian, or worse still, that he wore only gloating-at-Gillard blue. Clearly he could have worn more inclusive tie colours (as the leader of a nation that by and large avoids ties like the […]
Don’t lose heart and don’t lose vision! Run your race with perseverance and keep your eyes on the most important things, that are already yours, that money can’t buy: Serving God, strengthening your family, building character, being honourable and generous, finding wisdom, rejecting despair and self-pity, enjoying the little things of life, working hard, always […]