Sunday Morning: Why I live in mortal dread


You’ll say you don’t have time to watch this.
It’s 13 minutes.
You need to move on to the next post.

And I’m telling you that
this woman is something special.

Don’t quit on this one.
Take it to the finish.

Good Sunday Morning.


Megan Alexandra Washington, 28, was born in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. She is an Australian musician and songwriter also known mononymously as Washington. Originally performing jazz music her style evolved to indie pop and alternative rock where she sings and plays piano and guitar.  She developed a stutter early in her life and continues to struggle with her speech.  Find her website here: washingtonmusic.com.au. Find her album on iTunes here: I Believe You Liar

Saturday Morning Coffee


Topology is quintet from Australia formed in 1997. They perform throughout Australia and abroad and have to date released four albums. Find their album on iTunes here: Difference Engine


Humanity Surfaces. All together now: Push.

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A man got his leg wedged between the train and the platform while boarding a train in Perth, Australia on Tuesday.  Crowds grew, watching and then pushed against the side of the train, tilting the train car so the man could free his leg.  People clapped when the man’s leg was freed, and the train was on its way a few minutes later. The man’s injuries aren’t believed to be serious. (See full video here at ABC News.)


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Suzannah Espie


From Suzannahespie.com:

Suzannah Espie is a Melbourne, Australia based singer songwriter who has been casting spells over audiences ever since she first took to the stage with her alt-country pop band, GIT, in 1997. A woman of compelling beauty — statuesque, with piercing blue eyes framed by golden curls — she has a voice to match, an intoxicating mix of country, soul, blues and pop. A gentle, sweet trill that can move grown men to tears one moment, or an Aretha-esque hellcat belt that can raise the roof the next; however she sings it though, it’s still unmistakeably Suzannah Espie. It is as a solo artist Espie has truly come into her own…

It’s hard to believe now that, despite her prodigious talent, Espie was beset by self-doubt and shyness early on in her career, which she moved to Melbourne from Fremantle at aged 18 to pursue in earnest. She tells of forcing herself to get up at Fitzroy’s Rainbow Hotel to sing once a week. “Then I’d go and have a cry in the toilets afterwards because I thought it was so horrible.”

Collard recalls the first time he went over to Suzannah’s house to play some music together. “Absolutely nothing happened,” he says with a laugh. “She was too nervous to sing a note.”

While Espie’s confidence and profile have grown over the years, she remains as earthy and honest as the music she writes and performs.  “I still don’t think I’m a good songwriter. Occasionally I’ll pull a good one out of my arse,” she says in typically straight-talking Suzannah fashion.

Find her album on iTunes: Sea of Lights


 

 

Home from work. A long day.

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Dagmar Cyrulla (Australian, Melbourne) – Ebb And Flow, 2013. Drawings: Charcoal on Paper

“Recognised for producing works of stirring psychological intensity, Cyrulla has brought a new dimension to contemporary Australian art. She neither glamorises nor romanticises her subject matter but does show an intense respect for the lives portrayed by acknowledging we all have private worlds filled with mystery.”

– Catherine Caines, September 2011, Wish Magazine The Australian

Find other fine works in her portfolio here.


Source: Thank you Your Eyes Blaze Out


Do I or Do I Not Want To Do? (How to Decide)?

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Luhrmann doesn’t want to give in to the pressure to repeat himself. During the making of “Gatsby,” he said, he felt challenged and alive, “not panicked that somehow the universe was leaving me behind.” That is the way he needs to feel about his next project, whatever it is. “I’d love to have done James Bond,” he said. “I’d love to just go and do a rom-com or a jeans-and-T-shirt film, because that would be fun.” But he can’t. “It is both maddening and also has a degree of exultation about it, but I’m addicted to doing not that which I really want to do, but that which I feel must be done.” His job now, he said, is “to draw some kind of lines. I have a big inner life. My struggle is how to organize it. How to aim the gun.”

~ Amy Wallace on Baz Luhrmann, Do I or Do I Not Want To Do? (How to Decide)?


Mark Anthony “Baz” Luhrmann, 51, is an Australian film director, screenwriter and producer best known for The Red Curtain Trilogy, comprising his films Strictly BallroomRomeo + Juliet, and Moulin Rouge!. In 2008, his film Australia was released, starring Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman. His version of The Great Gatsby was released in 2013.  On 26 January 1997, he wed Catherine Martin, a production designer; the couple has two children.  (Source: Wiki)


Morning Wake-Up Call After Long Weekend: Still sleepy…

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An Australian Blue Heeler goes to sleep on top of the flock it has herded.

And if you are still fascinated about herding, read worthy story in today’s WSJ on Cattle Herders in Australia: For Rookie Cowboys, Snakes and Aches Driving Cattle on the Australian Range


Source: Mme Scherzo


Watch.

We’ve heard of woman soldiers being subjected to sexual harassment, and worse.  Here’s the response to a scandal in his army by the Head of Army for Australia, Chief Lieutenant General David Morrison.  I can’t remember when I was so moved by a 3-minute clip.   No more words.  WATCH.


Source: Thank you Lori @ Donna & Diablo who shared this video clip with me.  Lori, a continuous feed of inspiration to me every single day.  Not sure how we connected in this blogosphere community Lori, but I am lucky and blessed.

Running. With Better Than…

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It’s Saturday. 5:30 am.  45F. Drizzling.

Zeke is up early.  Which means his keeper (Susan) is too.  She’s at the kitchen table sipping coffee and reading The Times.  He’s looking up at her, being cute, sitting like Royalty, waiting for a hand-out.  It’s Banana today.  Dog loves bananas.  Who knew?

He watches me warily.  It has become the weekend routine.  He sits between his Mom’s legs.  Growls at me. Signaling, No way in H*ll I’m going out with you. No Way.  Fur is up at the back of his neck.  I approach. “Let’s go Bud. Let’s go for a run.”  He shows me his teeth…and emits a low raspy growl. And then another. Yep.  Pure bred running dog.  This is what it’s come to.

On with the gear.  Accessories first. Garmin GPS.  iPod. Ear Phones. Water bottle into black waist pouch. Then on with the suit.  Black running pants. Black rain slicker.  Black Baseball cap (not water proof). Red and Black Brooks running shoes.  Batman is ready.  The Dark Knight Rides.  He’s off.

Mile One.  It’s drizzling.  But manageable.  Light rain and mist.  Feels refreshing on the skin.  Miles.  I’m going to do Miles today. [Read more...]

Friday Night: John Butler


John Butler, 38, is an Australian American musician, songwriter, record label owner and producer. He is the front man for the John Butler Trio, a roots and jam band, which formed in Fremantle, Western Australia in 1998. His recordings and live performances have met with critical praise and have garnered awards from the Australian Performing Right Association and Australian Recording Industry Association.  Butler was born in the United States and moved to Australia at an early age. He began playing the guitar at the age of sixteen.  (Source: Wiki)


Music Source: Knowledgeandlove

Friday Night: Ry Cuming


Ry Cuming, 23, is a singer-songwriter born in the small coastal Australian town of Angourie.  Growing up on a beach in Australia, he spent most of his days surfing and listening to his father’s vinyl collection.  He quickly developed a love for a number of different styles of music from Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder to Ben Harper and Jack Johnson. His career took shape as an 18 year-old traveler in Costa Rica. One fateful afternoon while playing in the hallway of a hotel, Ry met a young film producer who would later become his manager. Cuming won two of Australia’s Dolphin Awards in 2004 for Best Pop Song and Best New Artist. (Sources: Wiki & JamBase.com)

Friday Night: Melissa Forbes

musician, vocalist,singer, song writer,artist

You’re My Alter Ego / Nothing Else Matters

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Melissa Forbes is a Australian musician, performer, educator and researcher.  She was originally trained in jazz and improvisation.  She has also studied contemporary vocal pedagogy extensively, and hopes to complete a PhD in the area.  She is Associate Lecturer in Voice at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba, Australia, where she leads a merry band of young vocalists in their quest to reach their fullest potential through singing.  Melissa also has her own private studio, The Contemporary Voice Studio. Melissa released her album No More Mondays to critical and popular acclaim. (Source: Melissa Forbes Website)


Love the entire album – - check it out at iTunes link: No More Mondays.  Image Credit.

Sunday Morning: Karst Country

I’m not a time lapse video aficionado…yet, this clip of Australian terrain pulled me in frame by frame and held me spellbound.  Haunting. Mesmerizing. And, oh, The Clouds.  “Karst” is defined as: An area of irregular limestone in which erosion has produced fissures, sinkholes, underground streams, and caverns.

Good Sunday morning.

Karst Country – infra-red timelapse from Glen Ryan on Vimeo.


 

Nemo no match for my Uggs

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Here are my Uggs. Pictured on Nemo’s 19-inch snowfall. The mounds of wet snow on the driveway were no match for the King and his Uggs this morning.

While I was shoveling, I took a walk down memory lane.

Four years ago, Susan and Rachel dragged me to Lord & Taylor and asked me to try them on. (Ugg Sheepskin boots originated in Australia and New Zealand. This brand is headquartered in Flagstaff, Arizona.)

I pulled them on.  And, trudged around the Ugg display.

My rant commenced. “What do Australians, New Zealanders and Arizonians know about winter and snow? Have you forgotten I’m Canadian? This is amateur hour.” [Read more...]

Julia Harwood: Healing Art

This story started back in November, 2012 with a hump day post which listed my favorite posts of the week. This post was fronted with a spectacular picture of tourists riding a caravan of camels on a white sandy beach in Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia. Magical. I attributed the photo to the source and went on my merry way.

Last week, Julia Harwood, the owner and photographer from Western Australia, let me know the photo was hers and asked me to correct the attribution on my post. I had sent her an email apologizing. I never expected to hear back from her. I then proceeded to receive two wonderful emails from Julia along with her consent to post several of her photographs in the slide show below. I was inspired by her kindness and her living her motto of “Healing Art.

Some artists/photographers pursue their passion as a hobby. Others, like Julia, rely on it as their primary source of income. Who pays for the camera? The film? The paint? The canvas? The supplies? The petrol to get to location? The time to wait for the perfect shot? Certainly not me. And the least I can do is continue to appropriately attribute and link the art work to the artist.

Check out the slide show below.  This is Julia’s work.  The seagull reflection.  The peeling paint.  The water splashing from a fountain. The early morning ironman.  The moon balancing on the tip of a tree.  Enchanting.  Magical.

Then, do Julia a favor and check out her website @ Healing Art: Julia Harwood Photography.   Consider LIKING her Facebook page @ Photography by Julia Harwood.  And following her blog @ this link.  Thank you.  Enjoy…

Attribution:

The act of attributing, especially the act of establishing a particular person as the creator of a work of art.

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Oh my God…look at the fishies!


Queensland, Australia. Father. Daughter. In a canoe. Have encounter with two Humpback whales which can measure up to 50 feet and weight up to 40 tons. Apparently Humpbacks are “famously” curious toward boaters. This is a WOW.  Here’s the direct link.

Friday night with Tom Waits and Waltzing Matilda…


Tom Waits is certainly an acquired taste.   I first came across Waits in two movies.  The must see flick: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (“All the World is Green” and “Green Grass”) and an Italian movie with Robert Benigni titled The Tiger of the Snow (“You Can Never Hold Back Spring“).  Here’s Waits singing “Waltzing Matilda” – - Australia’s most widely known bush ballad – - which I’ve been told is “the unofficial national anthem of Australia.”  We’ll need our Aussie friends to confirm…


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Be what you be, in all that you are…


First it was AC-DC. Then came Stephen P, Vicki @ The Kiwi Blog Bus and the incomparable Anake Goodall, all from NZ.  And then followed Tracie Louise from South East Queensland with her dazzle.  And just when you think the Down Under is tapped, I trip into an album from Angus Stone a folk-pop-rock singer-songwriter from Australia.  On this album, you’ll be treated to guitar, mandolin, harmonica, trumpets and more…in music that hits my sweet spot.  I couldn’t pick one favorite to share, so I’m giving you a taste of my three favorites…enjoy.

↓ click for audio (“River Love”)

↓ click for audio (“Monsters”)

↓ click for audio (“Be What You Be”)

I can still see my trails from the moon,

The compass for my shadow as it falls.
I can still feel my angel,
Come knocking at my door, she told me

Be what you be,
In all that you are
Be what you be,
In all that you are
Be what you be,
In all that you are
Are, in all that you are.


Album Cover Source: musicfeeds.com.au 

Cranky Old Man

This is a remarkable story and more remarkable poem.  And so fitting for a…Good Sunday morning.


cranky old man“When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value.  Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, they found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital. One nurse took her copy to Melbourne. The old man’s sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas editions of magazines around the country and appearing in mags for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem.  And this old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this ‘anonymous’ poem winging across the Internet.”  (DK: Apparently, everyone has seen this, but me.)

 ~ Source: anewstartt

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T.G.I.F.: Raptor Sighting Down Under…

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30 Gifts to 30 Strangers…

Lucas, a Brazilian man, moves to Australia and is grateful for the country and its people for open their arms to him.  On his 30th birthday, he decides to thank 30 complete strangers in Sydney by handing them each a gift.  “Man’s first responsibility is to be happy…The second is to make everyone else happy.”  Video is paired with beautiful music (This is the place where I feel at home…).

30 gifts to 30 strangers in Sydney from Lucas Jatoba on Vimeo.


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Monday Morning Wake-Up Call…

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Photo Credits: fairy-wren. The Emu is the largest bird native to Australia. It is the second-largest extant bird in the world by height after the ostrich.  The flightless birds can reach up to 6.6 ft in height. They can weigh between 40 and 120 pounds.  They can sprint at 50 km/h (31 mph) for some distance at a time. Their long legs allow them to take strides of up to 275 centimetres (9.02 ft).  They are opportunistically nomadic and may travel long distances to find food; they feed on a variety of plants and insects, but have been known to go for weeks without food. They reach full size after around six months, but can remain with their family until the next breeding season half a year later. Emus can live between 10 and 20 years in the wild.  An emus predators are dingos, eagles and hawks. They can jump and kick to avoid dingos, but against eagles and hawks, they can only run and swerve.

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Photo Creditsfairy-wren. The Tawny Frogmouth is a type of bird found throughout the Australian mainland, Tasmania and southern New Guinea.  They can weigh 1.5 lbs to 3.1 lbs. They make loud clacking sounds with their beaks and emit a reverberating booming call.  They hunt at night and spend the day roosting on a dead log or tree branch close to the tree trunk.   

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3:51am and INSPIRED!

Today’s kick-off song is a tribute to Robin Gibb who died on Sunday at 62 years of age after a long battle with cancer.  And then on to inspiring posts from some of my favorite bloggers…


From South East Queensland, Australia: Tracie Louise @ Tracie Louise Photography with her inspirational post titled “You Can Change the World”: “Maybe it’s not the job that is the problem. Maybe it’s you…DN changed his reality by changing his attitude…He did 3 things which turned his life around in record time…” 

And after reading Tracie’s post above, if you do nothing else today, check out Tracie’s Challenge Wins & Top 10 Photos.  INCREDIBLE.  AMAZING PHOTOS. If you think the Birdie photo to the right is a great shot, you ain’t seen nothing yet.  Bucket list here we come…

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