‘Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.’ Ah, Ferris Bueller. Your movie is full of quotable quotes but to me, this one sums the movie so well. And given I’m all for noticing the world around me (see last week’s post here), it seemed … More Lessons from a teen classic: remembering to stop and look around once in a while
““Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here” said Alice. “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to”, said the Cat. “I don’t much care where”, said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go”, said the Cat.” Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland ‘How can you … More Want to make the world a better place? Allow time and space to notice and care
I’ve never thought of myself as a particularly clingy parent. I’ve happily let my kids go to play at other people’s homes and have sleepovers from a fairly young age (hey, I’ve even encouraged them – the peacefulness when we have a break from each other can be so lovely!) But every now and again, I … More Holding on and letting go
Quote: Rachel Houston This year, I’ve been consciously focusing on learning to trust myself more, trust others more, and trust more opportunities to try new things. I’ve been trying to let go of some ingrained habits of cautiousness. I’ve been looking to be more open to different views and not jump so quickly to judging … More Trust yourself and you’ll see more of the colours of life
Have you had the experience of sitting down to watch a movie you’ve downloaded, only to find it stalls, maybe displays an image like the one above, or, potentially, keeps jumping back to an earlier part of the movie? And it stays like this for ages? You might know that’s called buffering, and it’s when your … More Feeling overwhelmed? Here’s an idea to stop your mind buffering
It’s great the federal government and opposition parties have finally acknowledged the cost of housing is too high – and in fact, many Australians cannot find housing to buy or rent anyway. It raises hope, when the government says the federal budget will be a ‘housing budget’ . It’s reassuring to see state strategies that have recently been … More To fix the housing affordability problem, we need to agree on what the problem is
Sometimes you have good neighbours, and life can be good. Sometimes you don’t – but at least, hopefully, you can escape from them into your home. But what do you do when your bad neighbour decides to move in and won’t stay away? If this neighbour happens to be furry, very agile, and not open to negotiations … More Living with a possum: What I learned from an unwanted guest
When I was very young – many, many years ago (but long after 1969 – that’s just an example because I’m really not THAT old, ahem), I used to love watching Sesame Street. It was engaging, educating while still entertaining. And the show took place in a setting which was so different, seemingly uncontrived, but radical … More Kindness in action – how well do you know your neighbourhood?
My name is Helen, and it’s been three weeks since I’ve written my last blog post. Sigh. I know that’s not the end of the world. But I do have a clearer purpose behind why I’m blogging, and where I want to take it. And letting my writing slide doesn’t help me get there. So it’s something I need … More Kindness in a ‘Post-Truth’ world
Hello to you all, from our home in Melbourne (which, no, doesn’t quite look like this, although how cute is it???) We’ve been back in town for a couple of days, having spent a week in our home on the Mornington Peninsula, and are taking off by the weekend in another home, this time to … More Back to basics – What makes a home?