David Wilkerson- just a small tribute!!!

Today I heard of the sad news that David Wilkerson Author of the true story “The Cross and the Switchblade” passed away. He was a Man who truly had a vision and followed it through.

When I first read it I found it inspirational and challenging as he had plenty of opposition come his way. He had the courage just to say “Yes Lord, whatever you say, what ever you want I will do” even if it meant he was making a fool of himself.  1 Corinthians 4:10.

So today I want honor The Late David Wilkerson and say what a treasure he is to the Christian community. The impact of him being a follower of Jesus has been felt all over and no doubt has changed many lives!!!

30 day song challenge 1-10

I’ve decided to do the 30 day song challenge on facebook and I’m finding a very interesting exercise to do. here are challenges and my song choices. I’ve broken up the challenge by 10’s!!!

  • day 01 – your Favorite song – Pick you up by Powderfinger/ I’ve loved this song the moment I heard it and I never tire of it. It’s such a simple song yet it strikes me in the heart!!!!!
  • day 02- your least favorite song- The Helen Keller song / who cares who wrote it, I hate it and have a very powerful negative response to it. It’s such a pathetic message using disability to describe someone wanting to get their rocks off!!!!……..I hate it!!!!!…btw I’m not even bothering with a link for this song!!
  • day 03- a song that makes you happy- Feeling Groovy by Simon and Garfunkel / oh such a happy little ditty, I can remember a time of stress in my life where I really needed to slow down and this was the song that I kept singing to myself!!!! 🙂
  • day 04 -a song that makes you sad – Forever Autumn by Justin Hayward / a song from War of the Worlds a total classic!!!! Full of sad emotion, love it!!
  • day 05 -a song that reminds you of someone – The Queen and the Soldier by Suzanne Vaga / this amazing song reminds me of my bff Amanda. She used to always play this on her guitar for us and we’d all be in awe listening!!!!
  •  day 06 – a song that reminds you of  somewhere –  What the world needs now by Burt Bacharach / How can I not share this story? There is fancy toilet in Toowoomba that is electronic and speaks order’s to you like “now put your hands under the water faucet” and when you’re sitting on the toilet you are pleasured with the tunes of Burt Bacharach!!!!!…I can not listen to this song without thinking of that toilet in Toowoomba!!!!
  • day 07 – a song that reminds you of a certain event – Under pressure by David Bowie and Queen / When I gave birth to my Son the radio was playing, I remember a few of the songs that the playing but this one seemed the most apt to choose!!! It’s a lot of pressure to push a baby out!!!!!!
  • day 08 – a song that you know all the words to- Doctor who by Doctorin’ the Tardis / Well the reason this song got chosen is simply because I’m totally crap at remembering song lyrics!!!!…enough said!!!
  • day 09 – a song that you can dance to – Come on Children by the Small Faces / this one is a very hard one. Perhaps the rule should say a song I can’t dance too. So in keeping with the rule I have chosen this rockin song by the Small Faces!!!
  • day 10 -a song that makes you fall asleep to – The Lonely Shepard by Gheorghe Zamfir / Well I really can’t say this song makes me want to fall asleep but it’s very soothing, relaxing and quite haunting….oooohhh I love it it’s beautiful!!!

A date with Slinky

If you have been following my blog you would know that I regularly cafe journal at a local cafe each week. For me it is a very relaxing and highly enjoyable activity that keeps me feeling happy and recharged. On some of these adventures I meet either people who I know or have conversations with random strangers. Today I had coffee with Mr Slinky. Everyone meet Mr Slinky, Mr Slinky meet everyone!!!

The portrait of the foot!!!

I’ve noticed an interesting phenomenon since the rise of the social networking digital age, the foot portrait. People seem to take photo’s of their feet, it’s true I see it on Facebook frequently and now I’m on instagram I’ve been exposed to a lot of stranger’s feet.

Why is this so? I personally don’t get it, why have I been left out of the foot fascination? Do people just get bored with their camera or iphone and just start snapping at their feet? Or is their feet really that interesting? I’m not judging anyone, it’s just I’m highly curious and want to know why??

Is their some deep meaning to all of this, or something deeply primal like how deep down we all want to play in some mud. Be honest now, you want to be a kid again. You secretly want  do all those kid things like, play in the ball pit at those children play centers!!!!

Sorry I do digress, I was talking about feet.

I’m sure if I looked at the history of art and literature I would find many  works based on the humble foot. I know the bible has many foot references that are written in quite a poetic way. So this may be the beginning of a foot quest to find out why there is such huge amount of attention that has focused on feet!!!

Blogging ideas

I’ve been having lots of fun with the 30 day song challenge and I’ve come to realise that it’s a great platform to lauch interesting writing idea’s. For instance, day 4 had me thinking of a sad song but I couldn’t choose just one so I wrote a blog about all the sad songs. I now  feel inspired to write more on the topic of a sad song and I can see how one idea spawns a whole bunch of other ideas.

Tomorrow I’m to share a song that reminds me of someone. The song I’ve chosen reminds me of my best friend which then leads me to write about  all of our fun laughing adventures we had together (usually sipping tea at 4am in the morning).

If you have a writer’s block then I suggest giving the 30 song challenge ago, even if it’s to just to inspire idea’s. It has certainly got me thinking and on a  roll. I wrote in a previous blog about when writer’s block strikes what can be done to overcome it. I hope somehow this helps spark some ideas for anyone who is struggling to write their next post?

Happy blogging!!!

A Fest of sad songs!!!

I’ve decided to do the 30 day song challenge on Facebook and I’ve been going through the rules having a big think about which songs to choose on a particular day. On the 4th day the rule is a song that makes you sad. I didn’t realise this but there are a lot of songs out there that make me sad and I really like them all.

It was really hard to choose so I thought I’d write a blog to mention just a few of the songs that reach deep down and make me have sad feelings.

Angie by the Rolling Stones

Lightning Crashes by Live

Burn Anastasia ft Ben Moony

Behind blue eyes Limp Bizkit

Vincent (starry starry night) Don McLean

Mr Bojangles Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Cats in the Cradle  Harry Chapin

Time in a bottle Jim Croce

Forever Autumn Justin Hayward

I hope I never Split Enz

A letter to Rapunzel!!

Dear Rapunzel,

I just read your story and I’m just so moved by what you have gone through and none of it you chose!! But hey, looks like you got your self a happy ending and that’s always a good thing.

My story is no way as dramatic as yours but can I share just a little bit that I think we can relate to? I too had very long hair and was known by it.  Some of my issues were, when going to the toilet make sure you put in over your shoulder. I don’t need to tell you that one do I? When eating it’s best to tie it up and the same when taking a shower.Your hair was way longer than mine so no doubt you’d be experiencing a headache here and there, especially having some manipulative witch demanding they use it as a rope.

I find it interesting Punzy, (is it okay to call you that?) that people were devastated when I cut my hair, like the thorns hurt their eyes and they grieved for me. From my point of view,  I found it a very liberating experience. For you it was a tough part of the journey and my heart goes out for you. Like me, you had so much expectation put on you: you’re the chick with the long hair and it has to stay that way!!!

I hope my letter doesn’t dredge up past hurts for you? The main reason for me writing to you is that I want you to know you are an inspiration. Through it all you kept on singing and eventually your true love heard your voice!! You  go girlfriend!!!!

Yours truly

Tamar xxx

The invention of the iphone………another reason to celebrate!!!!

My Son just loves Fart noises, what little boy doesn’t? He is always pestering us to make a “bottom burp” (that’s what he calls them) and we have to make a fart sound with our mouths. This becomes very boring very quickly but we indulge him for he is our Son and his happiness is our happiness…lol

I was explaining this dilemma to my coffee group and the quick response was “there’s an app for that”!! So promptly I was shown this app and indeed it was a great success!!! So here it is, if you’re looking for some bottom entertainment just search “fart” in your app store and you will be throughly satisfied with your find!!!!

Happy bottom burps!!!

Celebrating Suburbia

Suburbia and it’s images evoke such deep emotions in me. I paint suburbia, take photo’s of it, for goodness sake I even blog about it. Has it to do with where I grew up? As I  walked out my front door and everywhere I went I was confronted with such scenes.

There is a certain nostalgia that creeps in that makes me think of my childhood that was well and truly marinated in most exciting decade ever, the 70’s. When I was a kid you played with the neighbourhood kids and came home when the street lights came on. I remember all us cousins in the back of my Aunty’s station wagon singing ABBA songs at the top of our lungs. and when I say back, I mean back- back without any seat belts on.

I then wonder, was life more simple then or when  nostalgia strikes does it block out the nasties? I ponder this a lot as I’m calving through my 30’s almost reaching 40. I don’t really care about getting old as I still feel quite young. I think that as a child, images stay with you in such a strong way that they are not easily shaken.

So rather than question it I’m just going with it. I will indulge this need to capture suburban images for as long as I so feel the need to do so. I will allow my childhood memories to fuel my creativity, which hopefully produces emotive works of art.