Absent on secret Wombat business

To the extent that a whitefella can have a totem, I am a Wombat
We retreat into dark underground holes to think in big dreams
Photo by Sheba Also 18 Million Views is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

I am taking a sabbatical from Medium for an extended period — going walkabout for up to a year — to attend to a matter which my ageing body has told me is in need of urgent attention. I will complete the Cyclone Dreaming cycle…


The spirited are a windsock responding to voices from all quarters.

Windsock by lumpi; Voice by Nicky Arscott
Illustration “Windsock & Voice” by the author [full attribution of elements below]

ENCHANTMENT

Having reached its zenith, even the sun seemed to find the day too hot to keep moving, for it loitered long, glaring indecently through the sparse foliage.

What had appeared from a distance to be promising relief for…


Image by: Amy Scott — Director, Sedulous

Silos are good for storing grain, but not opinions

ANZAC Day is the day on which Australians gather to remember our war dead. The following is the occasional address, introduced by the Masters of Ceremony, given during the pre-recorded online ANZAC Day service in Mullumbimby, NSW, Australia in 2020 (the…


A Counter Arts writing prompt

https://medium.com/counterarts/ill-hold-you-tight-351d893ddce2

https://medium.com/counterarts/what-is-your-favourite-emotion-why-f4dee49ecf1a

Not all big ideas float
From the author’s collection

Is hope an emotion?

I hope so. But just in case it isn’t, let me describe how I feel day and night (mostly), and (I’ll) call that hope.

I’ve spent my entire life, three score years and ten (plus), not getting anywhere. I was hopeless at school until my very final year when I went to a monastic college where the system and teachers were beyond marvellous, resulting in my being…


Effortless Knowing
Photograph by the author

The search for a n s w e…


METSAT — Place your bet then look into the vortex and be … O!M!G!

No one knows better than meteorologists that life is a gamble
Illustration by the author

PROEM — In this series cyclones are personified as the embodiment of an intimate relationship between creativity and destructiveness. Our vulnerability is seen as the occasion for insight into resilience that transcends our material preoccupations. This…


Daze of Purple
“Jacaranda line Grafton Streets-05=”
Sheba Also 18 Million Views is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

The purpling of Grafton; snakes on the make…


Quon — Relationship whole particle identity function

Calling Card for leaping to big conclusions on scant evidence
Illustration by the author

PROEM

In this series cyclones are personified as the embodiment of an intimate relationship between creativity and destructiveness. Our vulnerability is seen as the occasion for insight into resilience that transcends our material preoccupations. This disposition is placed alongside ancient ways of being…


LOLAMI — all is wonderful

The Hopi have made their homes on the mesas for a thousand years
“Hopi Indian pueblo of Walapi (or Walpai) on mesa, ca.1901 (CHS-1064)” by Fæ is licensed under CC BY 2.0

PROEM

In this series cyclones are personified as the embodiment of an intimate relationship between creativity and destructiveness. Our vulnerability is seen as the occasion for insight into resilience that transcends our material preoccupations. This disposition is placed alongside ancient ways of being in other…


Ta-Whiri-Ma-Tea — Prospering by engaging with a ‘cosmic adversary’

Cultures of the Pacific Ocean — Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia

PROEM

In this series cyclones are personified as the embodiment of an intimate relationship between creativity and destructiveness. Our vulnerability is seen as the occasion for insight into resilience that transcends our material preoccupations. This disposition is placed alongside ancient ways…

Paul Smith

Every thing is everything.

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