Life is a Mystery to be Loved!!!


I have a handmade poster on the wall in my lounge room created by one of Melbourne’s most famous sculptors for a fundraiser held at Werner Erhard and Associates aka Landmark Education but you would not know the old name unless you were a veteran of the work. It has a title: Life is a mystery to be lived, Not a problem to be solved. I mistyped it as loved when I wrote the title of this blog and seeing there are no mistakes, or so they say it remains as that. Deborah was like that, she loved life and created the most quirky statues in our beloved city of Melbourne back in the 1980’s.

So what do you consider mysteries in your life, some fairly famous people made comment on it. Here are their contributions:

1. Well known author Dean Koontz whose novels are billed as suspense thrillers, but frequently incorporate elements of horror, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and satire claims our minds as hallways of mystery.

2. And Frank Herbert, sci fi author extraordinaire created many realities for us to experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5-yKhDd64s&list=PLgzTt0k8mXzH4S1z0Ny3y2mTkIMSf7APH

3. How boring would the planet Mary Oliver describes in this statement be.

4. But getting there is definitely a mystery: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIhAK-dgng4&list=PLgzTt0k8mXzH4S1z0Ny3y2mTkIMSf7APH&index=2

5. And don’t forget the present as well.

6. Relate to life as a mystery, not wasted time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6x8EzloiXU&list=PLgzTt0k8mXzH4S1z0Ny3y2mTkIMSf7APH&index=4

7. And Bil gave the world the present of being a great cartoonist.

8. From one of the few people who have seen the earth from space comes this profound statement. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qrOvBuWJ-c

9. This thought has passed through my mind often.

10. In your face from the man who had had an ism named after him: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiH9edd25Bc

11. The curly headed one gets really profound in this quote about art and science.

12. I’ll contemplate this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxcDTUMLQJI

13. It’s okay, you are on the right path.

14. Such an empowering quote from Anais Nin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TC-pLmriiTo&list=OLAK5uy_lcCeuQSSyK5bCWEMAMcDxRYW_GoBVlgz8

15. And we finish with a quote from the 18th century Russian novelist, philosopher, short story writer, essayist, and journalist, go out there and attain it.

This isn’t a perfect world. We’re probably on our one thousandth second chance right now and we are not ashamed to admit it. Because even though we have failed a lot, it means we have tried a lot too.

The only difference between an opportunity and an obstacle is attitude. Getting a second chance in life is about giving yourself the opportunity, the mystery to grow beyond your past failures. Here’s how:

  1. Let go of the past.
  2. Identify the lesson.
  3. Lose the negative attitude.
  4. Accept accountability for your current situation.
  5. Focus on the things you can change.
  6. Figure out what you really want.
  7. Eliminate the nonessential.
  8. Be specific.
  9. Concentrate on doing instead of not doing.
  10. Create a daily routine.
  11. Maintain self-control and work on it for real.
  12. Forget about impressing people.

Today’s playlist contains some famous artists as well, as well as one lengthy spoken word piece. We begin with Eminem, then my two unknowns, MKTO and Mike Perry. Then back to the seventies with David Bowie and George Harrison.The penultimate number is U2 and we complete with spoken words from Anias Nin: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJlQ3F9bKYru-oyktakkeRTeHfW7mji_j

My major mystery in life is to work out what it would take to have the world ethos be Love and Respect for All, Everybody Included. To spread this I have two Facebook groups, Interculturalism: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Interulturalism and Thriving People – People who wish to make a difference to humanity: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1126100227764949. Any of you are welcome to join as you come from around the planet. Until we meet again, my dear friends.

Seeking an answer as you travel through life!!!


A little more about lock-down. Our latest rules are you are not allowed to have visitors and travel more than 25 Kilometres. Shops, cafes and restaurants are open with restrictions. No gyms, clubs or dances.Too much sweat for that. So what do you have to go through in this invasive times. It has brought up for me the tough times I have gone through in my life and some pf the things that have got me out of it at the end:

  1. Everything is as it should be.
  2. Often it’s not until you are lost that you can begin to find your true self.
  3. It’s usually the deepest pain that empowers you to grow to your full potential.
  4. One of the hardest decisions you will ever facein life is choosing to walk away.
  5. You have to take care of yourself first.
  6. One of the greatest freedoms is truly not caring what everyone else thinks of you.
  7. You may need to be single for a while.
  8. The only thing you can absolutely control is how toy react to things out of your control.
  9. Some people will lie to you.
  10. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never have enough.
  11. Yes, you have failed in the past.
  12. Everything is going to be all right – maybe not today, but eventually.

Relating to some of these in the lock down restores my faith, what do we think society has done in times of crisis to lift their spirits, lets take a walk down that path:

  1. Helen Keller is definitely a person who can speak on this subject.

2. Hope in this case could stand for Helping other people evolve: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bG5N3GC-m20

3. It has been scientifically proved that if you sing each and every day you will live longer.

4. How many times has this happened to you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbx7ss4F7JE

5. Smart people, the Chinese. They have been at it for centuries.

6. Where is your holy Ground: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCYNlgHniEc

7. One word, COVID.

8. Quite profound for a man who died over 140 years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3oCS85HvpY

9. Faith, Now there’s an interesting concept, what do you think of it?

10. Both types, country and western, crises and joy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4m5jQy5A2U

11. They are intrinsically connected.

12. I’ll have to ponder this one a bit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ip5Q_BfJF8Q

13. Yes, Really. Really Brave, Yay!!!

14. To all my sistas who read this blog, I love you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AphKUK8twg&list=PLKtZUuJdgyawcaSGLnnWHVrE_wP2TCcrj

15. Thats why you are unique and have your own time to shine.

You can’t control everything. Sometimes you just need to relax and have faith that things will work out. Let go a little and let life happen. Because sometimes the truths you can’t change end up changing you and helping you grow,

Today’s playlist is epic. It contains many greats and one classic Australian rock anthem. We begin with George Michael followed by Cyndi Lauper, I love Cyndi Lauper. Australia’s entry Goanna is next Two fine indie bands in The Pixies and Mazzy Star follow. The penultimate track is by Eminem and we complete with Alice Keys, Enjoy: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJlQ3F9bKYrsCZZqwHMmSuuo2LKNz6ejN

In times like Lock-downs you need a greater belief to keep you going. Mine is my ethos for the world: Love and Respect for All, Everybody Included. You are invited to join the two Facebook groups I have created to spread the message world-wide. The first is Thriving People – People who wish to make a difference to humanity: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1126100227764949 and Interculturalism: https://www.facebook.com/groups/183421768519278. As most of you live overseas I would love for you to increase the international numbers. Until we meet again , my dear friends.

What helps you grow each day?


You can’t control everything. Sometimes you just need to relax and have faith that things will work out Let go and let life happen. Because sometimes the truths you can’t change end up changing you and help you grow. Here are a few of those situations:

  1. Everything is going to be all right – maybe not today, but eventually.
  2. Yes, you have failed in the past.
  3. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never have enough.
  4. Some people will lie to you.
  5. The only thing you can absolutely control is how you react to things out of your control.
  6. You may need to be single for a while.
  7. One of the greatest freedoms is truly not caring what everyone else thinks of you.
  8. You have to take care of yourself first.
  9. One of the hardest decisions you will ever face in life is choosing to walk away.
  10. it’s usually the deepest pain that empowers you to grow to your full potential.
  11. Often it’s not until you are lost that you can begin to find your true self.
  12. Everything is as it should be.

Over the centuries societies have had different measurements of growth, kets have a look at some of them:

1. Great quote from one of the most successful authors of all time.

2. One step at a time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzT-ccVov4w

3. Thich Nhat Hanh is a very wise man and monk.

4. When you are feeling the pain is when you are working the hardest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sc8t6BZUSJs&list=RDQM639Om4uqOVo&index=10

5. It’s the journey not the destination.

6. The line to the end of success is not one of a level surface: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlH3HdZO6Fc&list=PLIT1U6WS4aYBLwNPx8HxL7Hb8Gr5Z5lSn

7. Considered the paragon of Chinese sages, Confucius’s wisdom has survived from 400 years before the birth of Jesus.

8. We must look after our mind and heart in our growth patterns: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJVW42s3vrk&list=PLD8UBiFGzyFYJ40BIAWw6bh2uS691z7Jo

9. This quote from Wayne J. Dyer is really in your face.

10. My first POTUS quote for quite a long time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqolSvoWNck

11. How long is your grass at the moment, is it growing?


12. Are you where you are meant to be, time to face the pain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if7ahLQZtXc

13. Provision of good quality service is the ultimate social media buzzword.

14. I would add gratitude to the first stanza as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwgr_IMeEgA&list=PLhXQhpqBNAYsiwGQ6e4rxgbQ0gGVfKZ2u&index=15

15. Failing gives you the opportunity to move on to a place you have not been.

So growth can be invigorating or a path of pain or both, its our choice.

Today’s play list begins with a classic Australian anthem by Paul Kelly and Missy Higgins. We follow up with a beautiful cover by Songs around the World. Back to the 70s with Jim Croce then to Pop Diva land with Shakira. Then the most famous birthday song by Marilyn Monroe. The penultimate number is a rocker from Linkin Park and we complete with Andra Day:https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJlQ3F9bKYrvo-hOp-Lfe6Zldv67jGEzy

Love and Respect for All, Everybody Included, my ethos for life which I spread via my two Facebook groups, Thriving People – People who wish to make a difference to humanity: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1126100227764949 and Interculturalism: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Interulturalism. You are welcome to join either group to support the ethos around the world. Until we meet my dear friends.

Is it appropriate to …


Appropriateness, who decides what is and what is not in our lives. Is it the giver or receiver? I heard of a case of a young woman who suffered from anxiety who had turned eighteen who parents were finding it difficult to hand over responsibility to her as she was now a legal adult. Do you support the parents who had raised her up to this point in her life or hand over the reins to the young woman and allow her to land on her feet or learn what she needs to in life by failing a few times, remember their are no mistakes, only lessons in life.

To become strong at some period in your life you must learn to fly on your own, to leap out of the nest and flap your wings and trust that you will be able to fly. Some people do it at a younger age than others, they say some people never do it, so what has society said about the appropriateness of leaping out of the nest to fly on your own, lets take a leap:

1. Imagine if our education system was based on this premise.

2. If it does now work the first day, repeat the dose of courage on the second and the third: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iy7Iu6NlD-w

3. Mr Nietzsche never wrote simple statements, lots in this one.

4. How many times was it for you ?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VQ_3sBZEm0

5. Take the chance, jump out of the nest.

6. Judgements, Old ideas, Self-Doubts,make your list: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-w9OclUnns

7. If the slowest moving creature can, I think you are up to it!!!

8. I didn’t expect to be using a Shakira quote: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6rP-YP4c5I

9. Some people fall and break further than others, there is a way back.

10. A lot of us get this the wrong way around: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eyMLeFvVBg

11. Soaring, one of my flight dreams, If I could fly unaided it would be OK to go.

12. Natsu “Salamander” Dragneel is a fictional character and protagonist of the Fairy Tail manga series created by Hiro Mashima: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMmmbJlWhtk

13. Known as the caterpillar theory.

14. What are you dreams that have made you soar in the sky: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAg3uMlNyHA

15. Cord cutting time, methinks.

So here is a quick reminder of some of life’s flight manual rules:

  1. You are the only person responsible for your success.
  2. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel.
  3. There is no progress without action.
  4. Persistence always wins.
  5. Focus is Everything.
  6. Failure is necessary.
  7. Positivity fuels productivity.
  8. You must believe you can.
  9. Helping others is a big part of being successful.

Today’s playlist contains two animations. We begin with Pink followed by two bands from different eras, The Foo Fighters and The Band. Then pop diva Shakira. My unknown band is Illenium. The penultimate track is the Afters and we complete with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJlQ3F9bKYrvVZjgUPLOmIFbtR001aSMm

I see us allowing people to fly as part of my ethos Love and Respect for All, Everyone Included. I have created two Facebook groups to help spread this across the planet. They are Thriving People – People who wish to make a difference to humanity: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1126100227764949 and Interculturalism: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Interulturalism. Feel free to join either by clicking on the links.

Until we meet again my dear friends.

What do you talk about with your Friends?


It’s been a while, must have been time for a break.

Covid, Lockdown – what did you do over the lock-down period, are you still in lock-down? In Melbourne, Australia, my home town we are lucky enough to have come out of lock-down a couple of months ago. My lock-down looked like 2 months in a psychiatric unit after a couple of months of mental health breakdown, then a beautiful affair, then several months of having one person be able to visit me. It was quite a long period of time.

in the two months or so since we have been allowed to amble out to eat with each other, dance with each other, People seem to be more honest in as to how they are truly feeling. Two conversations I had over the last weekend are great examples of this. I make chai at a dance called Mojo – The Dance of Connection and was sitting in the kitchen area when a German friend of mine sat down next to me so I did the polite thing and asked her how she was going, the conversation finished half an hour later as she told me of her sadness at having been retrenched from her university due to the lack of the funding from the International student market and that she would be going home when the air routes reopened.

The second conversation was with the women I consider has the most beautiful heart in our conscious community. She asked me how I had been, and I decided not to answer fine and told her my Lockdown story, which gave her space to tell me how she had been on a extremely deep journey of suffering bouts of anxiety herself. I felt honoured that she had told me and it just had not been a I’m Fine.

So what have the bards said about communication over the centuries, lets have a look:

1. It may be a lot of words, or it may be total silence.

2. Eckhart says Love is all you need: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_b0_hzeqeoc

3. Pretty basic formulae between life and death.

4. If it remains inside, it can still cause those scars to cause harm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0cBhdvXfJA

5. This is the way you find out who fits in yours.

6. I assume you…not the answer you are looking for: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBU1_4CZJLM

7. Paulo Friere is a Brazilian educator whose book Pedagogy of the Oppressed is the third most cited book in the Social Sciences.

8. How many of these do you have in your life?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNHBT7wjqVI

9. Or maybe the Yellow Brick Road.

10. Have you ever looked across a room and suddenly felt your primal urges surge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPOIS5taqA8

11. Something I battle with , the urge to reply not listen to what is being said.

12. Great question: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3By4DZyTNM

13. Remarkable how many times this does not happen in communication, both being understood.

14. I’m learning about the three hearts – The Mind , The heart, and the gut: I imagine that’s what this is talking about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8HOfcYWZoo

15. Pilot and Author, Anne Lindbergh went from fascism to the green movement over her lifetime.

There is also the need to communicate to yourself fully, here are some ways to do that:

  1. Wash your hands and face.
  2. Change your socks.
  3. Call a close friend.
  4. Stretch.
  5. Go outdoors.
  6. Take a light exercise break.
  7. Dress to feel your best.
  8. Listen to your favourite music.
  9. Take a few, deep controlled breaths
  10. Clear your stuffed nose.
  11. Cook a good meal.
  12. Walk away from energy vampires.
  13. Complete an important piece of unfinished business.
  14. Work on something that is meaningful for you.
  15. Assist someone in need.
  16. Think about your latest (or greatest) success.
  17. Act like today is already an awesome day.
  18. Notice what’s right.
  19. Take a moment to acknowledge how far you have come.

If you are truly communicating with yourself it makes it easier to do it with others, make yourself the promise that you will be honest in as many situations as you can, remember practice makes perfect.

Today’s playlist covers many aspects of communication, ending up in Love. We begin with The Beatles then move to the New Age of Shaina Noll. My new discovery is next: Grace Vanderwaal. What would communication be without Dionne and her Friends. Back a few years to Kim Carnes. The penultimate track is from Disturbed and we end with Celine Dion: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJlQ3F9bKYrvDOtC5ps0iS5cd3Z890nVy

My ethos of communication is Love and Respect for All, Everybody Included, I have created two Facebook Groups to spread it around the world. The first is Thriving People – People who wish to make a difference to Humanity: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1126100227764949 and Interculturalism: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Interulturalism. You can join either group by clicking on the links.

Until we meet again, my dear friends.

Don’t dismiss the power of caffeine and headphones!!!


Writing, it fills up my life. I used to write essays for other people at school and got caught because of my unique style. The pain my friend I had done it for when she was asked by our English teacher what did she mean by the interaction between the characters was debilitating.

You know how you get countless ads on Facebook these days, well one I got was for a Writing poster, the quotes are brilliant, so I thought I would pass them onto you:

  1. Writing is a calling, a beckon of the Voice within to be written.
  2. The Art to Writing is to write like Art.
  3. Don’t overthink it, just sit down and write.
  4. If you keep coming back to it, It’s worth writing about.
  5. Great tides of Words rise within and all you can do write until none are left.
  6. Writing is a struggle. With Words. With Blank Space. With one’s very self.
  7. It doesn’t need to be published or polished. Or perfect. It does need to be written.
  8. Everything you experience fuels your writing. Pay attention. Take notes. Snap pictures. Don’t be creepy.
  9. You are a writer, you were touched by the divine. For who else can create worlds from nothing and life by mere thought.
  10. Either writing is a priority or it ceases to exist.
  11. Inspire yourself Daily.
  12. Don’t dismiss the power of caffeine and headphones to combat writer’s block.
  13. Be prepared to sacrifice great pieces of writing and near-perfect words – parts of you that bled to get on the page.
  14. Write equally when you have no ideas as to when you have a hundred.
  15. Embrace the Muse. Whenever. Wherever. However.
  16. Trust your Inner Voice. It’s the better writer.
  17. Your job is to put words on paper. Make them the right ones later.
  18. Write honestly. Write Fearlessly. Write True. But above all, Write.

The great thing about writers, eve the famous one, they like writing quotes as much as they do books, lets have a look:

1. 6 pretty good reasons to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboards.

2. Angela Anaïs Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell known professionally as Anaïs Nin was a French-Cuban-American diarist, essayist, novelist and writer of short stories and erotica. Born to Cuban parents in France, Nin was the daughter of composer Joaquin Nin and Rosa Culmell, a classically trained singer. Nin spent her early years in Spain and Cuba, about sixteen years in Paris (1924–1940), and the remaining half of her life in the United States, where she became an established author: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwP9qx4A9Lw

3. I think you could replace poems with many other words.

4. The demon that drove him to write two of the biggest selling books in history: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJORm7Hgt94

5. That is why you must pass them around your circle.

6. Life occurs then we reinterpret it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=na7lIb09898

7. A man who cost many people many sleepless nights, what do you think he means?

8. Have you ever run out of water on your writing journey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1LV780urhI

9. Quite a list from Mr. Orwell, some people call him a genius.

10. I fully agree with this anonymous list: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgBJmlPo8Xw

11. A humourish reason to write.

12. The profession of a really great liar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTZoJ01FpD8

13. It will not be still, so true.

14. Mirror, Mirror on the wall which is the true experience of all: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzZ_urpj4As

15. And our final lesson comes from possibly the worlds greatest beat poet.

I wrote this over three sessions, a day and a half, something I have never done before, perhaps they taught me something about writing.

Today’s playlist covers many decades. We begin with spoken word by Anais Nin, then stay back in the last century with David Bowie. We rap it out with Missy Elliot then move to one of Australia’s greatest unknown singers Murray Kyle. Moving up to today with Billie Ellish then way back to Thunderclap Newman, and completing with Michael Jackson: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJlQ3F9bKYruTKuN-bJunwUnFYbmt31aV

Today I acknowledge my greatest piece of writing as my ethos: Love and Respect for All, Everybody Included. Until we meet again my dear friends.

Give someone a Smile!!


I’ve gone back to getting my subjects for my blogs off my kitchen wall. The title for this one comes from my We build Tribes chart. The purpose is to build a purpose-driven community, I actually have two: They are Interculturalism: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Interulturalism and Thriving People – People who wish to make a difference to Humankind: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1126100227764949. Both have the ethos of Love and Respect for All, Everyone Included at their core.

Each community has the following behind it:

  1. 10,000 people woke up this morning shedding private tears because they need a solution to their problem. You have that solution, go find them.
  2. No other individual was placed upon this earth to do what you were uniquely born to do. Be you and the world will transform.
  3. We live in an abundant world, allow that abundance to flow through you and you will never be without it.
  4. Build a tribe that changes the very fabric of society, That is what you were born to do.
  5. Whatever your goal, dream or desire is, It’s yours for the taking. Never accept you can’t.
  6. Be consumed with a vision for tomorrow, go there in your own life and people will follow.
  7. In a world of increasing isolation, be the campfire that attracts friends, laughter and authentic moments of transformation.
  8. No-one ever got lucky, true success flows from consistency and persistency. Never, ever give up.
  9. It’s going to be hard, It’s going to be tough. Remember, when you quit, No one wins.
  10. Be their leader, be their servant, be their guide. But whatever you do. Make sure you “be”.
  11. Don’t ever love others to the detriment of loving yourself. There is no one more important than you.
  12. Rest, love, allow yourself to be loved. For as much as you feel the world rests on your shoulders, it doesn’t.
  13. Support one another, cherish one another, inspire one another. We can make an even greater impact when we do so together.
  14. Give someone a smile, give them money, give them a moment – when you have the capacity to do so… give.
  15. With money comes influence, impact and opportunity – freedom comes when we cease fearing the pursuit of money & we embrace it.

So what has society said about communities – lets walk down that path:

1. Read that word, everyone, all 7 billion of us.

2. And her partner was Martin Luther King Junior, hear him speak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixfwGLxRJU8

3. Do you know what your community cares about?

4. Author of the Courage to Create, this quote speaks profoundly of the power of communication: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nN6VR92V70M

5. We all know a community needs more than one colour.

6. Another religious guru facing abuse allegations. Bill Hybels has a lot to reconcile: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-6zYv9hCow

7. From little things , big things grow.

8. My purpose to make my communities safe places: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHvTWvKIPHo

9. How many friendships I have made simply asking would you like to go for a coffee?


10. Give someone a smile, give them money, give them a moment – when you have the capacity to do so… give: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8QV6ffjIYU


11. Ubuntu is a Nguni Bantu term meaning “humanity”. It is sometimes translated as “I am because … Language.

12. Very profound, Marianne: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxGLPVvNjvY

13. Boom!!!

14. And my favourite dance crew are the Desert Dwellers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAuAcC6-5ds

15. This one touches my soul.

I have had faith in intentional communities to transform out planet, it will take something but to me has always been possible.

Today’s playlist is truly eclectic. We begin with Martin Luther King’s most famous speech. Then one of my favourite pop divas, Taylor Swift. An Aussie legend follows, Lee Morgan. Then another of my favourite spoken word giants, Maya Angelou. Back to the 60s or 70s with Bread. Ava Max is the penultimate track, then we finish my favourite dance crew, The Desert Dwellers: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJlQ3F9bKYrsTT_-LiPDrKqshrgpwBoPh

So I will complete with my ethos one more time: Love and Respect for All, Everyone Included. Until we meet afain my dear friends.

How do you break the Ice?


After a failed relationship which was my first in ten years I have become hesitant to dip my toes in the water again. But even with this hesitancy the opportunity has risen again and a wondrous women has appeared in my sights. I have wanted to kiss her almost from the moment I saw her across the room and attending a community dinner with her after the event we were at reinforced why I would want to do this.

I see the people from this event once or twice a month so if I want more to happen the hesitancy will have to go away. She kissed me goodbye last time we met and I have been flustered by this ever since. All the stories that raise their ugly heads have arisen since then.My friend Angel suggested a few things to do to move on from this:

  1. Free myself from negative people.
  2. Let go of those who are already gone.
  3. Give people you don’t know a fair chance.
  4. Show everyone kindness and respect.
  5. Accept people just the way they are.
  6. Encourage others and cheer for them.
  7. Be your perfectly imperfect self.
  8. Forgive people and move forward.
  9. Do little things for others every day.
  10. Pay attention to who your real friends are.
  11. Always be loyal.
  12. Stay in better touch with people who matter to you.
  13. Keep your promises and tell the truth.
  14. Give what you want to receive.
  15. Say what you mean and mean what you say.
  16. Allow others to make their own decisions.
  17. Talk less and listen more.
  18. Leave petty arguments behind.
  19. Ignore unconstructive, hurtful commentary.
  20. Pay attention to your relationship with yourself.

So what has the human race said about this dilemma over the centuries, let’s have a look:

1. Morgan Harper Nichols is an American Christian musician, songwriter, mixed-media artist, and writer, whose work is centred around the question “how can we create connection?”.

2. That this woman would walk up to me and kiss me was totally unexpected, I did not think she knew I existed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tq72aBL7GLY

3. They say the feeling between fear and excitement is only in what you choose to call it.

4. The period of Catherine the Great’s rule, the Catherinian Era, is considered a Golden Age of Russia. The Manifesto on Freedom of the Nobility, issued during the short reign of Peter III and confirmed by Catherine, freed Russian nobles from compulsory military or state service. Construction of many mansions of the nobility, in the classical style endorsed by the empress, changed the face of the country. She enthusiastically supported the ideals of the Enlightenment and is often included in the ranks of the enlightened despots. As a patron of the arts, she presided over the age of the Russian Enlightenment, including the establishment of the Smolny Institute for Noble Maidens, the first state-financed higher education institution for women in Europe.

5. Preferring Waldo to Ralph , Emerson was considered the 19th Centuries preeminent philosopher.

6. While Moore dealt with alcoholism and health issues throughout her life which make this statement by her ring true, it’s her work with television that will forever be remembered. And she amassed quite a hefty fortune thanks to her work. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Moore died with a net worth of $60 million: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSbnvgF-vOk

7. From a beautiful Coastal town in Australia, Lupytha is an aspiring young philosopher of this century.

8. If its not scary, it does not require bravery: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_FPN-bttVQ

9. Now from what Neil has stated he knows how to be really scared.

10. More wisdom from Waldo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zz-DJr1Qs54

11. Boom!!!

12. It seems to be in this case, or is it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=be0rGkKxSGU

13. Not all those thoughts, especially the what if ones.

14. And we had to let Brene have a say on this subject: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYFRcK4hDes

15. And for our final lesson today, Mary Tyler Moore offers us a beauty.

Family and lovers are not always blood. They’re the people in your life who appreciate having you in theirs – the ones who encourage you to improve in healthy and exciting ways, and who not only embrace who you are know but also who you want to be. These people – your real people – are the ones who truly matter.

Today’s playlist has a bit of cabaret in it: We begin with songstress Bernadette Peters, then an Olympic song by Boney M. One of America’s sweethearts Mary Tyler Moore is next before we access our three rock entries, David Bowie, The Cranberries and P.I.L. We complete with some sage advice from Brene Brown, Enjoy this diverse playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJlQ3F9bKYrscdcrz4k2Uhkp9ArVfJ4Na

Wouldn’t it be beautiful if we were able to express how we felt to each and every person, to show Love and Respect for All, Everyone Included. This is the ethos of my two Facebook Groups, Thriving People – People who wish to make a difference to Humanity: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1126100227764949 and Interculturalism: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Interulturalism. By clicking on the links you can join our merry bands of adventurers.

Until we meet again, my dear friends.

We Grow Every Day!!!


Does the statement that is the title of this blog frighten you. In scientific truth in regards to age it is until we pass, but does it feel like that in other areas of our life. They say we develop our characteristics by the age of five, Earlier temperament seems to affect later life experience. For example, one 1995 study published in the journal Child Development followed children from the age of 3 until the age of 18. The researchers found, for instance, that children who were shyer and more withdrawn tended to grow into unhappier teenagers. 

In those first few years everything is new and vital, and then the harsh truths of life start to kick in. What do we learn in this new sector of our life:

  1. Life is not Easy.
  2. You will fail sometimes.
  3. Right now, there’s a lot you don’t know.
  4. There may not be a tomorrow.
  5. There’s a lot you can’t control.
  6. Information is not true knowledge.
  7. You can’t be successful without providing value.
  8. Someone else will always have more than you.
  9. You can’t change the past.
  10. The only person who can make you happy is you.
  11. There will always be people who don’t like you.
  12. You don’t always get what you want.
  13. In life you get what you put in.
  14. Some friends will come and go.
  15. Doing the same exact thing every day hinders self-growth.
  16. You will never feel 100 percent ready for something new.

So what has society said about this period over time, lets have a look:

1. Interesting comment from a man who has been involved with baseball his whole life.

2. A great question, Which is your voice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuAH21DkJow

3. A man who made billions speaking to people’s inner child’s.

4. Lev Grossman (born June 26, 1969) is an American novelist and journalist who wrote The Magicians Trilogy: The Magicians(2009), The Magician King (2011),and The Magician’s Land (2014). A strange statement from someone who writes about magic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPE9a_epmWw

5. One day seems like a minute and sometimes like a week on this journey.

6. At Sixty-Six this has happened to me a lot, Dr Seuss: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlPhMPnQ58k

7. I think I was about 11 when this powerful statement by Iranian born Cassandra Clare kicked in.

8. You go from a whole school to one or two precious ones: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNHBT7wjqVI

9. a moment of sudden and great revelation or realization.

10. Boom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoUH9b6xHyg

11. He is best known for his works of fiction, especially The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Trilogy, and for his non-fiction Christian apologetics, such as Mere Christianity, Miracles, and The Problem of Pain. Lewis and fellow novelist J. R. R. Tolkien were close friends. Two of the great fantasy writers of their time.

12. How old were you when this happened: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8Xb_7YDroQ

13. The magnificent Maya Angelou.

14. And it’s popularly called our Inner Child: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0cBhdvXfJA

15. Sir Peter Brian Medawar was a British biologist and writer, He is remembered for his wit both in person and in popular writings. Famous zoologists such as Richard Dawkins referred to him as “the wittiest of all scientific writers”, and Stephen Jay Gould as “the cleverest man I have ever known”.

I’m getting to the point of knowing all that I may know but playing my great uncle role on Sunday with my great niece Tawara who is all of six months old I must admit it takes you back to that period in your life when it’s all about Love and Respect for All, Everybody Included, It’s so beautiful watching her natural joy.

The playlist today is young, old and smarmy , we begin with Pink then fly back to the sixties with Steppenwolf. The first of two rock groups is next with Maroon 5. Back to the 70’s with Dione Warwick and Friends, we stays there with Peter Pan and Friends. The penultimate number is Eve 6 and we complete with Shaina Noll, which some people may find a bit smarmy: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJlQ3F9bKYrsSwgrDaJJ_VQtjpbCMe57v

Thank you for waiting a few weeks for this blog, until we meet again my dear friends.

What Interculturalism could provide?


I have started watching Al Jazeera News broadcasts because I was sick of the mindless photo opportunities our Prime Minister down here in Australia, nicknamed as Scotty from marketing uses main stream media in our country for. Today I say an item where the Italian ambassador for the Republic of Congo had been ambushed and killed on a country road and it made me think would these people have done that if they knew why the ambassador was in their country, fundamentally to provide aid in the name of doing good deeds between the two countries.

Then I thought about as to why had I named my blog I am an Interculturalist all those years ago. The definition of Interculturalism goes as follows: Interculturalism refers to support for cross-cultural dialogue and challenging self-segregation tendencies within cultures. … It is based on the recognition of both differences and similarities between cultures. It has addressed the risk of the creation of absolute relativism within post modernity and in multiculturalism. Cross-cultural dialogue is what drew me to the Darebin Intercultural Centre after attending a Colombian film night at which there were about twenty cultures hanging out and being friends, all I can say is that I was hooked from that night.

So what does society say is the value of living an intercultural life, Let’s have a look:

1. Terminal Uniqueness sounds like it would get in the way a lot.

2. Ruth Benedict was a interculturalist of the early 19th Century, She studied the relationships between personality, art, language and culture, insisting that no trait existed in isolation or self-sufficiency, a theory which she championed in her 1934 book Patterns of Culture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkgkThdzX-8

3. Such a beautiful quote!!

4. Many races, One planet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8xnsvDdPu0&list=PLxRZFM2I_PNdIcCrvc6p-SPzKUvsSe4jX&index=4

5. And we take the best of each country.

6. And they can come from any walk of life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66Qkf2Jm6pc

7. Do you have to understand them all, not really.

8. How do you cook your chicken?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YewVugPHon4

9. Just 7 billion of us.

10. We have all seen that meme, seems they drew imaginary lines on the planet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PDdCmJ84LI

11. Do you?

12. Some of the things that Interculturalism can solve: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaHbiUvXlhM

13. This is what Interculturalism battles with each and every day.

14. Its not all in the words: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8AOAap6_k4

15. And we finish with some fine words from Maya Angelou.

Life is full of positive experiences. Notice them. Life your life to the fullest potential by reveling in the beauty of these experiences, and letting them inspire you to be the most positive version of you. Living a positive life is all about creating positive habits to help you focus on what truly matters. Interculturalism is this for me. Here are some simple ideas to help you life this life:

  1. Wake up every morning with the idea that something wonderful is possible today.
  2. Celebrate your existence.
  3. Appreciate life’s perfect moments.
  4. Embrace life’s challenges.
  5. Become addicted to constant and never-ending self-improvement.
  6. Live and breathe the truth.
  7. Fill your own bucket.
  8. Help the people around you smile.
  9. Spend time with positive people.

I have included two of Australia’s musical secrets in the playlist today: We commence with John Lennon, then follow with one of Australia’s best, Murray Kyle. Back to the last century for Dionne Warwick and Friends, Culture Club and Bob Marley. The penultimate track is a band I spent a lot of time watching in my youth in Melbourne – I’m Talking and we finish with Womack and Womack with that song: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJlQ3F9bKYrtVIdAvmWWOGAUdwvsPovnM

So I have created a Facebook group called Interculturalism which has the ethos of Love and Respect for All, Everyone Included, Here is the link to join it and share your examples of it: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Interulturalism Until we meet again my dear friends.