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IN THE SUMMER OF ’09

2 Tough and Crazy people get together and consider life through the Oracle of the Foto. They contemplate ambling through the Summertime of ’09. Lizzy’s nose is burned and peeling and her eyes stare white balled from a black face. In Centro at Tweed –  they asked her – So you like sarongs eh ? We have sarongs – and buckles for $2. Mad O’Brian was much affected by the attention to his mother.  Lizzy will include some images of the Mad O’Brians at some stage. In the Meantime – lets Gif Off.

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MAD O’BRIAN – XMAS 2008

“Never cease loving a person, and never give up hope for him, for even the prodigal son who had fallen most low, could still be saved; the bitterest enemy and also he who was your friend could again be your friend; love that has grown cold can kindle”

Soren Kierkegaard (Danish Philosopher and Theologian, 1813-1855)

 

 

A farmer who had a quarrelsome family called his sons and told them to lay a bunch of sticks before him. Then, after laying the sticks parallel to one another and binding them, he challenged his sons, one after one, to pick up the bundle and break it. They all tried, but in vain. Then, untying the bundle, he gave them the sticks to break one by one. This they did with the greatest ease. Then said the father, Thus, my sons, as long as you remain united, you are a match for anything, but differ and separate, and you are undone.
Aesop
620-560 BC, Greek Fabulist

 

A hundred men may make an encampment, but it takes a woman to make a home.
Chinese Proverb

A mere friend will agree with you, but a real friend will argue.
Russian Proverb

 

What do I want to take home from my summer vacation? Time. The wonderful luxury of being at rest. The days when you shut down the mental machinery that keeps life on track and let life simply wander. The days when you stop planning, analyzing, thinking and just are. Summer is my period of grace. — Ellen Goodman

 

Beauty is a primeval phenomenon, which itself never makes its appearance, but the reflection of which is visible in a thousand different utterances of the creative mind, and is as various as nature herself.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
1749-1832, German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

SWIMMING IN JANUARY PART 2

2 Tough and Crazy people get together and consider life through the Oracle of the Foto. They contemplate  Summer Holidays, Beach, Sun and Sand and SWIMMING. Lizzy tried to think about swimming in the last post but drifted into BEACHES. This Summer has been filled blissfully with SWIMMING. This summer Lizzy saw a little lass swim for the first time. I AM A MERMAID- said she. Lizzy is a SWIMMER – not distances and she always feared she would be asked one day to do as Grace Darling did and brave fierce waters to rescue sailors from a sinking boat or swim across shark infested waters. 60 years later she simply SWIMS. Noone has as yet asked her to swim for 24 hours from a sinking ship to reach a wave battered shore upon which she would likely perish at the last moment. She simply swims and prefers swimming with the children to swimming with dolphins. She saw a small girl try to ride a unicorn in a pool this summer. Last Summer, she swam at New Year in a large pool on top of The Hill on full moon. This year, He finally let sun shine on his skinny legs and now he might be able to swim.

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The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.
Woodrow Wilson

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“I concentrate on preparing to swim my race and let the other swimmers think about me, not me about them.”

Amanda Beard Olympian

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Swimming is not a sport. Swimming is a way to keep from drowning. That’s just common sense!

George Carlin

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My Mom said she learned how to swim when someone took her out in the lake and threw her off the boat. I said, “Mom, they weren’t trying to teach you how to swim.”

Paula Poundstone quotes (American Comic, b.1959)

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It is easy to swim, when another holds up your head.  (Danish)

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“To understand water is to understand the cosmos, the marvels of nature, and life itself.”
– Masaru Emoto in “The Hidden Messages in Water” –

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“Well, my swimming pool problems are solved. I just found myself miles and miles of open lanes.”

“What is that smell?”

“That’s East River.”

“You’re swimming in the East River? The most heavily trafficked, overly contaminated waterway on the eastern seaboard?”

“Technically, Norfolk has more gross tonnage.”

“How could you swim in that water?”

“I saw a couple other guys out there.”

“Swimming?”

“Well… floating. They weren’t moving much, but they were out there.”

– Kramer and Jerry Seinfeld, in “The Nap”

A TRUE SUMMER HOLIDAY

2 Tough and Crazy people get together and consider life through the Oracle of the Foto. They contemplate  Summer Holidays, Beach, Sun and Sand.

 

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“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, author of ‘Lord of the Rings’ (1892-1973)

An onion can make people cry but there’s never been a vegetable that can make people laugh.

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Come, my friends,
‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved the earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
— from Ulysses by Alfred Tennyson

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To Summer by William Blake.

O thou who passest thro’ our valleys in
Thy strength, curb thy fierce steeds, allay the heat
That flames from their large nostrils! thou, O Summer,
Oft pitched’st here thy goldent tent, and oft
Beneath our oaks hast slept, while we beheld
With joy thy ruddy limbs and flourishing hair.
Beneath our thickest shades we oft have heard
Thy voice, when noon upon his fervid car
Rode o’er the deep of heaven; beside our springs
Sit down, and in our mossy valleys, on
Some bank beside a river clear, throw thy
Silk draperies off, and rush into the stream:
Our valleys love the Summer in his pride.
Our bards are fam’d who strike the silver wire:
Our youth are bolder than the southern swains:
Our maidens fairer in the sprightly dance:
We lack not songs, nor instruments of joy,
Nor echoes sweet, nor waters clear as heaven,
Nor laurel wreaths against the sultry heat.

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Trees like to have kids climb on them, but trees are much bigger than we are, and much more forgiving.
Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider

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It is good to know the truth, but it is better to speak of palm trees.

~ an Arab Proverb

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Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.  ~John Lubbock

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In the Good Old Summertime

There’s a time in each year that we always hold dear,
the good old summer time;
With the birds and the treeses and sweet-scented breezes,
In the good old summer time.
When your day’s work is over then you are in clover,
And life is one beautiful rhyme,
No trouble annoying each one is enjoying,
The good old summer time.

In the good old summertime,
in the good old summertime.
Strolling through the shady lanes with my baby mine.
You hold her hand, and she holds yours,
and that’s a very good sign.
She will be your tootsie wootsie,
in the good old summertime.

song by George Evans and Ren Shields

FLOWERS AND OTHER PLANT LIFE

2 Tough and Crazy people get together and consider life through the Oracle of the Foto. They contemplate  Flowers because sometimes that’s a fine way to start a New Year.

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Don’t wear perfume in the garden – unless you want to be pollinated by bees.  ~Anne Raver

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MAY SARTON

A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself.

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None can have a healthy love for flowers
unless he loves the wild ones.

–   Forbes Watson

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HENRY DAVID THOREAU.

Gardening is civil and social, but it wants the vigour and freedom of the forest and the outlaw.

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A fool does not see the same trees a wise man sees.
–   Rick Hilles

2009 BEGINS FOR LIZZY FOREAL

2 Tough and Crazy people get together and consider life through the Oracle of the Foto. They contemplate life in TWEED HEADS. Skyscrapers – well highrises anyways and DEVELOPMENT. Progress – some might call it. Lizzy Foreal don’t call it Progress. Lizzy prefers the KALANG PROGRESS ASSOCIATION.

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When did the future switch from being a promise to being a threat?  ~Chuck Palahniuk

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Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.

Oscar Wilde

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The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.  ~Marcus Aurelius

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“In the final analysis there is no solution to man’s progress but the day’s honest work, the day’s honest decisions, the day’s generous utterances and the day’s good deed.”
–Clare Booth Luce (1903-1987), American editor, playwright and social activist

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Progress might have been all right once, but it has gone on too long.
Ogden Nash

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HENRY DAVID THOREAU:

If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.

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I do my thing and you do yours. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, then it is beautiful. If not, it can’t be helped.
Frederick Perls

WINTER IN THE SPIRIT

2 Tough and Crazy people get together and consider life through the Oracle of the Animated Gif. They contemplate WINTER as things look darker and darker.

” You promised you’d be here whenever it snows”.

The wagon rests in winter, the sleigh in summer, the horse never. – Yiddish Proverb

The New Remorse

The sin was mine; I did not understand.
So now is music prisoned in her cave,
Save where some ebbing desultory wave
Frets with its restless whirls this meagre strand.
And in the withered hollow of this land
Hath Summer dug herself so deep a grave,
That hardly can the leaden willow crave
One silver blossom from keen Winter’s hand.

On a lone winter evening, when the frost Has wrought a silence.
John Keats

O Winter! ruler of the inverted year, . . . . I crown thee king of intimate delights, Fireside enjoyments, home-born happiness, And all the comforts that the lowly roof Of undisturb’d Retirement, and the hours Of long uninterrupted evening, know.
William Cowper
 

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant. -Anne Bradstreet

A certain Gentleman having espoused a noble and virtuous wife, caused her to wear for her Impresa a Snail closed in here shell, as she remaineth all the winter, to defend her from the cold, with this posy, Proprio alitur succo: to signify that she should satisfie herself with the love of her own husband, even as the snail is nourished with her own moisture

 

a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.
– Adrienne Cook

 

 

WINTER IN THE VALLEY

2 Tough and Crazy people get together and consider life through the Oracle of the Animated Gif. They contemplate WINTER in the Valley. This unemployed WINTER. Their second winter. A winter on the border with Queensland which means its NOT COLD. Nevertheless Winter it is. The Mad O”Brians are up in the Armidale Winter and Kati B and IMM are back in the country for their first Kalang Winter in a long long time. IT IS WINTER.

 


 
 
  Silent Woods

Silent woods where are
Your voices of springtime now
Taunts brass iced winterDorothy (Alves) Holmes

 

 “Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories”
  [Author Unknown]

©6/15/08Terry Sutherland

The Flower Garden

 

Sweetly lingers the lilac

It has married with the wild rose

A perfume made in heaven

Pleasing the winter starved nose

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