The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is part of the joy of this time of the year for me. Admittedly I haven’t got to catch many live shows in April in the last few years but I caught the debate on ABC. Tracy Spicer stole the show.
I love April for sunflowers like those below by local artist Ian Mitchell. Hopes for this season were not realised, yet the artist response captured the experience. Many hands and cooperation were required to achieve a field of sunflowers. I’ve had many learning experiences this summer about our community.
Easter Sunday is as good a day as any to bring this back from the dead.
I’ve had a week long staycation with a couple of family visits and friend catchups and conversations. I read and listened to podcasts. I watched ‘Wild’ which led to listening to the Tim Ferris(TF) podcast with Cheryl Strayed. She was talking about her writing process and having to book into a motel and do it in chunks. I started listening to Design Matters with Debbie Millman since Christmas and have a stack to catch up on. I listened to Debbie Millman’s second podcast with TF. I loved the part about her morning routine, even though I don’t have a dog.
I read this article that was fascinating – The Web Wide World by Mark Pesce. There is a lot to think about and remember in that article. I’ve read it over three days because my concentration span isn’t what it used to be.
Venus went direct yesterday. One less thing to be retro about, I’m still examining the effects. There have been shifts.
Easter is my favourite holiday of the year. I like that it’s a different date each year. Autumn weather is my favourite – the light is just right.
Hope is a choice. Politicians speak about giving hope … hope and jobs. It’s true, we need that. Is it something anyone can deliver? Hope is something we need to choose to feel. It gives us the ability to be able to go forward in the direction of our dreams. To believe we can make a difference. To dream.
Today I heard the opposite feeling to hope. I heard young people expressing despair about their world. The media is constantly telling us how difficult life is going to be when this or that happens. It’s not the first time change has happened.
Most people who live here, love it here. They love the central location. They love the accepting nature that has welcomed and embraced a multitude of cultures. They love that they have easy access to mountains, oceans, forests, great food, wine and venues for entertainment. The running water, electricity, fresh food, access to technology, education, sporting facilities and support – there are people who can’t access that, even in our world – yet statistically we are not doing too bad. These are spectacular gifts. I have lived in and visited other places and I would not exchange our gifts for anything.