Time Marches On

“Growing old is like being increasingly penalised for a crime you have not committed”
– Anthony Powell, English novelist.

 

Your House, Your Story

Red Tractor Designs Rachael Flynn

I love the homey words and clean, familiar lines of Rachael Flynn’s artwork.  She lives on a cattle and sheep farm in a locality called Piambong which is about 25km north-west of Mudgee, NSW, Australia.  Her calendar (above) features rural farm life with a quirky theme and seasonal recipe each month.
Website http://www.redtractor.com.au/

Gretchen Bernet-Ward

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Pixel Girl says…

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Interpreted Programming Languages    Functional Programming Languages

Compiled Programming Languages    Procedural Programming Languages

Scripting Programming Languages    Mark-up Programming Languages

Logic-Based Programming Languages    Concurrent Programming Languages

Object-Oriented Programming Languages

Bender Futurama

Gretchen Bernet-Ward

Coffee Shop Wisdom

Platitudes, rather hippy dippy and old hat, short sugar-coated sentences designed to bolster the ‘feels’ of a younger generation.  Look again.  Each line creates an emotion, a memory jog, that tingle of happiness to the down-surge of sadness.  Regret is there, the wince for things done wrong, then the smile for laughing out loud when you get it right.  Basic universal rules for living.

Gretchen Bernet-Ward

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A Gloomy Quotation

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“When You Wish Upon a Star” originally sung by Cliff Edwards as Disney’s character Jiminy Cricket in “Pinocchio”

THIS GLOOMY LITTLE QUOTATION WAS AT THE BOTTOM OF MY COMPUTER SCREEN ON JANUARY 2018 COURTESY OF FIREFOX:

“The nearest star is 4.25 light-years from Earth which is why most wishes take at least 9 years to come true.”

IT WON’T STOP ME!

Gretchen Bernet-Ward

First of the Month

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Hopper Studios, Canada, and artwork by Sue Zipkin

When I was a kid we used to say “Pinch and punch for the first of the month” and I don’t know why.  A lot of our practical jokes involved physical actions which resulted in the receiver going “Ow, ouch” and glaring fiercely while rubbing their arm.

This beautiful calendar art was created by Sue Zipkin, produced by Hopper Studios, and I will be sad to see it go.  However, its final words are encouraging “Embrace Change”.  How many of us will actually do that next year?

“A year from now you will wish you had started today.” — Karen Lamb

Gretchen Bernet-Ward

Wise and Weird

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What if my dog only brings back the ball because he thinks I like throwing it?

♦   Your future self is watching you right now through memories.

♦   If poison expires, is it more poisonous or is it no longer poisonous?

♦   Which letter is silent in the word “Scent,” the S or the C?

♦   Do twins ever realise that one of them is unplanned?

♦   Why is the letter W, in English, called double U? Shouldn’t it be called double V?

♦   Maybe oxygen is slowly killing you and it just takes 75-100 years to fully work.

♦   Every time you clean something, you just make something else dirty.

♦   The word “swims” upside-down is still “swims”.

♦   One hundred years ago everyone owned a horse and only the rich had cars. Today everyone has cars and only the rich own horses.

♦   The doctors who told Stephen Hawking he had two years to live in 1953 are probably dead.

♦   If you replace “W” with “T” in “What, Where and When” you get the answer to each of them.

♦   Many animals probably need glasses, but nobody knows it.

♦   If you rip a hole in a net, there are actually fewer holes in it than there were before.

♦   Please note I am only the purveyor of these words of weirdly wiseness.

  When 22/2/2022 falls on a Tuesday, we’ll just call it “2’s Day”.

♥   Gretchen Bernet-Ward

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Where will you be on Twosday?

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Gandhi Possessions

Mahatma Gandhi, Indian political and spiritual leader (1869-1948) said “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems” and “Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it” because who knows what is around the next bend…

Gretchen Bernet-Ward

Daydreaming

Daydreaming is my addiction.  “Well, if one’s going to daydream, one might as well make it a good one, don’t you suppose?” says Danielle Paige.

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My biggest vice is the real estate section in Brisbane News or weekend supplements.  I drool over million-dollar homes, daydreaming how I would rearrange the décor, or daydream about refurbishing an old mansion.  Of course, I enjoy daydreaming about being effortlessly rich, benevolent, eccentric and having a chauffeur to drive me everywhere.  Until Lily Amis reminds me “Daydreaming is a way of escaping from reality. But you can’t avoid the reality forever! Sooner or later you have to wake up and face it!”

Still, my mind wanders no matter what, usually while doing domestic tasks.  My focus regularly trails away into the realms of daydream when I am reading, writing or watching a movie.  As Neil Gaiman says “You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it.”

A cautionary note comes from Jasper Fforde who says “My mind wanders terribly.  I’m not wholly annoyed by my daydreaming as it has been of immense use to me as regards imaginative thought, but it doesn’t help when it comes to concentration.  And writing needs concentration – lots of it.”

Gretchen Bernet-Ward

 

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Warehouse Loft

P.S. Charles-Édouard Jeanneret (Le Corbusier) a 20th century architect said “Une maison est une machine-à-habiter” or “A house is a machine for living in”.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

“An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered.  An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.”

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Quote from G. K. Chesterton who was an early 20th century British writer, poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, orator, lay theologian, art and literary critic and biographer.  Apart from many works, Chesterton is well known for his book series of Catholic priest-detective Father Brown, currently produced for television by BBC One.

He also said “Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.”

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Gretchen Rubin says…

What I do for my work is exactly what I would do if nobody paid me”…

Gretchen Rubin is an American author, blogger and speaker and has written several books including “The Happiness Project”, “Happier At Home” and “Better Than Before”.

The only thing Gretchen Rubin and I have in common is our first name.  When I was growing up, my name was a burden among all the Anglo-Saxon children during my school years.  I was never ashamed or upset with my name, I just couldn’t understand why people had so much trouble with it.  Now, thanks to the global village, it’s a cinch.

As for working, I’ve always worked for financial reasons and if the job was a good one that was a bonus.  From insurance, travel, advertising, promotions, administration and library positions, I am at the stage where I am free to pursue my writing career.  I can sit and pound away on the keyboard to my heart’s content and nobody pays me.

Gretchen Bernet-Ward

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Hard Work

Water Rates

“The future generations deserve clear water and clean air that will sustain their bodies and sustain their souls…” attributed to Barack Obama, former US President.

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Chart supplied by Queensland Urban Utilities 2017.
Statistics may vary according to region.

 Gretchen Bernet-Ward

The Comfort Of Water

 

The Thirteenth Doctor

Doctor Who number thirteen is Jodie Whittaker.  After media speculation and BBC misdirection for several years, the first female Doctor has been revealed.  New Doctor Who, Jodie Whittaker, has been quoted as saying:

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“To be asked to play the ultimate character, to get to play pretend in the truest form: this is why I wanted to be an actor in the first place. To be able to play someone who is literally reinvented on screen, with all the freedoms that brings: what an unbelievable opportunity. And added to that, to be the first woman in this legendary role.”

Note:  The series “Doctor Who” is a British time-travelling science-fiction television programme produced by the BBC since 1963.

Quote:  Rolling Stone magazine Monday 17 July 2017 : Photo BBC

Gretchen Bernet-Ward

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Anatole France…

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…the famous French poet, journalist and novelist said “If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.”  I guess social media has compounded that figure.

Anatole certainly looks worried about the situation…

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Gretchen Bernet-Ward

Break Time

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Quotable quote from Rebecca Jamieson, Brisbane editor of Peppermint magazine: “Skinny, fat, tall, short, smooth, bumpy, pretty, ugly, strong, weak – we all give ourselves far too many labels, when what we really need to give ourselves is a break”.

Forget labels, enjoy your life without a tag.

Gretchen Bernet-Ward

Procrastination

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Author Sally Piper’s quotation is a writer’s block-buster:
“Procrastination is a defence mechanism.  It allows us to avoid the terror of other people reading our work.  It protects us from criticism.  It keeps us safe from failure” and I would like to add “it stops us from growing” so don’t let procrastination dictate the terms.

Mindfulness blogger David Cain of Raptitude wrote:
“It turns out procrastination is not typically a function of laziness, apathy or a lack of work ethic, as it is often assumed to be.  It’s a neurotic self-defence behaviour that develops to protect a person’s sense of self-worth.”  Don’t put it off, your writing is always better than you think!

Gretchen Bernet-Ward

Procrastination Pencils
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