Posts Tagged ‘Inspiration’


I have a date on Thursday!

With Betty and Martin.

We’re meeting for afternoon wine.

And what a damn fine idea that is!  According to Martin, we could meet for coffee, but why would we?  When there is so much fine wine to enjoy… We might all look back with longing upon the lost innocence of our youth, but the wisdom of age certainly has its compensations.

Betty and Martin blew me away today.

A moment of such sweet simplicity but one which landed like a punch to the soul.

Betty told me that the life she has lived is a life she has loved.  Very simple.  Betty has loved her life.

She loves Martin, and always has.  Martin chimes in at that point with a smile and a wink, ‘Well why wouldn’t she..?’ He prides himself on his supreme modesty.  Betty laughs an open and honest laugh and then looks at me as if to say, ‘You see… he’s right!  Why wouldn’t I!’

Betty loved her job high in the skies working for British Airways.  She has children and she loves them, their partners and the grandchildren they have blessed her with. She loves where she lives.  She loves who she is.  She loves the things they do together.  She loves the changing of the seasons.  She loves going out for lunch.  She loves nice wine.  She loves.  He smiles.  It’s clear to see that he loves too.

Martin fills in some blanks.  We’ve had our share of the ups and downs of life.  Financial worries. Health worries.  Family worries.  But we remind ourselves every day how lucky we are.  We chose to love our lives.

It’s brutal in its simplicity, really.

So now I have a new ambition.  When the Circle of Life turns, as it will, I want to be able to sit down, someday, somewhere and take a younger soul under my wing and say, ‘I have loved my life’

And I shall continue to take all the required steps in all the right directions to be able to do so.





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It is September and close to the end of another year for me.  And what an incredible year it has been…

I have traveled to far flung places.
Seen, heard and felt things that will have forever changed me.

I have lived fully.  The meaning, the moments and the memories.

I have felt deeply.  The wonder, the awe, the overwhelming passion for love and for life

I have loved completely.  With my heart and with my soul.

I have enjoyed simply.  With my toes in the water, my sights set on sunrise and sunset.

Another year marker will soon be here.  If change helps us to grow, then I am open to all the growth that my next year on this earth has in store for me.



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Day 156 - Kandinsky-esque

Wassily Kandinsky is one of my favourite artists. I love the complex simplicity and combinations of shape and colour.

I also love the way the work of artists like Mondrian and Kandinsky can be used to inspire and stimulate creativity in children.

This Kandinsky-esque creation in purple is the work of a child aged 7/8.

I’d certainly be happy to hang it on my wall…

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Day 37 - Purple Blues

‘For me, the ultimate form of expression is blues.’ ~Scott Henderson

The ultimate form of musical expression, inspiring the ultimate form of dance expression? Some would say so…

I might be one of them. But so it is in music it shall be in dance… Variety, variety, variety… Despite the musical inspiration, for me, physical impulse, aspiration, muse, motivation and stimulation is also required.

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Day 32 - Pebbles

One day, the words will come to fit this space.

Today is not that day.

Today I just wanna say, feely stones!

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Day 31 - Purple Beckons

‘The darkest night is often the bridge to the brightest tomorrow.’ ~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie

‘Whatever you want in life, start today. Not tomorrow – today. Let it be a small beginning – a tiny beginning. Your happiness depends on starting today – every day.’ ~JLH

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Day 27 - Bare Naked Music

Artist – Toni Thorne

Let me offer you this piece by a favourite artist of mine and share with you why it calls to me (aside from the obvious – purple!)

There is a feeling of being completely lost in the moment about these musicians that breathes such life into it, so that it makes complete and utter sense as a visual whole. Yet when I try to look beyond the whole and into the individual aspects, suddenly it all begins to feel quite bizarre…
The guys are naked, the poise, shape, angles and positioning of the bodies feels all wrong and where I’ve assumed these are two men, when I look at the one sitting down, I can’t tell if it is male or female after all.

The colours soothe and entice me, the facial expressions delight me, the beautiful way the head of the guy in the foreground and the head of the guy in the background curve around each other, such that perspective plays tricks on me.

I am fascinated at the complexity of the emotions that I read into the faces of what are, essentially, cartoon characters. Is the piano player lost in a beautiful moment, or drowning in melancholy? Is the horn player oblivious to the possible suffering or playing it? So many interpretations.

Toni Thorne captures time, spirit, movement and emotion in a very unique way, and her tributes to Michael Jackson as well as her clear love of music and the musicians that create it are a joy.

Take a look as some of her other work…


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