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The Watcher

I was going through some social media posts, cleaning them up when I found a link to a story I wrote quite some time ago. I had completely forgotten I wrote this…would love to remember where my mind was at that day…so check it out. Would love to hear what you think.

Chronicles of Illusions

Okay – I’ve taken the Indy Ink Challenge for the first time. I was challenged by Melissa R to write something that included the following: 97 degrees, a subway ride, a high school classmate, a woman in a hat with flowers.

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They look at peace is how I would describe it. The young woman and the elderly lady. They sit across from me, holding hands, whispering to each other. I hate trying to estimate someone’s age. Never been good at it – usually get it wrong by years, but the young lady looks like she is in her twenties.

She’s wearing jeans. I’d like to take a jagged rusty dagger to the throat of the man who invented jeans. Let ‘im know I’m coming for him, walk slow, real slow and…real slow, grip that knife and drag it across his throat ‘til the blood oozes out and down…

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Adventures

We have a bit of a storm due here later in New Zealand’s North Island. It looks like it will brush on down the coast, so hopefully it won’t cause to much havoc.

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It should just be a case of a whole lot of rain and some winds here in Katikati if Cyclone Pam keeps to her projected path, but being a cautious lass I have brought the outdoor furniture inside that is light enough to get thrown around. I did the shopping so I won’t need to go out in the car.

At present all is quite still and calm here. Let’s hope it doesn’t get too bad. Mainly I worry for those closer to the storm on the eastern coastline. After seeing the devastation Pam caused in Vanuatu I hope that they won’t have to face anything like that.

But…on to another adventure.

Wet-suited up and ready to go !!!
Wet-suited up and ready to go !!!

Last Wednesday I ticked off something from my bucket list, thanks to my darling son and his partner who gave me this wonderful gift for Christmas and my last birthday.

This yellow boat is the stuff dreams are made of...
This yellow boat is the stuff dreams are made of…

I have wanted to do this forever…and not one second of the day disappointed. I went swimming with dolphins.

How amazing are they ???
How amazing are they ???

Oh yes I did. And it was magical. It was peaceful. It was the trip of a lifetime. It will always stay with me how I felt in the water with dolphins swimming beside me, under me…looking at me as if they knew something important. Perhaps they do…for their joy is so infectious. I came home with a sense of peace that I still feel.

Now I want to share some of that with you.

IMG_5404 IMG_5380 IMG_5342 IMG_5300IMG_5287It wasn’t just dolphins we saw either…this guy was so chilled out…

IMG_5485 IMG_5466 IMG_5498And then there was the striped marlin which I learned lights up with a brilliant blue when they hunt to warn other marlin to keep away…

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IMG_5570The sharks we saw were too quick for me and my camera but we had fun on board as well. These guys gave me fishing instructions [which I was way too polite to tell them I didn’t really need].

DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPROAnd look what I caught…and said thank you for all the help.

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DCIM100GOPROLunch was…well fresh fish of course.

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Mark making ready some fresh caught tuna.
Dora playing chef.
Dora playing chef.

Made all the more enjoyable with the great company of friends.

My mate Celia with Dora.
My mate Celia with Dora.

The visit to Mayor Island was a treat in itself.IMG_5218For there we got to meet Parry the parrot fish…who fed from my hand eating Kina. Dora [who works on the boat] has made him her personal friend.

Pretty cool !! I got to feed Parry myself. Yippee.

If you are in NZ and want to do this then I highly recommend Orca Wild Adventures.

Wordless Wednesday

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Quizzes Go Viral

I have a friend…read further and you’ll know who you are !

Not often does a day go by lately without she posts something that says: “I got…” Today it was “I got You Belong in the 80’s.” She wanted to know which decade she belonged in. Which naturally we ALL do !!!

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To do this she had to answer a series of questions.

  1. Pick a colour
  2. Pick a slang term
  3. What’s the best cartoon show ?
  4. Pick a power clique
  5. How do you take pics ?
  6. Pick a movie
  7. You’re running late for work. What do you do ?
  8. What’s your favourite fashion accessory ?
  9. What would you do if you won the lottery ?
  10. What’s your vice ?

Of course you have a set of 9 answers for each question to pick from.

Naturally I followed the link [research for this post of course] and answered the questions.

My answers were:

  1. Purple
  2. Daddy-O
  3. Scooby Doo
  4. The Pink Ladies from Grease
  5. With my IPhone [which isn’t actually an IPhone at all].
  6. Across The Universe
  7. It will be OK  🙂
  8. Cat-eye glasses
  9. Get a sweet vintage ride
  10. Sweets

Turns out…I belong in the ‘60s!

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What you would give to experience Woodstock back when. But seriously, if you could throw sexy, psychedelic parties in tribalistic communes your whole life, you would. Oh, wait…

All in the name of research you understand !!!!

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It seems the WWW has gone a little mental with silly quizzes that tell us where we belong. On Buzzfeed you can find out everything from what your fate would be in The Hunger Games to…what kind of dog are you ?

You think I am kidding ??

DEATH

I got Death in The Hunger Games. I succumbed to a career in the final showdown. I almost made it. I was THIS close! Unfortunately, I couldn’t overtake the career I ended the games with. The good news is I was so popular with viewers that they made an action figure out of me. Neat ! – great news !! Who wouldn’t want to be a DEAD action figure ??????

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Seems as dogs go, I am a Great Dane…oh yes I am. I am so humble I don’t notice how much I stand out in a crowded room. [Lot of good it does me as a DEAD ACTION FIGURE] I am extremely smart [yet I’m a DEAD action figure…how does that work ???] but are still approachable due to my warm demeanor. I’d probably make a great pediatrician or duchess of Cambridge.

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[No wonder my career got me killed in The Hunger Games]

Check out Buzzfeed’s QUIZZES section. I got tired of scrolling and scrolling and scrolling.

These quizzes are generating more comments than almost anything in Facebook’s history.  Buzzfeed has a team that numbers about 100 making sure that around 5 quizzes a day are put out at the moment.

Hey GIRLFRIEND…you know who I am talking to !!! Did you hear that…FIVE  a day !!!!paranormal-cativity-07

So…if you…like millions of other people are trying to answer the age old question of “who am I ?”, Buzzfeed is more than willing to help you out in case you are having trouble working it out yourself.

Me ?? Well I am going to grab my bellbottoms, hop in the combi and head to the beach while I listen to The Beatles. After I find out which Beatle I actually am of course.

Kids write the darndest things.

I just had to share some of these because by golly they made me laugh.

These kids are pretty smart as well as funny.

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19.

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And number 20…my personal favourite…

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So people…which one is your favourite out of these gems ????

Oh Christmas Tree.

I was chuffed to have seen Jake’s Sunday Post on Christmas Trees. How nice to have him back.

Here in New Zealand our Christmas tree is the pohutukawa. You can visit the NZ History site to learn more about this beautiful tree if you wish.

One legend about the pohutukawa is about a tree that lives on the windswept cliff at Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s northern most tip. It is a venerated pohutukawa tree.  For Maori this pohutukawa is known as ‘the place of leaping’. From this place the spirits of the dead will begin on their journey to Hawaiiki. Their spirits leap off the headland, then climb down the roots of this 800-year-old tree, descending into the underworld.

Luckily for me a neighbour has a lovely one for me to photograph.

Not far from Katikati is a suburb that you might just recognise the name of…Bethlehem. Yes, we have our own Bethlehem. The post office gets quite busy around Christmas time as people rush to get their letters stamped as coming from there.

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Bethlehem is now home to the Bay of Plenty‘s largest Christmas tree. It is quite something.

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Each year I spend time with a girlfriend searching out a new ornament or two for my Christmas tree. This year I went a little crazy and got 4 !!!

Two of these…so cute.

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1 peacock…

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and 1 ball…which tinkles just like Rudolph and the rest of the reindeer.

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A Pohutukawa Carol

[Written by Chaplain 2nd Class Edward Forsman, 1941]

Now crimson, crimson Christmas trees
Pohutukawas rim our seas
And flower to flame on every shore
For joy of him whom Mary bore.
Chorus: Babe so poor and small
Jesus God of all
O with us abide
This holy Christmas-tide.
Long raise, O trees about our land,
Your crimson sign on every strand
That we may tell each Christmas morn
Why Jesus was of Mary born.
Such trees gave wood to make his cot,
And all his toys from trees he got,
And when he came to ply a trade
He shaped from trees the things he
made.
Because a tree had brought us doom,
Was Jesus born of Mary’s womb,
To blossom high on Calvary’s tree
The crimson bloom that makes us free.

The tree is up and the lights connected…it feels like Christmas is coming.

The Power of Collective Creativity

Corina says that: “The point is that Art has POWER.” I watched the video contained in this post and felt a lump…a lump that came from hope. I hope you will watch it and feel the same emotion.

~ Dragon's Dreams ~

As creative individuals, it’s rewarding when we can use our skills to make something that “speaks” to others. Whether it’s the written word, the visual arts, music or performance arts, “The Arts” have always been a way to make powerful statements about politics, religion, war, the environment. It’s a way to make your own opinion known about these and other things that usually embody a very personal, individual set of beliefs or values. It has been said that any “successful” piece of art is one that evokes an emotional response (be it good or bad).

Throughout history, there are scads of examples of “The Arts” changing the world in some way. I’m not just talking about changing the “Art World”, though there are plenty of examples of that, too. But consider things like cave paintings. Once discovered, they completely changed the way that modern mankind viewed our cave-dwelling ancestors! Or…

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Rebuttal: Minister’s Science Advisory Committee (NZ)

One of our councils recently had the sense to take fluoride out of the water supply. Two others are considering it. Dentists went berserk begging the government to step in. It frightens me how ill informed our government is. And how ready they are to suck up to not only corporations but organizations that use scare tactics (you should have seen the pictures they used of rotten children’s teeth blasting the news), to stop the public from making informed and sensible choices. This is a great rebuttal of the government’s views regarding fluoride.

What is in the water? – June 12, 2013
The Office of the Prime Minister’s Science Advisory Committee
New Zealand

Claim: “The science of fluoride in water is effectively settled. It has been one of the most thoroughly worked questions in public health science over some decades.”

Response: On the contrary. When the University of York examined the evidence on fluoridation, the authors were surprised at its poor quality. According to the research team, “Given the level of interest surrounding the issue of public water fluoridation, it is surprising to find that little high quality research has been undertaken.” Three years later, the authors reiterated, “We were unable to discover any reliable good-quality evidence in the fluoridation literature world-wide… As emphasised in the report, only high-quality studies can fill in the gaps in knowledge about these and other aspects of fluoridation.”

Claim: “There is no doubt that the presence of…

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Art for art’s sake.

How can you not love art when it includes wonders such as these ??

Any idea what this is made from ???

Dutch artist Florentjin Hofman designed this sculpture in São Paulo Park, Brazil.

Students who were involved in the project named the sculpture “Fat Monkey”

It was put together for Pixelshow’s 2010 conference. The conference shows off art that has a pixellated look.

Fat Monkey’s body was constructed with flip flops because flip flops are a long-standing trademark of Brazil. In New Zealand we call them jandals, while in Australia they are known as thongs.

10,000 were use to put Fat Monkey together.

And now for some Australian ingenuity in the art world.

At the 2009 ‘The Rocks Aroma Festival’ in Sydney, Australia, part of a city street was turned in to one of the most famous faces in the world.

This rendition of the Mona Lisa measured six metres by four metres.

It was made from 3,604 cups of coffee with around 265 liters of milk. Lattes, long blacks, and flat whites were used to get the different tones. It took a team of eight just three hours to complete this work of art.

Thank goodness there are people out there who come up with these ideas !!!