Thursday, February 22, 2007

Fasting, Taking, Loving and Living.

Ash Wednesday had three very different impacts this year:

(1) The community was split into different groups, as we often are at major Festivals.

It is sad that we are apart, but we do connect with the wider Christian community, and all of us seemed to have some liturgical role last night, from music, to ashes giving, to liturgy preparation.

(2) I had a phone call from a friend of the community asking what I knew about eating Kosher food. After bring stumped, she revealed that she was keen to give something up for Lent and thought that might be a way to go. We had a marvellous chat about how Lent should be a time of taking up (more prayer, balance, exercise) and making space for God in a realignment sense, rather than giving up in an arbitrary way (like chocolate). It was a Kairos moment, and I hope that I helped!

(3) Both with my class, and the St Philips community, we celebrated the beginning of Lent with ashes, silence, and song. It was amazing to see all of my kids, some Protestant, some no faith, two catholic, come forward and receive crosses and pray for each other. In the evening, the prayer of the people was powerful, the lighting of candles and Taize Chants awesome. God was truly present!

I hope your Ash Wednesday was as full of Depth as ours!

Sunday, February 18, 2007

The ABC's of me - er, us.

Tagged by Alan, here's a little more about me (and us!)

A - Available or Married? Married.

B - Best Moment? Probably becoming a Catholic, but in another sense releasing my first CD was immensely satisfying.

C - Cake or Pie? Pie. Blueberry. With Ice Cream.

D - Drink of choice? Usually G and T (How Anglican!) Or beer on a hot day. Red Wine anytime. If no alcohol - I am rather fond of a Citron Presse. Coffee 24/7.

E - Essential Item? Music. Definitely. Paul Weller or The Church.

F - Favorite Colour? Blue. Or Red. With Stripes.

G - Gummi Bears or Worms? What? BBQ Chips thanks.

H - Hometown? Melbourne, Victoria. But I've lived in Perth for the last 25 years.

I - Indulgence? Books. And wine.

J - January or February? January for sure. School in back in Feb and that means work.

K - Kids & Names? 2: Eliza Rose Nicolette and Noah Willem.

L - Life is incomplete without? Community. And sold chunks of hanging out time.

M - Marriage Date? March 22nd, 1997.

N - Number of Siblings? One. Phil..

O - Oranges or apples? Apples. But must be COLD and CRISP.

P - Phobias/Fears: Heights. Failure. Success.

Q - Favorite Quotation?
I sat here thinking of a good one to write. I thought Of Nouwen, De Mello, Merton, Griffiths -who I all love, but all that felt right was a song lyric:

"The past is knowledge, the present our mistake
- and the future we always leave too late.
I wish we'd come to our senses
and see there is no truth
in those who promote the confusion
for this ever changing mood"

Paul Weller, My Ever Changing Moods.

R - Reason to Smile? Watching my kids play. Seeing our extended community gathered. Realizing how lucky I truly am. Playing music.

S - Season? Spring. I'd like to try it in Paris actually.

T - Tag three people! Phil, Shelle, Matt J.

U - Unknown fact about me: I am a MASSSIVE Dr Who fan. Love it. Live it.

V - Vegetable you hate? Brussel Sprouts. Just can;t do it -even with Garlic, Cream and Bacon.

W - Worst habit? Stewing about things and then letting off steam by being difficult or exploding. Not very helpful or mature.

Y - Your favorite food? Curry. Not TOO hot but enough spice to really get you going. With Rice and poppadoms.

Z - Zodiac? Cancer,but that's a disease and lets not bring the tone of this down any further...

Sunday, February 11, 2007

The Music of My Mind

On a day where I feel slightly better than I have in a while, I did this for a laugh.
If you LINK to us, have a go too.
Oh the bizarre Wisdom!!!

Instructions: Go to your music player of choice and put it on shuffle. Say the following questions aloud, and press play.Use the song title as the answer to the questions. NO CHEATING.

How does the world see you?
Blessed Be Your Name (Newsboys)
See - I knew I was feeling better ...

Will I have a happy life?
Conversation. Joni Mitchell.
Yep. Love a good natter.

What do my friends really think of me?
She will have her way (Neil Finn).
So finally the Cross dressing secret is out ...

What do people secretly think of me?
If I Like it I do it (Jamiroqui)
OK. Enough of the cross dressing theme ... !

How can I be happy?
Hooked up. (Jamiroqui).
Don't quite get this. More conversations? Drugs? Heart By Pass ?

What should I do with my life?
Utterly Simple (Traffic).
Great song. Great Band. Great Advice.

What is some good advice for me?
Idiot Wind. (Bob Dylan)
OK. Bob. Thanks.

How will I be remembered?
Get Yourself together (The Small Faces)
Sounds fair given the last month...

!What is my signature dancing song?
Already Yesterday (The Church)
Cool. Not dancing song. Like me.

What do I think my current theme song is?
You're a big Girl (Bob Dylan)
Bob - You're not quite getting it here. I need some help. Am I a big girl? Probably.

What does everyone else think my current theme song is?
Only talking sense. (Finn Brothers)
Good choice - if I could understand it...

What song will play at my funeral?
Rainy Night House (Joni Mitchell)
Rain. Night. Funeral. Nice dark theme.

What type of men/women do you like?
Coloured Rain (Traffic)
I like you all!!!!

What is my day going to be like?
All Mod Cons (The Jam)
Nice to finish with Paul Weller. A Mod day would be fab.

Bless ya


Tuesday, February 06, 2007


Chris writes about the fate of the world, fear and CS Lewis here.

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