Monday Blogcrawl

(Sacred tree outside Wat U Phai Rhat Bamrung, Bangkok)

My computer is giving me hell this morning, and this is the third re-start. I must be nicer to it. Apparently sweet talking works. Have a mountain of reviews to write, but here are some interesting snippets from the net. Apologies for a more writerly focus this week. Current obsessions etc.

Wonderful Life

Some more snapshots from my recent life, rendered timeless by my beloved Instagram.

Lunchtime in the Domain.

The train - as always

Teaser Tuesdays

Grab your current read

Let the book fall open to a random page

Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.

You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

This week's Teaser:

"When you share your Gift, you actually increase your productivity, because when you hold yourself back, it creates an energy blockage in the environment. We see this in business, where people are afraid to give. Or they're in it for the money. Or they don't work for the love of the job." ~ p. 131 Jack Canfield in Shajen Joy Aziz & Demian Lichtenstein's "Discover the Gift"

Monday Blogcrawl

I keep forgetting that this is Monday. My other half is away, and without him I really can't keep tabs on the real world. Here is some stuff of interest from the cyber world:

My Faux-Nostalgic Life

Some more of my Instagram diary

Charlie Lovett's on Broadway - because I am meant to boycott Gloria Jeans. And it is quite cheap. And the staff are kind of hyper-nice.

Ramen in Chinatown. Great ramen, but I wish the guy that took my order would be a little more attentive. He ignores each customer for 2 or 3 full minutes before pretending to notice them for the first time.

On the train - maybe Sefton?

Tom N Tom's on Bathurst St. It is a Korean ripoff of Starbucks, and is kind of fun. It's getting a bit too popular now, though - sometimes it's hard to find a seat.

This little shop at the bottom of George St is always empty - nothing seems to work there. Places like this make me believe in feng shui.

Instagram Life

Like almost everyone else in the universe, it seems, I have quickly become addicted to Instagram.
The retro-effects render one's everyday moments strangely poetic - I am finding a life recorded with faux-nostalgia to be oddly compelling.
So, a wee visual diary of the past few days:

Monday Blogcrawl

I'm not mentioning it at all. The chapter. Apart from the fact that it's fabulous and I'm loving it. Read this instead:

(Novelist Malcolm Knox)

Monday Blogcrawl

I hate to bore you, I really do.
But I still haven't finished that damn chapter, and now I have 3 due. 3.
I had coffee with a very wise friend today, and she said, "Just sit down and write for 10 minutes a day." So that is what I will do. By this time next week this ghastly chapter will be finished, dammit!
But now have a look at some fabulous things:

(Vietnamese-American writer Vu Tran)

Campsie Food Festival

Yesterday was the Campsie Food Festival, probably one of the best of the food events in Sydney - a wonderful selection of cheap, good food representing a variety of countries. We had Japanese crab balls, hibiscus cordial from Senegal and profitjes from Holland. And a lot more besides.

Stephanie Dowrick in America

Friends in America!
You have the unique opportunity to hear one of Australia's bestselling authors and one of the world's leading spiritual thinkers in a city near you!
My dear friend, mentor and teacher Stephanie Dowrick is visiting the USA on a promotional and speaking tour this month.

Stephanie is a great speaker and a fascinating person, with many insights into the direction of contemporary spirituality. and I really recommend you go to hear her if you have a chance.
Tour dates and details are below:

12 June 11am Center for Spiritual Living, 662 Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange NJ, where Stephanie will speak as part of the Sunday service.

13 June 6.30pm Book signing and talk, Namaste Books, 2 West 14th Street, btwn 5/6 Avenues

15 June 7-9pm Workshop, Unity of Tustin,Tustin CA

16 June 6.30-7.30 Book Signing Joyful Living Church, San Diego, 3505 Camino del Rio South, followed by 7.30-9pm Workshop.

17 June 7-9pm Conversation with Stephanie Dowrick, moderated by Lisa Webster of Religion Dispatches, California Institute for Integral Studies, San Francisco.

50 New Things: No. 13 - The Sydney Peace Prize

New Things No. 13 - The Sydney Peace Prize

Last night Thang and I were invited to attend the announcement of the Sydney Peace Prize at the gorgeous Sydney Town Hall.

I've never attended this event before, so I can add it to my painfully slowly growing list of 50 New Things. Gosh, I'd better get my finger out - I only have 6 months left to fill this up.
Do excuse the pics, as I only had my iPhone with me.

But, being me, I was carried away by the OTT architecture and decoration of the high-camp Town Hall.
Nonetheless, I forced myself to listen attentively, and Noam Chomsky was announced the winner.

The most exciting thing about it all is that Prof. Chomsky is coming to deliver a lecture at Cabramatta High School in November! Yes, that's right folks - he is coming to my neighbourhood!
That's going to be an extraordinary event.
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