Category Archives: The finer things

Here’s what I’m seeing and reading and hearing. It’s art, it’s culture.

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Three months and three continents later, I’m back home in wintery Melbourne. Despite the icy cold winds after three months of sunshine (with San Francisco being a notable exception) it is so good to be home!

Just a few trip highlights before the comprehensive travel reporting begins:

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New friends in Fort Cochin, Kerala, India

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The canals of Kolam, Kerala, India

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Temple celebration, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, India

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Early morning Zurich, Switzerland

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The first and last time I will try natto (fermented soybeans), Frankfurt, Germany

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Villa Lante, Viterbo, Italy

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Lost…somewhere in Italy

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Following the signs to Rome (on the Via Francigena), Italy

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Statue outside a hospital in Rome, Italy

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Estruscan ruin on the Via Francigena, Italy

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Villa Monastero, Varenna on Lake Como, Italy

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Australians represent. Clare Bowditch at World Domination Summit, Portland, USA

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Reunion in Chicago!

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Campfire on the beach, Lake Michigan, Michigan, USA

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New York by tall ship

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Walden Pond, Concord, MA, USA

 

Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C., USA

Hiking San Francisco

Hiking San Francisco, CA, USA

What a glorious trip! Looking through the photos makes me excited all over again. I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

 

 

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A Pilgrims’s Progress

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Pilgrim Sudhana (Shancai tongzi) 

A young pilgrim named Sudhana, who travelled through South and Southeast Asia to study with learned masters and celestial bodhisattvas in his quest for religious development.

(This is my photograph, taken at the Met.)

Dirt, dirt, dirt, dirt

Oh hai, I posted a new tip on Lip! 18 down, 81 to go.

99 tips for a better world (18 of 99): go play in the dirt

digging in the dirt

 

My kind of Sunday morning

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My days in Carlton are numbered so I’m making the most of weekends to do my favourite things.

Going out to cafes and restaurants is great but it’s hard to beat the satisfaction (and economics) of a delicious loaf of bread and some peanut butter (I discovered this morning that I don’t own any Vegemite. Quelle horreur!)

Bread from Baker D. Chirico, Faraday St, Carlton

Coffee from new Market Lane pop up right next door

Baker D. Chirico and Market Lane Coffee, Carlton

Baker D. Chirico and Market Lane Coffee, Carlton

Who is M. Graham?

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open.

No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.

-M. Graham-

(HT R. Mangan)