May 29, 2011

Whinge: TV weatherpersons . Sorry, but most are talking heads. What is required are more cultured and uplifting presentations. An hypothetical example in the lofty style of ABC, BBC etc..( to be read with sombre tones and well modulated voice:)
“Good evening. The Bureau of Meteorology, after a period of intense study, reflection, evaluation, examination and scrutiny have released the following statment in respect of atmospheric conditions for the period ahead. The Bureau advises that there will be occasional darkness after midnight. This will be accompanied by the accumulation in the atmosphere of extensive cloud cover, resulting in the plummeting to the earth of droplets of rain. This will cause moisture to gather atop dwellings, vehicles, lawns, and exposed surfaces. It is anticipated this activity will cease with the advent of increased illumination after sunrise.”
I find that presentations such as this are comforting, as we are being taken in to the confidence of the Bureau, and have a warm fuzzy glow resulting from the reassurance that the Bureau is looking out for us. Such comfort enables , in fact- empowers us to reach quality decisions about our wardrobe for the day to come.
Have a nice day. Take the umbrella-just in case.


May 29, 2011

Sunday Morning Really Really Early

Shh! [whisper] be very, very quiet. It is 3;50 am Sunday morning. yes that’s A.M. I notice it’s lots faster on the web at this hour. Sites seem to download heaps quicker.

Why are you up at this hour? one might ask. That’s an excellent question. Next question?

There’s something marvelous about being up early. The quietness has a warmth about it. It’s almost like having a secret meeting with the new day- just you and well, the new day- free of distractions, hustle and bustle, noise etc.

In the interests of public health and safety, I must confess this is not a regular occurance, nor is it a result of not taking one’s meds- or taking them even. Rather, it is one of those times when one awakens, and doesn’t feel tired. The early hour seems irrelevant.

There’s a strange energy level that comes with tiptoeing about in the pre-dawn of a new day. Hard to describe unless you have experienced it. The hour brings with it a rare moment of lucidity which is not characteristic of the normal daily routine.

Episodes such as this are infrequent, but they add zest to an otherwise drab day filled with responsibilities and obligations. For the present, I’ll try not to think about the second load of laundry and ironing to be done.
Instead, I’ll enjoy the sunrise.

Have a great day!

sincere corporate wear

rural comments

May 29, 2011

What’s The Story Here?

G’day. Well , another pastoral scene, early Sunday morning last.

The incongruity of the tyre {tire in USA} on the fence caught my attention. I Also liked the texture of the wood on the fencerails.

The above has nothing to do with today’s reflection, as there is none, being a cloudy day. Thus there will be no rant or diatribe today , in keeping with the pastoral bliss of the scene above. It is now 10.00PM, well past my alotted hours of consciousness, so i will make my way to the realm of slumber and repose.

Staff below stairs are yet searching for Beethovan’s Pastoral Symphony to accompany the series of pictures. Their collective efforts thus far have not been rewarded. They have been instructed by my executive assistant Sabu [former employee India Railways, and keeper of my Diary,] to redouble their efforts.

Just because people have never seen Sabu, does not mean that he doesn’t exist- he will show up at unexpected times, and will at the odd time, enter a blog item, purporting to present ideas on my behalf.

Don’t believe a word of those postings- he is very officious and bureaucratic and writes in civil service jargon. You have been warned.
Sweet dreams.

may 2011….back again

May 26, 2011

Yep…He’s Back.  After a lengthy time away caused by the solar flares and general inattention for over a year, the author has stumbled on the bookmark for the blog.

Much to his chagrin and amazement, he discovered a substantial amount, span, era and expanse of time had elapsed since the previous post.  It soon became apparent that these things require regular attention.

A new spirit of resolve has emerged, resulting in a recommitted  effort to at least put something in once a week.   this is week 1 on the new schedule.


Australia Day 2010

January 26, 2010

Here it is…Australia Day… the nation celebrates the arrival of the first fleet in to Sydney in 1788.  The national icon ,the koala , is perched majestically in his gum tree.  And yes, I took the picture-amazing as that is.  The koala is not a bear; it is a marsupial. A bit of natural beauty  rather than patriotic jingoism.  Enjoy the day.


January 6, 2010

Eccl 3:11

11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He also has planted eternity in men’s hearts and minds [a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy], yet so that men cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.


Your life has value, purpose and dignity. On a deep level we know but seldom grasp the implications of this.  God has planted eternity in our hearts and minds- described above as a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy.

The staggering statement here is that your life has been designed to have a dignity and direction which can only be found in relationship with God.  Nothing of the earth’s treasures or trinkets can satisfy the the deep inner longing for completeness which is found only in Christ.

To think that the Lord of the universe has ,in His majesty and Grace and Love, given thought and attention to your life—you have value and significance in God’s eyes.

Jer 29:11-13

11 For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.

12 Then you will call upon Me, and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear and heed you.

13 Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. [Deut 4:29-30.]

These verses speak of God’s loving grace and attention toward us, affirming His purpose for our lives to provide assurance and hope in our final outcome. All that is required is that we seek to be in relationship with Him… as a vital necessity.  His promise is that He will be found by seeking and teachable hearts.

Ps. 139;16 tells us…in Your book all the days [ of my life] were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there were none of them.

What a marvelous example of the provision and intimacy and loving concern the Lord has for us.   Why would this be so?

Eph 2:10

10 For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].


What Amazing Grace!!  This verse illustrates God’s Purpose, Direction and Destiny for those who are His.  He has a life prepared  for each of us that He would have us live out and walk day by day in the power and leading of the Holy Spirit.

Be encouraged today… Your life has a worth, value, dignity, purpose and destiny which has been prepared before the foundation of the world.  His plans and purposes for your life are for your welfare and His glory.



December 31, 2009


1 JANUARY 2010

Warrnambool, Victoria Australia

For the last few years, every January 1,  I  have , at sunrise, gone  down to the foreshore to take pictures of the dawn, watch the sea, and prayerfully reflect on the year to come.

One constant has emerged on each visit. The ocean is bigger than I  and more powerful.  A second constant is that there is ONE who is more powerful than the ocean- the Lord.

When contemplating the vastness of His Majesty and Glory in creation,  it is yet more  amazing to realize that He has a vested personal interest in each one of us.

The psalmist captured this understanding.

Ps 139:1-4

O LORD, you have searched me [thoroughly] and have known me.

2 You know my downsitting and my uprising; You understand my thought afar off. [Matt 9:4; John 2:24,25.]

3 You sift and search out my path and my lying down, and You are acquainted with all my ways.

4 For there is not a word in my tongue [still unuttered], but, behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. [Heb 4:13.]

We are the object of his love and attention.

Ps 139:7-10

7 Where could I go from Your Spirit? Or where could I flee from Your presence?

8 If I ascend up into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol (the place of the dead), behold, You are there. [Rom 11:33.]

9 If I take the wings of the morning or dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

10 Even there shall Your hand lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.

The future is under control.

One verse in this Psalm   provides a bedrock of security and comfort amidst the ebb and flow of daily life-

Ps 139:16

16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days [of my life] were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them.


As I look ahead to this new year, I find great comfort  in the  knowledge that  He has all my days in His hand.  There is no  circumstance affecting me which is hidden from Him.

My one prayer for this year is that I have a teachable and obedient spirit to hear and obey as He directs.


December 29, 2009

In that first of many mid-winter mornings, the icicles hung like crystal banners from the eaves of the snow-glazed house. The smoke from the chimney, as though reluctant to enter the crispness of the morning, hovered in the frosty air and drifted away.

We four boys, blanketed in snowsuits, our uniform of the day, marched briskly out of the house in ragtag formation and conquered the crusty snowfields of the front yard.

All the snow swept day we fortified the yard with frosty-the -snowman sentinels, hurled snowbombs at one another and sledded to safety behind icy ramparts.

By late afternoon, the fields of flurries were guilded in the haze of the setting sun.  The chill of the day deepened the redness of our wind-busked cheeks, our badges of winter valor.  We wearily tracked our way back to fortress home-to bread and broth, to bath and bed.

c/r mfh 1983


December 14, 2009

can you repeat that please?

Confusion.  Ever have those days where the brain seems to run a few seconds behind the thought?   This is a condition knows as OMC SYNDROME.

It is characterized by an inability to form coherent thoughts or sentences, and a general feeling of vagueness and disorientation.

The full technical term is ONGOING MOMENTARY CONFUSION -OMC.

The most distinguishing feature of the condition is that it  can be induced at will. That’s right. you can bring it on when you don’t wish to be involved in an otherwise unpleasant activity–such as sitting in a meeting, or running the risk of  getting additional tasks.   Try it some time!

There is no fee for this initial consultation. Subsequent visits will attract a fee.  Have a nice day.

Shores and Shoals

December 10, 2009

I’d be the first to admit i know nothing about the ocean, and tides etc.  I do know the ocean is big, wet and powerful.

I find it comforting at times to go to the shore and just watch the power and majesty of the sea as it meets the shore…gazing out over the vast expanse of water stretching to the horizon and seeing the waves crash against the near headland  certainly focuses one’s attention on the “Big Picture””

One can’t help but feel “There are forces at work here that are bigger than me.”  Such a realization takes the wind out of personal prideful sails we think we control.
Ps 107:23-29

23 Some go down to the sea and travel over it in ships to do business in great waters;

24 These see the works of the Lord and His wonders in the deep.

25 For He commands and raises up the stormy wind, which lifts up the waves of the sea.

26[Those aboard] mount up to the heavens, they go down again to the deeps; their courage melts away because of their plight.

27 They reel to and fro and stagger like a drunken man and are at their wits’ end [all their wisdom has come to nothing].

28 Then they cry to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses.

29 He hushes the storm to a calm and to a gentle whisper, so that the waves of the sea are still. [Ps 89:9; Matt 8:26.]

Yes, methinks it’s good to be reminded of where the real power lies…