Harry Potter


Have a magical Monday! (Image credit: Dan Stark, licensed for unlimited use under Creative Commons)

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Why wait?


First, this memory. I am seven or eight years old, and my parents’ friends Sue and Ian have come to stay. After dinner, we all sit cross-legged on the carpet in the lounge room and sing. Folk music, mostly, from the 60s and 70s, as well as some of their originals. Ian pulls out his…

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Yarn blooms


Fleur Lyon of The Folk Maker creates lasting posies out of yarn and found twigs, often with tiny gum-nuts still attached, and they are absolutely beautiful. I discovered her Instagram feed only yesterday, and now I can’t look away. Definitely wish-listing a posy of yarn blooms in neutral tones to sit above my hearth this winter! All…

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Brown paper packages tied up with string (or: 5 mail subscriptions to boost your creativity)


Who doesn’t love a surprise present in the mail? I’m a big fan of mail subscriptions, and have been known to sign up to more than a few of them over the years. For most, you pay a flat rate, and receive a themed gift in the mail every month (or week, or whatever you’ve signed up…

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Dreams + links


I spent last night dreaming about a tree change. I don’t know what’s gotten into me because I really love where I live. I mean, I really love it. And I know that I would get bored in the country. I’ve lived it before so it’s not like I have rose-coloured glasses on. And yet, I spent…

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We will remember them


“There are some things which cannot be learned quickly, and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring. They are the very simplest things and because it takes a man’s life to know them the little that each man gets from life is very costly and the only heritage he…

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sia-1 copy

I’m a little late to this party so forgive me if I’m sharing old news here and, if that’s the case, feel free to skip right on past this post… but I finally just watched the Sia/Maddie Ziegler music-video trilogy back-to-back, in order, and it broke my brain. In a good way. To call these…

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Secret worlds


“Everybody has a secret world inside of them. I mean everybody. All of the people in the whole world, I mean everybody — no matter how dull and boring they are on the outside. Inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds… Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands, maybe.” Credits:…

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Grey Gardens


First of all, thank you thank you thank you for all the lovely, kind, encouraging, wise comments and emails you guys left me after my rather self-indulgent complaint about work and life and motherhood the other day. You got me through AND I made all three deadlines. I promise not to be such a wet…

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On finding beauty


“There is so much beauty in the world. If you blink, you’ll miss it.” Shea Glover “I conducted an independent project, which evidently turned into a social experiment halfway through, regarding beauty at my performing arts high school in Chicago. I want to clarify that my intentions were not to get a reaction out of…

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For your reading pleasure


Oh hi! I’d love to stay and chat but I’m busy preparing for the inaugural meeting of the Melbourne Snail Mail Social Club. Ooh-wee! I cannot wait, and promise to tell you all about it soon. In the meantime, here are some fabulous links for your reading pleasure: * Watch out! If you post something…

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Dance party


I downloaded this (free) Dance Break app on the weekend and I was the 299th person around the world to join the dance party. The idea is simple: once a day, at a random time, your phone will bleep to encourage you to dance. If you agree, it will play one great song to get you moving…

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