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19 cheap or free ways to practice kindness, randomly and intentionally

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I’ve made a new thing. Do you remember the zine I made recently on snail-mail? I’ve been drawing and pasting again but this time, the zine is about kindness. Specifically about random acts of kindness, but also intentional acts of kindness. I agree it’s important to cultivate an attitude to life that leaves us open to…

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How to be a good journalist

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There is a lot of talk around the Internet (and coffee shops and gyms and office kitchens) at the moment about the failure of the media to query anything, even the most basic of details, about wellness entrepreneur Belle Gibson’s claims of surviving countless “terminal” illnesses through diet. As Belle’s business and reputation and apparent…

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Geometry + colour

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I’ve been painting triangles. Scenes, events, glimpsed through thick-paned, antique windows. I’m not exactly sure what I’ll make of them, yet. Perhaps I’ll create prints: a set of postcards, maybe? Or some note cards? ΔΔ Wet autumn watercolour, gouache and pen-and-ink on paper ΔΔ Passing parade watercolour, gouache and pen-and-ink on paper ΔΔ School fete watercolour, gouache and…

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You make my heart sing

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I feel a bit sheepish admitting this in public, but Mr B is a huge country and western music fan. I know! Right?! Anyway he is, and I might not love his music but I do love Mr B. So I decided to write some tongue-in-cheek snippets of lyrics from three of his favourites (Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton and Elvis…

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Valentines for strangers

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Under the cover of almost-darkness, the dog and I went for a walk down one of Melbourne’s many laneways last night and left behind some little inspirational love-notes for strangers. Because maybe just maybe, the RIGHT words will be seen by the RIGHT person, just when they need them the most. The neighbour’s cat was…

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Make this – snail mail concertina pockets

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This is a really simple way to create a little concertina of pockets in which to place gifts for pen pals. To make them, you just attach the top of one envelope to the base of another, to create a kind of concertina filled with snail-mail surprises. I first saw it on Pinterest and I…

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Numbers

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Hello dear stranger! How are you? These joyful Christmas photographs were taken about 18 months ago. Wait. No, they were taken only three weeks ago. How is that even possible? How was your Christmas (if Christmas is your thing)? Ours was really lovely, full of friends dropping by and delicious food and very excited children…

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Handmade Halloween tea-treats

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On the spectrum from trick to treat, I’m hoping these friendly little handmade Halloween tea-spooks definitely fall on the treat side. Next year, maybe I’ll get my act together and pair them with some skeleton gingerbread men. Or gingerbread cats. Or something. This year, I packaged them up with yellow craft paper and posted them…

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What’s your soap box topic?

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After writing this post about people who are completely passionate about their work, I got to thinking about things that really get me revved up. Things that make me talk like these people talk: on and on and on, because I’m really into what I’m talking about. And right away one topic came to mind….

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Creative life

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How do you keep track of your creative life? Recently I drew this mind-mappy flow-charty thing to try to figure out, for myself, how all my various fun and creative projects relate to and support one another. Here’s what I learned about my creative life from creating this map: 1. Writing a novel was not…

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Transformation stories

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We had a picture book when I was growing up that told creation stories from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples. I don’t know which nation the stories came from – or maybe they came from many nations – but I loved the stories. They had been illustrated by children and the stories were all…

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Spring fever links

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We’ve made it. The beginning of spring. Warmer days, bluer skies, flowers, hay-fever. Yesterday we took a drive through the countryside and solid banks of flowering wattle lined the road, thick with sunshine. We took Harry and Madeleine to a playground that was bisected by a creek: fast-flowing melted snow smoothed the pebbles where brave,…

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