They cannot take the sky

“The candle symbolises light in the darkness of life; especially individual life, illumination. It is also the symbol of illumination of the spirit of truth.” White Night Melbourne

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Thousands of LED lights float in the moat of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). It’s beautiful. Mesmerising. But, then it’s heartbreaking. As you hear the voices of refugees.

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Make life be your art

“This is for us who sing, write, dance, act, study, run and love
and this is for doing it even if no one will ever know
because the beauty is in the act of doing it.
Not in what it can lead to.” Charlotte Eriksson

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Recently, I read this gorgeous poem by Charlotte Eriksson… and it really struck a chord. Writing and photography have always been my passions (along with travelling). I can lose myself in those worlds… I’ll be writing or working on photos, and time evaporates… I forget to eat… but it dosen’t matter… for in that moment, my soul is satisfied.

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Random Acts to IMAlive Journey: Inside the Life of an IMAlive Volunteer

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” Maya Angelou

2017 was an interesting year for me: I juggled a variety of temp jobs, along with writing, editing and photography gigs; I enjoyed lots of beautiful gatherings with my family and friends; I managed to travel a little bit; and, most importantly, I began a long-term volunteering commitment with IMAlive, an online crisis network. Looking back, there are plenty of wonderful memories and it was a really rewarding year on a personal level.

I did, however, miss spending time working on my blog, something I hope to remedy this year. Click on the “view original post” link below to read about my volunteer journey with IMAlive; something that came about because of my obsession with a little television show called Supernatural – and because I was inspired by the charitable work of its stars Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins and Jensen Ackles.

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“Kindness, I’ve discovered, is everything in life.” Isaac Bashevis Singer

I’ve had moments in my life where I felt I couldn’t talk to anyone or I thought no-one would understand. I still do. And I think we all go through tough times.

For me, the remedy has always been to travel. I feel so alive when I’m venturing to new places and meeting new people. As long as I have some sort of adventure planned, I can put up with the most unsatisfying job, or difficult boss, or really rough days, because I know that I have something exciting to look forward to.

So, when I heard that Misha, Jared and Jensen were setting up a Crisis Support Network through a Random Acts and IMAlive as a coalition partnership, I knew it was something I wanted to be involved with – if they would have me. And luckily…

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San Diego: where pop culture meets military history

This time last year, I was in the US attending San Diego Comic Con; the biggest pop culture event in the world – and, this year, I’m home enduring a Melbourne winter. But I keep hearing all this wonderful news from San Diego via Twitter and Facebook, and I’m actually really surprised by how much I miss being there (with my people). So I guess attending another San Diego Comic Con is on my bucket list. But, in the meantime, to keep me sane, I thought I’d share this article that I wrote for Mufti, the magazine I edit for the Victorian RSL. Who would’ve thought that I’d be able to find such a fun link between my geek life and work life?

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The ‘Embracing Peace’ sculpture by Seward Johnson depicts one of the most iconic moments in the history of the US; it was inspired by the spontaneous and joyous celebration that broke out in New York’s Times Square when people heard that World War II had ended. Here a newly-wed couple mimics the pose.

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Adventures in a Kombi

“Everyone just pretend to be normal.” Little Miss Sunshine

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You know that film Little Miss Sunshine? The one with the dysfunctional family travelling across the countryside in a Kombi Van to get to a beauty pageant in time! That film made me cry with laughter because it reminded me of my travels in a Kombi Van with my brother Ross, 30 years earlier. He picked me up from JFK Airport in New York (after I’d been travelling for three months in Europe) and we headed north. Our goal was to travel for a few weeks in eastern Canada, after which he’d drop me in Wisconsin – so I could spend a couple of weeks visiting a friend – and he’d continue on to Vancouver. We visited Halifax, Peggy’s Cove, Cape Breton Island, Quebec City, Montreal, Niagara Falls, Chicago and Madison; but it wasn’t so much the places, as the experiences along the way, that made this trip so damn memorable.

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Give me white nights

“Everything was an adventure, at night, when you were where you shouldn’t be, even if it was somewhere you could go perfectly well in daylight, and it was then only ordinary.”
Robin McKinley, Pegasus

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This year I attended my fifth consecutive White Night Melbourne! It’s an event I adore. The lights. The colour. The noise. I even love the crowds. Because this is a predominantly happy group of people who love delving into the artistry and creativity that is on offer; non-stop entertainment for 12 hours from 7 pm to 7 am. It’s sublime. It’s weird and wacky. It’s so imaginative. If you haven’t yet been, put it in your calendar for 2018.

We began our White Night adventure at the stunning Royal Exhibition Building and made our way slowly south to Flinders Street Station. Here are some of my photographs from the night, with accompanying text from the White Night Melbourne website!

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My top 12 moments of 2016

“Departure of a year welcomes so many new memories” Munia Khan

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Slumber safari experience at Werribee Zoo

This blog was inspired by my friend Jules Wilkinson, who today posted on Facebook her ‘Top 18 things of 2016’. She later commented: “I worry that the ‘2016 sucked’ narrative is not letting people value the year they had on its own terms. I hope it was a good one for you and 2017 is even more sparkly!”

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