Stand up to your obstacles

“Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.” – Norman Vincent Peale Today is a significant day in the building of our bus. I am

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The cure for anything is salt water

“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.” – Isak Dinesen This guy is a man after my own heart. I LOVE this quote. I had it sent to me recently by a friend (I can’t

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I told you that we could fly

“I told you That we could fly ‘Cause we all have wings But some of us don’t know why” – Michael Hutchence Taken from this song – and yet, an amazing thought in itself. We DO all have wings. I experienced

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R U OK?

“R U OK?” Today is R U OK? Day. R U OK? Day is an initiative designed to start conversations, connect people, and prevent suicide. It’s all about asking that simplest of questions -“Are you OK?” – and being present and ready

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We never know the love of a parent

“We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.” – Henry Ward Beecher Never more is this true than when your children are sick. My daughter has recovered fully from what was a confirmed case of

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This is all you have.

“This is all you have. This is not a dry run. This is your life. If you want to fritter it away with your fears, then you will fritter it away, but you won’t get it back later.” – Laura Schlessinger

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The quality of a father can be seen

“The quality of a father can be seen in the goals, dreams and aspirations he sets not only for himself, but for his family.” – Reed Markham Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there :) I’m dedicating this

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Touch one heart, touch one soul

“Touch one heart, touch one soul. I know it’s cliché, but it’s seriously gold.”  – Steve Pajor Today’s IQ comes from a mate of mine – Steve Pajor. An artist, a surfer, a father, a friend. The painting in the

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Things without all remedy should be without regard

“Things without all remedy should be without regard: what’s done is done.” – William Shakespeare His hand dropped the dagger; his expression a mask of anguish, as he finally understood what he had done. I’m off to see some theatre (pron. thee-AYE-tar).

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Have patience with all things

“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them — every day begin the task anew.” – Saint Francis de Sales This quote is

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Out of suffering

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” – Khalil Gibran My daughter is suffering a bit now, with her illness. She’s OK, but just uncomfortable. Late last night it got me thinking

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Play

“Play.” It’s Sunday here, which is a family day of fun for us. My daughter is sick with either Rubella or Measles or Chicken Pox – she’s super spotty, and we will be seeing the doctor tomorrow – and despite

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Listen

“Listen.” Today’s IQ is a video one, too. This was shot a few years back at Crescent Head, our summer holiday destination of choice for the past 5 years. I love the gentle clunking noise made by the stones on the

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Science is organized knowledge

“Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.” – Immanuel Kant I am feeling the need for some more organization. Today, that is all. With love, Israel. xo  

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Stop Making Excuses

“Stop making excuses.” Yep. You heard me. You know, the ones like: “I’m tired.” “Someone else let me down.” “I didn’t have time.” “It’s not my fault.” “It’s raining.” And so on. You know in your heart when you’re making

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Beach Family Portraits: Sunset at Wanda Beach

  About two years ago I photographed some beach family portraits for Rebecca’s sister at Coogee Beach. This post, however, is about Rebecca’s family, down at Wanda Beach near Cronulla. We met late in the day on what was a

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Get Up!

“Get Up!” – out of bed. – off your butt. – and be counted. – stand up. – I gotta loosen this load. – and make a difference. – and move. Inspired by the You Am I song, which started

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When tempest tossed

“When tempest tossed, embrace chaos.” – Dean Koontz This perfectly sums up the tail end of today. A tempest of gargantuan proportions possessed both my children, and the household disintegrated into madness. So Bel and I rode the chaos until

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