Wilderness — A Meditation

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Kookaburra Serenade: Tales of Love and Adventure in Australia

Kookaburra Serenade: Tales of Love and Adventure in Australia, is very close to feeling finished - the forth edition of the manuscript. We were turned down by Random House Australia a year ago, had the manuscript professionally critiqued. We've been working on the fourth edition. We ought to be ready by 1 May to resubmit our work to agents here and in USA as well as in Britain.

Have to admit I grow weary of the story, but still there are moments when I read and chuckle. It is, however, the errors, that make me LOL , and there are plenty of those. There are also Red Bellied Black Snakes, pretty patymelons, 12 foot long carpet pythons, reef sharks, green tree snakes, roos aplenty, emus grazing beside roadsides, banana trees, macadamia nut branches, flipped 4-wheel-drives on sandy ocean beaches,and slick black clay beside two lane outback bitumen where five carriage long road trains with huge primary movers roar in lonely spaces of north western Queensland. As well there are screaming cookatoos, chortling butcher birds, colourful lorikeets, and argumentative Kookaburras.

To add to the adventure, one of us lives on a property whose mail box is ten minutes by car from the tiny house perched on the side of Mt. Goolman and the other luxuriates with the midges and mosquitoes of an inner city suburb, complete with back garden pool.

Now, aren't you just dying to read this story?

Thursday, April 23, 2009

I'm so jazzed - iherb - here's a recommendation!

Just received a package of Boiron Oscilliccoconum from iHerb in the USA. Took three days for it to travel across the Pacific. Postage - $14.00 American.

Twas disappointed though when I opened the package. I had been shorted one item.

Went to the web page, to customer service, to the instant messenger part of customer service. Wrote a note to Karen who responded immediately. My credit card has been credited with the cost of the missing item.

Jazzed! love it when things work so well.

Read the other day that the Internet has only scratched the surface so far, that amazing possibilities are still out there just itching to be released. What a wonderful mosquito this technology is!!

love you all!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Memorrrrrries! you remember the tune?

Neat article on expectations and performance.

Think memory worsens with age? Then yours probably will

Love it when all that I ever learned in the classroom is validated by somebody's phd or master's thesis!

Check out this article. It's short and to the point. We act the way folks expect us to act. So what's new?

One of the positive aspects of living in Oz is that folks tend to be respectful of us old farts! Very nice! very nice!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Schwin - the bike people

Yeah! I need some exercise. I am incontravertably unlikely to leave the house each day..

So, I bought myself an elliptical cross trainer!

Hooray. Now the issue is simply NOT to overdo it. You know, I am the type who goes all out the first day and then never touches the equipment again cause I am just too sore or remembering being so sore.

So, I elliptically walked two kilometres yesterday and two today. Eventually, I'll go uphill and down dale; I'll walk in the park and smell the daisies here.

But I intend to lose some weight and get into some kind of shape. the current variety is kind of oafish, soft, and more than a little squeamish.

Better to be toned! down! cause I'm Amerikan and you know how noisy we can be??

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Houghton, Michigan?

Seriously, I never expected to find that someone from my home state would find this blog!

And not so seriously, I'm delighted.

Memories of a childhood full of blueberries, flashlight tag amongst the poison ivy, dragon flies big enough to ride floating over placid waters: no wonder fish jumped.

I was about to comment on the beauty of a Queensland autumn morning. We were up early to give Em a ride to the airport - She is headed for Sydney and then on to Melbourne.

The rising sun punctuated with just a few massive cumulus over the ocean promised clear skies, a lovely Saturday..

Dive in folks, the week end is warm and soothing.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

A fun test

USING ONLY ONE WORD! Copy and change the answers to suit you and pass it on. It's really hard to only use one word answers. Be sure to tag the person you received it from!

1. Where is your cell phone? PURSE

2. Your significant other? SLEEPING

3. Your hair? RUMPLED

4. Your mother? SCATTERED

5. Your father? DEAD

6. Your favorite? KISS

7. Your dream last night? LOST

8. Your favorite drink? CHAI

9. Your goal? WISDOM

10. What room you are in? OFFICE

11. Your hobby? SODUKU

12. Your fear? WORDLESS

13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? PLANET

14. Where were you last night? BRISBANE

15. Something that you aren't? DITZY

16. Muffins? LEMON

17. Wish list item? BALANCE

18. Where you grew up? MICHIGAN

19. Last thing you did? SHOWER

20. What are you wearing? SHORTS

21. Your TV? ANCIENT

22. Your pets? NONE

23. Friends? ESSENTIAL

24. Your life? FASCINATING

25. Your mood? COMPLEX

Friday, April 10, 2009

Up EArly

Yep..if 6:30 is early, I'm up early.

Rained already,

Sun currently streaming into my eyes. Makes it hard to see key board. Oh, not supposed to see Keyboard" supposed to type without looking? Sure, sun still in my eyes..

laurakeets screeching around my rain water trough! Where's my happy Kookaburra? Was in the garden yesterday morning - on to some other part of it's territory, I suppose.'s Easter Friday, the most closed holiday in Oz. Nothing is open, including my mind from the looks of this post. And we are about to run out of milk! Damn. I knew I should stop at the deli yesterday.


Tuesday, April 07, 2009


Spent the whole day, actually, I've spent the better part of the past four months editing another version of Das Book. I think we're almost ready to send it out to publishers/agents again.

Wish us luck. We need a tad these days with the economy encouraging publishers to accept only proven authors.

We do have a wonderment though. I'm expecting to be bored with it any minute. Keeps surprising me. I turn the page and there's another jewel - damn, we're good.

Oh - yeah - that's the Amerikan speaking; the Aussie part of me - as if! keeps saying work it, woman; work it. Not perfect yet!!