Category Archives: ONE WORLD, ONE HEART

flood update


Thank you, all of my treasured overseas readers who have been inquiring after us with regard to the expansive flooding our nation has been experiencing in the last couple of weeks.  We are at the opposite end of the country to where the majority of flooding is happening (Queensland) and the flooding in our own state (Victoria) is in the North West & although it has been significant, it hasn’t impacted as much urban area – so there are less people & households effected.  We are, however we are still experiencing unseasonably high rainfall, that keeps falling in short, sharp bursts – then leaves everything flooded & humid.   It’s NOT flooded like you may have seen – over the roof, house destroyed flooded – but there is so much rain, it is breaking away our garden walls & is coming down the block in streams………we have our own ‘rivers of living water’ running down our block daily!!! LOL!!!……we have water coming in over the decking & our french doors at the back, so our rugs & furniture in our back family room have water stains & we are constantly drying something out………then it’s hot and REALLY humid…..….it’s very odd for what should be the middle of our summer.  It’s weird, weird weather – very tropical – which is FINE – IF you live in the tropics – but unheard of here in Melbourne, which is WAY down South! 

Over the weekend we were driving up through some of the areas impacted by the floods and although there is wide spread evidence of the path of the water,  much of it is already receeded.  Although this picture may look a little grim – yes there is water either side of the road as far as you can see! – we were able to drive through here as it was only about 2-3 feet deep, & it was the only water we encountered across the road.




HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERY ONE, I hope you enjoyed my 5 DAYS of GIVEAWAYS – I have been very busy in the studio over the last week completing a “SECRET” project I am submitting for publication……….here’s a little peak at some progress…………

As a new year commences & I have hardly noticed the last one gone, I am reminded how quickly our life flashes by. In the process of my “SECRET” project, I have been reflecting on the book of Ecclessiastes and the Jewish folk tale of King Solomon…..gam zeh ya’avor. This Hebrew phrase, often mistakenly thought to appear in the Bible, means “This too shall pass.” Some surmise that it was derived from Psalms 57:1, but most Jews attribute it to a folkloric parable about King Solomon – here’s the story:

“There was a king who had the most magnificent collection of jewels in the entire world. It was the source of his greatest joy. One night he dreamed that somewhere in the world, a magnificent ring held the power to make a sad person happy, and a joyful person even happier. The dream was so real to him that he decided that he must seek and possess this ring.

“He offered a huge reward to anyone who could find it. After everyone else had given up their search, one of the king’s servants continued to scour the world for the magical ring. Finally, he too was ready to give up, when he stopped in to one last shop. There, the owner said that he, indeed, was in possession of this ring!

“The servant offered to pay whatever price the shopkeeper asked, but the man refused payment saying, ‘No, your king needs this ring. Take it as my gift.’  “The servant rushed to the palace, entered the king’s chamber, and presented the ring to him. Upon opening the box, the king found a plain, unadorned metal ring. Could this truly be the precious, magical ring he had dreamt about? Then he noticed three Hebrew words engraved on the ring. ‘Gam zeh ya-avor – this too shall pass.’

“The king was puzzled. And it took him many years to realize the true magical power of the ring, in time, he came to realise that all his wisdom and fabulous wealth and tremendous power were but fleeting things, for one day he would be nothing but dust.

When he was truly sad, he would look at the ring and it would remind him that “this too shall pass,” and he would be consoled. And when he experienced true joy, the ring reminded him that “this too shall pass,” and he learned to hold on and appreciate those precious moments of joy. Soon the king realized that this truly was the most valuable ring in the world. He lost interest in the rest of his collection. All his dazzling jewels and gems paled when compared to the plain ring with the three Hebrew words, ‘gam zeh ya-avor, this too shall pass,’ and he always wore this ring of greatest value with pride on his royal finger.”

Abraham Lincoln made reference to this parable in an 1859 address, and there is a custom among some Jews to wear rings inscribed with the phrase (or its acronym), particularly during or after having coming through a seriously trying period in life. It’s an apt tale for the passing of another year, with the precious blessing of our darling new grandie, Ariel Faith……welcoming a season of emotional sunshine – after a long black winter……..watching the gradual deterioration of my mother-in-law in her twilight years, some changes in our family living arrangements, acknowledging the loss of some of my physical capacities this year & the purging of long held trinkets & treasures & the timely handing on of various significant family pieces in preparation to move from our home of the last 20 years………the good and the bad……..material & immaterial……..this too shall pass…………. It reminds me of the rewards of patience, the fact that no season, despite how good or bad it is, lasts indefinitely and the wonders of the cyclical passage of time.

This amazing montage of 365 days of photo’s sum up the year of 2010 in about 2 minutes – that’s about how fast the clock seems to be spinning for me right now.




Share your heart bannerplease carry on the spirit of OWOH and come join my community of heARTfelt artists at:

MY DRAW IS NOW CLOSED – the winners will be announced on LOVE IT FORWARD on FEB 12 midnight Victoria, Australian Time (GMT +10)

 The installation of a new president, ushering in a new era in politics in the United States has had a rippling effect across the world…… there is a renewed sense of hope that has been sadly lacking in our society – in our economy and in people in general – as I said in my last post – depression seems to be the plague of our age.  In the mid '90's I was studying at degree level (University) – and one of the lecturers commented that within 20 years – 50% of people would be effected by some sort of mental illness and that more than 25% of work related illness would be to do with mental illness.  At that time, there was not as much known about it and it really was not prevelant – so his predictions seemed skewed – but here we are – and here it is…………..SO – I want to continue to be a part of the answer……. I have just had a give away on my blog – and I had forgotten about One World One Heart coming up…….so I have been a little slower to get on board………… One World, One Heart PhotoI think is one of the projects that wards of bleak thoughts – it is a project of hope and friendship and stretches across the world through art……… the brain child of Lisa Swifka

One World-One Heart….. is a wonderful concept – it's AMAZING GENEROSITY on behalf of artists across the world……. Bloggers from all over the world are giving awAbundant Life webay beautiful treasures to 'share the ART love' so to speak. The purpose is to encourage people, to visit other blogs and make connections – I have often commented how much I LOVE the GENEROSITY of the art world – and this is just another example of it……If you'd like more information (it is not too late to get your own blog on board) click on the logo.


by February 11th, and I will announce the winner on February 12th. My giveaway is open to everyone BUT 

you must leave your email address with your comment so I have a way of contacting you if you are the winner!

If you are are the winner, I will email you on the day – if I haven't heard from you by 14th Feb, I will redraw…….PLEASE don't forget.

When you click on the globe above you will be taken to the site that will explain everything, and show you a list of every participating artists. Visit all the blogs! Leave comments! Win prizes! Check back on the One World site often, as new blogs will be listed as their authors sign up. Leaf Pool  Here are my gifts – a hand made leaf pool – made with metal elements & glass beads, measuring approx 2in.  It's a lovely piece full of colour, light and reflection, you could add it to a chain, a ribbon, a journal or assemblage.  My SECOND gift is a lovely amulet necklace made with crystals & glass beads on hand dyed soft blue ribbon.  (approx 4 inches long)……….. Don't forget to leave your email address when leaving a comment.