Try not to wake up the first day of the New Year with a hangover so bad that you want to cut both ears off.
December 31, 2015
December 30, 2015
|Oprah at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, December 10th, 2015.|
I knew this could well be my last chance to see a live show starring Oprah in my hometown of Brisbane, so I bought a ticket not knowing what to expect.
Being a fan of the Six Degrees of Separation theory and knowing just what an influence and icon Oprah was in the modern world, and how many more movie stars had appeared on her TV show than had acted with Kevin Bacon, it might be more fun to play "Six Degrees of Oprah", than "Six Degrees of Bacon".
Not that it would put me within six degrees of Oprah, by sitting in the audience, my interest is more that if any two people on Earth are six or fewer acquaintance links apart, then Oprah is probably a better link than Kevin Bacon, when it comes to the modern population.
So everybody in the audience is probably less than six degrees away from Oprah, more so than Kevin.
I hope that clears up what I meant about my interest in the
Six Degrees of Separation theory when it comes to Oprah.
I pretty much had the same vantage point from where I saw Neil Diamond play the same venue a few weeks before and I thought it was funny how I drove home in a storm from the Neil Diamond concert only to have to drive back in a storm to get to the Oprah show.
Back to the Future with Neil Diamond on Nov 5th?
Another reason I wanted to see Oprah in Brisbane was because of the so called media feud between the two Color Purple stars
Rae Dawn Chong and Oprah herself, which I felt was a bit of a storm in a teacup at the time anyway and wrote about it in the post linked below -
How Prophetic was this Episode?
|Oprah and Rae Dawn Chong|
I have to say that I was probably the only single straight guy there on the night, who actually paid for a ticket, and that probably isn't a joke, either.
But I quite enjoyed the night out as Oprah talked about her life growing up in Kosciusko, Mississippi and her spiritual and life views, which I felt were pretty much my own views anyway from what she said on the night.
|View of Mount Kosciuszko from the east.|
Apart from Oprah telling her life story, she also gave advice about being yourself and not trying to be, or imitate somebody else, which is something I've blogged about in the past as well, so I hope she wasn't trying to copy me there when giving that advice ;-)
The Message...Just Be Yourself
Oprah was also keen on reading and drummed that home to the audience...guess that's why she had a book-club?
And the funny thing was, quite by synchronicity, I was reading John Safran's fascinating "true crime" book called, Murder in Mississippi.
In (Saint) Bob We Trust
Oprah also said, "pay attention to what makes you curious", which is probably why I have so many, what some would consider, crazy stories and theories on this blog of mine, which will most likely get me locked up in a nuthouse eventually, if not killed, so maybe, "curiosity killed the cat" might be advice to consider, as well, for the sake of your health.
Oprah also said to live with intention, which is something I have been intending to do in the future, so does that count?-)
There is no doubt Oprah has been a major influence on so many lives on this planet and sometimes without the individuals whose lives she has effected even realizing it.
I see it and hear it daily, like in the last book I read by Felicia Day where she became a child prodigy on the violin, because she had a thumb abnormality that Felicia's mother heard form watching an Oprah show, that learning to play the violin may correct the thumb abnormality.
You're Never Weird on the Internet (almost): A Shining Example...Maybe?
There is also a book sitting here in front of me that I have read and am going to write a post about that has written on the cover, ""new voice of the month", Oprah Magazine".
And I see stuff like that constantly where something endorsed by Oprah has influenced many lives like one big ripple traveling across a societal pond leaving good results in it's wake.
So, I was glad to see and hear the iconic lady's story told live to me in my own backyard.
It was an honour and a privilege and something I will remember for a long time to come.
And after the show it was clear skies all the way home for once.
That has to be a good sign, I think.
|A picture of the Story Bridge behind Oprah that she walked through at the end of the show.|
A stretch that I would often sit under the Story Bridge and stare out across and contemplate life and that I wrote about in this post linked below,
Story About a Bridge
|* The Story Bridge, Brisbane * Painting by Starr *|
December 27, 2015
But I finally remembered that I came across her work because she was friends with Sera Beak author of the The Red Book, which I wrote about in this old post called,
That You Tube at the top of this post struck me, as I had a very similar out of body experience when I was about eleven.
It was a spontaneous out of body experience, which means I have no idea how it happened and no idea how to make it happen again if I wanted to, but it was a life changer for me from that point on in my life, because I knew then that there was a part of me that wasn't really part of my physical body and that if anything survived a death of that body down below me then this must be it.
I didn't have a meeting with my higher soul at the time, or anything as profound as Elisa had, probably because in my concern to get back into my body I cut such a meeting off and willed myself back into my body before I got lost out there.
But I think that was all I needed to set me on my spiritual quest that I have been on since.
I wrote about it in this old post linked below,
Even today I rarely talk about that experience unless I meet someone like Elisa who has had a similar experience.
Anyway, I didn't plan on writing this post, but after seeing some of the fascinating heartfelt videos she has since put up on her homepage I thought I should share her work in this post for other people who resonate with us nut-bags.
Your Destiny Blueprint
Either way, I don't care whether people believe me, or think that I'm deluded in having an OBE anymore, take it or leave it.
This post is for people who can relate to these experiences, not for skeptics.
I wouldn't bother wasting my time arguing with a man who has been born blind since birth and couldn't understand my experience of seeing, just because he can't at present.
The analogy is the same here, because I don't know how you can see and hear without a physical body, I just know that you can.
Believe it, or not.
Anyway, if you are interested in Elisa's work, check out her website at this link,
It's rather synchy that I mentioned my Stradbroke Dreamtime post above, as this morning I see this news story -
Barge stuck on sandbank off Stradbroke Island leaves at least 200 passengers stranded
|Stradbroke Ferries attempts to get passengers off the Red Cat ferry. Photo: Luke Brown|
The barge departed Brisbane at 5:00pm on Monday, but the ferry came to a grinding halt just a few hundred metres from its destination amid high winds."
December 25, 2015
|Costas Vasiliou in a scene from In Bob We Trust.|
|My wedding ring with the date of the wedding day inscribed inside - 19/11/88 (it's now in the Pacific Ocean)|
|The kingfisher Costas found dead on the street.|
|The Sacred Kingfisher that hit my window.|
The Bird that Flew into the Window
|The underside of the moth Costas found.|
Which reminded me of an old post I wrote about moths and butterflies a while back,
Moth Verses Butterfly Symbolism
|The sad clown in a matchbox that Costas had among his possessions.|
I couldn't help thinking while watching Father Bob bringing out Costas' little treasures that also resonated with my own life, just how rough life seems on the surface, but how a common spiritual undercurrent seems to be flowing mostly unseen underneath our conscious lives uniting us all on some metaphysical level.
And just after watching the movie In Bob We Trust I was wondering if the radio show he and John Safran have been doing for years was still on JJJ radio and came across this article below saying the last show would air on December 13th this year.
I also see nothing much else has changed in the news since the movie was made regarding the George Pell saga.
Priest John Walshe who defended George Pell accused of sexually abusing John Roach
While I find comfort in a lot of the spiritual practices of the Church (not being a Roman Catholic myself) barring all of the going to hell crap, I do cringe at the dogma and politics that goes on by the men on the chessboard of The Empire and how they can just turn a blind eye to the problems staring them right in the face.
|In the land of the blind the one-eyed man is king?-)|
|A scene (seen?-) from Eyes Wide Shut.|
I have to say though that this movie makes great Christmas viewing as Father Bob and his work in the Church is what the spirit of Christmas is all about.
I think I will be giving this DVD a spin every year at this time, just as a reminder of what being a true Christian is all about.
A nod to Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy and the meaning of life, the universe and everything?-)
|Adam Douglas Driver|
We were discussing the age of Adam Douglas Driver (ADD?-)
(Douglas Adams?-) in a Facebook group and when I looked up his birth-date at IMDB I found out he was born on the day of my wedding anniversary (November 19, 1983) also.
I loved Adam in the movie 'Tracks'.
|May the Force be with you Father Bob :-)|
In Bob We Trust. :-)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens?
And on the subject of Rome and St.Peters, I also found a bottle of St.Peter's Ruby Red Ale at my local bottle shop and it's not a bad drop either...which is strange ;-)
|Ruby Red slippers?|
|All roads lead to Rome?-)|
December 24, 2015
Interestingly, my son is moving to Canberra next month, so I'm hoping to visit him when the Sharks play the Raider's down there in April.
I've never been to Canberra before, so I'm hoping to take in the sights down there, especially the big house above.
Canberra...Capital Punishment. Tag For Luggage
I better get myself a baggage tag for my trip in April ;-)
December 23, 2015
|Left click to make bigger, so you can read the article.|
"Fanning faces local force at Pipe sudden-death", and another story on the opposite page with the headline,
"Lost 'Brother' Inspires Todd's Homecoming".
On the Thursday after these somewhat darkly prophetic headlines appeared in the Sunday paper Mick Fanning learned of his brother's death prior to his third-round heat at the Pipeline Masters in Hawaii on Thursday morning (AEDT), but still competed in the season-ending event, advancing to Friday's quarter-finals.
Mick Fanning honours brother Peter at Pipe Masters in Hawaii after 'one of the most challenging days' of his life
Now Mick Fanning is famous as the guy who punched a shark in a surfing tournament earlier on in the year and lived to tell of it.
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks NRL club in the National competition, only to return back home after hearing about the sudden death of his 'brother' from a deadly tackle on the football field.
There were even surfboards on the front page of that paper in an unrelated story.
Maybe I'm just reading too much into this newspaper spread of news storys about sudden-death and Mick Fanning and a homecoming to a lost brother and sharks, but I still find it rather eerie reading in hindsight of what happened since that Sunday paper hit the newsstands.
What is it About 2015 and Sharks?
December 22, 2015
|My glass chopping board that sits next to the kitchen sink.|
The Way To Byron Bay Via Spain
has a new post on her blog titled,
An offering. A gift.
Where she directs the reader to her newspaper article that she wrote for an Australian newspaper about Christmas, loss and love.
Ailsa writes,"I had thought I’d write a blog post for Christmas, but then was given the opportunity to pen a festive reflection for the Australian newspaper, so for now, all I’m going to do is direct you, via a simple click on this blue link, to that piece.
I hope some part of it resonates with you."
The gift of Christmas past: love, loss and memories
Now, as you read through this post, bear in mind that Ailsa was an actress who was once a cast member of the Australian TV show Neighbours.
In the newspaper article Ailsa wrote,"The last book I gave Pete was not at Christmas.
It was a slim notebook, with a quote from Audrey Hepburn on the cover: “Paris is always a good idea.”"
Ailsa also writes,"When terrorists attacked the Parisian streets in November, I thought of how Pete would have written notes and letters to friends, finding phrases of consolation and hope.
I sang La Marseillaise under my breath, thinking of all those families who had lost someone suddenly, violently, senselessly."
Funny thing for me was I bought a glass chopping board with the slogan,“Paris is always a good idea.” for my new unit earlier this year with the thought of doing some world traveling in the future now that I'm no longer married and on my own.
But unlike Ailsa, the only French songs that came into my head were the songs from the Les Miserables soundtrack,
not La Marseillaise.
And then I found a song from the movie called
Empty Chairs at Empty Tables, sung by this year's 'Best Actor' Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne, which seemed to go with Ailsa's setaments in this paragraph from her newspaper article, "I hope this year the French will hold to their tradition, though perhaps the name could be altered — they have had enough waking up.
Brutal attacks on their liberty and lives must have left many struggling to find hope, wondering about the point of Christmas; perhaps thinking they can run away to somewhere remote, somewhere they won’t be obliged to observe rituals that will remind them of those they’ve lost."
Eddie Redmayne thanks ‘amazing’ Neighbours stars after Oscars win
"ON the biggest night of his life, Eddie Redmayne took the time to thank two Neighbours stars for helping him land his first Oscar.
Speaking to news.com.au after his win for Best Actor, The Theory Of Everything star praised both Alan Fletcher (who stars as Dr Karl Kennedy) and Jackie Woodburne (who plays Susan Kennedy) on the long-running Aussie soap.
“I think they’re amazing,” the 33-year-old said.
“I’m a huge fan of them from old.
I’ve learnt a lot from them from watching them daily.”
Fletcher was equally appreciative:
“To receive such generous praise from an actor of Eddie Redmayne’s startling ability and status has been thrilling for both of us.
“It never ceases to excite me to hear examples of the influence Neighbours has had beyond Australia.
And congratulations Eddie for the recognition of your wonderful performance in The Theory of Everything.”"
They call this meal le reveillon de Noel. It means “the wake-up” or “awakening”."
What is it About Paris?
And the movie poster for Midnight in Paris features
Van Gogh's Starry Night as a backdrop and I couldn't help thinking how even the painter's own family line would be touched by senseless terrorism in this century, as well, with the great-grandson of Theo van Gogh, the brother of painter Vincent van Gogh (Theo van Gogh) getting killed in the streets of Holland.
Theo van Gogh (film director)
I also thought it was ironic that Ailsa mentions that she would celebrate Christmas with chocolate stars,"This Christmas, I hope to wake with the eyes of a newborn; to see the wonder of life while accepting that it also, inevitably, includes loss.
I will open that journal I gave Pete and write down all the things for which I am thankful. Memories will be at the top of the list.
I will cook tomatoes with onion and basil. I will have buttery toast and tea.
Then, with a bag of chocolate stars to share with friends, I will go out into the day."
Let's hope that this Christmas is a good one, with a prayer for peace and an end to senseless killings in the world.