December in Sydney, gumnuts in blossom, trestle tables under the trees, sea salt invading our skin, music sounds from the Domain, drives to Blue Mountains and Jervis Bay ...
Pinched from my boss's boss ;-)
"The Christmas tree is up in the foyer, my local supermarket is overflowing with turkeys and hams, and I've already heard 'All I want for Christmas' one too many times. Yes, it's that time of year again."
Parrot uses owner’s Amazon Alexa to order shopping, play music Fox News
The battle to control our mindfulness
According to my daughter, MEdia Dragons look their best when We are totally free, on holiday, walking on the beach and looking at the bright side of life . ..
Exercise could be as good as drugs at cutting high blood pressureThe Telegraph
An old sun burnt country's question: Will we all be rooned with the rain or the drought?
"We’ll all be rooned," said Hanrahan In accents most forlorn
Outside the church ere Mass began One frosty Sunday morn.
Said Hanrahan - John O'Brien - TPG
Patrick Joseph Hartigan (13 October 1878 – 27 December 1952) was an Australian Roman Catholic priest, educator, author and poet, writing under the name John O'Brien
A new paper with many authors - Measuring Cultural Distance - Bohemians at the Gate — most prominently Joseph Henrich — tries to measure the cultural gaps between different countries. I am reproducing a few of their results (see pp.36-37 for more), noting that higher numbers represent higher gaps:
and was greeted by a peculiar thing.
There, standing on the edge of the earth
was a swing set waiting just for me.
Her thick black seat and strong metal arms
cradled me while together we flew
into the starry night canvas, sprawling
dark blue, except for a splatter of twinkling
firefly-speckles, from the cityscape
to the moon.