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MAY 11 2013 : “Ask me whether what I have done is my life.” William Stafford.

http://willhumes.net/2007/02/15/this-weeks-poem-ask-me-by-william-stafford/

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Up the airy mountain,
Down the rushy glen,
We daren’t go a-hunting
For fear of little men;
Wee folk, good folk,
Trooping all together;
Green jacket, red cap,
And white owl’s feather!

Down along the rocky shore
Some make their home,
They live on crispy pancakes
Of yellow tide-foam;
Some in the reeds
Of the black mountain lake,
With frogs for their watch-dogs,
All night awake.


High on the hill-top
The old King sits;
He is now so old and gray
He’s nigh lost his wits.
With a bridge of white mist
Columbkill he crosses,
On his stately journeys
From Slieveleague to Rosses;
Or going up with music
On cold starry nights
To sup with the Queen
Of the gay Northern Lights.

They stole little Bridget
For seven years long;
When she came down again
Her friends were all gone.
They took her lightly back,
Between the night and morrow,
They thought that she was fast asleep,
But she was dead with sorrow.
They have kept her ever since
Deep within the lake,
On a bed of flag-leaves,
Watching till she wake.

By the craggy hill-side,
Through the mosses bare,
They have planted thorn-trees
For pleasure here and there.
If any man so daring
As dig them up in spite,
He shall find their sharpest thorns
In his bed at night.
Up the airy mountain,

Down the rushy glen,
We daren’t go a-hunting
For fear of little men;
Wee folk, good folk,
Trooping all together;
Green jacket, red cap,
And white owl’s feather!

 

William Allingham (1824-1889)

http://www.abc.net.au/overnights/gone/default.htm

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Grandparents are a family’s greatest treasure, the founders of a loving legacy, The greatest storytellers, the keepers of traditions that linger on in cherished memory. Grandparents are the family’s strong foundation. Their very special love sets them apart. Through happiness and sorrow, through their special love and caring, grandparents keep a family close at heart.
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FOTO – ARMIDALE WALK IN MAY 2006

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MAY 8 2011: Guthinga nikuo kihooto. Virtue makes men on the earth famous, in their graves illustrious, in the heaven immortal.

http://www.bookrags.com/quotes/Plain_text_Kikuyu_proverbs

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Your God is not our God….We are two distinct races with separate origins and separate destinies. To us, the ashes of our ancestors are sacred and their resting place is hallowed ground. You wander far from the graves of your ancestors, seemingly without regret. Your religion was written on tables of stone by the iron fingers of your God so that you cannot forget it. The Red Man could never comprehend nor remember it. Our religion is the tradition of our ancestors – the dreams of our old men, given to them in the solemn hours of the night by the Great Spirit, and the visions of our sachems; and it is written in the hearts of our people.

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FOTO – ARMIDALE CEMETERY IN MAY OF 2006

MAY 7 2013 :The zebra told the white horse, “I am white,” and told the black horse, “I am actually black.” Namibian Proverb.

http://www.quotes-proverbs.com/n.htm

WHITE HORSE

Crazy Horse: Great Spirit gave us this land. White men came and killed our animals and destroyed our land, then told us to go to work for a living. We don’t want what they call civilization.

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FOTO – WHITE HORSE IN ARMIDALE IN MAY 2006

MAY 9 2012 : My definition of a philosopher is of a man up in a balloon with his family and friends holding the ropes which confine him to earth and trying to haul him down. Louisa May Alcott.

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What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel they are joined for life – to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories.
George Eliot.

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There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated
through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time,
this expression is unique. If you block it, it will never exist through any
other medium. It will be lost. The world will not have it.

It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable it
is, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep
it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.

Martha Graham.

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FOTO – MAY 2006 IN ARMIDALE BACKYARD

 

 

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NOVEMBER 20. And who so happy, O who, as the Duck and the Kangaroo? Edward Lear.

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Kangaroo within Nobbys.

Rev L.E. Threlkeld in the Christian Herald, 17th February 1855, Vol.III, p.5-6. [Published inAustralian Reminiscences & Papers of L.E.Threlkeld, Missionary to the Aborigines.

EXTRACT.

At the entrance of Newcastle there is a small high island, called by the English Nobby’s Island. The blacks have a tradition that it is the abode of an immensely large Kangaroo which resides within the centre of the high rock, that occasionally he shakes himself which causes the Island to tremble and large pieces to fall down, as any one can perceive has been, and still continues to be the case, on the eastern side of the Island. It is evident on the slightest inspection, that at some early period the Island formed part of the main land, the strata correspond with the similar ones of coal, sand, and other stone to those on the opposite shore, nothing but a general convulsion of nature could have affected such a change. Manual labour is now employed to fill up the space betwixt the Island and the main land so as to form a breakwater for the protection of the harbour at Newcastle, and a great part of the top of Nobby’s Island has been taken down without reaching the monster kangaroo said to dwell within the rock!

FOTO – ROO AT ARMIDALE UNI OF NEW ENGLAND DEER PARK.

NOVEMBER 8 2010 : The plaintiff sob, the pain for what the century could have been but never was.

John Egan  http://leswicks.tripod.com/apcarchive.htm

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A common and natural result of an undue respect for law is that you may see a file of soldiers, colonel, captain, corporal, privates, powder-monkeys, and all marching in admirable order over hill and dale to the wars, against their wills, ay, against their common sense and consciences, which makes it very steep marching indeed, and produces a palpitation of the heart. They have no doubt that it is a damnable business in which they are concerned; they are all peaceably inclined. Now, what are they? Men at all? or small movable forts and magazines, at the service of some unscrupulous man in power?

Henry David Thoreau

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foto – the armidale band 2006