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Share Your World 2016: Week # 3

What is your favorite piece of art? (it doesn’t have to be famous)weary

This is a piece called Weary. It is by the artist Florence Fuller. She painted at age 21, it in 1888, using oils on canvas. It depicts a homeless child on the streets of Melbourne, showing the docklands in the background. I am passionate about social justice and when I first saw this hanging in the Art Gallery of NSW, I was taken with it. I copied it using different brush techniques and slightly different colours for one of my works in my Uni course in 2015.

What made you smile today?

Well, I am writing this at 5 am on a Sunday morning after having a sleepless night tossing in bed. But already my cat has made me smile. She ran to the kitchen ahead of me when I was going to prepare breakfast, and she laid in front of me, as she often does, not moving until i bent down to give her a rub and a scratch. After doing this post, I shall be returning to bed. Sam is working until 2, so I can afford a few hours sleep before we go out for drinks and dinner later.

Which place do you recommend as a Must-See? Please state which country, state or providence.

In Sydney, you must go to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. It is at the end of Art Gallery road, just past the Royal Botanical Gardens. From there you have the best view of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House than from anywhere else in Sydney. Mrs Macquarie was the wife of Governor Lachlan Macquarie who was the fifth Governor of NSW. While he was famous for his treating released convicts as valued members of society, it was Elizabeth who was a pioneer in the agriculture endeavours of the new colony. It was Elizabeth who introduced the Merino Sheep to Australia, and she is also credited with starting the growing of hay as an agricultural commodity in Australia. Elizabeth was known for her interest in the welfare of female convicts and for indigenous people in the colony. Mrs Macquarie was a journal keeper and many are still on display in the Library and Museum, not far from her famous chair. It is said she used to sit there and watch the ships coming into harbour, and leaving for England. She wrote many poems from this point.


Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge taken from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair.

Complete this sentence: When I was younger I used to…

…be a whole lot fitter. I was involved in so many sports in my twenties, then took up bushwalking and swimming in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. That all ended at age 32 when I fell very ill and could no longer compete in sport, or even walk too far. I have never fully recovered really, as the side effects from the medication I was given have life long effects.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I am grateful that I was in a traffic jam this week. It made me realise that if I am in a traffic jam, then I own a car, I don’t have to walk or use public transport. I am looking forward to Australia day on Tuesday. It is Sam’s first as a Permanent resident of Australia, so we are going to do the traditional Aussie thing and have a Bar B Que somewhere, possibly in Kangaroo Valley.

P.S. This post was further delayed by my cat who decided that I had not given her enough pats yet.


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Share Your World 2015: Week #45

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “fun”?

Someone trying to convince me to go to something I don’t want to go to. “Come on, come. It will be fun”.

What is your favorite time of day?

Not sure I have one. Events happen at different times on different days. I do like sunsets though.woody point sunset

Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want to spend an evening with?

I’m so blessed because I cant think of anyone I would want to spend an evening with any more than my beloved Sam.

Complete this sentence: Something that anyone can do that will guarantee my smile is…

Sing solo. I don’t care what, or where or how. As long as they are trying I love it. It could be a man with the gruffest voice singing in a shower, a housemaid doing housework, or a choirboy singing a hymn. I love the pureness of one voice singing.

What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Sort of grateful that the Uni year has come to an end. I will miss the work, I love learning and doing things, but I wont miss the pressure of deadlines. I am looking forward to having more time to draw and paint and blog just for myself.


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Share Your World 2015: Week #42

Are you usually late, early, or right on time?

I am always notoriously EARLY. 15 minutes early is acceptable, any earlier than that and I normally get on peoples nerves. I don’t like lateness. I think its impolite. Its one of the things my ex wife and I disagreed on

.If you were or are a writer do you prefer writing short stories, poems or novels?

I am a writer and can write all genre as required. I do like writing short stories, generally no more than 1500 words. I do challenges of 5 sentence fiction and 100 words too. I love these as it challenges you to be economical with your words. In other words, not to waffle.

Where did you live at age ten?  Is it the same place or town you live now?

Well, I live in the same city (Sydney), but in a very different area of Sydney. At age 10 I was living in Blacktown which then was on the very western edge of Sydney, with many rural properties and lots of space to run around in. Now I live in the southern suburbs which is much higher socio economic structure. I have bush around me which I love and live in a federation house, that is small but comfortable.

Would you rather be able to fly or breathe under water?

I’m sure I have answered this one before, and I would probably answer it the same. I would much prefer to fly. You can cover far greater distances and see the beauty of Gods creation a lot clearer. You can always go down close if you want to take a better look.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful that my partner was given permanent residency this week. I am grateful that I have completed my final project for the art course I am doing at Uni. I am always grateful for the love and support of my friends.

I am looking forward to my trip to Melbourne on Wednesday and Thursday this week. I am speaking to Project New Dawn benefactors, and hopefully selling them some of my art. I am also looking forward to my job interview on Monday. Its a great job, and I really hope I get it. Im looking forward to havin lunch in Melbourne with a really close friend.

I am glad to be able to blog after a very busy year at Uni. This blog is pleasurable for me and you should be seeig a whole heap of new posts from me over the holiday break.


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Regarding your fridge, is it organized or a mess inside?

Total mess. My housemate works for a deli/ restaurant supplier. If she finishes her run and the store has clased, and retruns to go back the following day, everything gets shoved around to fit whatever it is needs going in. There is a special place for my tim tams though, and the eggs. everywhere else is fair game.

Have you ever been a participant in a parade? What did you do?

Many many. I used to be one of the people that get to be inside of costumes….no jimmy, Donald Duck really isn’t that big.I was Donald Duck for 2 years, I was a hairy dog for 2 years. I have also been in a parade (or protest) for family unity way back when.I marched in the Anzac Day parade a few times when I was a member of the Australian Air League.I have marched with my church in the spring parade a long time ago too.

If I could walk the distance, I would go in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras every year.

How do you stand out from the crowd?

My belly stands out from the crowd, its huge!

How many bones, if any, have you broken?

not many, surprisingly. I broke my wrist in a motorcycle accident. have had many torn ligaments, cartilage etc but been a bit lucky i guess.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

Last week I was grateful I could be part of a wonderfully talented group of people in the Australian Catholic University national choir. It was such an honour and a blessing to be singing with these great people. I am also grateful that  I achieved High Distinction marks for a presentation that I presented with two classmates, and also a high distinction for a quiz for Literature at Uni.

This week, I am looking forward to our lecture on Toni Morrison’s book “the Bluest Eye”. I am not looking forward to writing the essay I have to do for another course. It is hard, and boring.


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What type of music relaxes you the most or do you prefer silence?

Either silence or some soft treble voice choir.

Show us a two of your favorites photographs?  Explain why they are your favorite.   If you are not a photographer, think of a two favorite scenes in your life and tell us about them.171 moruya sunrise west 1

It was very difficult to pick just 2. The first one is a homeless man who lives and begs in and around Pitt St in Sydney. I have taken many photos of him and have drawn his portrait many times too. He has such a great face, ful of character, and he is a nice bloke to talk to as well.

The second photo is taken from an old ferry pier on the banks of the Moruya River, near the airport. It was about 6am. I was there fishing. I remember I caught a nice leatherjacket fish that morning too.

What is your favorite tradition? (family tradition, church tradition, whatever) 

No real traditions held by me. Each day is a new day in itself, bringing new experiences. Sam and I will have to make some new traditions when we are married I suppose.

If you could go back and talk to yourself at age 18 what advice would you give yourself?  Or if you are younger than 25 what words of wisdom would you like to tell yourself at age 50?

Follow your dreams. Don’t chase the almighty dollar. Have fun, and learn. Don’t be so discouraged when things don’t go exactly as planned. Go with the flow. Love who you want, regardless of what others think. If only the world was so accepting and open when I was growing up.

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What was your favorite subject in school?

At High school it was probably history. But now I love Literature.

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away” (George Carlin). When have you had such a moment? 

Beauty takes my breath away. Sam of course is always doing it. He is so beautiful. But it could be a person, a flower, an artwork or a special voice singing.

What’s your choice: jigsaw, crossword, or numeric puzzles?

NOT jigsaw! quick crosswords are cool, or jumble words


If you found an obviously abandoned car with $50,000 in the back seat, what would you do?

Ring the Police. If someone left a car with 50,000 in it, there is something wrong. If it remains unclaimed after a while, the police are obliged to give it to me.

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When was the last time you sat on a park or garden bench for more than ten minutes? Describe the occasion.

I do this all the time. But the last time was after a rehearsal in St Patricks Cathedral Melbourne, last week. We had 2 hours break after singing 10 hours. I needed to sit, so I did.

Would you ever be interested in observing a surgery or do you turn away when the nurse brings out the needle? 

I don’t turn away from needles, or blood tests, and have watched the screen while a doctor put a camera where cameras aren’t really meant to go. I was fascinated by that, but an operation, where I need to be cut? Nope, knock me out.

Where’s your favorite place to take out-of-town guests? 

Mrs Macquarie’s chair. It has the best view of Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. However my best coffee spot is Bourke St Bakery in Marrickville Sydney. This may lose its spot though, a new gelato shop has openned in Marrickville. It is to die for

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If you had an unlimited shopping spree at only one store, which one would you choose? Why?


This shop is in Summer Hill in sydney. It has goods from all over the world, made by women who are trying to get out of poverty. Some of these ladies are HIV infected, some victims of domestic or cultural abuse. It is run by the Good Shepherd sisters. I appreciate the hard work they do in helping fellow humans gain a better life. You can purchase products from them online too. Please support

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List 2 things you have to be happy about?

1. Sam. He is my light and my love. He makes me so happy, sometimes I think I am going to burst.

2. I am really happy I am at Uni. I love doing the subjects I am doing, and I love being in the choir.IMG_1256

Do you prefer ketchup or mustard or mayonnaise?  

Mayonnaise on Salads and Chicken schnitzel, Ketchup ( or what we call tomato, or BBQ sauce on chops or steak). I don’t really use mustard but don’t mind some of the seeded mustards.

If you were to paint a picture of your childhood, what colors would you use? 

Mostly greens, blues and browns. I grew up on a hobby farm in the bush.

Do you prefer a bath or shower?

To clean I prefer a shower, for a soak, there is nothing better than a deep hot bath. Unfortunately the bath we have in this house is way to small for any person to have a decent bath.

(Not the actual bathroom. I would never get away with leaving the seat up)

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When you lose electricity in a storm, do you light the candles or turn on the flashlight? How many of each do you own?

There are hundreds of candles in our house. All manner of sizes, colours and scents. We have torches, plus my phone has a light. I tend to use the light on my phone more than anything as I always have it in my pocket.Image result for candles

You are given $5,000 and the chance to exchange it for one of two envelopes. One envelope contains $50,000 and one contains $500. Do you make the trade? Why or why not?

Nah, 5.000 is enough. Let someone else have the 50k.

What’s your first memory?

Its tricky, because I see photos of me when I was very little. I do remember that the house which was in front of our first house when I was small had a swimming pool. I remember once it was drained and we were allowed to play with everyone in it because there was only like a foot of water left in it. I think I was about 3 at the time. I also remember beig sick and being taken to the big house to be cared for. I was given Billy’s room, and he gace me a whole heap of cast metal cars to keep. I thought ” I must get sick more often”. I was again about 3.

What do you do if you can’t sleep at night? Do you count sheep, toss and turn, or get up and try to do something?

I am notorious for waking in the middle of the night with ideas for art or stories. I have a phone with a notepad on it, so I jot down some ideas, and maybe play a game on my phone before going back to sleep. the one I like to play right now is called Charm King

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Playing Catch Up

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? 

Well, I am constantly told I dont look more than 40. However, at times with my wonky legs, I feel 70. I think I would like to be 30 again, to undo some of the mistakes I made from then till about 5 years ago when I started to be honest with myself and those around me about who I am.

Are you left or right handed? 

For all intents and purposes I am left handed. However, when playing cricket or baseball, I bowl (pitch) with my left, and bat with my right. I can draw with either hand, and my right hand is a lot more active than my left in a lot of things.

If you HAD to change your name, what would you change it to?

Daved Johnston. A bit anonymous, but with an edge on different spelling.

Where do you hide junk when people come over?

I dont hide it. People accept me for who I am or not at all. I have lots of clutter, clean clutter…uni textbooks and papers, art stuff, that sort of thing.

I forgo the bonus question because I am playing catchup and dont deserve to answer this so late.

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