Choose life. Life is wonderful.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011


The answer's simple:
Live right,
speak the truth,
despise exploitation,
refuse bribes,
reject violence,
avoid evil amusements.
This is how you raise your standard of living!
A safe and stable way to live.
A nourishing, satisfying way to live.

Isaiah 33:5-16 (The Message)

I read these verses in my Bible reading today and thought how relevant it is now, even though it was written thousands of years ago. Isaiah wrote in the 8th century BC.

I think how far away from this some of the students I teach are.  For most of them lying and violence are a way of life. Getting really drunk and fighting is one of their favorite amusements. The way they live is far from 'safe and stable' and certainly not 'nourishing'. We try and break the cycle of some of their behavior but with much of it reinforced at home, it is very difficult. Life is not 'safe' for these young people, often having to deal with parents' alcoholism, drug addiction and mental illness. They are called upon to live adult lives when they are still children and should be under society's protection.

Today I booked a few days away at Sanctuary Point, in the week before Christmas. It is on the South coast of  NSW,  just south of Nowra.

Sanctuary Point
P:-) and I will take our caravan . P:-) is busy doing a few repairs to get it ready.

I'm not exactly sure what P:)'s been doing but the caravan is full of clamps. He is doing something to one of the seats.

I bought P:-) a vintage model of the Bounty. It was in a little shop not far from my house and had no price on it. I was delighted to find it was only $19.95.

I was interested to see how much the model was  like the original Bounty.

Photo from
 Above is the copy of The Bounty, built in 1960 for MGM for the movie Mutiny on the Bounty starring Marlon Brando. The HMS Bounty Organization is dedicated to keeping the ship sailing and using her as a vehicle for teaching the nearly lost arts of square rigged sailing and seamanship.The Organization operates a variety of programs on board including sail training programs for the general public, group leadership and teamwork training, a Sail Away Summer Camp program, and dockside educational programs for elementary and secondary school children.

Last night we went to Mum's for tea and had delicious rhubarb crumble.

Mum used to cook this when I was a child. We lived near the beach and a lot of plants were difficult to grow, but rhubarb grew well. So the rhubarb crumble was made of home grown rhubarb. Perhaps this is why I have such fond memories of it.

I finally finished decorating the lounge-room sideboard for Christmas.

 Interesting sites

Photo :Australian Lifestyle and Fitness
 Is stress making you fat? Click here to read all about it.


Photo: Apartment Therapy
Click here  if you would like to learn how to make this clementine candle. A clementine is either a type of mandarin, or very similar. I have bought them in Woolworths in winter.


  Click here to have a look at this unusual house that sits on rocks by a waterfront in Canada.

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