Keeping those Launch friendships – back at Magdas

Magic Fish Dreaming

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It was such a delight to attend Folk at Magdas last Saturday night.

After hearing my children perform at the launch of Magic Fish Dreaming  in October Merv has been persistently and gently encouraging them to attend and perform at this regular event hosted at Magdas.

We began by attending one last year to see what it was like, and have also been back to attend a concert by a fantastic guitar duo earlier this year (Magdas are also involved in the Brisbane International Guitar Festival), but finally this weekend my children were ready to perform there once again.

They had a ball.

They’ve since decided to name their duo, come up with a style of how they dress, and work on their performance banter, as they loved the storytelling of some of the performers on the night.  They are going to write some original…

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Walk Meditations 1

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13096235_10208245823956189_4644203016457631157_n Shadows, morning walk – June Perkins

Shadows

Softly patterning
walls into art.

Swiftly chasing
dreams trying to start.

Shattering
so many of the young.

Unwinding optimism
into flyaway threads.

Yet insight
might lie in their arc

-softly pattern recovery
beckon its start.

(c) June Perkins

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Jadella Lies

I am so excited that the Hairy Harold, the kick starter project, I supported last week is going ahead.  Now this week I am encouraging any of my blog readers who love supporting youth living in remoter parts of Australia to support Jadella Lies.

Sonja is a highly motivated and talented young lady who has been doing art and selling her art online and at markets for some time.  She was also a great mentor and friend to my daughter when we lived in far North Queensland.

She has gathered a group of her friends and is this close to creating something truly memorable for all participants, their family, friends and the wider community.

Sonja writes,

“Senthai; a land ruled by magic and chaos. No one person controls another. There are no rulers, and no rules. But legend has it there is one who has the power to seize the hearts and minds of the people. One who can control them… Her power is sought after by many a thief, mercenary and tyrant. But this powerful woman is no more willing to share her powers than she is to use them. She would die before letting that happen.”

This is it. The basic little description upon which this entire book and movie project is based. My friends and I were really just mucking around in an exam block spare, when we decided to make a movie. It was only going to be small, easy to manage (not at all like the ridiculous half-tries we had attempted in the past), nothing too hard at all… Wow, we were naive.

Before we knew what was happening, we were trawling op-shops for costumes to alter, buying swords, making props and puppets and masks and well, everything that we had promised we wouldn’t do. It was fantastic! ”

Sonja goes on to  say:

“During the Christmas holidays, we (8 young women, ranging from age 7 to 18) began filming. We got our parents to transport us to locations around Mission Beach in Far North Queensland whenever we had free time (believe me, coordinating teenage girls is a lot harder than herding cats – it is more like herding bubbles) and we have now completed filming.

Now all we need is that final push to get us over the finish line. We have editors for the movie and book all lined up and ready to go, and have booked dates for an exhibition at the Mission Arts Gallery (the 26th June) where we will exhibit the handmade props, costumes and original artwork.”

So if you want to see some young women achieve their dreams why not lend them some support, and for your troubles they will send you a thankyou card, give you a film sponsorship credit, or post you a copy of their book and the dvd of the movie signed.  I for one, wish them well.

Please reblog this and share on your twitter and facebook!

For more information on the campaign head Jadella Lies Kickstarter Campaign

Note- This project is almost funded only $130 to go (24/04/2015)

The Project is Funded, but they would appreciate more funds and will use them to the costs of their project (2/5/2015)

Grey and White

I don’t mind that people dye their hair, but why did someone mind that I didn’t dye mine. At the moment I have chosen to not worry about the grey starlight in my hair…

Ripple Poetry

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Grey and white streaks
begin to lace themselves through my hair

I embrace
the signs of wisdom
chasing through me there,

And all around me others dye
and tease their hair to conceal their age
but that is their affair.

I don’t mind that they want to do this
and hold onto their esteem
but why does one say to me
‘You should dye your hair
you look so ancient and so old’

I explain to her
when I was younger
I looked younger than my age
and am happy to embrace
the white and grey that now
dance through my life.

She cannot take a hint
and simply doesn’t understand
I don’t need a bottled colour
to conceal the process I’m now in
and now she wants to know the colour of my youth.

Why do so many worship forever staying young?

I am happy to see silver starlight

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Brighter Futures for the Young

 

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My major concern for Australia at the moment is how we support and nurture our youth, this will be occupying my thoughts and actions as we head into the next decade.

Partly because of course I will have three teenagers next year, but also because I am thinking of all the nations and worlds young people and the need to build with them and for them a better brighter future. Let’s find a way forward.

If you are doing or can potentially do anything for youth please post this under this status statement or approach me for guest blog or interview. I want to gather some positive energy – and mention anyone out there doing amazing, empowering and positive work.

For me personally a brighter future for young people is about enabling them to find a spiritual centre, to walk with practical feet, and embody in their actions in the world, and their interconnection to others.  It is about listening to them, encouraging them, giving them opportunities, and tools, enabling them to have opportunity from whatever beginning point they are given at birth and have no choosing in.  It is about seeing them embrace service to humanity, with love, skill and patience.

It’s about moving it away from politics and thinking of young people as spiritual beings with immense energy, potential, drive and leading them into their role as co-custodians.  It’s about youth making decisions that propel them forwards and propel those around them forwards so they can see themselves as carriers of hope, not burdens to be scared into action.

As a writer/artist I think the way for me to do this is to create projects, art works, films, stories that have this as their central drive and purpose.  My challenge – to find a way to be sustainable in this work, to take greater care of providing finances to my children’s university or other education and finding ways for them to do that too.  For this I need collaborators, ingenuity, inventiveness and to foster sustainability. Let’s face it not all forms of writing bring in enough to provide shelter let alone education for our youth.

It’s not about platitudes but walking a spiritual path with practical feet, and not sticking with anything outmoded that holds back the development of women, youth, people in general, and people dealt a rough initial starting point  the world (born into poverty, or families with a need for healing, or without any caring family).

As I soul search my return to bread and butter work, as well as continuing the often voluntary arts and community work that is good for my soul, I begin to strive to bring all the elements of who I am together, and to try and be an example to my children and youth in my own family of how to do that.  How can I make it better for them?

How can I use innovation,  storytelling, creativity, ingenuity to become all I hope for them as well,  a person whose work is not just bread and butter, but vocation, building a society that is not just about economy but about human spirit, and community?

 

 

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