Monday, May 15, 2017

Poe Poetry and Pied Stilts

 Pied Stilts on Pumicestone Passage



Passage from Poe's 

Alone

 And all I loved, I loved alone 
  
From ev’ry depth of good and ill
 The mystery which binds me still
  From the torrent, or the fountain
   From the red cliff of the mountain
    From the sun that ’round me roll’d
In its autumn tint of gold
From the lightning in the sky 




Lines from Poe

I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.
There is no exquisite beauty without some strangeness in the proportion.
Years of love have been forgot, In the hatred of a minute.
It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream.
I have no faith in human perfectibility. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active, not more happy ,nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago.
There are chords in the hearts of the most reckless which cannot be touched without emotion.

 Annabel Lee

I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love that was more than love-
I and my Annabel Lee


The Story behind Annabel Lee 




  The Raven

“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortals ever dared to dream before;
But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token,
And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, "Lenore?"
This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, "Lenore!" —
Merely this, and nothing more” 


The Raven Narrated by Christopher Lee 


Edgar Allan Poe Bio --
Born in Boston 19th January 1809 and Died 7th October 1849
Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, editor, critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. His mother Elizabeth left her husband after Edgar was born and then she unfortunately past away when he was only two. He was adopted by Mr and Mrs John Allan. Between the ages of 6 and 12 Edgar spent his school years in England before going back to the Allan,s . Edgar went to University of Virginia and began to drink heavily before joining the army. The Allan's were quite wealthy but when John Allan died nothing was left for Edgar in the will so he struggled financially. In 1835 Edgar got his big break when he won a competition with his story,Manuscript in a Bottle and gained employment as an editor for a newspaper.

Saturday, March 4, 2017


Kahlil Gibran
     Kahlil Gibran was a Lebanese artist, poet, and writer who died in 1931. He is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Lao Tzu.  Elvis Presley is known for his gift giving of cars,houses and jewellery but in the early sixties he also handed out many of Gibrans books to family, friends and fans. While John Lennon included a line from Gibrans Poem, Sand And Foam in the Beatles song Julia. Its a strong possibility that John F Kennedy in his inaugural address took a passage from Gibrans, A New Frontier. Are you a politician asking what your country can do for you or a zealous one asking what you can do for your country?
Kahlil writings has had a big influence on my life and I think his influence stretches alot further than many think. 

Some of My Favourite Gibran Passages 


  • They deem me mad because I will not sell my days for gold; and I deem them mad because they think my days have a price.
  • There must be something unusually sacred in salt if it is contained in our tears and in the sea
  • Our worst fault is our preoccupation with the faults of others
  •  Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.  
  • The song of the voice is sweet, but the song of the heart is the pure voice of heaven. 
  •  Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. 
  • Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife. 
  •  In a single drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.
Gibran on Children
  • They came thru you but not from you & though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
Let these be your desires
To wake at dawn with a winged heart
and give thanks for another day of loving 
  • Many times the Christ has come to the world, and He has walked many lands. And always He has been deemed a stranger and a madman.

Friday, February 17, 2017

     Currimundi Lake is a saltwater lake situated beside Currimundi Beach on the Sunshine Coast. The lake is ideal for family canoeing.The park protects coastal plant of  wallum heathland, woodlands and dune plant communities.The coastal heath and woodland also supports many native bird species. Wildflowers are best viewed in late winter and spring.








Monday, February 6, 2017

Tectocoris diophthalmus, 
commonly known as the Hibiscus Harlequin Bug or Cotton Harlequin Bug




Sunday, October 23, 2016

Mooloolaba Moon


History Trivia

Halloween Pictures from History 

  Halloween 
  • “Souling” is a medieval Christian precursor to modern-day trick-or-treating. On Hallowmas (November 1), the poor would go door-to-door offering prayers for the dead in exchange for soul cakes.
  • Halloween is short for Hallows Eve or Hallows Evening .
  • Halloween was influenced by the ancient Roman festival Pomona, which celebrated the harvest goddess of the same name. Many Halloween customs and games that feature apples (such as bobbing for apples) and nuts date from this time. In fact, in the past, Halloween has been called San-Apple Night and Nutcrack Night.
  • Mexico celebrates the Days of the Dead on the Christian holidays All Saints’ Day November 1 and All Souls’ Day November 2 instead of Halloween.
Pics of Mexico's Day of the Dead

Geographic Trivia
Illinois in 1818 became the 21st state of the USA
Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S Grant and Barack Obama presidents who became president while living in Illinois and President Ronald Reagan who was born and raised in Illinois. The capitol Chicago in the North to Cairo in the south also known as Little Egypt.
Chicago is derived from a French rendering of the Native American word Shikaakwa.

Photo of the Day from down under
Moloolaba Moon 


Nature Video of the Week
Animal Homes and Architecture 


Music Trivia 
The song That''s Rock'n'Roll was written and originally recorded by Eric Karmen in 1976 and was Shaun Cassidy's first hit on the music charts in 1977. 
Here is a clip from the Midnight Special Eric Karmen Burton Cummings and Andrew Gold