Thanks for the Lessons

While some people open up easier than others, I truly believe that if you give people a chance they’re probably going to teach you something – or at least confirm something that you only “sorta kinda” knew, but perhaps need to more deeply engrain in your psyche…

For this week’s musings, I’m going to get a bit nostalgic with y’all and share some of my favourite lessons from a few of the interesting people who have kindly shared a little piece of themselves with me. Continue reading

An Ordinary Day

“Jack Pines are not lumber trees and they won’t win many beauty contests either. But to me this valiant old tree, solitary on its own rocky point, is as beautiful as a living thing can be. In the calligraphy of its shape against the sky is written strength of character and perseverance, survival of wind, drought, cold, heat, disease… In its silence it speaks of wholeness, an integrity that comes from being what you are.” – Douglas Wood. Continue reading

Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

‘You’re quoting Snoopy the Dog, I believe.’

‘I’ll quote the truth wherever I find it, thank you.’ – Donald Shimoda.

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Illusions, by Richard Bach has quickly become one of my favourite books, warranting me to reach out to the author and thank him for writing it. He’s in his eighties now and kindly replied to my email: ‘So glad to know you found the story, and the characters and their ideas touched you. They’ve worked in my life for a long time. I hope they’ll be lifelong friends for you, too!’ Continue reading

Vain? Cool! 

I’m not sure if this happens to everyone, but the last 12 months for me have been a jumbled mix of content and complacency. I’m at that glorious age where I’ve learnt a few things: not to take people at their word too much, to be a little more selfish, to still love the fuck out of everyone anyway – as much as possible. And while that’s all well and good, within this groovy new flow, came a blatant lack of care for my appearance. Continue reading

‘I think I’d Rebel’: Artist Ada Clark on the Art of Living

First published in Discover Magazine, 1 March 2017.

Esteemed Artist Ada Clark talks to Denise Mills about taking art ‘off its pedestal’ and embracing fear to live creatively.

Ada’s Place is an art gallery just walking distance from Millthorpe’s main drag. It’s a charming old brick building with no hint of the smattering of colour, artisanship and vibrancy contained within its walls, apart from the brightly coloured piece of pottery which sits atop the mailbox and a simple sign: Ada’s place. But perhaps just as impressive as the works of art contained within, is the strength and vivaciousness of the artist herself. Continue reading

‘Shattered’: Acclaimed Violinist Doreen Cumming on Life Behind the Accolades.

First published in Orange City Life, 23 Feb 2017

Violinist Doreen Cumming has reached remarkable heights in classical music, but her toughest battle was within.

Doreen Cumming is a radiant, quick-witted and passionate violinist who has performed with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and on a number of recordings for big-name film scores. She’s acted in all violin positions including soloist and concertmaster, and plays with a depth of skill and emotion which has impressed audiences in Asia, Europe, America and of course, Australia. Continue reading