Published by Kookie!



So happy to share my story ‘The Park’  about a mysterious lady in the park, and the power of friendship and art, has been published by Kookie Magazine.

A hugh thank you to one of the editors Nicky and the rest of the team, for sharing this work.

You can preview the first part of the story and see the delightful illustration for it by Sophie here KOOKIE PREVIEW

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Photo Post: PNG Independence Celebrations Brisbane

Some photo highlights of my first ever attendance at a PNG Independence day celebration anywhere.  This is at Logan in Queensland.  I went with my mother and brother visiting from Tasmania, as well as family and friends.

Trobriand Dancers
Bouganville Dancers
New Britain Dancers – dusted with talcum powder from audience to give them strength.
Some of my family saying hello to Central Province Dancers – best head dresses of the day.
Dance offs, I’ll see if I can dance your style.  South Pacific PNG Based family.
Kairuku Dancers from areas near where my mum is from.
With my friend Helene who also attended.
Some of the nearly 1000 people that attended
Checking out the stalls!

Leaf Creations Begin


Be Illumined

Thanks to Paul, my brother visiting from Tasmania, for creating this beautiful leaf.

And what a beautiful quote extract you chose.

Here is the full reading we read together.

Send down Thy blessings, O my God, upon the Tree of the Bayán, upon its root and its branch, its boughs, its leaves, its fruits, and upon whatsoever it beareth or sheltereth.  Cause this Tree then to be made into a magnificent Scroll to be offered to the presence of Him Whom Thou wilt make manifest on the Day of Judgement, that He may graciously allow the entire company of the followers of the Bayán to be restored to life and that He may, through His bounty, inaugurate a new creation. 

Indeed all are but paupers in the face of Thy tender mercy, and lowly servants before the tokens of Thy loving-kindness.  I beg of Thee, by Thy bounty, O my…

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Coil of Light

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A coil of light/ patterns broken and remade/in the path to certitude
-Poem by June  

“None have I sought nor any will I seek save Thee; no path have I trodden nor any will I tread but the path of Thy love. In the darksome night of despair, my eye turneth expectant and full of hope to the morn of Thy boundless favor…”
-‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Baha’i Prayers


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To Be As One Tree – Part 3

The To Be As One Tree project continues.

Be Illumined

At our last Nineteen Day Feast, we shared the concept of the To Be As One Tree Project with our community.

We shared some sample leaves and ways (pictured above) that people could decorate them and began sharing out some paper.

The writing activity sheet, and background information and quotations were also shared and will be emailed as well to all the different core activitiy groups taking place, as well as families and individuals.

About four families have taken some paper to begin work on their leaves and some are also going to home visit others in the community to do the activity.

We’re encouraging everyone to take photographs of their leaf making, writing and quotations with trees meditation groups.

We explained that rather than individuals creating an art exhibition for the bicentennial we had instead gone for a project that everyone could contribute to and say we had made…

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Creative Writing Activities for To Be As One Tree – Part 2

Activities to create writing for the leaves.

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Prompt 1. Turning Over a New Leaf

Think of one Difficulty in the World

Now think of a virtue that would remove it from the world

Turn that into a creative sentence or a few creative sentences  about removing difficulties from the World

Prompt 2. Thankfulness to the Báb

Compose a short thankyou letter or poem to the Báb.

In it you could name gifts of the Báb to the World

What the example of His life has taught you

Prompt 3. Divine Lote-Tree

How can each of us protect the legacy and teachings of the Divine lote-tree

Write a personal pledge I will care for you by . . . (creating unity)

If you like explore poetry forms like Haiku to do any of the above.

Or alternatively write short poems of 3-5 lines.

Step 1: Read and reflect on quotes using the metaphors of…

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Interview with Hélène Magisson Illustrator on Sarah’s Two Nativities

An interview over at the Magic Fish Dreaming blog, with illustrator Helene Magisson, on her latest project.

Magic Fish Dreaming

(c) Hélène Magisson: This artwork summarises the whole message of Sarah’s Two Nativities ‘Because family together in peace is the greatest blessing of all’. 

Interview by June Perkins.

Today the Magic Fish Dreaming blog welcomes back Hélène Magisson, for a delightful interview about her latest illustration work for Janine Fraser’s text Sarah’s Two Nativities.

Illustrator: Hélène Magisson began her artistic career as a painting restorer in Paris, where she was also trained in the art of medieval illumination. She has lived all over the world, including Africa, France and India. She loves to discover other cultures through their arts and customs. She now calls Australia home and has begun a new career of illustrating picture books, some of which have been CBCA Notables. Sarah’s Two Nativities (written by Janine M Fraser) is her first book with Black Dog Books.

1.Hélène began our interview by explaining the significance of the book.

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