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A perspective – there is no normal

On a door in a house…

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Close up of some of the quotes:

Door 1

 

Door 2

 

Door 3

 

Door 4

Door 5

 

Door 6

So, what’s your initial reaction to the quotes?

Stop and then, what do you think of the messages?

What impression does the person who stuck these on the wall leave with you?

Wishing you good fun and joy,

– FlorenceT

 

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© 2015 Photography by FlorenceT

A belated Christmas gift

What better way to start the year than with a huge chuckle!

Imagine this:

January 4 … a belated Christmas gift … from a  family member … a gift that keeps giving … produced as a fund raiser for the Children’s Burns Unit, Children’s Hospital Foundation … a 22nd year collaboration with NSW Firefighters … a few pages in … a ‘dedication’.

dedicationTo Florence, how do we look?

Not half as good as you.  Stay HOT!

Marty xx

Uh??!!  Disclaimer: I have never met Marty :-).

And Marty is Mr October! Mr October

Should you be interested in a 2015 calendar for a good cause, go to Firefighters Calendar.

This gift will keep giving for the entire year… Wow, my very own, umm, calendar :-).

Happy New Year everyone!

Looking forward to a year of writing, creating, experimenting and exploring, which I have not done much of but will endeavour to do.

 – FlorenceT

 

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Setting the record straight

Given that Ronovan’s post, “10 Things Men Think Women Think They MUST Know About Men” arose from a challenge of mine, I thought it best to briefly set the record straight.

So for a bit of fun (and perhaps some ‘truths’?), and substantially speaking for self (so grrlfriends, please pardon the appearance of my speaking for all of you).  Actually, tell me what you think!

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These are apparently what men think how women think about them:

#1 Men ignore women EVERY time women talk unless the word SEX is mentioned.

Well, men just have selective hearing, and yes, it’s a darn good excuse…for everything. Yeah, we know this too.

#2 Men like women wearing tight fitting clothing or see through clothing.

Only applies to men lacking sophistication and imagination. I for one know men also like the “now you see and now you don’t”, seductive and mysterious…

#3 Men are Cuddling Machines.

Don’t think that at all…but we can dream and hope… 🙂

#4 Men want to be examples of perfect health.

Qualification: when there’s a girl or girls to impress.

#5 Men want their foods perfectly organized on their plates . . . not touching.

Ok, admit this one… hey, does that mean women no longer need to prettily ‘present’ food for consumption …hoorah!

#6 Men don’t care about what softness of toilet tissue they end up with.

Oh, we know you care… but not enough to buy it…or replace it…?

#7 Men enjoy practical gifts for every gift occasion.

Well, we are thinking of toys but to support the flawed notion of masculinity, we refer to them as practical tools…

#8 Men always want monkey SEX

Aawww, really? I must have been asleep.

#9 Men ALL know how to fix cars.

We know that to be a fallacy.

#10 Men are all the jealous types.

We know that’s not the case; unless of course it is in relation to another subject which threatens them perhaps…?

Bonus: Men don’t know how to use the washing machine.

We know they do… but…mmmm, somehow the washing’s not done. Darn excuse, again?

Phew, needed to get that out 🙂

10 things I want to know… about men

Ronovan posed some interesting insights and questions (?) about women, some of which I have no response – though I did pick Hugh Jackman over David Beckham and Vince Diesel.  Seriously, who wouldn’t? Don’t answer that!

So being ‘inspired’ by Ronovan’s humorous post, here are my all time questions about men… perplexed me for years and no satisfactory answer as yet 🙂 

Here’s a challenge for you out there!

#10

What is it with chasing white balls around all day? Golf, baseball …etc. Oh, please don’t say ‘we love team work’ cause then you can help me mow the lawn or cook!

#9

What is it with watching other men chasing balls? Oh, let’s not forget the talking, yelling, shouting at the TV while at it!

#8

What is it with long hair on a woman (picture this – said long hair gently blowing in the wind, or draped over… you get what I mean).

#7

What is it about the need to feel competent at all times?  Classic case of not asking for directions – guess men are never lost, always ‘I know we are heading in the general direction’? Or not asking where the dukkah (an Egyptian spice) is shelved, always ‘let’s just walk through each aisle, should be here somewhere!”

#6

What is it about envy of other men in rock bands?  Or worse, the emulation? Is it the guitar toting, or the front man allure,…what is it?

#5

A man in a well-cut suit… how come few men get the ‘well-cut’ or the ‘suit’?  And I am referring to those who could afford to do so but somehow don’t do it… Have they any idea what they’re missing?

#4

Mateship… I get friendships and the close support friends provide.  However, the back-slapping, awkward hugs, non-emotional interaction (unless alcohol is involved).. what’s with that?  This could be a cultural (being an immigrant of South-East Asian origin) as well as a gender issue.  Well, is it?

#3

This just got a little serious… What is it with the refusal to be considered as ‘nice’, or for that matter, an outright acting out against ‘nice’?  I know it’s a 4-letter word – a damn good one in my view – and so sexy done right.  So, reason for the denial?

#2

This is the big one… for me.  What do men do with their emotionality? Where do they channel it?  Men feel, I know they do, but many would be loathed to show it except for perhaps the acceptable trio of anger, humor and lust.

#1

This leads from the previous one.  Do men wish they could express their emotionality?  In the context that we the people will not deride or mock it, that we do not think man is ‘wuss’ for owning and expressing feelings, that we actually respect and admire the courage and strength, that we know it is part of being human. 

Do you, men out there, long for a more accepting world?

 

Phew, that’s done… I’m sure there are more questions out there (men are such complex creatures! *I can hear the protests already*) but this is the best I can do in the time I’ve got.

 

Wrong turn into a magical place

Postaday – Wrong Turns

 

The last time I got lost, I ended up in a a magical place.  Magical but no less threatening.  The people I encountered were highly intelligent – totally comfortable discussing the merits of poetry to the latest scientific invention to astronomical  studies. There was an essence about them, their interactions which I couldn’t name.  But then, I wasn’t too concern – I was ultimately in a foreign land.

It was there that I met Matthew – a sophisticated man with intricate taste in food and wine.  The same goes for his choice of music.  We spent hours discussing books and music, his lifestyle and mine.  His is beyond compare – the jet-setting and most importantly his access to the many places closed to us humble folks.  And if you think I’m gushing over him, well I am.  I think I half fell in love with him. 🙂

Then there is Diana.  What can I say – a woman of substance, also with many fears which were somehow hidden by her many talents, that is until you know her better.  Which I got to do over the short period of time I was there.  Her resilience through the many trials in her life is to be respected. I can’t find a stronger woman, I don’t think.

The many friends around Matt and Di loved and respected them, at varying degrees.   Most importantly, their bonds were strong.  Their friendships forged by some pretty harsh times they have encountered together.

Anyway, I found my way back after spending hours with them, exploring their world and I hope, bringing with me a little of their passion to protect the world they live in. Highly commendable, don’t you think?

I was interrupted from ‘Shadow of Night’ by the raucous laughter of the young persons in my life, only to realise that I had somehow been lost for several hours, in the pages of this mesmerizing book by Deborah Harkness.