Burnishing this clay vessel

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Man made in the image of God  – living like CLAY effigies ….
Scrub, scrub, scrub
Rub, rub, rub
Spit and polish –
Shine, shine, shine
Tear off the dross
Peel away the masks
Keep at it
Scrub, scrub, scrub
Deeper and deeper
There ….!!!!
You’ve reached the core of you
The light of the Living God shines through.

I have diminished and HE has increased !!!


The Oughtabees :)

This bee caught my eye … freedom to choose  …. it’s the way things ‘oughtabee’ !!!  Fun poem by Rolli about being yourself.     See link below: 

A fun children’s poem about being yourself, by Rolli: “The oughtabees are circling! One’s sitting on my chin! Don’t listen to a word they say! Don’t let their poison in!”

via Poem For Children: Oughtabees — Discover

Territorial War of Paws !

There definitely is a territorial war going on on Lake Road – or – in Sri Lankan parlance  – an ‘eelam‘ war as it is a battle to claim the Northern and Southern ends of Lake Road.

The main defender of territorial rights is Smokey Rasquinho, with backing and full support of FFF (fearless freedom fighter) aide and body-guard, ‘Kella’

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Smokey – looks to his Commander in Chief for support.  Double brace put on after Bambi jumped on him snapping his leash 🙂

The usurpers  (listed later) are trying to  take over territory, staking a claim to the North of Lake Road whilst the bystanders (see list) who get involved in the fray are seeking promenade rights 🙂

So many tails – sorry  tales, of the War of Paws on Lake Road.  Today’s tale is how Snitch earned her name.

I was late, so Usurpers were out in full force when we stepped out at 7.15 today.  It is an unwritten treaty that whoever leaves the bedroom first Continue reading

For heaven’s sake my heart

For heavens sake my heart

In these days of social media – what I considered private, even sacred moments of love, family, passions and relationships are now thrown onto the public domain.

A man proposes to a girl with much fanfare on reality TV or in a staged drama set up for You Tube.  I am not sure who started this trend, but the first public proposal I saw was on Oprah.  Dare I say ‘yucks’!!  That’s bulldozing your love onto someone who might not be able to say ‘No’ publicly after such an elaborate drama.

A man or woman declare their love and appreciation for each other on Facebook, on Instagram, Snapchat and other local media.  Husbands and wives thank each other on FB on anniversary dates.  A girl notifies the world that she is pregnant the minute she gets the news.  Private moments do not seem sacred anymore.  Everything is public.

Tomorrow, Valentine’s day, I am sure we can expect a spate of public declarations on social media.    Call me old-fashioned, a recluse, an introvert, a fuddy duddy or whatever – but the wisdom of Gibran which I read many years ago has stuck with me ….

For heaven’s sake, my heart, keep secret your love, and hide the secret from those you see and you will have better fortune.
He who reveals secrets is considered a fool; silence and secrecy are much better for him who falls in love.
For heaven’s sake, my heart, if someone asks, “What has happened?”, do not answer.
If you are asked, “Who is she?”;
Say she is in love with another
And pretend that it is of no consequence.
For heaven’s sake, my love, conceal your passion; your sickness is also your medicine because love to the soul is as wine in a glass – what you see is liquid, what is hidden is its spirit.
For heaven’s sake, my heart, conceal your troubles; then, should the seas roar and the skies fall, you will be safe.”

From my book shelf:   “Mirrors of the Soul”- Kahlil Gibran

Gibran : The teachings of the Nazarene

Kahlil Gibran in ‘Spirits Rebellious’ has his character – a monk Kahlil – speak of the truth which he has learned from the teachings of the Nazarene :

“Vain are the beliefs and teachings that make man miserable and false is the goodness that leads him into sorrow and despair, for it is man’s purpose to be happy on this earth and lead the way to felicity and preach its gospel where he goes. 

He who does not see the kingdom of heaven in this life will never see it in the coming life.  We came not into this life by exile, but we came as innocent creatures of God, to learn how to worship the holy and eternal spirit and seek the hidden secrets within ourselves from the beauty of life.  This is the truth which I have learned from the teachings of the Nazarene.  This is the light that came from within me and showed me the dark corners of the convent that threatened my life.  

    … This is the religion as the convent should impart it; as God wished it; as Jesus taught it. “

K. Gibran,  Spirits Rebellious: Khalil The Heretic from The Complete Works of Kahlil Gibran  New Delhi, 2008, 464,

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From my book-shelf



I believe anyone who is on medication or seeing a Dr. needs to read this post.

All About Healthy Choices

When it comes to the length and the quality of our lives, there is no plan of action that guarantees results. That being said, there are choices we can make that increase the chances for longer healthier lives.

When Babe Ruth picked up his first baseball bat he wasn’t a natural home run hitter. When Michael Jordan picked up his first basketball, he didn’t gracefully fly through the air scoring basket after basket.

As each of us goes through life and starts a new “adventure”, our lack of experience often reveals an awkward “clumsiness.” SUCCESS isn’t a birth right; it is mostly acquired through dedication and persistence.


The plate spinner is frenzied early on as he watches plate after plate fall and break


…and with practice, patients and persistence he overcomes the learning curve and enjoys the benefits of achieving successful results…

Our health is no different. We were not…

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My neighbour Mr. Croc

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My neighbour on Attidiya Lake – Lotus Grove in background.

My neighbour causes many passers-by to stop, to gaze, and to take his picture if possible.  You have to be a bit quick though because he tends to submerge himself if he thinks there are too many inquisitive eyes staring at him. 🙂

I myself have a bit blasé about having him for a neighbour.  He generally goes for a lazy afternoon stroll around 2 or 3.pm – Continue reading