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Monthly Archives: September 2010
Contentment is not continuous.
This simply seems to be the way we’re wired. Like blowing the perfect soap bubble. We’re drawn to catch it as it drifts away, only for it to burst, leaving us with nothing but slippery fingers. But there are always more where that came from. Bigger and better ones.
Similarly with sunsets. Time’s relentless march sucks the molten orb into the night. No debate. Until tomorrow. And the point of it all is? Perhaps partly to teach appreciation, moment for moment, while allowing discontent to guide us in the direction of greater Contentment. Maybe one of these days I’ll manage the process with more grace 😀
Quotes to consider:
“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” – Epicurus
“There is no end of craving. Hence contentment alone is the best way to happiness. Therefore, acquire contentment.” – Swami Sivananda
“It is better to want what you have than to have what you want.” – Proverb
“Contentment is a pearl of great price, and whoever procures it at the expense of ten thousand desires makes a wise and a happy purchase” – John Balguy
“Contentment is a kind of moral laziness; if thare want ennything but contentment in his world, man wouldn’t be any more of a success than an angleworm is” – Josh Billings
Just because it’s beautiful, here’s another pic of that Kalahari sunset, closer to complete . . .
- Outrage as Botswana Bushmen denied access to water (yubanet.com)
- Kalahari Bushmen to appeal against court ban on well in game reserve (guardian.co.uk)
- Bushmen lose Kalahari water case (bbc.co.uk)
- Botswana’s War Against Human Rights (blogcritics.org)
- Letters: Bushmen concern (guardian.co.uk)
Time for some more bike action on the blog!
As mentioned in my last post, Dave took part in the Xtreme Enduro X at Daytona, here in Johannesburg, on Saturday. Talk about a hectic ride! He landed hard from this high drop-off during the first heat, damaging his ankles, which are still painfully swollen:
Of course he continued – to win his semi-final convincingly. Unfortunately his chain came off twice in the final, contributing to a fourth place finish. Here are two more battle scenes, the first showing Dave (racing for Team Pro-Action KTM) fighting it out with Justin Hawley, who took a well-earned gold in the intermediate class:
Meanwhile among the pro’s, masterful mayhem ruled. This is the start of one of their heats, showing Jade Gutzeit (#2 on the left) and Louwrens Mahoney (#3 on the right):
Jade was leading their semi-final when his bike gave in. Accordingly disqualified from the final, he requested to ride anyway (for no position). The rest of the field agreed, gleefully insisting he did fifteen push-ups prior to starting. No problem for Jade. He not only complied, but raced on a borrowed bike to an unofficial fastest time.
Louwrens won first place, giving a great demo on how it’s done! This is him in action:
These pics show some more of the drama:
Special mention too to the only lady rider, Kirsten Landman, who rode excellently!
By the end of the day, we all had filthy faces but loads of fun 😀 Great job on an awesome event, Greg & team, and WELL DONE EVERYONE!!
- Jack Pine Enduro, The GranDaddy of all Enduros (nothingbetterthanablankpage.blogspot.com)
Those of you who’ve read about My Books, will know that our endangered African Penguins are close to my heart. This stems from childhood, when my late father sailed on our national research ships to the Southern islands and Antarctica, sometimes returning with penguins and seals. Despite the passing decades, I’ll never forget them, nor the pungent cocktail of diesel and oil mixed with the sea, so characteristic of the Cape Town docks. The docks of the old days, before the development of the vibrant V&A Waterfront.
So it’s wonderful to learn of support for the world’s penguins. My fabulous Facebook friend, Dyan deNapoli (The Penguin Lady) is in the process of launching her book The Great Penguin Rescue. Documenting a devastating oil spill that threatened 40,000 African Penguins, it will no doubt be a PHENOMENAL read, so take a look! For anyone unfamiliar with these birds, here are some pics of the Boulders Beach colony in Simonstown:
Dyan also recently drew our attention to a stunning new website of the Global Penguin Society, which ‘is dedicated to the survival and protection of the world´s penguin species, fostering integrated ocean conservation through science, management and community education.’ High five to them for all for their amazing effort!
As an aside about sea travel, Dyan offers invaluable advice for preventing seasickness: ReliefBands. She apparently felt no discomfort during five days of crossing the Drake Passage (to Antarctica and back) on a stabilizer-free ship, while others on board were beyond green. The bands ‘have a metal plate that sits against your wrist and provides an electrical pulse that stimulates a nerve, reducing peristaltic activity in your stomach’.
This recommendation came in response to a query on my Mom’s behalf, as she plans to visit ‘The Ice’ next year, shortly after turning seventy. Hard core women, or what? I can’t take the thought of those hectic seas, preferring to stick much closer to coast-lines, but these bands are a definite for future dive trips! I’ll task my Mom with photography 🙂
And how’s this for a cool side benefit? A user testimonial for ReliefBands mentions going on Adventureland rides that kids adore, with ‘NO ill effects whatsoever’! WOW, if that’s possible, perhaps there’s hope for me to read in cars. Now that would be AWESOME 😀 Continue reading
Treasure is best shared.
Caught in Nature‘s
brought to Life
What a Gift
to the World
that you share your
Quotes to consider:
“One’s own self is well hidden from one’s own self; of all mines of treasure, one’s own is the last to be dug up.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
“Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” – Bible
“A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals a secret of hidden treasure.” – Buddha
“Truth is the property of no individual but is the treasure of all men.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
. . . and some more pics, because I just couldn’t contain myself to one 🙂
- Full Bloom on South Africa’s West Coast (brandonmarc.com)
- Creating The South Africa of 2050 (10and5.com)
- Why did FIFA decide to have the World Cup in South Africa knowing it is so dangerous? (worldcup2010southafrica.co.cc)
- Smirnoff Launches Project X (10and5.com)
Awakening → Awe
all at once
Quotes to consider:
“We are near awakening when we dream that we dream.” – Novalis
“If every day is an awakening, you will never grow old. You will just keep growing.” – Gail Sheehy
“I would have the studies elective. Scholarship is to be created not by compulsion, but by awakening a pure interest in knowledge.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The poet knows himself only on the condition that things resound in him, and that in him, at a single awakening, they and he come forth together out of sleep.” – Jacques Maritain
- Botswana: Safari Under Cover (audleytravel.com)
- 7 Must Read Success Lessons from Ralph Waldo Emerson (dumblittleman.com)
- Hit the books! It’s September! (northatlanticbooks.wordpress.com)
- Picture Perfect [Snap Judgment] (jezebel.com)
- Four-Eyes Fashiontography – ‘Awakening’ by Pino Gomes is Geekily Gorgeous (GALLERY) (trendhunter.com)