January 28, 2007



"Visualization, imagination , imaging it's all the same. We underestimate and underrate the power of visualizing what it is that we want. But you do it everyday. When you get up in the morning, you think about what you are going to wear before you get dressed. That's Visualisation.
You can't have something in your life without first imaging it, when you can begin to visualize it because what you are doing is you are feeding an image to your self conscious that produces the results, and the material things that come into your life. So, practise being quiet, practise concentrating.
When I put project together. I saw the whole thing. It was like a saw a little blueprint up on the wall. I saw each step that I was going to take. That's part of planning it out. That's part of projecting what it is that you want in life.
Use your imagination. Use visualization.
See yourself doing it. Before I give a talk, I see myself on stage giving a lecture. I really do! I'll give a talk before the regular talk and sometimes the talk before the walk is better than the talk. But, it's really important to see yourself going through the process of life as you're planning it, as you're doing things"


January 23, 2007

Fifty Years ago we were reading books like:

Fifty years ago we were reading books like:
The catcher in the rye - J D Salinger

A town like Alice - Nevil Shute

Lord of the Flies - William Golding

Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham

The old man and the sea - Ernest Hemingway

The talented Mr Ripley - Patricia Highsmith

Minority Report - Isaac Asimov

Dimonds are Forever - Ian Fleming

Ferenheit 451 -Ray Bradbury

The Lord of the Rings trilogy - J RR Tolkien

Fifty years ago we were reading books like:

January 20, 2007

Writers in Wineries

Writers in Wineries

Hastings Literary Festival 2007
Saturday March 10 and Sunday March 11

Night of Pleasure with Te Mata Estate
Saturday 10 March, 8pm in the Assembly Hall, Hawke's Bay Opera House
Featureing Lloyd Jones author of Gilmore's Diary, Splinter, Swimming to Australia, Biografi, Here at the end of the world we learn to dance, Paint Your Wife, The Book of Fame. His latest novel, Mr Pip is enjoying critical acclaim and has been snapped up by the overseas markets.

Jenny Patrick has become best known for her historical fiction and her books The Denniston Rose, and its sequel Heart of Coal are two of New Zealand's biggest selling Novels. Her latest book is Catching the Current. She has also, with husband Laughton Pattrick written a number of songbooks and musical shows and for many years was a successful jeweller.

Kate Camp author of Unfamiliar Legends of the Stars (Poetry),Realia, Beauty Sleep (Poetry), as essay On Kissing. Kate regularly appears on Kim Hill's as a classic book reviewer

Emily Perkins author of Not her Real Name and Other Stories (fiction), Leave Before You Go and The New Girl, Novel About my Wife. She presented the Book Show for TV1 during 2006.

Kevin Ireland. Poet, short story writer, novelist and librettist, Kevin Ireland has been a prolific writer starting with Face to Face in 1963. Literary Cartoons won the New Zealand Book award for history and biography and in 2004 he published his fourth novel Getting Away With It. His latest publication is How to Catch a Fish. He has won many awards and honours including the 0BE and the Prime Minister's Award for Poetry.
Copy to Browser: http://www.bookcouncil.org.nz/writers/irelandkevin.html

Price $30 a ticket, which is the same price as for previous events.
E-mail artcentre@clear.net.nz (summary from promotional newsletter)

Writers in Wineries

January 03, 2007

World Vision

World Vision

This beautiful gift came from my thoughtful and caring and hard working sister. I was impressed my it and also I thought to promote it and also her but I would need to check with her before I publish any information about how great she is!

She sponsored a gift of ten trees and also a piglet on my behalf (seeing how much I like bacon) to help children and families overseas through world vision.

I am providing a link to their beautiful website www.giftsofhope.org.nz
The gift came with cards for the Ten Trees it read:

Trees provide more than just a shady spot on a sunny day. They can be planted on land that has been badly eroded by desforestation to improve soil quality and help the whole community grow better produce. Trees can also be a source of income when sold as firewood. provide natural pesticides and their leaves can be used to feed animals. This gift provides a farmer with 10 trees, ready for planting.

With the piglet the text reads:
A pig can provide a farmer in Africa with a much needed source of protein and income. Pigs breed fast and when the first piglets arrive, they are passed on to community groups who raise them to buy food for orphans in the community. Any other piglets can be sold to supplement the family's income.


World Vision

Quote of the Day
"The trick is to make sure you don't die waiting for
prosperity to come." -- Lee Iacocca
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