Bold List 47: A few of my favourite things May 2017

Header text in handwritten looking font, overlaid on a panelled pale grey wall with prayer flags hanging across the top third.Things (well, ‘things’… haha, they’re mostly podcasts) that are making me happy and hopeful this week! This may or may not get a bit ranty. #howtogetpoliticalandreal in a listicle! Well worth a listen :)

  1. Mia Freedman interviewed on the Osher Gunsberg podcast. I ‘specially loved Mia talking about the “lasts” when parenting (“firsts” seem to be very popular). So glad she gave words and a context to a lost-ness I’ve been feeling about this (even though my kids are in their twenties). Many more topics, parenting and otherwise, were visited too!
  2. Kristen Kalp’s podcast, “That’s what she said” – the Stop Self-Sabotage episode. It’s about even more than that sounds… including: keeping on doing your Good Work when politics is creating fear, division, unkindness – impacting lives and not for the better; how to keep yourself in good condition so you can quietly, consistantly keep going; keep buoyant, keep helping. If each of us did this – and I think a lot are – it would/will add up! I like Kristen’s voice!
  3. This Tom Ballard podcast interview with Paul Oosting gives me hope that there are leaders who clearly see how things can be and not succumb to the BS/fearmongering that’s mass broadcast. My favourite bit is when the interviewee, Paul Oosting, Director of GetUp (regarding standing up against a proposed ridiculously destructive coal mine right near the Great Barrier Reef) says we “… just have to win this one”. That’s how I feel too. We have to see it going right. There are many more people than corporations. These challenges to our environment must be fought.
  4. I’m enjoying Tom Ballard’s podast lately (see also: #3 and #5), and his mission to listen to people from all around the political spectrum and why they hold the views they do. It’s the only way forwards, don’tcha think, attempting to understand each other and finding commonalities?
  5. Tom Ballard’s podcast also revealed to me my favourite newly found common-sense/feminist icon: Eva Cox. Here she is on his podcast, “Like I’m a 6-year old“. I’ve many favourite points to think about. One is: “We live in a society not an economy” – Huh, food for throught that the measurable/financial GDP (Gross Domestic Product) is not the only metric. If you want to learn more, Eva has written heaps of articles for The Conversation news service. Here’s an Art for Art’s sake article, on quality of life.
  6. Our most recent bold interviewee, Angela Trea Lyon, has written “Lead with Love. Always” for Inspire me Today. Her article joins writing by Sir Richard Branson, Seth Godin, Dee Wallace and hundreds more. Go, Angela!
  7. I enjoyed the movie Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol.2. Have you seen it? Now I want to re-watch the first one, then go back and see Vol.2 a second time. I can confirm there’s violence in it (!) but apparently there was plenty of/enough story, character, cool amazing things and humour so I could cope, and even enjoy!
  8. Let’s end with a poem. Rumi telling it from centuries ago on Elephant Journal.


Keep having the conversations. It seems hard doesn’t it, yet I find once the subject has been broached, others-whose-point-of-view-you-didn’t-previously-know are often equally unhappy with policies and the status quo. We can’t afford to be gouging effing big holes in our support system (aka. Mother Earth), demonising/dehumanising “other” people, when we are all human and need to breathe! #oopsigotranty

What are you watching, looking at, listening to? Has anything you’ve read or watched or heard made a point you didn’t expect that really made you think? I’m just glad there are life-affirming, thoughtful people putting out their content and ideas, so I don’t feel alone amongst the dangerous tomfoolery of corporate media and government.

There are truly some wonderful people in the world!

I’m doing lots of painting ready for the next round of Bold Art Calendars…  there are a few #workinprogress blog posts coming up and if you want the 2018 members’ discount coupon for your calendar/s, join my Tangerine Tribe here.

Talk soon,
Meg x o




PS Get up by Peter Tosh. If the video doesn’t work, click this to watch/listen.

PS 2 In case you didn’t click through for the Rumi poem, here it is along with the introduction from the article writer:

(The writer, Elyane Youssef,) first read it in The Essential Rumi, a compilation of Rumi’s poems translated by Coleman Barks. The poem is called “A Great Wagon,” and the middle verse—(her) favorite—is below:

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase “each other”
doesn’t make any sense.
The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill
where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don’t go back to sleep.”


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