15 years spreading laughterPosted: January 29, 2012 Filed under: AUSTRALIA, Birthdays, Clown Doctors, Thought For the Day | Tags: Clown Doctors Australia, Dr B Looney, Dr Fruit Loop, Dr Nutcase, Dr Quack, Dr Sniggles, fabulous charities, honk your nose if you love clowns, I Love My Job, Leonie Leonard, my wonderful colleagues, Sydney Morning Herald, The Humour Foundation Leave a comment
Today is our 15th anniversary! On 29 January 1997 Clown Doctors started working at Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick, Sydney. The Humour Foundation now have 55 Clown Doctors working in 20 hospitals around Australia. Happy Birthday to us! Congratulations to Leonie Leonard, Dr B. Looney, Dr Fruit-Loop, Dr Sniggles and Dr Nutcase, everyone at HF and all the other wonderful Australian Clown Doctors past and present spreading joy to families in times of immense stress. Sometimes we meet people on the worst day of their lives and we try to find a way to bring the sunshine out again. When I think of our work I am reminded of the Maya Angelou quote, “Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.”
MY ISLAND HOMEPosted: January 26, 2012 Filed under: AUSTRALIA, Thought For the Day | Tags: AUSTRALIA, CHRISTINE ANU, MY ISLAND HOME Leave a comment
RIP Etta JamesPosted: January 21, 2012 Filed under: SONGS, Thought For the Day | Tags: At Last, Etta James, What a voice Leave a comment
Thank you for your beautiful voice, what a voice.
Our Big KitchenPosted: January 20, 2012 Filed under: AUSTRALIA, FOOD, LOVE, Self improvement, Thought For the Day | Tags: 7.30 report, ABC TV, Our Big Kitchen, Rabbi Dovid and Laya Slavin Leave a comment
I love this place, they do such great community work
Our Big Kitchen on the 7.30 report ABC TV
HusbandablePosted: January 18, 2012 Filed under: LOVE, MARRIAGE, Single, Thought For the Day | Tags: break ups, Bunnings, husbandable, love and marriage, The Motels, Total Control Leave a comment
HUSBANDABLE – capable of being economically used or fit for cultivation
– Shorter Oxford Dictionary
This year I can’t wait to find the next man I’m going to break up with. Hopefully he won’t call me a ball busting bitch in Bunnings on a Saturday afternoon like the last one did as we stood in the 468 pieces of metal crap aisle, with every DIY lover watching our show. And hopefully he’ll have all his own teeth and a dead mother. Or at least a blind, deaf, mute mother who lives in Uzbekhistan. I live in hope…
Happy Birthday to yaPosted: January 15, 2012 Filed under: Birthdays, Self improvement, Theme Songs, Thought For the Day | Tags: Dr. Martin Luther King Junior, MLK Day, Stevie Wonder Leave a comment
Martin Luther King Jr Day marks the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. King was the chief spokesman for non violent activism in the civil rights movement.
“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.”
Stevie Wonder says it all in this song.
Trust me on the sunscreenPosted: January 10, 2012 Filed under: AUSTRALIA, Self improvement, Thought For the Day | Tags: Advice, Baz Luhrmann, Erica Jong, The Sunscreen Song Leave a comment
Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t
Erica Jong, How to Save Your Own Life, 1977
I love my job, I must be strangePosted: January 9, 2012 Filed under: AUSTRALIA, Clown Doctors, Self improvement | Tags: Clown Doctors Australia, Dr Quack, Dr Silly Billy, Sydney Morning Herald Leave a comment
Ingrid PoulsonPosted: January 2, 2012 Filed under: MARRIAGE, Parenting, Self improvement, Thought For the Day | Tags: "Rise" book, AVO, domestic violence, Ingrid Poulson, Mama Mia, Mia Freedman, overcoming tragedy, public speakers, resilience, Steadfast Training Leave a comment
This time last year Ingrid Poulson and I were speaking on the same stage. I was asked to speak (about Clown Doctors and using humour to relieve stress) at ‘Radiance’ as part of the Woodford Folk Festival in December 2010-January 2011. She spoke after me and told her story. Part of me didn’t want to hear her as I still can’t get my head around what she has been through and survived. But as she spoke I realised she was an incredible woman and the lessons she learnt needed to be shared. Ingrid Poulson wants the parents of Australia to cherish their children. “Hold your babies tight. Love them just a little more. They deserve it,” she was quoted as saying after her children died.
Later I realised that her tent was next to mine in the camping area and I met her. I’d been having an argument with my teenager but my angry mood dissolved after about a minute in her presence. She is a radiant, amazing human being (she must have been just pregnant at the time). She now has a baby boy with her new husband. Ingrid Poulson is living proof that we can learn resilience and recover from even the most horrific life events. I find her strength inspiring.