I can’t sleep this morning. I had a little toss and turn in bed and decided to get up. I’ve been rewarded with remembering to put my bins out and a beautiful sunrise. I haven’t been up in the dark without a mission for a while and when I put my bins out the stars were glitter and it was still: most calming after being tossed around by the wind yesterday.

This week has been full of breakthroughs for me. The best week after a bit of a stagnant month. I got my car back after being on foot since early June. The car free time hasn’t been as painful as I had imagined and I’ve actually enjoyed walking, so I want to continue to make time to do it, even with the luxury of a car in the driveway. I am really grateful to my dad for getting my car sorted out. I haven’t been able to communicate effectively with mechanics.

I have a Fitbit and it’s great to have feedback about my physical activity. I have continued to increase my steps each week. I find feedback the key to improvement for me. I love the sleep information. It records how often you wake during the night and gives feedback on this and an overall sleep efficiency rate. So I am gathering some data on my sleep:). My friend Jen from Semantically Driven has a post here about her experience with Fitbit as well.  Information is Power!

I’ve had some great wins with my passion project this week too. The Digital Shed project has become a finalist in the Learn Local Awards for Innovation in Digital Literacy, so I’m off to an awards night in the big smoke, late August. The best news for me came at a meeting with Federation Training. We have began our discussions regarding commencing a joint Community Based VCAL next year. This has been a goal of mine since the beginning. So thrilled about this and what it will mean for our local students as well as the VRI.

Lots of other great things have been happening but my alarm just went off so the bonus time I had now comes to an end:). Back soon I hope.




New Moon in Leo – Sunday July 27th 2014

Kim Falconer: Gold Lion Moon provided the inspiration for the clip:). As well as a guide for each sign and ascendant.

Lynda Hill’s Sabian Symbols: Finding and Acknowledging Our Trophies

“This could be a new Moon of power struggles, or, it could be a time for us to discover how powerful we really are.

We have a lot of charged-up energies going on around and within us and the last few weeks have not been easy”

So this dark moon and the surrounding shifts into Leo will reignite some fire into our lives… bring on the warmth and glam:)


Recycle Stamps to Art

Cracovia I received an interesting request last week to send some stamps to an artist who recycles them into works of art.

I quote:

“Polish artist, Pola Dwurnik, who intends to create a series of collage pieces made entirely of postage stamps from all around the world. We ask friends and strangers to donate stamps – old and new, national and international, also on envelopes etc. We have already received stamps from the USA, from Japan and of course from numerous European countries.”

You can see Pola’s work here:
Read more about the project:
Or just follow us on Facebook:

If you have stamps you would like to contribute to this international art project, here is the address in Australia :

Wanda Gierzynska
40 Princes St.
Ryde 2112 NSW

Full Moon in Capricorn – Saturday 12th July 2014

Tonight the moon will be full. It’s the last weekend of the school holidays and I still have a lot to do. I’m at the point of looking for what I need to let go of because it’s becoming clear that I’m not going to be able to get everything done that I wanted to do.

Kim Falconer: 11th House Astrology says this:

” Breathe, release, let go. There are solutions and pathways that lead you forward, but you won’t see them until you give the grudge match a boot. Stop gnawing old bones and shake yourself free. Step into to the high clean winds of release. “

Kim also has a guide for how it may influence each of the signs.

Lynda Hill’s Sabian Symbols has a new website! Check out all the insights of Sabian Symbols there. Subscribe to Lynda’s moon newsletter for great insights into the new and full moons each month. Here is a quote from this moon’s newsletter that I have found very relevant these holidays:

 A level of trust is required when you work with a team. It is vital that everyone gives their best and doesn’t hold back. If someone endeavors to run the whole race by them-self, even if they think it’s the right thing to do, it can be seen as a form of selfishness where everything is put at risk because of the inability to share or act cooperatively. The aim of each should be for the team to reach the finish line, or the goal, regardless of individual performances. In fact, it may almost be impossible to complete the course on your own. For the best results, people should work together in this situation, each taking their turn and their due rewards.”

I have been reflecting on this quite a bit as I’ve also been doing a couple of MOOCs to keep up to date with my professional learning : E-Learning Ecologies and Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills.  Yes this is my idea of relaxing during the holidays. I will only do the assignments for the latter but I have enjoyed the interactions and materials presented in both. In the ‘Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills’ course there has been a lot of focus on Collaborative Problem Solving.  I’m excited for students of the future and I have reflected on the learning I have done with others over the past couple of years.

School holidays are a bit of an interruption to the routines really. People are away and sometimes even though I think I am going to get a lot done without the daily routines, there are also delays in getting information from others also on holidays.

Moonkissd by Jessica asks a few hard edged questions for this full moon:

“How is your heart doing? The heart has a language; it speaks in moods and feelings. Under the clear light of this Capricorn Full Moon, you can step back from your emotions and get a more objective view on your heart. Are you purposefully and soulfully moving through life, are you celebrating hard-won and deeply fulfilling accomplishments, or are you wrestling with the stranger in your heart? Because none of us have to make the time to get to know what fills our heart with milky warm bliss, what causes it to ache and hurt, all its little self-sabotaging traps”

It’s big and bright out there this cold crisp night.



What’s Happening?

Plenty! I love this space. I haven’t been showing up here lately and I want to. It’s school holidays, so the Neighbourhood House has no classes running. I intended to have a break…. but there are things that still need to be done. Getting the lease signed on the VRI hall after waiting so long has been exciting yet because we have been waiting so long it has almost taken me by surprise.

I’ve taken up a long service leave replacement at the local secondary college for the first 4 weeks of next term. It’s only 3 days a week but it will bite into my time so I want to get the grants that are all due at the end of the first week of term finished. So they hang over my head like the old school assignment always did. There have been a few meetings that I wanted to schedule and every day there has been something to do.

Even when I’m lying around watching iview catch ups of ‘The Time of Our Lives’, I’m thinking that I should be chipping away at one of those grants. I am a recent convert to this TV series, so I had a whole season to catch up. I love it! It’s enjoyable to watch an Aussie series that has characters living in modern families and modelling humane responses to the everyday challenges of life. It’s good.

My son and our friend (and past student) have been blogging. I’m impressed with their writing. When I read them I feel quite challenged to be more open and vulnerable myself. But I’m not there yet. My daughter is in Europe with her dad on a family holiday. I love watching through my Facebook feed her adventures.

I’ve got a Fitbit too. I want to get healthier and I love a bit of feedback and statistics. So I’m wearing my tracking device and logging my food and water consumption to get some stats. I’m also enjoying the sleep monitor. I have consistently logged over 90% sleep efficiency. It’s interesting to see how much your sleep is interrupted during the night.



New Moon in Cancer – Friday 27th June 2014


The moon is new at 6.08 in these parts. Cancer is the sign of the moon so the changeable, nurturing, emotional, watery power of the moon will be right at home in this sign. I’ve spent a bit of time at home (4th house/cancer) this week so it’s worked for me. My car was being repaired, I’ve had a lingering cold and it’s been cold outside. I’ve been well looked after by my family and friends lending me their cars and giving me lifts so I haven’t suffered too much. My dad had it fixed for me - he is such a great father.

I am reminded of the many blessings from my family connection under this new moon as I read:

Cancer, the sign of home and history and heritage, is your astrological GPS, the umbilical cord that connects you to the mother ship and nourishes you to viability. It’s home – the place where you started out in life, the place where you begin each day, and the people and things that have been there with you. ” Big Sky Astrology: Cancer New Moon, Setting the Table

I also got to catch up with my Transform with the Transits course and gain lots of wisdom from Kim and the wise group of women there. Kim’s June New Moon post will update where this moon will work for you. You are probably best looking at the sign of your ascendant. If you need help to work out where that is, check out this You Tube Clip.

Make sure you make a wish as close to the new moon as you can for the month ahead. new moon





Winter Solstice 2014

It’s only going to get lighter from here! We’ve been through our darkest night/shortest day. Last night our Winter Festival was a hoot! Like many at this stage of winter - I have a cold. I am glad I pushed it aside to be with community because it warmed me like my bed never could have.

It was my facebook feed come alive as I saw and chatted to many of my friends in real life. Music, food, dancing and lots of wonderful conversations were had. There is nothing like the speed and warmth of face to face conversation. All those untypable communications get released, spoken words have a lighter, freer quality between people, laughter is spontaneous and infectious and hugs – well, real life hugs are unbeatable!

The light projections brought new shapes and colours to the streets we are so familiar with, casting a magical quality to the air. While the main stage was a stream of local voices and dancing with a crowd of participation, street performers were scattered throughout the route as we walked around looking at the art on the buildings.  The Art Gallery enjoyed a big night of participation and stall holders and shops that stayed open were pleased with the traffic.

There were plenty of past students to reconnect with. I watched a little girl in open admiration of Sabrina Salvatore who played at the start of the festival, standing mesmerized by her song. I really enjoyed Sab and Monica McDonald share their musical talents at the Gippsland Women’s Forum the night before. There is something wonderful about seeing past students growing into accomplished people – one of the long term perks of being a teacher that I have come to appreciate.  Steph Kay had a stall showcasing her wonderful magazine ‘ Hello Florence’ as well as her amazing photography portfolio.  reactivate latrobe valley

Watching small children sway and dance with the performers on the stage made me smile. They played amongst the hay bales while their parents chatted looking on. The drumming circle came together and sustained a beat that made a great background to the packing up of stalls and the clearing of the site by stall holders and the hardworking and generous OUTR team.

We are so blessed to have RMIT’s OUTR project : Reactivate Latrobe Valley work with us to bring life back into our town centres. The team have worked tirelessly for 3 days and nights, largely behind the scenes to deliver a festival that brought joy to our community.  I spoke to a lot of happy people during the night, it’s good for us to get together – looking forward to the next one and lighter days ahead. Happy Solstice!

%d bloggers like this: