New Moon in Sagittarius – Saturday 22nd November 2014

This week has been busier than it should be on a dark moon so I’ve just woken up from a delicious 10 hour sleep. I met a new friend this week who has a son who is a sleep scientist. I am quite fascinated with sleep so it felt like a cosmic delivery. I’m anticipating learning more. It’s our last morning for 2014 at the Digital Shed this morning. It’s been a busy year and very rewarding. I’ve made lots of new friends and learnt plenty, about technology and life.

Sagittarius love learning and my sun is in that sign, so it’s one of the gifts it has brought to me. I have lots of friends born at that time of year and whilst their path to learning may be different it’ something most have in common. Some like to travel to learn, or complete formal study or do it in a variety of self initiated and random ways like I do.  April Elliot Kent’s post on this new moon ‘A Hat Full of Stars’ talks about this time of the year evoking the hero’s journey, where we set out into the unknown. Great title!

Lynda Hill has a beautiful new website if you haven’t yet caught up with it. This new moon’s post: Reunions, Reruns and Running the Race discusses all the line up of planets. In response to the energy she says “How we handle it may be a measure of our ability to stand strong with our belief in the goodness of life and that good things are unfolding – and exactly as they should be. Of course, many people are having a good time in their lives, but for those who are feeling rather tested or pushed, this could be a time of having to reconnect with one’s positive thoughts and feelings. ” The Sabian Symbols are a fascinating study into the 360 degrees of the zodiac. I’ve had Lynda’s book on CD for many years and find it a valuable insight when I read charts.

If you need more insights check out Kim Falconer , Mystic Medusa or Moonkissd by Jessica – always a good read. Don’t forget to make a wish – the time in Australia is 23.32.




Old Links

This week when I was doing some one on one tutoring for someone who was making a website, I was showing him how to put a link widget on the sidebar using my own blog and how it would show up. I realised that my links were so old so I have removed the widget but will update it in the coming weeks.

I’ve stopped running courses on blogging. It’s more effective for the student to have a couple of one on one sessions. I can tailor the learning for the individual and it’s less frustrating. Typically in a class every person has a different purpose for wanting a web presence.

It was interesting to see how many of my old list had disappeared and the ones that are still current have sometimes changed addresses. I started blogging in September 2005, so just a little over 9 years now. The last time I updated the links on my blog was possibly around 2008/9. My posting has become more irregular lately because I’ve been so engrossed in my other projects, yet I still love blogging and have intentions of using this space more thoughtfully and frequently.

My personal journaling is a big more regular. I watched this clip last night and it has reinspired me to keep up my writing habits. Interesting findings!

Full Moon in Taurus – Friday 6th November 2014

This is not an eclipse so should be a little less intense than the previous moons. Taurus is a comfort loving sign so good food, friends/family, nature and a massage would all be supported by this one! The moon will be large tonight and Friday night, as the exact time is 9ish on Friday morning.

Life’s good after a long weekend – Jenny from the Neighbourhood House insisted I take Monday off as well so I did my best ;-). I slept all day one of the days , only breaking to eat and read and made a conscious effort to do as little as possible. April Elliot Kent – Big Sky Astrology – Taurus Full Moon: The Centre of You gives a thumbs up to taking some time out from the intensity to comfort yourself.

Moonkissd by Jessica: Taurus Full Moon: Come to Your Senses has a familiar theme and also mentions choc chip biscuits. It’s vital to take some time out and look after yourself and a Taurus Full moon is as good a time as any. After my big rest I was able to make some big decisions that gave me some relief from long standing stresses. I’ve also had some great things come through in this half week of work- sometimes relaxing does solve problems. My inclination is to push and stress, but taking a break and getting grounded is more effective.

Sleep is so restorative. I feel calmer and clearer. I listened to this podcast over the weekend of Tim Ferriss interviewing Maria Popova and she mentions sleep as one of the important parts of her ritual. She is such an intelligent and prolific producer, so if it works for her – I’m going to make it a priority for me too!

My Taurus son and his friend are going to be home this weekend. It’s going to be easy to loll around and get into the relaxed and grounded vibe.

It didn’t work

Last night I was out for dinner with some wonderful friends. They were talking about their experience with some people who blocked their suggestions with ‘we’ve tried that’.  I couldn’t help but think back to Seth Godin’s post from 2007 that I bookmarked to help me through the resistance I felt as a teacher trying to change things at that time- We’ve Tried Everything.

My answer to that was always – well I haven’t now.

The thing is that the rate of change, in our world, as I see it, means that things tried in the past could possibly be relevant again. A great question to ask when presented with the old ‘We tried that back in 19xx or even 200x’ is What didn’t work? It’s not that you won’t want to learn from mistakes, or discount previous experience, but hell, just because something didn’t work the first time, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try it again. What was learnt? How could that be improved? What could be tweaked or adjusted?

I was watching a Khan Academy lesson today and at the bottom of the clip I was watching there was a place to report a mistake. They even gave an example of what that might look like. This made my heart leap. Here was an educational authority inviting correction, not avoiding it or pretending that mistakes aren’t sometime made, but inviting and therefore encouraging improvement. That’s the kind of culture that I respect.

Coyote Choir – Pepa Knight

On Friday when I was at the Digital Shed at the Court House in Traralgon, there was a busker on the opposite side of the road. I heard a dog singing along and it drew me out of the building. I love hearing dogs sing. I can’t hear any dogs in this song, but the title reminded me.

It’s been a good week.


Missed the Eclipse

Well I missed sharing it here, anyway! My host was down. It happens a little bit and I’m not so concerned about it. This is not a life and death blog. I’m not relying on it for my income or status in the world. I moved my hosting to a local student last year. He is one of the original Digital Shed students who has hosting services as a part time enterprise. Sometimes the hosting goes down, but so what. I feel good about sending my dollars to a local, young person rather than a stranger whose money will feed a far off economy rather than my own.

The eclipse was interesting. I am doing a Good Vibe Astrology course at the moment called Astro Biz and I am learning so much. It’s probably the 3rd course I’ve done with them and I love how the information is beginning to stick and I’m able to see patterns and connections in charts. I’ve been practising a lot lately on my friends and family.

The VRI hall is coming along well. Yoga classes have started there and next week we have an information session with Federation Training about our proposed Community Based VCAL we intend to run in 2015.  I’m also going to be following up a few people who have expressed interest about using the space. Tomorrow night Rose and I are presenting to Latrobe City Council about our plans and looking to them for some further financial support. I expect it will go well – most have been helpful and interested so far. There are just a few things that need to be sorted out and I believe that it is doable.

Sometimes I feel really impatient about it all but this week I’ve reflected on how much we have achieved. The roof is repaired – it took just over a year from the time we crowd funded. We’ve also painted and repaired the interior. I estimate that over 100 people contributed to it. People from a wide variety of places and walks of life, with an age range of over 50 years. We had financial and resources contributed by around 100 people and businesses and some contributed both money and labour. The reaching of this goal is great but the journey was pretty awesome also. I want to remember to appreciate along the way, because there is still a way to go :-).


Vote 1

It’s ok, I’m not running a political campaign. I appreciate you voting for our VRI project in the Bank of Melbourne Local Project competition.  The wonderful community of Latrobe Valley have been working together on building this space and every dollar we raised is supported and extended by the generosity of many people.


Education is it’s own reward. It’s a valuable possession that no one can take away from you once you gain it. I love learning and working with our community to make a space for learning together is fun and rewarding.

In the last six weeks we’ve completed the restoration of the roof and painted the interior of the hall. Over a hundred people have been through the building. Plastic was laid on the floor, windows and fixtures were taped, scaffolding was constructed, the walls and ceiling were sanded, washed, puttied, treated for mould and then undercoated and sanded. We’ve had two local secondary schools, a major community working bee and corrections teams put their time in. Many local businesses have made contributions. You can read more about it on our Digital Shed webpage or Facebook Page. Follow our project and watch as it grows.




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