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Darth Metal

June 7, 2016 — 1 Comment

My daughter drew my attention to this display of awesomeness. First words out of my mouth were: “That’s what you call, Darth Metal.” That the stormtroopers are actually hitting the notes makes me suspicious of its authenticity. 😛

The Glow Of Holly

December 10, 2015 — Leave a comment

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……………………………..In all the winter in our woods there is no tree in glow but the holly.’
– G. K. Chesterton, Heretics 1905:50

Since senior high school I’ve been interested surrealism.

Here are three experiments, using some new tech for graphic art that we acquired for our homeschoolers.

I tried two separate approaches. The first and third are simple black and white images, whilst the second uses colour and complexity to illustrate the underlying point expressed in it’s title.

As for the titles, I’ve tried to reflect the theological framework that informs them, although, for now, they remain tentative.

They’re not perfect, but at least it’s a start.

Urban Forest Dwellers: Entertaining Angels

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The Zeitgeist Juxtaposition: Scroll, Like, Ignore, Repeat

The Zeitgeist Apocolypse

The Zacchaeus Tree

Dragon Flower



It’s almost Winter in Oz. So, our home schoolers are bogged-down in schoolwork for the duration (With a two week break in between). But, that means doing more cool activities like art with their talented Olmatje (Grandma)

Here is a collection of recent compositions made with charcoal on paper.





Garden Greatness

February 3, 2015 — 2 Comments

That generation.

A garden will make your rations go further_drop shadow

For the full range of these check out:

Plant a Victory Garden, Google Images

Canada At War


Koala Talons

November 22, 2014 — Leave a comment


 Koala Talons

When they say “bear!”,

they cannot mean the koala.

For when we say “bear!”,

it’s usually followed by the words “where?” and “up there!”,

bearing little resemblance to any bear by which one might be tempted to compare.

This leaf-eating marsupial, has the talons of an eagle!

The magnified and hairy ears of a mouse, and usually one big tree for a house.

So as it goes, therefore, so forth and so on.

This furry ball of grey fuzz , is simply the Koala who has a big black nose.

Who chews green leaves.

Climbs the tall, grey and white eucalypt trees.

Grips hold of a limb.

Then sits.

Reaches to eat.

Then drifts.

Safely. Off. To sleep.

 – Rod Lampard, 2014.

Image: Koala sculpture featuring Indigenous-Australian artwork.

Haiku Table FellowshipHere’s something a little different that requires some reader participation.

Write a haiku then post it in one of two ways:

a) Blog your haiku and link back to this thread


b) Post your haiku in the comments below

Traditionally, Christians came together over a shared meal. Looking over the Old and New Testaments, we see that this kind of coming together had significant value for God, something that Jesus Christ strongly confirms, as He sat, ate, talked and shared in what we theologians like to call ‘table fellowship.’

Today we can safely acknowledge that this time of gathering, remembrance and celebration, still has intrinsic value to God, who set out this tradition of invitation and participation for us. Communion (the Eucharist) is probably the biggest example.

Consequently, I’ve decided to kick-start these once a month posts with food being the theme for October.

The task, therefore, is to write a haiku based upon your favourite food or recipe.

In order to help you to do this, keep in mind these basic guidelines:

1. The haiku convention consists of 3 lines. Each based on a flexible, 5-7-5 syllable format.

2. Don’t take it too seriously.

What I do at the moment is scribble down words based on the theme, I then edit it a few times until I’m comfortable with the overall wording and flow of the text.I’ve found that the discipline is helping me to identify my limitations, as well as refine my strengths as a writer.

So, if you’ve never written a haiku, it’s okay, I’m still new to it as well.

Here’s one that I put together this morning:


Slight Tabasco rain
Poached egg; an avocado nest
Breakfast from shells


{As a side note: In the past year or so this combination has become a favourite breakfast dish. The nutritional value is a plus; a word of caution though, too much Tabasco sauce and the last sentence is better rendered as a Breakfast from hell.}