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Some things to ponder about:

I write about things that interest me, frustrate me, puzzle me, and things that will be educational and informative to others.

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Death or suicide affects a family. And changes everyone left behind forever.

Posted by forestwood on March 1, 2010 at 8:57 PM Comments comments (0)

I came across this interview as a follow on from a friend's blog. It is rather personal to me as I have lived through a family member's depression and suicidal behavious, and spent much of my time trying to analyse and digest the victim's behaviour. As a parent, one is forever changed when tragedy revolving one's child occurs, and I have no magic answers for dealing with it. It leaves a permanent scar, for which there is no miracle cure, only perhaps amelioration.

Of more widespread interest is the fact that suicide occurs less in impoverished circumstances, as opposed to those who have resources and perhaps comfortable socio-ecomonic circumstances. Something to ponder over:

"I think you can say that when there is a suicide the entire family becomes totally unhinged. And even though we all seem to go back to normalcy, something has been broken forever. In my own case, having been abandoned by my father in a way – he never was much of a father,and then having being abandoned by Jim. The only person who never abandoned me except when he died was Johan Oosterveld, the farmer inthe Upstairs Room, the man who saved my life. He was always there forme. He even left a closet, in his attic, with a hole that you couldcrawl into, where I had hidden from the Germans. Because he alwayssaid: ‘You never know - it might come in handy again, and then Annieyou can come back from Neuf York and you can get right back in there." Johanna Reiss, author of a Hidden Life.

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I think this is a really important thing to remember in prevention of suicide.... the sufferer is not alone, is not abandoned.

 Johanna Reiss explains it in a better way than I could:

"the middle class and the upper class are much more likely to commitsuicide than those who have to find their daily bread, so to speak. (In) Elie Wiesel’s book. I had read... In concentration camps, the biggest goal for most of them was to get the next crust of bread. And they were already being punished by the Nazisand so they didn’t think they had to punish themselves too. And so there were very few suicides in concentration camps, which is strange when you think about it, it surely seems like a place you’d want to get away from.


And the other thing about suicide is that if you feel that somebody totally needs you, you manage to hang in there.

There has to be a reason for people to stay alive, there has to be hope, and there has to be somebody or something that is so important that you couldn’t possibly leave it. Elie Wiesel wrote--he was a boy in a camp--that he was considering running into the barbed wire once, but he didn’t because his father needed him. And that’s the only time he mentions the allure of suicide."

Can this be a key that will save lives and give them hope where there is none?

Short break: a change, or is it as good as a holiday?

Posted by forestwood on March 1, 2010 at 7:07 AM Comments comments (1)

If you have had a xouple of short three or four day break away from home, on some of these telemarketed holidays, is it as good as a longer hoiday less often?

Well we have just had a nice short break up the coast, WE arrived at Alexandra Headland, and deciding to go for a half hour walk along the beach. My neck and the back of my shoulders, ( where they wasn’t any sunscreen) got burnt at 10 am in the morning!  Got some lunch, and found a cool spot in the shade along the Maroochy river at Cotton Tree to eat.


 Then we checked in to our room at the Resort.      and hit the beach, the pool and later the sauna and gym. There were a few blue bottle in the water at the beach, (stingers), so I opted to sit on the beach and play in the sand.  There was so much light in the bedrooms,with full length glass windows, I was wide awake at 5 am every morning. 


We went up/down to Caloundra and a lookout and Nature reserve at Point Cartwright over the next few days. There was a lighthouse there, modern one, not the old fashioned variety, which I kind of like, and also a nature reserve. It was so humid, a big storm blew up as we were there, so the sky was awesome to photograph.

After we had come home, a couple of days after these photos were taken, we heard three guys had fallen to their deaths right here. It seems as if they were in a fight, and they toppled over the edge on to the rocks below… ouch!


We feasted on take away meals for the most part, so there was no cooking for me, and not much cleaning up. We even found a "Drive in" subway….


But most of the time was spent relaxing in the lovely lagoon pool and with me in the sauna every day I went in the sauna… I love saunas….





We have some pretty weird plants out here in the world of down under. Above is the one called the Old Man Banksia, for obvious reasons, and I love this plant; It loves the seaside and the swamps too.

Then there is the unique palm tree called  Pandanuswith its aerial root, as you will see in the photo… root is the “apt” word…as it resembles part of the male anatomy, as does the aerial roots hanging off the tree he he! Roots are here in Australia lol… lol!!




Even the traffic light control boxes here are colourful…





Well that was it for our little holiday… Back to the real world.

Was it as good as a holiday, yes! I felt more calm, relaxed and rested enough to take on futher challenges that life brings.


Is the Work Ethic dead? or does it need Reforming?

Posted by forestwood on February 1, 2010 at 6:03 PM Comments comments (0)

"The work ethic has become obsolete. It is no longer true that producing more means working more, or that producing more will lead to a better way of life.The connection between more and better has been broken; our needs for many products and services are already more than adequately met ,and many of our as-yet- unsatisfied needs will be met not by producing more, but by producing differently, producing other things, or evenproducing less. This is especially true as regards our needs for air,water, space, silence, beauty, time and human contact.

Neither is ittrue any longer that the more each individual works, the better off everyone will be. The present crisis has stimulated technological change of an unprecedented scale and speed: `the micro-chiprevolution'. The object and indeed the effect of this revolution has been to make rapidly increasing savings in labour, in the industrial,administrative and service sectors. Increasing production is secured inthese sectors by decreasing amounts of labour. As a result, the social process of production no longer needs everyone to work in it on afull-time basis. The work ethic ceases to be viable in such a situation and workbased society is thrown into crisis." André Gorz, Critique of Economic Reason,Gallilé,1989


BAGS on the way

Posted by forestwood on January 19, 2010 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

One week in the life of fabric. Making recycled bags, one for every day of the week. I will post pics and information soon.

Beautiful christmas gift from Iceland

Posted by forestwood on December 24, 2009 at 6:59 PM Comments comments (0)

Arriving in perfect time for Christmas on Christmas eve was a wonderful parcel of goodies from a dear friend. The Rosemaling and timber goods are just what I really like and the fact it has come from a special friend makes it all the more treasured. Here is the Rosemaling art work from Guðriður, who lives in the north of Iceland.

What really is a Bogan

Posted by forestwood on December 24, 2009 at 6:36 PM Comments comments (0)

"Bogan" is neither an improvised word nor of unknown origin, asProfessor Wilkes (Letters, December 16) would have us believe. It derives fromIrish Gaelic "bogan", meaning "soft ground", and is cognate with English"bog".Hence the Bogan River. Irish "bogan" also means "a soft-shelled or shell-less egg". Evidence that this has been extended to mean "soft-headed" is given by ScottishGaelic"bogan(-ach)" which translates as "simpleton" or "fool". Hence the current perjorative slang term.

Please, no more misinformation. The above details can be easily verifiedby consulting an Irish-English dictionary.

"Bogan" is Gaelic, as are many other "Australianisms", including "fairdinkum", "yakka", "cobber", "esky", "snazzy", "cack", "gob" and "boof(head)".

Chris Cleirigh,

Department of Linguistics,

December 19 University of Sydney.


Scandinavian bookclub

Posted by forestwood on December 16, 2009 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (2)


The Scandinavian Bookclub isin recess until 10th January 

Over the holidays we hopethat you will find time to read an Icelandic or Finnish Author. Some are availablefrom the Council libraries.


I am currently reading TheDraining Lake by Arnaldur INDRIDASON (a psychological thriller)

But he has also written“Arctic Call”

The Draining lake revolvesaround the accidental find of a skeleton in a lake. The water level in the lakehas been dropping for some time due to earthquake activity in the region, and askeleton which had been immersed in the lake in the cold war era of the 1960’sis now visible. A Russian listening device from the 1960’s was tied roundits waist. Was it an Icelandic spy?  This detective story delves into Iceland ’spast as a significant player in the cold era due to its strategic location. Asalways there is a personal struggle that the protagonist has to confront, inthe course of the novel, and his relationship to his family is analyzed in the processof chasing an illusive ‘missing persons’ case.


Other Icelandic authors youmight also like: Halldor Laxness (The Fish can sing), (Independent People)

                               Yrsa Sigurdardottir (My soul to take) and (Last Rituals)

                               Jon Sveinsson

                               Olafur Johann Oflafsson (Biography)


Or some Finnish authors:

Johanna Sinisato

Matti Joensuu – TheStone Murders

Jarkko Sipila –Against the Wall

Aleksis Kivi – SevenBrothers

Elina Hirvonen – WhenI forgot

Aili Konttinen –Kirsti came home (historical)

Laila Hietamies – Red Moon over White Sea

Monika Fagerholm –Wonderful Women by the Sea

Antti Tuuri – A Day inOstrobothia


I hope you enjoy readingsome of these and please email me and let me know what you think of thesebooks.

Merry Christmas,


Useful Household cooking and Cleaning tips

Posted by forestwood on December 14, 2009 at 9:56 PM Comments comments (0)

DID YOU KNOW?  (probably?; maybe?; maybe not?)


**Peel a banana from the bottom and you won't have to

pick the little 'stringy things' off of it. That's how the primates do it.


**Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store.

If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.


**Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!

Capsicum with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating.

Capsicum with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

**Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.

**To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of

spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up.

** Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.

** Leftover snickers bars from Christmas make a delicious dessert. Simply

chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core and slice a few apples. Place them

in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped chocolate bars over the apples. Bake at 350

for 15 minutes!!! Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream. Yummm!

** Reheat Pizza

Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low

and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. This really works.

**Easy Deviled Eggs

Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.

**Expanding Frosting

When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer

for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes

with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.

**Reheating refrigerated bread

To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in

a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food

moist and help it reheat faster.

**Newspaper weeds away

Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers,

put layers around the plants overlapping as you go cover with mulch and for-

get about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not

get through wet newspapers.

**Broken Glass

Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can't see easily.


**No More Mosquitoes

Place a dryer sheet in your pocket.

It will keep the mosquitoes away.

Possums Away!

To keep possums from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper.

The cayenne pepper doe sn't hurt the plant and the won't come near it.


**Flexible vacuum nozzle

To get something out from under the fridge add an empty paper towel

roll or empty gift wr ap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in nar-

row openings.


**Reducing Static Cling

Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt

or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose.

Place pin in seam of slacks and ... ta da! ... static is gone.


**Measuring Cups

Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water.

Dump out the hot water, but don 't dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such

as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.


**Foggy Windshield?

Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard duster and keep it in the glove box of

your car . When the window s fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!

** Reopening envelope

If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside,

just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Viola! It unseals



Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's cheaper than shaving cream and

leaves your legs really smo oth. It's also a great way to use up the conditioner you

bought but didn't like when you tried it in your hair.


**Goodbye Fruit Flies

To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2' with Apple Cider Vinegar

and 2 drop s of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the

cup and gone forever!


**Get Rid of Ants

Put small piles of cornmeal (cornmeal, maize meal, maize flour, polenta, or polenta flour) where you see ants. They eat it, take it 'home,' can't digest it so it kills t hem. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!

Hope some of these help you. Let me know how things go. Amanda




Rosemaling project from this year

Posted by forestwood on December 13, 2009 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)

I thought the birds would like a Christmas present too.

Today is so humid, one cannot think of opening a paint tube. So I will settle for something I did last month

St Lucia Day

Posted by forestwood on December 9, 2009 at 4:41 AM Comments comments (0)

December 13th will mark St. Lucia Day. Lucy/Lucia (283-304) was a Christian who lived among pagans. She dedicated herself to God, pledging to remain pure.

She refused to marry a pagan, and gave her dowry to the poor. Her would-be husband denounced her as a Christian to the governor of Syracuse, Sicily. She was condemned and was to be put to death. Miraculously the guards were unable to move her or even set her on fire so the guards took out her eyes with a fork. She is the patron saint of the blind.

The current tradition of having a girl portray Lucia is said to have started in the late 1700s. She wears a white gown with a red sash and a crown of candles on her head. She is at the head of a procession of women carrying candles. Boys have recently joined the festivities. St. Lucia's is not an official holiday in Sweden. Many cultures have a similar celebration and Scandinavians around the globe continue to observe this ancient celebration. A special bun made with saffron is baked for this day called Lussekatt (St. Lucia Bun.)

Communities around the world celebrate St Lucia in many ways. In  my town, a combined Norwegian and Swedish service will be held in the Swedish church.