May 1, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Posted in 1, Compulsions, Family, Interests, Mind, Recreation, Senses, Sight, Touch | 5 Comments
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Points of difference.

You don’t see so many kids’ colouring-in books these days.

If you’re old enough, though, you may recall the pleasure of completing them.

Not all books were the same.

The designs, for instance, varied wildly – from obsessively intricate to insultingly facile.

The best fell somewhere in between.

The papers varied too. From shiny surfaces that barely took a pencil mark to blotter-style offerings that soaked each careful texta stroke far beyond its intended position.

It was rare, therefore, to get a pleasing design on practical paper.

Christmas ‘Bumper Fun Books’, by dint of their sheer size, usually carried two or three satisfying options.

With your attention to detail so keen, you naturally coloured within the lines.

Yet sometimes, engrossed in activity, an unguarded movement saw your marker slip.

This transgression marred the entire work. So much that you had to employ your black texta (the most valuable in the set, and the one most likely to fail first through overuse).

You traced the entire colouring-in design with black, making all the lines slightly wider.

At the slip-up, the line became wider still, as you covered the alien colour with pitch.

The result was not unlike a stained-glass window.

Alas, some errors were too big to mask and had to remain patent.

When you submitted a work thus flawed to your parent, their judgment was revealing.

Instead of praising your industry, your palette or your almost-perfect execution, they did something else.

They started at ten, then subtracted one mark for each crossed line.

Never, in your entire childhood, did you score a perfect ten.

Though you tried and tried and tried.

It was only 40 years later, when writing a blog post to ameliorate the Great Sadness that had befallen you on waking, that you realised something.

Your parent had Asperger’s too.


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February 10, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Posted in Benefits, Interests, Mind, Nature, People, Recreation, Senses, Sight, Touch | 4 Comments
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Read the runes (of ruin).

Read the runes (of ruin).

‘Patina of age’.

Once you encounter this phrase, you’ll likely use it often.

For it describes something quite fascinating.

‘Patina’ began as a greenish film on old bronze.

It expanded to include an oxide coating on any metal surface.

Now it resides on 343,000* web pages of every hue.

Wood, masonry, plaster, paint … the works.

Images like those above and below may interest you more than most television programs.

Studying objects with a patina of age, you’ll trace eras, incidents and processes (human-related and otherwise).

These photos depict but a fragment of an old building, the exploration of which could occupy many happy hours.

If you ever renovate an old, old house, you’ll get great pleasure from:

  1. peeling back the decades;
  2. unearthing artifacts; and
  3. imagining the lost lives of others.

Passing motorists were doubtless amused as I laboured to perfect this close-up.

* At time of writing.

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January 15, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Posted in Animals, Benefits, Nature, People, Senses, Sight | 1 Comment
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Can you see the fresh green scratch?

It’s nice to watch possums scrabble among eucalypts at night.

By day, it’s satisfying to trace the oh-so-faint ‘paths’ their furry bodies smooth onto the bark.

Closer up, it’s even more satisfying to detect claw marks.

Best of all is to spot the one tiny mark that’s green.

For that mark was made just last night.

By a possum that’s probably watching you right now.

And only you and a very few others have the power to notice such things. 🙂


November 29, 2009 at 4:17 pm | Posted in Benefits, Compulsions, Interests, Recreation, Senses, Sight, Treatment | 5 Comments
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Once again, fine details are pronounced.

As discussed in Art and Detail, your compositions may be unusual for your age (or indeed any age).

Pieces like the one above may languish hidden in your home for decades.

Yet there’s power and satisfaction to be derived from rescuing your art, framing it nicely and displaying it with pride.

Chances are you’re going to be ‘odd’ for the rest of your life.

Why not revel in your special gifts and enjoy your time on earth?


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October 17, 2009 at 9:46 am | Posted in Benefits, Body, Mind, Senses, Treatment | Leave a comment
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Yellow and Blue

These colours work very well together.

If you sleep in a small room with no view, you can use colour to great effect.

Choose a deep blue for the wall which has the door. When you lie on your bed, you can pretend you’re looking at sea or sky.

Your strong imagination will make this quite real, rendering it calming and relaxing.

Use rich, sunflower yellow on the other three walls. The moment you finish painting, you’ll feel ‘held’ by this ‘U’ of comfort and security.

Yellow is a great colour for creativity. And because you have one wall blue, it’ll recede from the yellow walls, giving a sense of space and adding to the elemental effect.

If you’re feeling hurt or troubled, your bed can be a sanctuary. Resting on it, you can gaze into the blue yonder, safe in the embrace of your three golden sentinels.


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October 17, 2009 at 8:04 am | Posted in Compulsions, Family, Mind, Senses, Sight, Threats | Leave a comment
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The Importance of White Small

The importance of white.

When choosing paint for your walls and ceiling, you may argue vigorously with your partner.

To you, white should be white. Like snow. Or swans. Or talcum powder.

It shouldn’t have ‘hints’ or ‘accents’ of pink or beige. It shouldn’t have fancy names like ‘cornflower’, ‘alpine’ or ‘baby’s breath’.

It should just be white. Especially if it’s going to surround you daily at home.

White represents truth and purity, both of which are in short supply.

It’s plain and easy to understand and it reflects light. It’s therefore very attractive and useful.

If you lose the paint debate, you’ll likely wince slightly every time you look at your tainted surfaces.



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