Monthly Archives: January 2017




 part of my aussie family

was visiting here in

ann arbor, michigan, usa


bunbury, western australia


by chance

 went to a local county beekeepers meeting


some of my family who live here

where he 

came face to face with

his doppleganger.

both with

 yellow shirts











crossing paths 


finding themselves

in exactly

the same time and place

turned and talked 

and then

went their separate ways once again.

11,208 miles
Distance from Ann Arbor to Bunbury



an apparition or double of a living person.

credits: p. porter,

special ops.



such a wild adventure

grandie m’s 9th birthday fun


special ops teams, nerf guns, fairy bread, burger bar, headbands, sunglasses and laughs


one powerful team member even offered a great tip

when she warned me:

“never trust a panda with a gun.”

lesson learned. 

‘it’s all fun and games ’till someone loses an eye, then it’s just fun you can’t see.”

-james hetfield

“everything in the forest has its season.” – bambi’s mother


Tyrus Wong, the artist whose works inspired the Disney film Bambi,

has died at home. surrounded by family, at age 106.

A Chinese immigrant, Mr Wong’s vibrant paintings captured Walt Disney’s eye and became the basis of the film’s distinct style. In a statement, the Walt Disney Family Museum said “his influence on the artistic composition of the animated feature Bambi cannot be overstated.”

Mr Wong emigrated to the United States from China as a child, with his father – leaving behind his mother and a sister he would never see again. After studying as an artist, he began working with Disney in 1938 as an “inbetweener”, drawing hundreds of pictures between poses to create the illusion of motion.

When the film studio began pre-production on Bambi, “he went home and painted several pictures of a deer in a forest”, the Disney museum said. “Walt Disney saw that Tyrus was able to produce exquisite artwork that did not necessarily look like the forest – but rather, felt like the forest. Walt’s vision for Bambi and use of Tyrus’ work still influences films today,” it said. Tyrus Wong only worked at Disney for three years, moving to Warner Brothers as a concept artist, designing greeting cards for Hallmark on the side.

_93201151_sjboyers_tyruswclsedcentipede_wdfm_300_1000w             Tyrus Wong holding one of his intricately made bamboo kites on the beach

After retiring, he turned to creating hundreds of elaborate bamboo kites, received many awards in recognition of his work, and became the subject of a documentary about his life, TYRUS. Writing about his death, the documentary’s director said “with his passing, we have lost a brilliant artist, motion picture and animation legend, Chinese American pioneer, and hero. “Tyrus always faced adversity with dignity, courage, and art… he awed us with his talent, charmed us with his boyish humour, and moved us with his humility, generosity, resilience, and big heart.”

“the secret to so many artists living so long is that every painting is a new adventure.

so, you see, they’re always looking ahead to something new and exciting.

the secret is not to look back.”

– norman rockwell

credits: walt disney studios, bbc canada, TYRUS, image copyright: sara jane boyers

“walking through darkness with thoughts full of colors”.” ― prajakta mhadnak



what a lovely day for a walk in ann arbor

with some of my friends and neighbors


“today is one of those excellent January partly cloudies in which light 

 chooses an unexpected part of the landscape to trick out in gilt,

and then the shadow sweeps it away. you know you’re alive. you take huge steps,

trying to feel the planet’s roundness arc between your feet.”

― annie dillard

image 1 credit: ann arbor townies