Joy lies in the fight, in the attempt, in the suffering involved, not in the victory itself"Mahatma Gandhi I have to admit, as a creative individual I have experienced ups and downs of emotions, which over time, I have come to learn is quite natural and useful in creativity; yet after suffering depression I found … Continue reading The ups and downs of life.
Coping in hard times and finding a meaningful life through hope and joy. The joy of living, Lake Malawi, 2013, M NoffkeA spider spins her web in the hope of catching her prey, 2014, M Noffke.In Africa: curios - plastic chicken and wire bicycle, 2003 Making meaning through art. Our present world The world is … Continue reading Coping in hard times
I have written about growing older recently, here at My Aging Autumn Years , but that doesn't mean that we feel old or feel sad about getting older. It means that we are preparing for a meaningful retirement when it comes because we love life. We want to embrace life. So in order to live our … Continue reading I Love Life.
I imagine that many of you have already experienced the loss of a family member or close friend through covid. It is obviously not an uncommon experience these days. Here are my thoughts in these times. It is the most sobering when one finally experiences it personally. All the theory of practicing gratitude and positive … Continue reading Bereavement During the Pandemic.
We are in lock down again as we try to avoid the Delta strain and I am thinking of Belfields, the wine farm we visited last year. We stayed in 'the Stables.' It was originally the stables for their horses, then it became a wine tasting venue and eventually they changed it into a little … Continue reading Thinking Back to Belfields Wine Farm
Most of us value our lives right down to the last breath we take, and my mother was young at heart so it was not too surprising when she retorted, “I am not old! I am not a geriatric!” at 80 years old when I suggested we make an appointment for her to see a … Continue reading Life is Sacred
Life Springs forth in one’s youth and Summer nurtures its productivity I can still remember the excitement of turning 6 years old. It meant that I would be going to school to learn to read and write. I didn’t care much for being 13 though, because I felt awkward and out of my depth but … Continue reading My Aging Autumn Years
Farm life. Have you experienced farm life? You can pick up some interesting stories. I grew up in a close rural community where there were both farmers and fishermen. We had a smallholding and, apart from having vegetables and fruit trees, we also had chickens and bees. So naturally I am more of an outdoors-nature-lover … Continue reading The cockerel and ground zero.
…little servings of thoughts coming to you… Dear friend, Figure means “Number,” like "what do you weigh?" Figure can mean "what shape is your body or figure?" And thirdly, figure can also mean “what do you figure it to mean?” In other words: analyzing and working it out in your head. There's figures and then … Continue reading Weight matters: what’s your figure like?
A section of taste/tastes collage by MFNoffke. Collage The origin of the word “Collage” is French and means to glue or paste; making up a two dimensional image usually on paper or material. When constructing a collage you could either spend a lot of time on an image or you could set yourself a quick … Continue reading Collage: Taste/Tastes