Helloooo From Belgium!

From Hart voor Dieren(Heart for Animals): Het grootste paard ter wereld (op dit moment) is Big Jake, met een schofthoogte van 210.2 cm. Deze 11 jaar oude kanjer is een Belgisch trekpaard. The biggest horse in the world (currently) is Big Jake, with a height to the withers of 210.2 cm. This 11-year-old behemoth is […]

Sister Rosetta Tharpe Live in 1964.

From brainpickings.org The Godmother of Rock & Roll: Sister Rosetta Tharpe Live in Manchester, 1964 “I’m singing, oh I’m singing in my soul, when the troubles roll, I sing from morn’ till night, it makes my burdens light…” Sister Rosetta Tharpe — reconstructionist, gospel music’s first superstar, the godmother of rock and roll, “the original […]

The Secret!

Grandma Burcke did whisper to her seven daughters a mighty secret known only to some quaint farmer folk, not to be repeated to none other but their own true kin. ‘t Was a wizardry of wondiferous proportions, a sacred, saucy spell of perma-transmution of… how to turn a lowly, common slice of meat and grease […]

Glimpse of the Aboriginal Universe.

Again from Aboriginal Desert ART Centre: World renowned artist and good friend of the Desert Art Centre Dorothy Napangardi has once again joined with us for an extended residency. Dorothy moved back into familiar surrounds this Sunday just past and has begun work on her much sough…t after Mina Mina Rock Hole story. This first work […]

Paintings from Lockhart River.

Do visit this art site:  http://www.aboriginalartonline.com/ One example, which is for sale, btw – Silas Hobson – Sorry Moment: http://www.aboriginalartonline.com/aboriginalpainting/lockhart.php?type=10&local=36# Artists from Lockhart River on Cape York, known as the “Lockhart River Art Gang”, are some of the most innovative of Aboriginal artists. These artists have developed highly individual styles, but are drawn together by […]

Aboriginal Wisdom.

I have added a new category to Ralphie’s Portal, which you can see in the title of this post. I am an aficionado of the wisdom of the American native tribes, who have my utter respect, but there is more wisdom to be found elsewhere. Wisdom that I for one have not had the pleasure […]

Merlin’s Song.

Said Merlin about young Arthur: This child was born to raise me, to raise me to a higher plane, and by his example show me how. How to connect with nature, to delight in every morrow, live in the now and then and read between the lines. How to reign with laughter, throw sternness to […]

Beauty Everywhere!

Mister Peter Scharpach of the site http://reepken.wordpress.com/ brought these wonders to my attention: Exquisite photography by Diane Paquin Photographe: Along one of Diane’s pictures were these words, which I thought a wonderful poem, but are actually the lyrics to a song(Youtube link) by LOREENA McKENNIT: The Mystic’s Dream… A clouded dream on an earthly night Hangs upon the crescent […]

Meet Rumi!

Stumbled onto this 13th century Persian poet, Rumi on Gypsy Spirit Wind. I thought you’d like to meet him too (if you haven’t already): “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing  and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.” […]

An Exercise in Empathy.

Nathalie is thinking to herself that this party might not be a total waste of time, after all. She’s just spotted the dashing Jonathan at the other side of the room, but he’s being cornered by some old biddy, who will have her say to him, no matter what. You know the type! She looks […]

Do You Give a Rat’s Arse?

My entrepreneurial mind has come up with an astonishing idea. I shall sell rats’ arses to be given as tokens of mild interest. Not the real thing, of course, but a suitable replica. I shall build a little stand and park my arse outside the theatre. This might catch on! No more vulgar throwing of […]

Ralphie To Be Published In An Anthology!

This is an excerpt of an email I received yesterday: Dear Contributor, Thank you for contributing your writing to the Short Humour Site – http://www.short-humour.org.uk. You may recall from browsing the site that a paperback anthology of work by fifty contributors was published in 2009 called People of Few Words, a second anthology of work […]

Does The End Justify The Means?

I´m happy, because I have a problem, two actually. I have found that when there is a complete lack of problems, life gets boring. And I´ve been known to go to great lengths to avoid boredom, just for the heck of it. What the Chinese consider a curse, namely: “May you live in interesting times!”, […]

What Does A Writer Do?

He writes!  I didn´t feel much like writing, but I have a secret… I refuse to worry  and then everything sorts itself out automatically. And let´s face it, there is nobody standing over me with a gun, who says: “Write or I kill you!”, now is there! ?  I feel like I´m in limbo, stuck […]

For Whom The Bell Is A Friggin’ Nuisance!

I heard an Imam calling the faithful to prayers at five o’clock this morning. I thought that was a bit early or late, depending on your point of view, but then that is the custom here in Morocco. I was transported back to some decennia ago, when I used to live right next to a […]

Ralphie’s Perspective…

We were driving through the countryside, when I noticed some ruins that looked splendid in their worn-outness. I remarked to myself how difficult it is for me to render this faithfully on canvas, as I am not very good at painting or drawing architecture. Thus it came to be that I was pondering the rules […]

Death’s Sweet Voice

I had spluttered into life Onto a path of bitter strife From the darkness of a womb Into brightness from the gloom But life’s journey always ends Within the blackness of a tomb A lost love once made me cry I had seen my chance pass by Death’s sweet voice entrances She smiles and she […]

Affection by Lindell Vecchio

Affection by Lindell Vecchio. I did not get this the first time I read it, but then I did not have my brain switched on. After having read it a second time, I must admit that I find this piece of poetry intriguing, endearing and alas very true. * * * Related articles Affection by […]

Present from Lieven 23.

Lieven Grillaert Sweet serene sky-like flower, Haste to adorn her bower; From thy long cloudy bed Shoot forth thy damask head! New-startled blush of Flora, The grief of pale Aurora, Who will contest no more, Haste, haste to strew her floor! Vermilion ball that’s given From lip to lip in heaven, Love’s couch’s coverlet, Haste, […]

Present from Lieven 22.

Lieven Grillaert Who are these? Why sit they here in twilight? Wherefore rock they, purgatorial shadows, Drooping tongues from jaws that slob their relish, Baring teeth that leer like skulls’ tongues wicked? Stroke on stroke of pain, — but what slow panic, Gouged these chasms round their fretted sockets? Ever from their hair and through […]