13 MAY 2011: DAY NO 135 : "It’s ok to look back just don’t stare."

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“It’s ok to look back just don’t stare”

That’s a fine way to start an eBENCH yaan. Every time I take a look at a cliché, I start pulling it apart instead of the self promised month of obedience. The very thought of it has me driven to a cup of coffee. That’s not my usual beverage but I shall take a cup this morning into my 3rd day at home and thinking about the Past. I spend a lot of time looking at the Past and quite a percentage of that time scrutinising and seeking data. I’ll go make a cup of my rather evil instant coffee and while I’m gone, here’s a piece of Tennyson for you from an old Aussie newspaper. Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909-1954), Monday 19 October 1931. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article41146245

tennyson Cairns Post (Qld.  1909-1954), Monday 19 October 1931,

I am in my 60s and with the social networks booming, I see many of my generation linking up, retracing old paths, sharing memories and the missing years. Some of it works very well for me. I can call that the ‘looking back’ dimension of it.  Some if it doesn’t work so well for me and is more of the ‘STARING’ dimension. There’s another fanciful aspect which overlaps with the Staring. I include in this 3rd area seeming expectation that things will be as they once were as long back as 40 years ago. One former lover of mine rang frequently and contacted me and followed me to Queensland and I could do very little to convince him that I was now a little white haired woman with many years of life between him and me.

“It’s ok to look back just don’t stare”

It’s O.K. to look back but don’t just stare.

past The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA  1931-1954), Wednesday 7 October 1953

Now, that’s better. As I said, I do a lot of looking back, but I also do a lot with the things I see back there. I don’t just STARE.

I shall spend some more time now with my newspapers, looking back at the Past. Here, let’s take a look. Let’s see what we can learn here. Take a look at some Labyrinth Meditations as well. A labyrinth meditation leads you to the centre and what you discover there at the centre can be brought back out of the Labyrinth to your present day life. Same as journeying back into the Past. Leave behind the things you no longer need. Examine the things you’re not sure about and bring back the things you can use now. Leave behind the things you are unsure about. You can always go back into the Labyrinth anytime you choose and take another look.

yellow2Now for the Newspapers. Let’s take a look at some verse about the Past.

Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885-1954) Thursday 28 April 1932.

past Western Mail (Perth, WA 1885-1954), Thursday 28 April 1932

jan The Australian Women's Weekly , Saturday 31 January 1942
Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909-1954), Tuesday 11 December 1934

past Cairns Post (Qld. 1909-1954), Tuesday 11 December 1934
Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885-1954), Thursday 5 August 1948.

past Western Mail (Perth, WA 1885-1954), Thursday 5 August 1948
The Australian Women’s Weekly (1932-1982), Saturday 17 August 1935

past The Australian Women's Weekly (1932-1982), Saturday 17 August 1935,

The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933-1954), Monday 24 December 1934

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article35631193

pop The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld.1933-1954), Monday 24 December 1934