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Where Are Your Listening Ears?

Turn on your listening ears

Open your looking eyes

Unpack your kind hearts

Hold out your gentle hands

What happened to your listening ears

Did you pack them away?

Turn them on again

Please.

Yes.

No.

Listen, please.

I know you’re hungry

I know you’re tired

Just turn on those ears, please

Yes, I can give you a huggle

No, I can’t hold all of you

At the same time

Yes, I have so many cuddles!

Cuddles for everyone!

Just please turn on your ears

Open you’re looking eyes

Unpack your kind hearts

Hold out your gentle hands

And let’s have a beautiful day!

~ MW 2022

Posted in Blogging, poetry

Another Address

Heart ache

Memories

Flashes of joy like a movie reel

Laughing about food choices

Laughing when friends see

what we don’t see

Love crept up on us

I wouldn’t have it any other way

Wasn’t looking

But you came and held my heart

And I held yours

Love

Grief

What is that?

What defines that?

Promises of staying

in health and sickness

I meant it

You didn’t quite believe it

But I stayed.

And you went home.

Another address

Real life

We are but strangers in this world

Yearning for our true home.

You have reached that place

I know where you are

That brings peace.

I still have much to do

I am not finished yet

God willing

I will do all that He has for me to do

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2021…

So, here I am at the end of another year, and I feel like it’s zoomed by. It’s been a mix of highs and lows with most of the highs being film related, and social times with friends. And the lows have mostly been work related. (Though not bad lows, just that they were challenging times, rewarding in the end though.)

I’m not even sure how to really describe this year, so instead I will share with you my annual “Best Of…” lists.

So, here goes…

Best of 2021

NB: Any music/TV shows/films mentioned here may have been released in prior years, but this is based on whether I newly discovered them this year, or they have had a big impact on me this year.

Book of the year: Once Upon a Time in the North – Philip Pullman Being able to dig deeper into Lee Scoresby’s story was such a joy, such a moving piece of work within the His Dark Materials universe.

Album of the Year: Tick Tick Boom/Encanto These two albums tie for different reasons.

Creative of the Year: Lin-Manuel Miranda – does this even need an explanation?

Band of the Year: Simple Plan (just) – to be honest they would always be band of the year…

Song of the year: Shiver – Ed Sheeran – This song is just so darn catchy

Worship song of the year: Hope of the Ages – Hillsong Worship, Reuben Morgan, Cody Carnes – this song came out at just the right time.

Christian Song of the Year: Jesus is Coming Back – Jordan Feliz – Amen!

Soundtrack of the Year: Tick Tick Boom/Encanto – I can’t choose between them as they sing to me in different ways.

Christmas Song of the Year: Merry Christmas – Ed Sheeran & Elton John – this song is just so much fun

Most Anticipated Release of the Year: Tick Tick Boom/Spider-Man No Way Home – TTB for reasons & No Way Home because I love spider-man.

Concert of the year: Johnny Young, Normie Rowe & Narelle Belle (as Karen Carpenter) – 17.12.2021

Movie of the year: Tick Tick Boom

Runner Up: Encanto

Honourable Mentions: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Spider-Man: No Way Home

Movie Character of the year: Jonathan Larson

Actor of the Year: Andrew Garfield – for more reasons than one 😉
TV Show/Streaming Show of the year: The Falcon & The Winter Soldier/The Mandalorian/Home After Dark/Hawkeye

TV Character of the year: Hilde Lisko/Bucky Barnes/Mando
Sporting Moment: Sports was a thing?

Personal moments: Our new pastor and his family arrived safely in Perth at the end of November. I helped my bestie with her driving and she passed and got her Ps!

Memorable hashtags: #loveforLin #marlysinstaweek #adopteelife

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Top 25 songs of the year

1. Shiver – Ed Sheeran

2. 30/90 – Cast of Tick Tick Boom

3. My Own Drum (Remix) – Ynairaly Simo feat. Missy Elliott

4. The Antidote – Simple Plan

5. Carnaval Del Barrio – Cast of In The Heights Film

6. Bad Cinderella – ALW & Carrie Hope Fletcher

7. Hope of the Ages – Hillsong Worship, Reuben Morgan & Cody Carnes

8. Surface Pressure – Jessica Darrow

9. One Name (Ek Naam) – Selah

10. Undeniable – Josh Wilson

11. Keep the Beat – Lin-Manuel Miranda & Ynairaly Simo’

12. Jesus is Coming Back – Jordan Feliz

13. One More Song – Lin-Manuel Miranda

14. Louder Than Words – Andrew Garfield, Vanessa Hudgens & Joshua Henry

15. Running Out of Time – Cast of Vivo!

16. [wonder working] – All Creatures

17. Therapy – Andrew Garfield & Vanessa Hudgens

18. Weirdo – Beckett

19. The Family Madrigal – Stephanie Beatriz, Olga Merediz & Encanto Cast

20. House of the Lord – Phil Wickham

21. Visiting Hours – Ed Sheeran

22. Swimming – Andrew Garfield, Vanessa Hudgens & Joshua Henry

23. We Don’t Talk About Bruno – Encanto Cast

24. Scars in Heaven – Casting Crowns

25. Merry Christmas – Ed Sheeran & Elton John

Bonus: Save The City – Adam Pascal & The Cast of the Rogers! Musical from Hawkeye!

The books I’ve read this year

1. Re-read – His Dark Materials 1: Northern Lights – Philip Pullman [17.12.2020 – 9.01.2021]

2. Re-read – His Dark Materials 2: The Subtle Knife – Philip Pullman [9.01.2021-5.02.2021]

3. Re-read – His Dark Materials 3: The Amber Spyglass – Philip Pullman [21.03.2021]

4. Evangelism – J. Mack Stiles [3.04.2021-4.04.2021]

5. Science in Early Childhood [5.04.2021-25.04.2021]

6. How to read the Bible for all it’s worth [2.05.2021-8.05.2021]

7. Lyra’s Oxford – Philip Pullman [9.05.2021]

8. Once Upon a Time in the North – Philip Pullman [9.05.2021]

9. Spirits of the Ghan – Judy Nunn [18.05.2021-30.05.2021]

10. Bad Clowns – Benjamin Radford [4.06.2021-5.06.2021]

11. The Historian – Elizabeth Kostova [13.06.2021-2.07.2021]

12. Where is God in a Coronavirus World? – John Lennox [11.07.2021]

13. Killer Children – Danielle Tyning [17.07.2021]

14. Serial Killers – Nigel Blundell [17.07.2021-19.07.2021]

15. Narrative Apologetics – Alister E McGrath [30.07.2021-4.08.2021]

16. Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World – Joanna Weaver [5.08.2021-7.08.2021]

17. The Bible Down Under – Meredith Lake [21.09.2021]

18. Finding God in the Lord of the Rings – Kurt Bruner & Jim Ware [10.10.2021]

19. The Story of Son – JR Ward [23.10.2021]

20. Prisoner of Night – JR Ward [23.10.2021]

21. Live Like a Narnian – Joe Rigney [3.11.2021]

22. The Royal Society – Adrian Tinniswood [6.11.2021-14.11.2021]

23. Seeing Further – Bill Bryson [14.11.2021-27.12.2021]

24. The Dogs that Made Australia – Guy Hull [28.12.2021-]

Posted in Blogging, early learning thoughts, work, working with children

The Quiet Days at Work

Savour the “Quiet Days”.  This is one of the biggest lessons I have learnt in early learning.  These days or even moments can often be few and far between, but they are as precious as the “Crazy Days”.

I used to get bored on the QDs, but after 11 years in the profession, I’ve reached a point where I can utilise them to benefit both myself, my team and the children that I educate and care for.  I haven’t quite perfected this, and I don’t think I ever will.  I do still get bored, sometimes.  It’s a work in progress.

 

NB: A Quiet Day doesn’t necessarily mean that there are low numbers of children; this is sometimes the case, though.

Here are the top 5 things I’ve found are beneficial to do on a Quiet Day:

  1. More one-on-one interaction with the children (on low number days)
  2. Getting to sit back and watch the children engage in their own play experiences without interruption; after all even on the days that seem quiet, quality learning is always happening.
  3. Quality team interactions
  4. Catching up with documentation and planning
  5. Cleaning jobs that don’t get done otherwise
There are evidently a lot more that can be done on a quiet day than what I’ve listed; however, those were what came to the top of my list.

 

I cherish the Quiet Days as they are the ones that often garner the most memorable moments for me personally.  Cuddles from the babies and toddlers; random conversations about Frozen or food with the older children; moments where I get to know my colleagues better; they are all worth the quieter moments.

What do your Quiet Days look like?

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Being an Asian Adoptee in the Western World

Or: My journey as a Chinese born Australian who doesn’t see herself as Asian but, after seeing Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, I realise a part of me deep down still has some strong connection to my Chinese roots.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Gif created by me. Credit: Marvel Studios)

That is one heck of a subtitle, hey? But, this is how I felt after watching this new entry into Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

This is not going to be a typical review, and there will also be no major spoilers (probably), but fair warning I will be gushing a lot as my love for this film surpasses any other MCU film. Also, this post will most likely be all over the place. So please bear with me.

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Posted in Blogging, my writing, poetry

Words By Me – A Poem

Something I wrote last year

I write words

Sometimes they elude me

They trundle down the black hole

Of my thoughts

Sometimes I can patch them together In a semi-coherent loop

Loop the loop

Sing a song of sixpence…

Wait, this isn’t a nursery rhyme

Why do rhymes rhyme

Language is a weird beast

It lets you feast on the thoughts

Of mankind

And then store them away

For posterity’s sake

Take the cake and eat it too

Have my words

Have your words

Send them spiralling out

To the world

And then peruse them

Use them

Throw them out

And start again

Words

By me.

⁃ M. Withey 2020