• Darren's world

    my thoughts and observations

  • My blog:

     Confessions of a realistic Pollyanna

    Welcome to the blog! You can see my blog posts below.

    January 16, 2019
    We live in uncertain times. Take the UK, for instance. What with the defeat of the Brexit deal...
    January 8, 2019
    Barriers. They seem to be everywhere. I remember when I was a child until I was in my mid...
    January 2, 2019
    Happy New Year. It seems hard to imagine that it is 2019. Oh not that we made it thus far....
    December 17, 2018
    For many years, Norman Rockwell's art work appeared in the Saturday Evening Post. The art work...
    On my Facebook page this week, much has been made about the decision, a decision made by several...
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  • Neutral Bay Church calendar

    Upcoming events




    Saturday January 5th at 7pm Cinemameet returns with the Blindside


    Sunday January 6th at 10am. We will not be having a service this day. However you are as asked to wear grubby clothes as we having a painting bee in the Newlands Room.


    Friday January 11th at 6pm book club returns. We will be studying Just Henry at Darren and Brian's house. RSVP to Darren at darrenliepold@gmail.com


    Sunday January 13th we will be having our Epiphany service with communion. It will be a joint Bahasa English service. We begin at 11am that day.



    Minister, singer, photographer, appreciator of beauty


    Things I could not have said better myself



    Nothing is more important than empathy for another human being's suffering. Nothing. Not career, not wealth. not intelligence, certainly not status. We have to feel for one another if we are going to surivive with dignity.

    --Audrey Hepburn


    Sometimes you have to let go of the picture of what you thought life would be like and learn to find joy in the story you are actually living.

    --Rachel Marie Martin


    We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid

    --Benjamin Franklin


    It is not our job to tougher our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It's our job to raise children who will make the world less cruel and less heartless.

    -- LR Knost


    In each of us, there is a little voice that knows exactly which way to go.

    --Alice Walker


    If you never heal from what hurt you, you'll bleed on people who did not cut you

    --Wanjiku Kamuyu


    When love is the way, poverty would become history. When love is the way, the earth will be a sanctuary. When love is the way, we will lay our swords and shields by the riverside, to study war no more. When love is the way, there's plenty of room for God's children.

    --Archbishop Michael Curry



    You can be both a masterpiece and a work in progress at the same time.

    —Sophia Bush


    Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.

    --Dr. Seuss


    Look at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder what makes the universe exist. Be curious.

    --Stephen Hawking


    Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution.

    --Albert Einstein


    We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we had when we created them.

    --Albert Einstein


    Weak people revenge. Strong people forgive. Intelligent people ignore.

    --Albert Einstein


    Logic will get you from A to B. Creativity will get you everywhere.

    --Albert Einstein



    "A calm and humble life will bring more happiness than the pursuit of success and the constant restlessness that comes with it". Albert Einstein


    Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you mist keep moving forward.- Paraphrase of Albert Einstein.


    I abide by the theory that chocolate slows down the aging process. It may not be true, but why take the chance. Author unknown.


    I am not over weight. I am chocolate enriched. Author unknown.


    Never be a prisoner of your past. It was merely a lesson- not a life sentence--

    From the web site www.tinybuddha.com


    The Fear is Real, but so is Hope- as seen in a store window in Newtown.


    Never look back, it stops us from looking forwards-- Bette Midler


    “I think it pi**es God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it. People think pleasing God is all God cares about. But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back.”
    ― Alice Walker, The Color Purple

    “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”
    ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    BE Yourself

    Be Yourself- Everyone else is taken- Oscar Wilde

    My Wish

    My wish for you is that you continue.  Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness.  Continue to allow humour to lighten the burden of your tender heart.  --Maya Angelou

    Love Greater Than Hate

    I have decided to stick with love.  Hate is too great a burden to bear

    --Martin Luther King Junior

    How to live one's life

    Lets stop believing that our differences make us superior or inferior to one another

    --The Trevor Project

    On Fear

    (On the politics of fear and division)  Fear doesn't make us safer.  It makes us weaker.--Rt. Hon Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

    On being yourself

    Don't worry if you are making waves simply being yourself. The moon does it all the time--Scott Stabile

    The Road to Success

    The Road to Success is always under construction- Lily Tomlin


    When the past calls, let it go to Voicemail. It has nothing new to say- Mandy Hale


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