• 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.

    March 21, 2019
    In the Harry Potter series, almost everyone is afraid to speak Lord Voldemort's name. The bulk of...
    Last week I commented on the horrible violent attacks in Christchurch. I said that this proved...
    March 15, 2019
    Last month, while on our cruise, we took a day trip to Christchurch. I was quite impressed by it....
    March 13, 2019
    Recently, I flew on a flight from Auckland to Sydney. One way flights can be more expensive. So...
    March 5, 2019
    Saturday was Mardi Gras here in Sydney. It was the 42nd Mardi Gras parade that Sydney has held....
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  • Neutral Bay Church calendar

    Upcoming events




    Friday March 1st at 2pm the Mosman Neutral Bay Interchurch Council invites you to their World Day of Prayer Service this year written by the women of Slovenia. The service will be held at St. Peter's Anglican Church in Cremorne.

    Sunday March 3rd at 11am is our Bahasa-English Communion service.

    Monday March 4th at 7pm is Draught Discussions at the 1936 Lounge at the Oaks Hotel

    Wednesday March 6th at Willoughby Uniting Church at 7pm the Uniting Church of the Lower North Shore will be having an Ash Wednesday service.

    Friday March 8th at 6pm the book club will meet at Brian and Darren's at 6pm for supper. The book we are studying is "The Single Ladies of the Jacaranda Retirement Village. RSVP to Darren at darrenliepold@gmail.com

    March 10th is the first Sunday in Lent. During the time of Lent you are asked to bring an item each week for the Newton Asylum Seekers Centre

    Mark your calendars now. We are having a sausage sizzle at Bunnings in Artarmon on Saturday May 25th. If you can volunteer please speak to Bobby.



    Minister, singer, photographer, appreciator of beauty


    Things I could not have said better myself



    Remember to look up at the stars, and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe. exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don't just give up. 


    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 survive 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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