to the April edition of "Brilliant!" We hope this
newsletter finds you and your loved ones in good health, good spirits and
good humour. Wow, can you believe the first quarter of the year has gone
already? Time just seems to speed by! It certainly serves to remind me to
recognise, and appreciate, all the important, golden moments that can
sometimes be lost in the hectic pace of everyday life.
of golden moments, in
late March, Barbara and I celebrated our 30th anniversary of becoming a
This is one of our special days of the year (birthdays and anniversaries) and we always spend it
celebrating our love and recognising how blessed we are. This year, we decided to treat ourselves to
relaxation and rejuvenation
at a local health retreat which means we enjoyed a massage and private spa/sauna
facilities - served with champagne and chocolates. Very pleasant
It was also, on another note, very pleasant to open email recently and
two of our Bright Light Café creative
contributors had written to acknowledge the fabulous work Barbara does as the
designer and editor of the Café website
and it's content. I think Michael Lee Johnson was particularly on
the mark when he said:
wanted to thank you so much for inclusion into your lovely website.
Also the addition of the eagle picture to my poem is just wonderful! Great
job. Editors need to hear this once in a while - we know it is a
labor of love."
certainly does give a lot of love to The Bright Light Café,
as well as Bright Light Multimedia. This often translates into many hours
spent looking for just the right image to complement a poem, short story,
or article and then many more hours recording, editing and publishing the
streaming audio tracks that enhance so many of the showcased pieces.
So on behalf of all the contributors, I would like to sincerely thank my
beautiful wife for her hard work and dedication to helping every showcased
piece look, and sound, as
good as they do.
have another wonderful selection of new showcase items at The Bright Light Café
heart warming article.
quirky new short story.
uplifting and humorous new poems.
more streaming audio performances of some recently showcased items.
always, it gives me pleasure to hand the newsletter over to the love of my
Llewellyn, who will tell you more about these great new items and
their talented creators.
from Australia, presents a fascinating glimpse into the life of a man who
lived a full, robust life before cancer stole his vitality. Norma
knew David years before sickness became his constant companion and she was
part of his support group in the final months. It is always an
honour to witness courage and humour shining through the human spirit and
Norma manages to share her experience with this brave soul with us all.
Am Very Well, Thank You
I came to know David through my association with my local scout group. David, in his capacity of group leader, had placed a notice in the local paper inviting boys to become scouts. Having a seven year old son just itching to join something, and two younger sons eager to follow, I was immediately on the phone.
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you ever wondered
what happens after you die?
Find out now in this
insightful, inspiring and gently humorous adventure story of life, death, and what happens
to laugh and cry and feel good all over as you come face to face with
the power of love and
profound and timeless spiritual truths.
Please, join us
in welcoming Michael
Lee Johnson, from the United States, into the Bright Light
Creative Family. We feel sure you will delight in his work.
Michael is a poet, painting his words with a tender and gentle touch,
allowing them to create a broad landscape with just a few deceptively
simple strokes. Take a short flight into freedom and read:
Of The Eagle
From the dawn, dusty skies
comes the time when
the eagle flies-
without aid of wind,
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Speaking of very
talented poets, Stephen
Pray, from the United States, continues to touch our hearts with
his beautiful poetic gems. Steve has had more than his fair share of
health concerns over the last few years yet he still manages to give
glimpses into the joy and miracle of life that make the everyday seem all
shiny and new.
Last October was mean,
spits of snow and ice
came out of nowhere to bite like
swarms of mosquitoes in the spring.
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Weilert, from the
United States, has a wonderful sense of humour as well as a wonderful
talent. He manages to take his audience on a delightful journey into
simple absurdities and past-times, driving us all away from the worries of
the world into a happier state. Try not to smile while you read
these fun memories and mental mazes.
When a package arrives and I open it wide
And quickly take out all the stuff found inside.
I discard all except in what the item was wrapped
That piece with the bubbles with the air that was trapped.
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Tomorrow, and Forget It
I really like to look at maps
And find places I’d like to go’ta
Like Morrow, Ohio; Knight, Indiana
And the small town Day, Minnesota.
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you've ever felt someone's words or actions make you instantly
angry, upset or frightened, you have experienced your emotional
triggers being switched on.
you want other people to keep
"pushing your buttons"?
Or do you want to
take back the power that is rightfully
you want to be in control of your own life, it's time for The
Second Trigger and the Master Switch that will override
all your negative responses.
is busy being constantly miraculous - we only need to stop for a short time to
recognise this wonder and become healthier for it, as demonstrated in this
enchanting short poem by Agatha
Seeing the bridge
we became curious
and walked across the strand
when the tides ebbed.
age can rob us of our beauty, at least to the eyes of strangers, leaving
us appearing to be a shell of our former selves, but love brings back the
beauty and maintains the joy of our intimate connections as demonstrated
beautifully by Margaret
Dakin, from Australia.
The sunlight strikes the ruby glass and jug,
It stains the lacy folds with crimson light,
And settles there upon the woven rug.
The room is shaded, musty, cool as night.
you didn't get around to visiting India's Ravi Bedi's latest painting, Kites
1, last month, do yourself a favour and go have a look and listen
now. Surrounding Ravi's cacophony of colour are the following
Wish That I Could Catch Your Laugh
Poem by Narissa
of the Sun Story by Dan
Akinlolu (497 words)
by Stephen Pray
Memories (Music) Written &
performed by Taylor Dean
(Music) Written &
performed by Sky
the World with Love (Meditation) by B.A.Llewellyn
about wacky and weird and wonderfully entertaining - then we must be
talking about the "completely left of centre and loving it"
short story from our newest personality into the Bright Light Creative
Family. Please join us in welcoming Fiona
Murray, from Australia. Fiona is a social-work student
who delights in rock climbing and taking long walks and writing very
original and bizarre short stories.
Tragic and Triumphant Tale of Dr Darryn
It all started when he was three. The more mainstream children were happily scampering about playing with blocks and chasing each other around the cubby house. Meanwhile, Darryn was in the furthermost corner of the kindergarten grounds with a tub of glue sticking different objects together. His teachers would find him at the end of the day surrounded by leaves stuck onto twigs stuck onto insects stuck onto trees.
wish you a fabulous month and hope you're as happy as a kid in clover and that
your world gets brighter and better with every day.
our warmest regards,
Llewellyn & Rod Kirkham
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