Archives: Essays

Memories of Surfing on Sydney’s Northern Beaches

“I’ve learned life is a lot like surfing. When you get caught in the impact zone, you need to get right back up, because you never know what’s over the next wave……and if you have faith, anything is possible, anything at all.” Soul Surfer I grew up surfing on Sydney’s Northern Beaches which has some of […]

Zen and the Art of Dish Washing

Essay by Luke Foster “If we can’t wash the dishes, the chances are we won’t be able to drink our tea either. While drinking the cup of tea, we will only be thinking of other things, barely aware of the cup in our hands. Thus, we are sucked away into the future—and we are incapable […]

Watching Movies on Netflix Vs Reading Books

Essay by Luke Foster “It’s all a question of imagination. Our responsibility begins with the power to imagine.” Haruki Murakami / Kafka on the Shore Over the past four months I have been watching Netflix movies almost every night and sometimes even two movies. However, I have also been doing late internet shopping for books. […]

Johnny Depp/ The Most Original Actor of Our Generation

Essay by Luke Foster “People say I make strange choices, but they’re not strange for me. My sickness is that I’m fascinated by human behaviour, by what’s underneath the surface, by the worlds inside people.” Johnny Depp Ever since Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands came out in 1990 Johnny Depp has been my favourite actor. Other […]

Writing my First Book: Mothers Love

Essay by Luke Foster “People on the outside think there’s something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn’t like that. You sit behind the typewriter, and you work, and that’s all there is to […]

Nick Cave/ Endlessly Cool/ the Ship Song

Essay by Luke Foster “An artist’s duty is rather to stay open-minded and in a state where he can receive information and inspiration. You always have to be ready for that little artistic Epiphany”. Nick Cave Nick Cave is without doubt my favourite musician however he is also an accomplished author, actor, and screen writer. […]

Are Science Fiction Movies Far Fetched or Are They an Uncanny Reminder That We Need to Change How We Treat the Earth and Each Other If We Are to Survive?

Essay by Luke Foster “Our mother earth is teaching us a lesson in universal responsibility. This blue planet is a delightful habitat. Its life is our life, its future, our future. Indeed, the earth acts like a mother to us all; as her children, we are dependent on her. In the face of the global […]

Perry Farrell / I Would for You

Essay by Luke Foster “I love being able to escape my past, even though my past was great.” Perry Farrell Perry Farrell born Peretz Bernstein in 1959 is an American songwriter and musician and best known of lead singer of alternative rock band Janes Addiction. My favourite album by Janes Addiction is Ritual Lo Habitual […]

The Times They Are-A-Changin / Bob Dylan

Essay by Luke Foster “What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.” Bob Dylan Bob Dylan was born in 1941 and is an American singer-songwriter and is often regarded as one of the greatest […]

Reality Bites or is the World Just a Weird Place

Essay by Luke Foster “I can remember in early elementary school when the Russians launched the first satellite. There was still so much unknown about space. People thought Mars was probably populated.” Christa McAuliffe Since my mum has passed about a month ago my whole reality has shifted, and I know there is such thing […]

A Not So Gentle Landing Back in Australia

Essay by Luke Foster Life is a journey, not a destination” Ralph Waldo Emerson I arrived back in Australia on Thursday from Europe and started to get back in the groove of things by getting up early today and hanging out my washing had a decaf coffee and then two hours beach walking then off […]

The Pros and Cons of International Travel

Essay by Luke Foster “Nature hasn’t gone anywhere. It is all around us, all the planets, galaxies and so on. We are nothing in comparison.” Bjork I am currently travelling in Europe and have visited Rome and Athens and now in Vienna. I feel so exhilarated by international travel but there is a downside too. […]

Living in the Moment/ Egon Schiele in Vienna

Essay by Luke Foster “I like the scientific spirit—the holding off, the being sure but not too sure, the willingness to surrender ideas when the evidence is against them: this is ultimately fine—it always keeps the way beyond open—always gives life, thought, affection, the whole man, a chance to try over again after a mistake—after […]

My Beloved Mother Has Passed

Essay by Luke Foster “We cannot hope to die peacefully if our lives have been full of violence, or if our minds have mostly been agitated by emotions like anger, attachment, or fear. So, if we wish to die well, we must learn how to live well: Hoping for a peaceful death, we must cultivate […]

My Big Trip to Europe

Essay by Luke Foster “Of all men’s miseries the bitterest is this: to know so much and to have control over nothing.” Herodotus I am in Dubai for a one night stop over on the way to Europe. I shall go to Rome, Athens, the Greek Islands and Vienna. I am very excited about Rome […]