Archives: Essays

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 […]

The Teachings of the Saints From all Religions

Essay by Luke Foster “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” Francis of Assisi I consider myself a devout Catholic but I don’t read the bible much but I do take inspiration from the teachings of the saints from all religions. There has been some powerful […]

Robin Williams Meets Jon Bon Jovi

Essay by Luke Foster “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” Robin Williams One of my favourite actors was Robin Williams and he was so genuine, funny and kind. My favourite movie he starred in was about the clown doctor Patch Adams called by his name. He first emerged […]

Red Cross/ Amazing Charity Work that Looks After Everyone in the Developing World/ Everyone Knows my Essays are Good For Them But The Jokes are Like The Cream Cheese on the Broccoli so it tastes Good.

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” Dalai Lama Its best if the Red Cross consults the Dalai Lama to get the money to where it’s supposed to go. Red Cross workers should get better pay and conditions and better security. Afghanistan is a hot spot that needs more aid […]

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1973/ Patrick White

The Australian Patrick White was awarded the 1973 Nobel Literature Prize “for an epic and psychological narrative art which has introduced a new continent into literature”, as it says in the Swedish Academy’s citation. After my favourite Japanese author Haruki Murakami the late Patrick White is my second favourite author and was homosexual. I have […]

Oxfam Community Aid Abroad

Essay by Luke Foster “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” Dalai Lama Can the world leaders step up to the plate and donate 100 billion dollars to Oxfam International to save countless lives in Africa and Asia over a twelve month plan. Middle class people who live in the […]

Nick Cuttell My Dearly Departed Best Friend

Essay by Luke Foster “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. “ Dalai Lama This essay is dedicated to my dearly departed best friend Nick Cuttell and his brother Ash and parents Frank and Barbara who have been looking after me from a distance for decades. Nick passed in 1991. Nick was electrocuted in […]

Joseph Beuys Meets Yoshitomo Nara

Essay by Luke Foster “ I wanted to go completely outside and to make a symbolic start for my enterprise of regenerating the life of humankind within the body of society and to prepare a positive future in this context.” Joseph Beuys The late German artist Joseph Beuys was my favourite artist at art school […]

Michelle Obama the Healthiest Person on the Planet

Essay by Luke Foster “Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (born January 17, 1964) is an American attorney and author who served as the first lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She was the first African-American woman to serve in this position. She is the wife of former President Barack Obama. Raised on the […]