Marijuana Seeds and Sunflowers

Marijuana Seeds and Sunflowers

For many years I used to smoke heaps of weed (marijuana). In those days I thought it would be a good joke to play on my home town if I was to plant marijuana seeds along the roadside and in the front gardens of houses all around the town. So I began to go out for walks at around midnight with marijuana seeds in my pocket. And I began planting these seeds in people’s front gardens. I thought it would be really funny to see hundreds of marijuana plants start growing all over town. As took these walks I began to notice that there seemed to be a lot of police cars around the streets at that time of night. I noticed that I was the only person walking around at midnight, and I started to feel very conspicuous. The bag of seeds in my pocket began to make me nervous as...

The Love of the Truth

The Love of the Truth

One thing that caused me problems was something it took me years to recognize, identify and understand. Perhaps what it comes down to is the love of the truth. Once, when I was in art college we were discussing a student’s painting. The teacher was suggesting a certain modification to it, when the student whose painting it was protested that this particular thing was not really there in the real thing from which the painting was drawn. “Oh!” exclaimed the teacher. “You should never let the truth get in the way of a good picture!” You’ll hear that often in discussions regarding any of the various arts. To insist upon trying to make a picture as real and literal as a photograph taken on a given occasion can actually get in the way of your attempt to...

Spirit of Murder

Spirit of Murder

One of the strangest experiences in my life was the night when I could see everything, but no-one seemed to see me. Just as well too, because this case involved three angry guys, a broken bottle, and a couple of switch-blades. The way it started was this… One night some years ago I was overcome with a desire to do something for God. So I said to Him “Lord I want to do something for you. Is there anything I can do for you?”  To my surprise I felt that he said to me “Go and sit in the car and pray.” I thought this was a bit strange, but went outside into the street where the car was parked. This was on a stretch of road that was one way traffic, but was a busy three lane street in the inner west of Sydney. So I got into the car and prayed. I prayed for...

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