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Quirky Soul Food Idea Generators

Australian Advent Calendar 2004

Australian Advent Calendar 2003
Berried Treasure

Daily Grind
Magic Writing Tram
Soul Food Chocolate Box

The Dig Tree

Wacky Writing

dir Writing Directory

Peeling the Onion

The therapeutic benefits of writing and art have long been acknowledged. When you peel the onion and pull back layers you may shed tears but you will end up feeling better.

Collections of Writing Prompts

101 Self Esteem Boosters
Anatomy of Creativity

Creative Arts Projects
Lemurian Calling Resources
Muse Toolbox
Peeling The Onion
Pythian Games
bullet Original Writing Directory
Spotted Dog Sundaes

Student Cafeteria
Student Lounge
Visual Journal Lounge
Visual Journal Vault

Wacky Writing Exercises
Writing Notebook
Writing for Well-Being

Lift the Spirit

Soul Food Spirit Lifters
Soul Candy

Newsletters 2003 -4

June - July 2003
August - September 2003
October - November 2003
January - February 2004
April - May 2004
June - July 2004
August - September 2004
October Nonsense 2004

Pizza Banquet

Pizza

Sit around and have a slice of Pizza at Soul Food's Pizza Banquet with some of the people who call Soul Food and Lemuria home. This is a chance to meet the people who have helped to build and populate this amazing cyber cafe.

Curiosity Shop

Anita Marie Moscoso has opened a Curiosity Shop within the walls of Soul Food. Anita Marie's passion for the curious and ghostly is adding fresh colour to Soul Food.

So what shall it be tonight? A ghost story? Maybe a twisted tale of revenge or longing or greed? What? My story? Why not? It's a good one, if I don't say so myself. Take a seat and listen to her newest story about The Amazing Benandanti.

Apart from the Curiosity Shop Anita Marie is also presiding over the Chamber of Horrors which is set in an old medical building not far from the Lemurian Abbey Catacombs. The Chamber is filling with stories, resources and writing suggestions. Responses to story starters such as Red Death the Noble Shewolf and Little Red Riding Hood can also be found here

Advent Calendar for Artists

Soul Food is proud to launch what has become an annual feature. The December 2004 Advent Calendar, like the December 2003 Calendar is full of projects that have been test run during 2004 in Melbourne schools, and features the work of artists from around the world.

Make sure to let all you friends know that they must visit Soul Food on a daily basis during December in order to experience the joy of opening up a new link on the Calendar.

Shoe String Publishing

Discover how to recycle all sorts of paper products to produce Albums of Memories. Discover how you can transform things that would be discarded, learn how to renovate, redecorate and create a masterpiece that will be passed down through the family. You will literally learn how to 'publish on a shoe string.

Pop Fiction

Check out the Popular Fiction Hip Hop Music Feature that was completed by LaTrobe Secondary College students. Students made altered vinyl covers and wrote lyrics about To Love Veronica Bee. They cut their singles at the Experimedia Centre in Melbourne's State Library. Graphic artist, Greg Blakey has designed this exciting cyber DJ studio where student tracks are played.

Disclaimer

The opinions expressed by contributors to Soul Food Cafe on public domains outside the Soul Food Cafe are not to be construed as being endorsed by Heather Blakey.

Making a Difference

Soul Food supports the work of over five hundred students in Melbourne's Northern suburbs. A cursory glance of the work competed amid the participating schools will reveal the success of the innovative Writing Passport Program. This program promotes positive habits of the mind in order to develop creative thinking and self expression. An important side benefit of this program is that students gain self awareness, self confidence and they become more socially resilient. Soul Food is a free site and will always remain so. You can help ensure that the Writing Passport Program expands its field of influence and actively support the learning of young people.

Creative Literacy Projects

Make sure to take the time to check out two exciting Soul Food visual literacy projects which have successfully engaged students in both primary and secondary schools in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne. A diverse group of individuals are currently presenting a broad range of responses to set tasks on the Big Bad Werewolf Project and Magic Beach projects. You could join them and learn about a very creative approach to literacy

Contact the Webmaster:

You can reach Heather Blakey, the sole operator of Soul Food, by mailing to heatherblakey at heatherblakey at fastmail dot fm

When Heather has recovered from running from one end of this estate to the other, has done with the dusting and polishing needed to make the place looks good for unannounced guests, she will make contact. Of course, if the servants finally arrive to lend a hand, she may reach you sooner.

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Box of Wonderment

The Arches, which lay on the Dargo Road, approximately eight kilometers outside Briagolong, in East Gippsland, Victoria was the enchanted world that I was privileged to regularly visit with my parents, brothers and sister during the 1950's.

We headed off from Maffra, in the Austin, stopping briefly at the General Store at Briagolong to buy Mrs Hair an ice-cream. The Arches had no running water or electricity and my mother recalls that Edna loved ice-cream. It was a challenge to keep the ice-cream cool until we had navigated the winding eight kilometer stretch to reach the Arches, but it was a small gift compared to the gift of wonderment and enchantment that surrounded us during those regular monthly visits.

The Arches were the home of Archie and Edna Hair, an elderly couple with a rare spirit of generosity.

Archie had a wooden box, the contents of which were a source of fascination. He called it his box of wonderment and in it he kept things that he had collected from the bush. He called the bits and pieces of debris that he gathered wonders.

And wondrous they were! Archie held us captivated as he regaled a story that was associated with a rock, tiny fragments of pebbles, a prized birds nest.

This box of wonders, a collection of the writing exercises that I have used with people ranging in age from eight to eighty is a tribute to Archie and Edna who filled me with wonder and whose magic is continuing to be woven over forty years later.

Graffiti the Walls

Scribble on the Walls of Soul Food
Graffiti Online

The Ravens

Raven

Click each bird and meet the women who make up a group of 'Ravens', who reside in the Soul Food Cafe Rookery.

The 2006 Adventure Calendar

It's here! It's here! Heather Blakey's famous Christmas Advent Calendar is moving into its fourth year now and goes live on December 1. Besides plenty of creative inspiration, what else can you expect this year? Heather says:

"The 2006 Adventure Calendar is all about following the footprints of others and exploring the exotic Lemurian Cosmos, a fantasy cyber realm at Soul Food. The Advent Calendar tracks the path taken by travellers who explored Lemuria during 2005 and 2006."

As you visit the calendar page each day in December you'll find a new adventure link (they magically appear daily!) that will take you deep into the realm of creativity and imagination. Wonderful for artists, writers, and bloggers — don't miss it!

Recent Interviews

Interviewing Chris Dunmire from the Creativity Portal was a treat but then she turned the tables and interviewed me. Being on the other side of the table did prove to be an interesting experience and has inspired Soul Food's next feature.

Chris Dunmire writes about how Heather Blakey made her famous.

I love a sunburnt country...

Celebrate being Australian, learn about Australian History and discover the essence of creativity all at the same time. The Dig Tree, is etched into the Australian pysche as one of the greatest ironic tragedies. Dig and unearth some of the secrets of creativity. The Dig Tree was designed by Greg Blakey, a talented design student, with flair, imagination and the ability to meet the needs of his clients. Greg has created, amongst other things, Soul Food's zany Magic Writing Tram.

Magic Writing Tram


To participate in the primary school writing program clamber aboard the Magic Writing Tram, designed by Greg Blakey, and do some of the exercises that you will find on board.

Send Soul Food Chocolates

If you have an artist, a dreamer, a dancer, a mythologist, an imagineer, a writer amidst your clan, make sure to nourish their creative spirit by sending them a box of Chocolates from the Soul Food Cafe. But be cautioned! These hand filled chocolates are totally addictive and may change lives.

Childhood is a state or phase of imaginative existence, the phase in which the world of imagination is still a brave new world and yet reassuring and intelligible.

The strictly non-fat chocolate from the Soul Food Chocolate Box is full of projects and material to help us return to that wondrous kingdom where imagination and creativity rule. The special fillings focus on celebrating childhood joy, spontaneity and imagination.

Footprint Challenge.

Artists who participated in the Footprint Challenge were sent a small stash of paper, fabric and oddments together with a shoe insole. The challenge was to leave a footprint in the halls of Soul Food make something using the eclectic oddments. The morale of the story is that when you challenge an artist to make something out of nothing you can expect to be surprised

Writing as Creative Medicine

Writing As Creative Medicine
Improve Your Immune System
Writing Potentiality
Write Reasons for Writing
Berried Treasure
Writes of Passage
Anchorage
Language of Consolation
Anti Freeze for the Soul
Combating Cancer With Words
Candle of Hope
Travelling Muse
Peeling The Onion

Mirecle33 Creativity Patch

I nearly choked with envy and spluttered my coffee all over the keyboard when Chris Dunmire from the Creativity Portal showed me her brand new Mirecle33 Creativity Patch. These creativity patches are for those who claim not to have a creative bone in their body. Now why didn't I think of this first?

Actually, this whole new collection of Dunmire tidbits has my mouth watering. If Chris keeps producing things like this I am going to have to head north and physically blow her out of her pond. Too clever!

Building Virtual Communities

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When she is not working at Soul Food, Heather Blakey builds virtual communities. She is currently working with the Victorian Department of Education and Training, building a virtual community for teachers using state-of-the-art, internet based publishing tools.

Populating Lemuria

Heather Blakey is passionate about populating Lemuria, an exciting cyber colony for artists and writers from around the world.

What goes on in blogs with mythical names like the Lemurian Abbey, the Hermitage, Riversleigh and Gypsy Camp? Plenty. And the sense of creative community experienced in the supportive Soul Food environment has been transforming lives. Troops willingly inhabit these virtual places under Heather’s skillful facilitation to explore more than just their art and creativity.

To gain a visa to enter Lemuria and reside in places like the Abbey or at Riversleigh Manor simply contact her at heatherblakey at fastmail dot fm.

Residents will be given the opportunity to join a residents group and meet guides who will help them navigate their way around this land.

The Lemurian Abbey, which lies beyond the Glastonbury Tor, is strictly restricted to members of the Order of Soul Food, to those votaries who have committed themselves to Making Art A Daily Practice and to building The Lemurian Abbey Community. This is not a religious order and welcomes people of any faith.

During 2006 Abbey Residents worked collaboratively on the A to Z of Abbey Alchemy. Just click on the individual letters to find the tasks.

A to Z of Alchemy

Advent Calendar 2005
The Silk Road

The theme of the 2005 Advent Calendar was 'Journey of the Heart'.

A group of courageous travellers packed at a moments notice and headed off for a three month trek along the Soul Food Silk Road.

They discovered a road that twisted and wound endlessly. They met the Amazon Queen, a Hermit, a Mystic, Gypsy Travellers, Fortune Tellers, a Bath-house Madame, the Sacred Warrior Knight, the Mistress of the Wardrobe and many other interesting characters.

The 2005 Advent Calendar preserves the journey of these travellers and provides everyone else with the opportunity to pull out their visual journals and participate in many of the activities that travellers undertook.

Each day a bright light appeared on the calendar, opening a new link.By December 25 the heavens above the Silk Road were aglow.

This year the calendar provided visitors with the opportunity to join bloggers in order to complete activities and interact with the Silk Road travellers.

Enjoy!
Heather Blakey
Webmistress of the Soul Food Cafe

Alluvial Mine Open

An Alluvial Mine has been discovered within the grounds of Soul Food and it is opening for sturdy miners who know that to find real creative gold you have to be prepared to dig deeply.

Check the Alluvial Mine Newsheet for updates and follow Mining progress.

Soul Food Cafe Community

When the Soul Food Silk Road Pedlars come to town they come bringing lovely things for us to buy.

Embark on a journey through the four seasons of a market farmer, homesteaderís life. Join her as she taps trees for maple syrup and discovers the first snowdrops peeking through the snow in early spring. Walk alongside as she pursues the wild berry brambles of June and gleans the rustling cornfields in late autumn. Finally, snuggle in by the wood stove while the stew simmers during the cold of winter. In the pages of Ohio Homesteadís Recipes & Recollections of a Season, Trendle Ellwood brings us a taste of the challenges and a sampling of the joys of a life lived close to the heart of nature. She shares with us the hope that as in the seasons of the garden, likewise within the human heart, winter is destined to melt into spring.

Meet Trendle Ellwood at Soul Food and talk to her.

Soul Food Specialties

Walk through the wardrobe and discover the enchanting world of Narnia and taste the special delicacies served up by Edwina Peterson Cross

Soul Food Chef
Fredrik Goldhahn

Breakfast
Dutch Babies
Luncheon
Become a Lunch Box Spy
Dilly Chilly Hamburger

Soup
Pumpkin and Sweet Potato
Pebble Soup - A Portuguese Specialty
Starters
Bruscetta
Main Meals
Camel Stew

Desserts
Pavalova
Lemon Merinque Pie
Berried Treasure
With Tea and Coffee
Scones

Lemon Slice and Chocolate Hedgehog

Sample a chocolate
Cowslip Fruit Cake

Soul Candy
Boiled Chocolate Cake

Traditional Recipes Passed down
Boiling Sap - Maple Syrup
Spotted Dick and Bird's Custard
Traditional German Cooking
Tren's Chunky Salsa
from the Australian Supper table
Australian Outback Cooking Yarns
While the Billy Boils

Christmas Recipes
Six White Boomers

Making a Gingerbread House
Saint Lucia Festival Food

Dutch Christmas Specialities

Staples
Ten Grains and One Life

Faith and Potatoes