One train may hide another…

“There are two ways to slide easily through life; to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking.” – Alfred Korzybski So we have been in self isolation for roughly two weeks already. Husband working from home now, the girls and I actually just carrying on with our usual rhythms- they…

“doomsday prepping”

Wasabi*!!! It has been a somewhat anxiety-inducing few months, hasn’t it? In Australia especially – we have gone from unprecedented bush fires, to extreme storms and floods – and now this: Coronavirus. Coming soon to a city near you! Well, it’s in Sydney now but hopefully not about in the community as such – yet……

loaded words

Declutter Sanitise Homogenise Conform Obey Streamline Plan Develop Manage Educate Socialise Stand in line Keep inside the lines Shorten Neutralise Pastel Vanilla Monoculture Naturalise Good citizen March Parade Order Herd Be quiet Don’t argue Look away Wave the flag (written 2019)

What is in our hands – can we change the world ? 

To answer as simply as possible, we can start making a difference in our world – NOW and with what is already in our hands. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” – Edmund Bourke A lifelong pursuit of these questions – I have read so many…

silence please…

   can we have a minute of silence for the thousands of drowned refugees – yes, all of them – not just the toddler whose body washed up on a beach and captured the attention of many… for a few days… also, a minute of silence for all of those thousands who will continue to make the crossing,…

Sydney ‘siege’, and scattered thoughts on ‘terror’

Some scattered thoughts on ‘terror’ this week in the aftermath of the Sydney ‘siege’ – when people were held hostage for 16 hours in a cafe in the city by a man claiming links to IS (‘Islamic State’) – closely followed by a horrific massacre of 145 school children in Peshawar, Pakistan by the Taliban….

Dulce et decorum est…

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs And towards our distant rest began to trudge. Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind; Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to…

the magic bullet and the reluctant princess

It seems we are always searching for ‘magic bullet’ solutions to our biggest issues and fears. The most complex issues defy simple, linear solutions – yet we continue to put our faith in ‘research’ and ‘technology’ and those clever ‘experts’, to come up with something almost magical, like waving a wand to make it all…

Australia Day – no celebration here

This Australia day, I implore you: let’s stop and think about what we really believe in, what we would like being ‘Australian’ to really mean… And then let this inform how we speak, what behaviour and speech we tolerate around us, how we vote, how we raise our children… Australia day is a few days…

Fear is the real enemy

“The arrogance, rigidity, and blazing enthusiasm of religious fanatics who see in every hurricane and cosmic upheaval a sign that we are at the brink of apocalyptic catastrophe only alienate the shipwrecked and heartbroken.” – Brennan Manning, in ‘Ruthless Trust’. A few years ago I realised that since my childhood I had believed I would…