Category Archives: community

BOOKS AND HOSPITALS

It is pleasing to know how books help break down barriers and build relationships. My daughter was in hospital – on holiday from the UK, she underwent emergency surgery in Sydney. Sincere thanks to St Vincent’s Hospital which gave her … Continue reading

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OUR TOUR GROUP

Half the fun of travelling on an organized tour is the company, sharing stories and adventures, while engaging in that great sport of people watching. Folk on the trip came from Canada, South Africa, Australia, US, Singapore. Over the course … Continue reading

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CLIMATE CHANGE

I had long wondered why all those who deny climate change seem to be on the right of Genghis Khan and Alan Jones. There’s overwhelming scientific evidence that climate change is all too real, and happening faster than expected, and … Continue reading

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YOU :TIME FOR TRUTH

you hid behind holy orders flogged  naked boys  at night worked  us  bare hands   barefoot broken   building brick walls in winter you cowered behind cloisters had us stroke   your greasy hair your hand   in our shorts us   the guilty you … Continue reading

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PHILOSOPHY

What is philosophy? Is it when a three-year-old child declares: ‘We must be thankful for having cream in our coffee?’ Or is this the wisdom of an old soul? What are philosophers? Are they some esoteric group beyond the imagination … Continue reading

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ONLY THE LONELY

In the last thirty years reports of feeling lonely in the US have doubled. In many countries, including Australia, more people live on their own than ever before. The elderly are isolated by illness and frailty, many far from family. … Continue reading

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NATURE

Many of us are awed by the beauty of a morning sunrise, inspired by the golden veil of evening stretching over the landscape, delighted with animals in their natural environment, and think it cute to see ducklings toddling along in … Continue reading

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APRIL HEROES

APRIL HEROES It’s hard to believe that almost fifty years have passed since Martin Luther King made his impassioned speech I Have A Dream. It resonates just as powerfully today as it did the day he delivered it at a … Continue reading

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