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“I want to see communities in which our interactions consistently demonstrate what I call the ‘other four-letter words’: kind, hope, care, love.”

The Undoing

The Undoing

I recently found myself in front of a mirror making a response that had been conditioned in front of a screen. I was deciding what to wear for the day. I’d already donned a skirt and long-sleeved top… skivvy-ish. I was mooting a second top over the first… sleeveless....

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Building Secure Bridges

Building Secure Bridges

My four-year-old grandson is fascinated by the Tasman Bridge. This towering structure with its scary and risky stories draws his little mind and its curiosity. Thirty years ago, the same fascination dwelt in his father. I’m regularly caught up in déjà vu as I drive...

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Literate Australia

Literate Australia

There has never been a time in Australia’s history at which everybody could read and write. Think about it. Before the 20th Century wars, universal education was haphazard. It was the domain primarily of the privileged. Things continued that way during the 1940s and...

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Liquid Manure

Liquid Manure

When I was a kid growing up on the farm, my mum and dad regularly made a concoction that they called liquid manure. The first time I read Roald Dahl’s fabulous ‘George’s Marvelous Medicine’ to my kids, it made me think of the liquid manure – except that mum and dad’s...

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The Cup & Communication

The Cup & Communication

Michael Leunig is a national treasure. A few strokes of his uniquely wielded brush, some spare and scruffy words… and suddenly a gentle ‘hey presto’ appears out of nowhere and opens us to depths of our yearning and heights of our hope. I was recently struck with...

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Courage to Create Change – Summer

Courage to Create Change – Summer

Grace and I are presenting a cycle of powerful, seasonal, leadership retreats focused on the courage to create change. In late August we focused on spring, using metaphors that explored how that which is nascent within us, can be supported to burst forth. On the 3rd,...

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Uh oh… He’s Calling the Police

Uh oh… He’s Calling the Police

A pottering kind of day My son and I were companionably pottering with a bit of work on our laptops, sitting on couches in the sun in our front room on a Sunday afternoon. My four-year-old grandson was there with his little sister. They were also pottering happily....

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The Ros-Lyn

The Ros-Lyn

When I was a kid growing up in Woomera, my dad filled his weekends building a wooden boat. Ros-Lyn, he named her. Half of my name, half of my sister's.  I watched him on and off, this man in the desert building a boat. I didn’t think too much about what motivated him...

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Moments & Droplets

Moments & Droplets

The kids are back at school and settling in. I was walking through the grounds of a school on day three of term, on my way to a meeting. I had to wait for a minute while a single file of prep-aged children, following their teacher, crossed my path on their way to a...

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The Poets

The Poets

Using just a few words, a poet can shift how we sense ourselves, and tune us to something we’ve never heard before. Author and activist Parker J. Palmer refers to good poetry as a ‘third thing’. It brings a presence that has a voice of its own. This voice is not the...

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Authenticity Paradox

Authenticity Paradox

Brilliant sky, searing sun and red horizon. Glittering water, floral profusion, waterbirds, and fish. These are both the authentic desert. I started school in the arid and isolated little town of Woomera in South Australia.  While living there, my dad built a boat....

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Courage to Create Change – Spring

Courage to Create Change – Spring

We can spend our lives running toward change, running from it, or running around in some mix of the two. It can be tiring. Yet every year, spring flows in and shows us grace in change. She has some lessons for us. After winter darkness, spring brings joyful, vibrant...

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