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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.”

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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Snails

Snails

When I was six, Mum and Dad were building a house and for a year we all piled-in to live with Grandma and Grandpa in country South Australia. Grandma loved roses, although growing them was a bit of a feat in SA summers. Looking back, I suspect the roses might have...

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Bowling Alone, Making Cider Together

Bowling Alone, Making Cider Together

Waaaaay back in 2001 I read a book that influenced me enormously. If we’ve met over a cup of tea since then, you’ll probably know its title. You certainly will if you’ve come for dinner. My two sons say all the dinner parties of their teenage memories were punctuated...

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Thank you, Unsplash.

Thank you, Unsplash.

In the last couple of months I've had a few presentations to prepare and it has been blessedly wonderful to draw down on the incredible images that one can find on Unsplash! I'm a relative newcomer to Unsplash. I love it. My dear friend, photographer and all round fab...

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Teams of Teams

Teams of Teams

By golly, some of the work I've been involved in these last few years has been noticed across the Pacific with reciprocal shared gratitude - it's just grand! The wonderful crowd at Circle of Security International have given me a shout-out here. Can I just say, it's...

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How’s that Grace Tame, eh?

How’s that Grace Tame, eh?

How’s that Grace Tame, eh! What a stunner. Amazing Tasmanian Grace – you little beauty! Did you see Our Australian of the Year pack her punches up on that podium? You go, our woman of strength and power! You change this world! You take paternalistic domination and...

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Australia: Days of Celebration & Remembrance

Australia: Days of Celebration & Remembrance

I’m writing this on 26th January. I’m working. As usual. I actually don’t want this public holiday on this date. So I’m very happy to be at work. And because I own my own business it is easy for me to make choices to conscientiously object to the date. That said,...

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Power of the Circle

Power of the Circle

Big circles of purpose and serendipity seem to move around us all the time. Sometimes we get to see them clearly loop around or close; and at other times their arcs are very long, and they move undetectably until we sense a coincidence and can trace a thread back. Not...

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My Book About Coronavirus

My Book About Coronavirus

During April and May of 2020, I have been gathering my thoughts about the coronavirus pandemic. I have gathered them to make sense of them. For myself. But also, as a speech pathologist, for young people with whom I and my colleagues work. For them, too. I have...

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