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Our Stories

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Gratitude / Indigenous Australians / Kimberley / Literacy / Music / Pilbara / Uncategorized

I watched an amazing film today at the CinefestOz Festival in Busselton. Please check out the link to learn more about the Festival that finished today. The movie, The Song Keepers, was recently shown at the Melbourne International Film Festival. From the website: In the central desert region around Hermannsburg, west of Alice Springs, a hidden 140-year musical legacy of ancient Aboriginal languages and German baroque hymns is being preserved by four generations of song women […]

Where do Australians come from?

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family history / Indigenous Australians

I am Australian however my ancestors are relatively new to this country compared to Indigenous Australians. My father’s father was a first generation Australian and his father was born in Ennis, Ireland. My paternal grandmother and her father were both born in Australia but the previous generation of their family called Denmark home. My mother’s father was born in Australia as was his father, however the previous generation called Barrhead, Scotland home. My mother’s mother […]

Importance of access to literacy

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Indigenous Australians / Literacy / Motivation

“Whether it’s reading or writing, literacy is an outlet to an untouchable world – your imagination. Not only is literacy a basic human right, it is a fundamental building block for learning as well as a personal empowerment tool. It is the catalyst for social and global progress.”  (from http://internationalliteracyday.org/ ) International Literacy Day was held on 8 September 2015. It is a good time to remember that some people have difficulty with the following: reading […]

I am not making it up …

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Baby Boomers / Geography / Indigenous Australians / Meaning of life and that stuff / Pilbara / Religion / Self acceptance / Social media / technology / The workplace / WordPress / Writing

I recently had my sixtieth birthday and that means I have done a range of things in those six decades. Sometimes I surprise people when I mention some of those things. I guess we all travel our own journeys and we can never be sure where they will take us. A list of some of my adventures follows: I left home in country Victoria at 17 years old to live in Melbourne and I was […]

Weekly photo challenge: Extra

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Friends and family / Geography / Indigenous Australians / Weekly Photo Challenge

Too much rain can have devastating consequences. These photos were taken during a wet season in Fitzroy Crossing in the early 1980’s while I was living there. People were cut off from food supplies, the bore pumps were flooded and ironically there was a shortage of water for household use. One of my neighbours was bitten by a venomous snake and had to be driven through the flood water to get medical help. I wouldn’t […]

Launch of my short story

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Friends and family / Indigenous Australians / Meaning of life and that stuff / Writing

I have been absent from WordPress in recent weeks as I worked on finishing my unit of study with Edith Cowan University online. The unit is Authorship and Publication. The main submission for assessment is my ebook, Beyond the Crossing. As it is my first short story I decided to make it available as a free ebook to anyone who would like to read it. With assignments now completed,  I can start preparing for my […]

Distractions

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Friends and family / Gratitude / Indigenous Australians / You must be kidding?

I have looked at old photos to research information for my writing assignment. It was great to see the photos again because it prompted my memory about so many things I had forgotten. One of them cashew apples. We had a cashew tree in our yard – you couldn’t eat the nuts without baking but the fruit was really yummy. I found this photo of my Mum taken in 1983. She traveled by bus from […]

Which story has most appeal?

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Baby Boomers / emotions / Friends and family / Indigenous Australians / Numbulwar / Values

As part of my studies I need to further develop some stories. I would really appreciate your feedback. Thanks 🙂 SYNOPSIS – FANTASY The Magic Tunnel A little four-year-old girl finds a magical world just beyond Grandma’s back fence. Only Lindy knows the secret entrance. A blue wren whispered it in her ear and made her promise to keep it secret – even from Grandma. Lindy carefully lifts one of the pavers on the patio […]

Daily prompt: Safety first

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DP Challenge / Geography / Indigenous Australians / Numbulwar / You must be kidding?

Share the story of a time you felt unsafe … In 1980 my former husband and I took up an opportunity to work in a remote Indigenous community in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia. I was twenty-six at the time with two sons – one was four years old and the other was only six-months old. It was a big adventure for us all. At first I was even scared of the […]