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Confucius

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Acceptance / harmony / Philosophy / politics / Serenity prayer

The Philosophy discussion group that I facilitate considered Confucius last week. Who would have thought that the topic would be so relevant – the 70th anniversary of Communism in China and the unrest in Hong Kong? Some of the comments that came out of the discussion included: ‘Confucius spoke of unity but what we see in China today is uniformity’; ‘it is so difficult to examine an Eastern Philosophy when we (in the group) all […]

Federal Election and Online Shopping

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Acceptance / politics / Uncategorized / You must be kidding?

I finally tired of listening to the Federal Election results on Saturday night. I DID put in several hours inĀ front of the TV. Instead I went on my computer and did some online shopping for new sheets and towels (end of financial year sales). Being satisfied that I got a good bargain I went off to bed still not knowing the election outcome. Here we are a few days later and my new sheets and […]

What do you like to talk about?

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Acceptance / I believe that... / I feel... / Meaning of life and that stuff / politics / Values

The idea for this post came from some questions raised by Eric Tonningsen‘s blog Awakening to Awareness. So, what do you like to talk about? I don’t mean the casual exchanges and polite conversations with people who pass through our lives. I have a real desire for deep and meaningful conversations – usually in a one on one situation. I like to think about possibilities for our shared future. I search for answers to the […]

Weekly photo challenge: Unexpected

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Baby Boomers / Blog 2013 / Friends and family / politics / Weekly Photo Challenge

Claremont Council Fire click here An unexpected fire changes the course of history … A fire destroyed much of the Claremont Municipal Chambers on 19 November in 2010. It was in this building in 1899 that my great-grandfather, James King was elected the first Mayor of the City of Claremont. The photo below was taken in 2006 of me with my two sisters near the foundation stone laid by our great-grandmother. I was shocked to […]

Weekly photo challenge: Unusual point of view (POV)

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Geography / Motivation / politics / Publishing / The workplace / Weekly Photo Challenge

It is only two weeks until my first assignment is due. I had planned to work out a time-table today. I got the books out on the table this morning along with a planner to schedule my work so that I can get it in before the due date. But inspiration and inclination are lacking. As I sat looking at the bundle of paperwork I thought of today’s photo challenge. So at least there was […]

Reading and writing

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Blog 2013 / Geography / Gratitude / Indigenous Australians / Kimberley / Motivation / politics / Writing

This weekend I am attending a two-day course in Bunbury to become a tutor in the Read, Write Now program in my community. I am really looking forward to it. It is four days training in total, presented over two weekends. I have been a literacy tutor in the past and enjoyed the experience greatly. People who cannot read or write (in their first or second language) are at a real disadvantage. I became aware […]

What a day!

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Blog 2013 / Political / politics / Wisdom too late

From mid-morning until now (9:00pm) I have been captivated by the unfolding of yet another leadership challenge in the Australian political system. It went to a vote and former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd defeated the current Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, in a ballot for the leadership. The vote was 57 to 45. I have never seen so much political analysis and speculation as the experts tried to fill in the time while the politicians were […]

Flights of fancy

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Geography / Indigenous Australians / Pilbara / politics

7 posts to go until I reach 500 posts!From 1988 to 1993 I lived in Newman in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. I was successful in winning a position on the East Pilbara Shire Council. It was a great training ground for my future employment plus I had a great time.   Newman is the biggest community in the East Pilbara Shire but it didn’t have a dedicated Council Chamber for meetings. We often […]

Poll about blog topics

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Friends and family / I believe that... / I feel... / politics / Religion / Self acceptance

Would you give up expressing your views (on a blog) if you knew some topics or opinions may alienate some of your readers? Should we stay away from politics, religion and health matters? What is more important – authenticity or popularity (statistics)? When I write I tend to go with the flow and let my words express my thoughts – obviously there are some boundaries that I adhere to. I was surprised this week as […]

Weekly writing challenge: The State of the Nation

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Baby Boomers / Blog 2013 / bullying / I believe that... / Political / politics

  WordPress is encouraging bloggers to take on a divisive issue so I have decided to swim with the sharks on this one!   Our Prime Minister, Julia Gillard is doing it tough but I still support her government. Many don’t. Her opponents think she should resign and go away quietly. Julia is our first female Prime Minister. She challenged the former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, in a leadership ballot three years ago and she […]