In this 'Year Like No Other' I've been reflecting on Christmas. Partly because we had our final teen Study at Church this morning (we only have them monthly due to the need to comply with COVID regulations), and partly because my husband and I will have our first Christmas since the kids arrived, without either … Continue reading Christmas Is Coming
There's been a lot of stuff going round about 'freedom' on social media. I think we've all seen people dodging police on borders, vowing they won't wear masks, and others protesting against a vaccine that doesn't even exist yet. I've seen social media posts about organisations, religious bodies, and businesses declaring their 'freedom' to do … Continue reading Freedom
This week, Médecins Sans Frontiers, or Doctors Without Borders, was ordered to remove their mental health team from Nauru, where about 800 refugees, including 90 or so children, are being kept in offshore detention, at the behest of the Australian Government. There have been repeated, independent reports of the appalling conditions that these, already traumatised, … Continue reading A Message to Scott Morrison
I think a lot. In fact, there are people who'd say that it's possible I think too much. The thing is, there are so many things to think about, and so many things to discover and learn about. I hear something, so I look it up, and then I look up a bit more, and … Continue reading Contemplations
I'm writing again with much sadness in my heart. I've blogged several times about MND, or Motor Neurone Disease. You can read those posts here and here. Our friend, Graham, who has fought with MND for many years, passed away on Good Friday. Graham defied the odds in many ways. He had the ALS form … Continue reading Sadness
It's been a while since I posted. For two weeks my husband and I travelled around Tasmania, and then, when we returned home, a good friend of ours passed away unexpectedly. What is it about music that strikes so deeply into our souls? Our friend was a musician, who taught and nurtured piano players. … Continue reading Singing Her Home
"He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8 This was part of the reading at church this morning, and the basis of the sermon. I'm a Christian, which is not necessarily … Continue reading Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly.
It's been a weekend of mixed feelings, topping off a couple of weeks of sadness and tiredness. In my non-writing life, I'm a physiotherapist. I spend three days a week working with injured and unwell people. I often work with people in pain, but it's most commonly physical pain. Most of them get better, which … Continue reading Life and Death and Easter