I was having coffee with friends this morning when the news of yet another US school shooting popped up on the news. It's deeply saddening to hear of it. More children dead, more teachers dead. Obviously, I live in Australia. We have our own share of violence, like every nation, but not this kind. There … Continue reading Deeply Saddened
How Old Are They?
Last night there were two television choices that appealed to me. 1. Masterchef (One of only two reality TV shows I enjoy) or 2. The debate between Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and Leader of the Opposition Anthony Albanese. I looked at a bit of the commentary on the ABC website, but then decided that I … Continue reading How Old Are They?
It’s Election Time! Oh Joy? Also, what happened to concern for others?
Three weeks from yesterday, will be Australia's Federal election. I've been running an informal poll on my patients at work. If the circumstances are appropriate, I ask one question: 'Are you enjoying the election coverage?' The responses are not as varied as I expected. Basically there's one response. 'Is this the best we can do?' … Continue reading It’s Election Time! Oh Joy? Also, what happened to concern for others?
Don’t Criticise the Volunteer
There's been a lot of stuff about emergency response in Australian media in the last couple of weeks. It's been chaotic in both Queensland and New South Wales, with incredible amounts of rain and astounding floods destroying homes, towns, and properties. Sadly, there have been many reports of people remaining stuck in dangerous, and sometimes … Continue reading Don’t Criticise the Volunteer
Shaking My Head
I logged on to social media this evening after a few weeks when other, much more important things, have taken precedence. Of course, almost the first thing I saw, was a comparison of Covid vaccination to Nazi Germany taking control. That was followed up by someone else posting about how Covid 19 'doesn't exist.' I've … Continue reading Shaking My Head
There are times When evidence is not enough For some who think They know And are More than those Whose lives Have been devoted To humanity’s survival There are those Whose eyes do not Peer through scopes But see Online More truth From memes Or YouTube Than evidence in journals There are problems When the … Continue reading There Are
An Introspective Afternoon
I've been having a bit of an introspective afternoon today. There's a lot of Covid stuff happening in Australia right now, and suffice it to say, that I was having a moment. So I wrote a poem. Summer Has Gone Summer has gone And with it The buoyancy, The sunlight, And the freedom From lack … Continue reading An Introspective Afternoon
Not So Gobsmacked
Not so long ago, we Australians were in a state of almost constant embarrassment. You see, we had a series of leadership spills right at the top of our political system. That meant we had a series of Prime Ministers (PMs) over successive years. For those of you wondering what I'm talking about, here's a … Continue reading Not So Gobsmacked
Well, That Month Seems to Have Vanished in a Hurry
When I last blogged, it was the end of November. Now it's the end of December. Not only am I in a different Australian state, but Christmas has come and gone, and the New Year is on its way. I left NSW when the WA border opened. A large chunk of my extended and immediate … Continue reading Well, That Month Seems to Have Vanished in a Hurry
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