I live in rural NSW. Although I'm not a farmer, I know quite a number who are, both in my personal life and my professional life. As a town dweller, I can bemoan how dry the countryside is, but it doesn't have quite the same impact on me that it does on my farmer contacts. … Continue reading Drought, Governments, and City-Centric Focus
I thought long and hard about whether I'd join in on this hashtag, but in the end, I thought it was too important to let the opportunity pass by. Most of the time the header goes something like: "Me too... If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote 'Me too' as … Continue reading #MeToo
For the last few weeks I've been playing with a variety of topics to blog about. I've been a bit consumed by Song Contest: Almost Eurovision, which is a musical our local theatrical society's about to begin performing, as I'm part of the musical direction team. I've toyed with all kinds of subjects - our … Continue reading Thoughts and Prayers vs Deeds and Actions
The world can be a complicated place. Now in my fifties, I often think this. I suppose we all do to some extent. It's not thinking about 'the good old days' as such, but contemplating just how much our world has changed since I was born. Quite a few things have happened when I think … Continue reading Interconnectedness
My phone has an app attached to our national broadcaster, the ABC (or Australian Broadcasting Corporation), which sounded its familiar ABC breaking news music this morning. As normal, I looked down to see what was happening, to discover that there had been an explosion at a concert in the UK. We now know that over … Continue reading Why?
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
Here in Australia, 2016 saw the longest election campaign in history except for one. In 1954, Robert Menzies had a campaign that lasted ninety four days between calling the election and the actual election. Our elections are governed by some rather complex arrangements, but generally, an election occurs each three to four years into the … Continue reading Elections and Other Stuff
Several mornings ago I awoke, once again, to the news that there had been yet another gun massacre in the US. I'm Australian. As I've previously written in this blog, we have some strong gun control laws here, enacted after we suffered the worst massacre in history in 1996. In April, I listened to our … Continue reading Sadness. Why don’t they learn?
I'm sitting here in my chair, after just reading a news article entitled Tony Abbott says Australia will accept more Syria refugees but within current intake... The news this week has been full of images and stories about the enormous humanitarian crisis involving refugees fleeing violence in the Middle East - primarily Syria. The stories … Continue reading Hypocrisy Apparently Rules