This morning, we in Australia woke up to the news that two firefighters have died. Their truck was hit by a falling tree and rolled, injuring three others. You can read the whole story here. They were volunteers, members of the Horsely Park rural fire services brigade. I'm deeply saddened by this. Our fire emergency … Continue reading When a Volunteer Dies
It seems that every time I sit down to write, there's something dreadful happening in the world. And today is no different. Forty nine people are dead in New Zealand - the result of an act that can only be described as one of terrorism. I have no idea what could possibly drive someone to … Continue reading Once Again, Why?
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
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
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
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?
There are many things in this world that I don't understand. On my mind very recently has been the issue of gun control. I live in Australia. We have very strong gun laws. Since the Port Arthur Massacre in 1996, our gun laws have become even more strict. During that massacre, 35 people were killed … Continue reading What in the World?
Yesterday morning the news spoke of another shooting at a school in the US. Several hours later, I watched a video about one of the children killed in the Sandy Hook massacre last year. I shed tears as I watched and as I thought about the loss suffered by her parents. The video ends on … Continue reading Ponderings