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    Life Matters

    Chasing Butterflies

    In 2022 and beyond I will be chasing butterflies. It is not easy to catch a butterfly. It takes time and patience. But it is worthwhile chasing butterflies to have a closer look at their beauty. In its short life the butterfly is productive. It collects pollen and carries it to other plants, vegetables, and flowers. This activity produces new seeds. Thus, butterflies have intrinsic value in our ecosystem. But there is more to the butterfly then the role they play in the ecosystem. They also have aesthetic, scientific, educational, and health value. Butterflies are known for their beautiful colours and patterns. If we have the time butterflies will teach…

  • Life Day By Day

    All I want for Christmas

    All of us want something for Christmas. A surprise for those who are expecting nothing is a wonderful gift. What do you want for Christmas? If you are unwell do you want health? If you are living in poverty do you want wealth? If you are unhappy do you want happiness? If we could all have our share of health, wealth and happiness this is a good beginning to Christmas. But it does not end there. Before we know it Christmas is over and we are faced with a New Year. A New Year gives us hope. It gives us an opportunity of renewal. To think better, to be better,…

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    Life Matters

    International Day of People with Disability

    International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations observed day aimed at increasing public awareness, understanding, and acceptance of people with disability. It is held each year on 3 December. Some disabilities are obvious, others are not. People often judge others by the way they look. Why are we judged by our physical appearance? Today reminds us to look beyond what we can see and get in touch with the feelings, the emotions of people with a disability. People with a disability have a lot of ability. There are many people with a disability that I am in awe of. They have got on with life and…

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    Life Matters

    Integrity and ethics in the workplace

    The critical failure of integrity and ethics in the workplace is well documented. Thus it is not surprising that the behaviour of people in public and high-profile positions comes under scrutiny. But when it does is it the role of the media to publicly air ‘dirty laundry’? Earlier this year the former Premier of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian, resigned following a probe into her workplace conduct by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). It related to a secret relationship she had with a former New South Wales Member of Parliament (MP), Daryl Maguire. The outcome of the matter is yet to be made public. This week integrity and ethics…

  • Life Matters

    Can curiosity kill the cat?

    Can curiosity kill the cat? Afterall, don’t they have nine lives. That adds up to a lot of curiosity. But what does it mean when someone says, ‘curiosity killed the cat?’ When I hear the phrase, it takes me back to a song. ‘Curiosity killed the cat’ was the title. It was recorded by the Little River Band in 1975. Forty-six years later the tune and lyrics are still with me! Is everyone curious? Or only some people? And what are we curious about? Some of us are more curious than others. How did we get that way? Was it through teaching or an innate natural ability? Taking curiosity too…

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    Life Day By Day,  Life Wise Hints

    Are distractions good for us?

    You would have heard about the child in the classroom, the one who is distracting others. He is a popular boy with his parents, but not the teacher. But distracted children are not a problem. They are on a learning journey. They are working out how to relate to others and the world around them. So be easy on them. There are distractions and distractions. Some are healthy and others are unhealthy. There are distractions that we invite into our lives that can help us. Then there are distractions that get us off track. They take us away from what we should or could be doing. I can focus and…

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    Life Day By Day

    Living life on fast-forward

    Are you, like me at times, living your life on fast-forward? Today’s world is moving at such a pace. Yes, even with COVID-19. Life is a continual motion. Always moving forward. There is the sense that we have to get somewhere faster than the time before. I became aware of this when I was watching television a few days ago. It was a current affairs type program with guests debating topical issues. I had listened to one speaker for long enough. I reached for the button to fast-forward to something more interesting. I then realised that as it was a live program and there was no fast-forward option! Does such…

  • My Garden

    Finding treasure in the garden

    Finding treasure in the garden is not an everyday occurrence. Back in the early 1990s when gardening we came upon what we thought could be buried treasure. It turned into a digging frenzy. But it was only part of an old boat. It must have been easier to bury it rather than take it to the local waste facility. It is Spring in Queensland, Australia, and a great time for gardening. We have had more than our usual rainfall for this time of the year. Thus, our lawn had turned into a beautiful shade of green. The birds sing every morning. A soft mellow tinkling tune apart from the Kookaburra’s…

  • Life Day By Day

    Birds of a feather flock together

    This week in Australia is National Bird Week, 18 -24 October 2021. Anyone can take part in the great Aussie Bird Count. If you missed it this week, then there is always next year. We have many visiting species of birds in our backyard. This is due to living steps away from a park – 31 hectares of bushland. It has plenty of space for bush walkers, runners, and mountain bikers. So much space that it never gets crowded. Wherever we go, in the great outdoors in Australia, we find the same species of birds flock together. Birds look like they have a carefree life. They float on the wind…

  • Life Day By Day,  Socio-Political

    For the common good

    I have met and know many people that make an effort to live their lives for the common good. That is, sharing the benefits of living in a civil society. But I also know of people who put self-interest before the common good. Self-interest is a subtle characteristic. It is not always recognised by those who put self-interest ahead of the common good. They have little insight or care about this trait in their character. So, there is none or little guilt associated with their way of life. COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Health Orders The stay-at-home health orders, due to COVID-19, are for everyone to follow. The orders are in place for…