• Life Day By Day,  Life Matters

    Pandemic Puppies

    There has been more interest in puppies since the pandemic settled in and people are in lockdown. So, what better time to welcome a new puppy into your home. A fur baby to be the focus of your love and attention. Due to the pandemic puppies have been in big demand. So, the prices for a puppy have skyrocketed. That is good news for dog breeders. But not so good news for people who could enjoy a puppy but who cannot afford the high price tag. The small, big, and designer dog prices have gone from $800 to $5,000. If you are older, alone, and stuck at home due to…

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    Life Matters

    COVID-19: The pivot and pirouette

    I am looking forward to the time when I no longer have the inclination to write about COVID-19. But as it is foremost in my mind it is my topic once again. The buzz word about business is how they can pivot and keep afloat with little or no income. Or do they need to pirouette? Will they survive the economic and mental health impact of extended lockdowns? Some small businesses in the hospitality and tourism sector will not make it. Also, smaller retail outlets. It does not matter how much they pivot it will not help. Even a pirouette, a full turn around, it will not help. Business capital…

  • Life Matters

    The problem with Groupthink

    There are few of us who will not have been influenced by Groupthink, at one time or another. Do you believe you are a free thinker? Someone that always thinks for yourself? Do you critically evaluate differing views? Or is it time to think again? The Groupthink phenomena is present everywhere. Whether or not we get caught up in Groupthink depends on our ability to assess the evidence, not just the views of others. Another factor is whether or not we believe that dissent is an option. Also, is there coercion or propaganda enticing us to follow the group majority and conform?   COVID-19 and Groupthink Even though we are…

  • Life Matters

    Things to do before you die

    It might not be the best time to talk about things to do before you die in the middle of a pandemic, but this is my topic for today. It is sad to hear of so many COVID-19 deaths across the world. Older people, younger people, and children. The COVID-19 virus does not discriminate. The situation causes me to think about life and how we are living it. Every life is precious, every life is valuable. But sometimes we do not value our life until it is too late. I have noticed that a life can take on more value, more purpose, more celebration, when it ends. This happens when…

  • Life Day By Day,  Life Matters

    What about the children?

    I was born and grew up in Australia. At an early age I understood what it was like to live in a peaceful country. I had a family who loved me. I was fed. I was warm. I got an education. I knew the freedom of riding my bike to school. I was safe to explore my neighbourhood and walk to a friend’s place to play. I never heard gun shots or feared for my life. I never had to scavenge for food. I had a family who looked out for me. But this is not the story of many children today across the world. So, the question I ask…

  • Life Day By Day

    The freedom of doing what you like

    At my time of life, I have the freedom of doing what I like, when I like. I can set my own priorities. I can manage my own time. Yet, at any time of the day I can change these. It is very liberating deciding what to do and when to do it and when I will complete any given task. Of course, there are risks in this new age of freedom I find myself in. The major risk is the potential to do the things I love and postpone those that are not as appealing! I like to embrace this age of freedom. But it does not always come…

  • Life Matters

    Incentives, information, influencer’s, and the COVID-19 vaccine.

    For a time in Australia, we thought we were safe from COVID-19. But now with the new Delta variant there has been a new awakening. But not for all. Some are still not convinced COVID-19 is a deadly virus. Therefore, what is the best way to convince people to get the vaccine? Incentives, information, or influencer’s? Incentives Joe Biden, the President of the United States of America (US) is encouraging US States to offer a $100 cash incentive for people to get the COVID-19 vaccine. US Federal workers are required to show proof of vaccination or have to participate in mandatory testing and mask wearing. Under half of the US…

  • Life Matters

    Are people doing the best they can?

    Do you think people are doing the best they can? What is your answer to that question? There are several answers to such a question. Firstly, ‘Yes, people are doing the best they can’; or secondly ‘No, they could do better’ or thirdly ‘Sometimes doing your best is not good enough. Sometimes you must do what is required.’ If your answer was the third option then then you are in good company. It is a quote from Winston Churchill. But it is important to know the context. Context changes everything. So what did Churchill mean? Is it going beyond the expectations we set for ourselves? Or meeting expectations set by…

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    Health Matters

    Are the anti-vaxxers vexatious?

    We are in the middle of a world-wide pandemic with people dying, so why are there anti-vaxxers? What motivates them? Are they vexatious by nature and is the Coronavirus simply another cause? And where do they get their information that COVID-19 vaccinations are dangerous? My attention was bought to this issue from a Facebook friend who had been influenced by a local community leader, a politician, and an anti-vaxxer. He believes there is a conspiracy behind the vaccine and the vaccination program. Other information proliferating in communities is that the vaccine is a spreader of  the virus. Therefore, if you get the vaccination, you get the infection. Then there are…

  • Socio-Political

    Is Kowtowing an Acceptable Practice in the Workplace?

    Kowtowing means to act in an overly subservient manner. In East Asian cultures it is the highest sign of reverence. But is kowtowing acceptable in workplaces in the western world, like Australia? Furthermore, what is happening when it occurs in the workplace? I commenced my public service career of 25 years in the 1980s. Back then all job promotions were seniority driven, not through merit. So, I believe I am credentialed to provide commentary on the topic. It was in such an environment that I learned early that everyone kowtowed to those more senior. This meant we had to be careful with our words. Also, our commentary, and views. If…