• Life Matters,  Out and About

    Courage mingled with vulnerabilities (CV)

    What a difference a few months can make. No longer do we have control over where we go and what we do. The coronavirus, COVID-19, CV for short, is controlling us. I am now controlled by the government and the rules of movement and social behaviour. But I do not mind, these are in place for my protection and to protect those I love. Therefore, I have to face the world with another form of CV – courage mingled with my vulnerabilities. The level of control and the change CV has bought into my life was evident to me yesterday when we visited the pharmacy and the supermarket. We arrived…

  • Life Matters,  Live Simply to Simply Live

    Welcome to our world

    About 30 years ago my One & Only (O&O) and I travelled to Sydney from Brisbane to catch up with my mother (Valma) and the new man in her life (Kelvin). My father had passed away. Some years ago, I wrote an article about Valma and Kelvin and how they married 44 years after they first met.  Believing they were too young as 20-year old’s for a serious relationship, Kelvin’s mother hid Valma’s letter from him. He was heart-broken, but he had to get on with his life. When Valma spoke to Kelvin on the phone over four decades later she said to him ‘you broke my heart.’ While both…

  • Health Matters,  Life Matters

    Flowering gums and flying foxes

    I am fortunate to live in a treed area in Toowoomba with flowering gums. They are tall and stately trees mostly found in the bush, but one is in the corner of our backyard. There are also a few other trees nearby on neighbouring properties. Where we live was developed around 30 years ago and many mature trees were preserved. We bought our home in February 2016 but did not move in until a few months later. One night in February we stayed overnight (air mattress). My sleep was disturbed by what I thought was possums moving around at night. Life went on and it did not occur to me…

  • Life Matters

    Injustice

    Martin Luther King Jr said ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ Injustice comes to most of us in many varying forms as part of our life journey. But we have to rise above it. We must never give up. We are all born with the ability to rise above adversity. Nothing more to say today, I said it all in my book of 90,000 words published last year.

  • Life Day By Day,  Life Matters

    Never give up

    There are many mottos we can live by and ‘never give up’ is an important one. Many Australians are going through tough times at the moment. States across Australia are facing unparalleled fire emergencies. Up to 100,000 people have been asked to leave their homes in Victoria. Yesterday around 1,000 people were evacuated to two naval vessels (MV Sycamore and HMAS Choules) from the beach at Mallacoota in Victoria. In Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia fires are posing a risk to life. This is an unprecedented situation, never seen before in the history of Australia. New fires are forming at a disturbing rate. This follows scorching temperatures, extended…

  • Life Matters

    2020 Vision in 2020

    We are about to step into a New Year but will we have 2020 vision in 2020? At the very least we all have an opportunity to make 2020 the best year possible for ourselves and others. We can visualise the life we want but our experiences might be different. For many Australians there will be struggles in 2020. For those who have sufferered and are still suffering from the devastating bushfires there will be many dark days ahead. It will be difficult for many to bounce back to where life was before the bushfires. There has been so much loss: of life; of homes; of businesses and livelihoods. There…

  • Life Matters

    Thoughts and prayers

    When you hear the expression thoughts and prayers do you see this as an attempt to give comfort? When people are experiencing tragic circumstances what should we say? The words seem harmless enough and well-intended but has the statement become too glib? Do the words give comfort and is it the right thing to say? The Urban Dictionary says that thoughts and prayers are ‘an expression of indifference to tragedy intending to seem empathetic.’ It is true that well-intended words do not always give the comfort intended. It was very evident when a woman, whose home was burnt to the ground, lashed out on camera after the Prime Minister of…

  • Life Matters

    A culture of respect

    This past week the Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, called for a culture of respect for older Australians. This was in the context of the Prime Minister addressing the damning disclosures of abuse and neglect revealed in the Royal Commission Aged Care Interim Report. The Prime Minister announced that the federal government would provide $537m to increase aged home care packages, reduce the use of chemical restraint and get young people out of residential aged care. It is a start, but as Ian Henschke from National Seniors said it fell short financially of what is needed to support older Australians. While the support is welcome by some, for me…

  • Life Matters

    Under the pump

    This week I heard someone say they were ‘under the pump.’ Usually it means that a person is experiencing pressure. On this occasion the person was referring to being under the pump at work. It was a very demanding and busy day. The term under the pump can also mean restraining a person under a pump and let the water pump all over them. In the construction industry ‘under the pump’ refers to a concrete pour. Once the concrete is delivered it must be pumped. Then the workers must work quickly before it sets. For me this week ‘under the pump’ took on a new meaning. The fire at Pechey,…