Gathering the straws of life together

Socio-Political

Feeding the chooks

Feeding the chooks

Do you know the politician who referred to news conferences as “feeding the chooks”? Yes, it was Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, former Premier of Queensland (1968-1987), and the longest-serving. Sir Joh had a simple view of the world as a farmer and he took his observations […]

Life in the grey zone

Life in the grey zone

What does life in the grey zone mean? Does it mean we are flexible, compromise, see others sides of the story or are we more black or white? Where are you on the continuum of extremes? Do you find yourself in the grey zone or […]

Codeine Control

Codeine Control

As of today, the 1st February 2018, there is codeine control in Australia. We will join 26 other countries who have also introduced codeine control. If you want a painkiller that has codeine it will no longer be available over the counter (OTC) at the […]

Manus Island – the Simple Life

Manus Island – the Simple Life

What type of life are the 600 men living on Manus Island experiencing? From all the news I hear, not a good life, but a life of fear and deprivation. They may be living a simple life, when they get the basics to live, but […]

Older people, who cares?

Older people, who cares?

We are all getting older, whatever age we are! One day, those not so old will join the older people brigade. Therefore, it would be wise to make sure we care for older people. You may have read or heard about the care of older […]

Kitchen Musings

Kitchen Musings

During my kitchen musings, I seem to get a lot done. While doing what would seem to many, mundane chores, I reflect on life and dream about tomorrow. Even at my age, now in retirement, there is a tomorrow and while I have one I […]

Letter to Malcolm

Letter to Malcolm

On February 17th, I wrote a post titled “People, Passion and Politics”. It mentioned a letter I wrote to the Prime Minister of Australia regarding the changes to the Age Pension assets test. At the time, I was waiting for a response. I received it […]

People, Passion and Politics

People, Passion and Politics

Where you find people, you usually find passion and politics. People, whether they are our loved ones or friends, people are important. We rely on other people. It is difficult to live a life without communicating and caring about others. I have heard people say […]

The Upsides and Downsides of Health Care in Australia

The Upsides and Downsides of Health Care in Australia

There are upsides and downsides to health care in Australia. The upside is that we all have access to health care through public hospitals and the universal health care system, Medicare. When you have private health care insurance, the upside is you have more choices. […]

The Naked Retiree, Depression and the Mediterranean Garden

The Naked Retiree, Depression and the Mediterranean Garden

The Naked Retiree, getting older, tired and depressed should now be creating a Mediterranean Garden. There is more than one reason that the naked retiree must get out in the garden. Already, many retirees have felt the heavy hand of the Federal Government changes to […]