I don’t think that many romanticise war too much these days. And there is something very poignant and compelling about seeing the fruits of war. In northern France and Belgium the unimaginable scale of loss wrought upon so many families in the great wars of the twentieth century is still visible at every step. It was in north eastern France that I found some family … Continue reading ANZAC 2012
Each year, instead of making new year resolutions, I pick a theme for the year. That way when I get sidetracked (as often happens) I can simply return to the theme. Also with a theme there are often many different things I can do to support it. This year my theme is: compassion, composure, and flow. This theme came to me as a I wrote … Continue reading Theme for 2012: Compassion, composure, and flow
It always delights me when friends get to meet interesting people. Thus I was pleased to see that Valerie Khoo, founder of the Sydney Writers’ Centre, recently had a visit from Robert Kiyosaki. It is worth watching the entire video as Kiyosaki shares his thoughts on business, the economy, and some possible responses (and he does talk about his new book, Midas Touch: Why Some … Continue reading Robert Kiyosaki drops in to visit @ValerieKhoo & shares some insights
This post was inspired by Michael Kordahi, well known to many as @delic8genius, who put out a call encouraging to geeks to share their geek origin stories. My geek origin is shrouded in the mists of time. It was so long ago that there is no only one photographic record [update: which is now in the hands of Michael Kordahi, heaven help me]. But there was … Continue reading My Geek Origin story, what’s your story?
I’ve had a very lucky life in many ways. But along with that I’ve lost a lot of people in my immediate family over the years – parents, aunts, cousins, grandparents – to untimely death. No great traumas. Traditional family illnesses mainly rather than accidents. The thing I’ve learned through all of this is that we need to honour those we love and those who … Continue reading Staying human
Another ANZAC Day and another day to remember the sacrifices made by Australian and New Zealand forces. Those who serve in battle never get off lightly, even if they manage to survive seemingly unscathed. This year I remember some family members – Claude and Tim from Crows Nest, and Henry Demas – who fought in the Second World War. These men were ordinary working class … Continue reading ANZAC Day: remembering some ordinary diggers, not famous, not important #ANZAC
I recently discovered that one of my ancestors was arrested by the British in 1828 as a pirate and sent to Australia as a convict. He had originally been sentenced to death, but he appealed to the King and his sentence was commuted to life as a convict in Australia. It was pretty cool to discover that my relative was both a pirate and a … Continue reading What’s in a name? Pirate, freedom fighter or terrorist
“Sometimes life happens and you can’t stop it. Now is that time. When it happens, you discover where true love lies, and where it never existed.” A good friend said this very recently in response to a significant life event. It got me thinking about how much time and energy I have wasted on things and people that have nothing to do with true love. … Continue reading What’s real and what’s not
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