Beyond RU OK Day

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How can you help people who are not OK? * Do more than ask the question "RU OK?" today. Ask it every day. Follow it up. Actually listen to the answers. Be prepared for the answers. I’m a supporter of  RU OK day. Any time our world brings mental health issues into discussion, I think we’re all better for it. But it’s important to be consistent Continue Reading

Getting Radical

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I’ve come back from the Digital Parents Blogging Conference with a bounce in my step. The session that stood out a mile was ‘Blogging is a Radical Act’. Moderated by Catherine Archer, who is doing a thesis in ‘mummy blogging’, the panel of three were Eden Riley, Beth Macdonald, and Nathalie Brown. The only problem with this session is that it Continue Reading

Eating Elephants: Kony2012

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There is an old African saying: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. I came across this today while reading about the various sides to the Kony2012 debate. It was used to describe the enormity of Afica's political problems. The author pointed out that hunting down Kony is only one bite, but a good bite in the right Continue Reading

A Good Man

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My Dad. Unique doesn't even begin to explain him. Let me try again: Honourable. Humble. Generous. Gracious. Confident. Eccentric. Hilarious. Clever. Other words that describe my dad: Without vanity. Without ego. Full of integrity. A good man. I'm thinking about him because today is his 70th Birthday. :::::: When Dad was 29 he took Continue Reading

Advance Australia Fair?

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"I struggle with celebrating a day that a bunch of 'boat' people came and took over a land - sorry to our indigenous brothers and sisters - and then now won't let any other 'boat' people come ashore - sorry to our refugee/ asylum seeking brothers and sisters. I'm still very happy to be an Aussie, just not as proud of it today". The above is a Continue Reading

Forty

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Bad - U2 (video link) If you twist and turn away If you tear yourself in two again If I could, you know I would If I could I would Let it go Surrender Dislocate Bono speaks to me. In song. He has for 25 years now. I told a fellow blogger this the other day. I told them that Bono sang those words about her. I think he sang Continue Reading

Speak Your Truth

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For as long as I can remember I've been a truth seeker. Truth seeking keeps my blood pumping. It's my oxygen. It's also a curse. Because it leads me to truth telling. You see, truth seeking is the easy part. Truth telling can be like walking a knife's edge. It can be liberating and dangerous all at the same time. I wrote those last two Continue Reading

Sitting on a Fence

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There’s nothing more infuriating to me than a fence-sitter. You know, someone who prefers to say nothing or do nothing when it comes to having an opinion about things that matter. Someone who doesn't speak up for what is right and what is wrong. On the other hand, give me someone who has the guts to stand up for injustice, and I'll shake Continue Reading

The First Cut

I'm talking about circumcision. More precisely, infant male circumcision. Also known as Male Genital Mutilation (MGM). Confronting and controversial waters, I know. I’ve been hesitant to speak or write about this topic for a long time. Always mindful of not wanting to offend anyone. Always trying to curb my passion for injustice for fear of Continue Reading