Sailing again… a new adventure awaits

Soon to leave safe harbour and venture onto the high seas. We are safe though in a ship somewhat larger than these sea-craft. Much to report in coming days. Up the Australian east coast from Brisbane, into the Coral Sea, and to explore several easterly islands of PNG. Sounds so…

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Inward loyalty, outward hostility

The sheep dog, so compliant, so loyal, so committed to the requests of its master, so dedicated to the wellbeing of its pack. Yet this same animal, like its master, can be so aggressive, so discriminatory, so excluding, of those who are not ‘us’. Them. So much us and them…

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Idyllic but keeping up appearances, for now

An iconic beach but requiring human intervention to ‘re-sand’ after mother nature’s intervention. If it were only so simple for our other icons, like the Great Barrier Reef. A reef now in serious deterioration, at the mercy of unfettered climate change and its destiny in the hands of the ’emperors’…

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When the best things in life are free

The joy, of just being with nature … Well the pedant may say nothing is free, everything involves a cost. Maybe, in terms of our usual life-styles or cultures. the control systems, capitalism, our relationships, and so on, perhaps that is true. It costs me to freely express myself in…

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More to life than making money

Today I had the joy of attending the Caloundra Quiltters exhibition on the Sunshine Coast Queensland. So much hard work, skill, creativity and joy on show. A reminder that people create and indulge their passions not purely for material gain, but often for love, of the activity, or the joy…

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Paying tribute to a momentous event fifty years ago today

People often reminisce about significant events in their life, usually remembering clearly where they were when they learned about, experienced or observed such events. It is also common that people can report how they felt when they experienced those moments in time. So it will be today and in recent…

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What is the segue to the moon mission?

Not much! Maybe not at first glance. I just wanted to post a pretty picture. However… Check out the foot prints on the beach. Soon they will disappear, either via tide, or wind, or further human traipsing. Contrast with the moon. Apparently, all those footprints from just the twelve men…

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In awe of the moon, and the program to get there

As an older person privileged enough to have witnessed humanity’s first steps on the moon (via black and white TV of course), I remain in awe of that program. In two days, it is fifty years since that occurred. It was certainly an amazing achievement by the Americans and NASA…

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The joy of a natural view

Earth, wind, fire and rain. All fundamental to life on this planet. The soil, being nature’s repository of so many vital nutrients, distributed through the food chain via plants and animals. Oxygen, the staple of life, and such a precious gift via photosynthesis, to we dependent species. Thanks to the…

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Imagine if trees took selfies… imagine if they had egos…

Some joyful and close encounters with some truly magnificent trees in recent days got me thinking. How selfless are trees? A bit of a contrast to the human species, I would suggest. Free of ego. Such awesome contributors to to life on this planet. Complementary life-forms, whose prevalence is not…

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