Each to their own, the freedom to choose is empowering

Autonomy. The freedom within humanity to be the person you wish to be, provided such choices do not impinge on the independence of others to do the same. Or to be different. Autonomy is not a free ride. It does not allow anyone to act with impunity, without consequence, simply…

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Striking the balance, between commercialism and human decency

Striking the balance between striving for personal wealth, while treating other sentient beings and flora with respect and compassion. Or not. Instead, just be greedy, ravenous, maximise own gains, and bugger the consequences. Yes, we can be whoever we want to be, but at what cost? To our well-being, to…

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Striking the balance, between the having and the not

Last time I spoke of school-children making do without their smart-phones for periods of time while at school. As a ‘first-world problem’, the merits of this becoming mandated in schools has been hotly debated, among the older, and the younger of course. Is there one right answer that fits all…

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Digital detox – Back to the Future!

Shothole Canyon, Cape Range National Park, Western Australia I was intrigued to read today that schools around the US and now Australia have discovered that young people learn more, concentrate better, bully less and achieve enhanced academic outcomes when they are prevented from accessing their smart phones during school hours….

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From here to eternity

In a recent television chat show in the presence of some eminent and most knowledgeable scientists, there was the contemplation of whether a belief in God was incompatible with being committed to the scientific method. So why a Ferris wheel image in the same conversation? Well, a Ferris wheel is…

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Glass House Mountains, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Great for viewing, hiking or rock climbing. OK, so I have featured these recently on several occasions. Please forgive my indulgence as I post this more recent perspective, on the way to the famous music festival town of Woodford (folk festival each Christmas – New Year period). For a scenic…

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Winton, Queensland. Worth the meditative drive to get there.

Winton. On the map, for anyone doing the ‘lap’ of Australia. On the flat country of outback western Queensland, Australia. Pleasant, even cool weather in the Winter, very hot in the Summer months. Rain is less common, although torrential rain and devastating floods experienced to the near north east in…

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Room with a special view

The view from Mt Oberon, near Tidal River, Wilsons Promontory, Victoria. Australia. “The Prom” is the southern most edge of mainland Australia, with the great island of Tasmania to the south across Bass Strait. In the age of the digital camera, I have so wanted to return to this spectacular…

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Big country, big state, much diversity

It is always both fun and a privilege to travel this great country, to see its vastness, its challenges, and differences. Thankfully, it is also so wonderful to discover that practically anywhere you do travel in this large country, you can still feel ‘at home’. But of course, not everywhere…

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Longreach. A fair dinkum place way out west.

A must do place to visit. And a great gateway to so many other wonderful Australian outback adventures. I look forward to my next road trip through Longreach. It does get hot here in the summer, but is mild and even cool in the Winter (especially overnight). Longreach. Famous for…

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