“Twenty-five years ago people could be excused for not knowing much, or doing much, about climate change. Today we have no excuse.” — Desmond Tutu On a flight from Canberra to Brisbane the evidence was clear; a mega firefront had developed, created by the union of bushfires burning for months with new ones…. the climate… Read More The New Normal: When Crisis becomes Everyday
The Grenfell Tower fire in England was a horrific event in which residents lost lives, homes, possesions friends and family members. We now know from a later inquiry, that the fire was an avoidable fiasco caused by systemic neglect and incompetence. You could say that it revealed the dark side humanity. But as we WATWB… Read More WeAreTheWorldBlogfest: Healing hearts after the fire
“Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.” – Wendell Berry “And do you travel with a group…? It’s a familiar question I’m frequently asked, carrying all that is implicit in the questioner’s… Read More The Loneliness of Travel
It had been almost two years since she’d seen me but what does human time mean to a cat? I sat on the chair and instantly she jumped on my lap, walked around in a circle once then settled with a sigh that said “Do not move, I’m ready to meditate” And so we did… Read More Meditating with Pets
Yesterday Adelaide was the hotest city in the world. The city reached its highest temperature ever of 46.2 degrees.Elsewhere around Australia, the relentless heatwave continues. While the emphasis is always on we humans, how does it affect animals, wild and domesticated, who have higher body temperatures than us? It’s those small acts of compassion which… Read More WeAreTheWorldBlogfest: One Small Act of Compassion
Invariably, when I do house sitting, I am drawn into the lives of others.Sometimes this happens in incidental ways, in others quite deliberate which can from time to time be quite overwhelming-until I process the meaning of this interaction. There are times also when I find a delightful connection and become friends with pet owners.… Read More The Lives of Others
This is the 16th installment of this blogfest which seeks to promote positive stories of humanity to counter the miasma of constant negativity of mainstream news. The cohosts for this month are: Simon Falk, Andrea Michaels, Shilpa Garg, Sylvia Stein, Belinda Witzenhausen. Please visit their blogs for other inspiring stories. I love this story of… Read More WeAreTheWorldBlogfest; Who Has The Right To Beauty?
“What strange phenomena we find in a great city, all we need do is stroll about with our eyes open. Life swarms with innocent monsters.” ― Charles Baudelaire History is part myth, part fact. When I first read about the city of Kuching, which means “Cat” in Malay, I imagined a place once home to… Read More Kuching: Colonial Centre of the Cat Empire
Every month, participqnts in the WATWB# share uplifting stories which show that the world is full of light and humanity can contibute positively to life on this planet Not every law is just and compassion rarely enters the legal system. Modern Australia was founded by people who committed survival crimes-the convicts, my ancestors. When I… Read More We Are The World Blogfest: When the law is Just
The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” – Anna Quindlen Five years ago today I started my big adventure of house sitting. These have been among the best five years of my life as I reflect on adventures big and small, the myriad things I’ve learnt about life,… Read More Happy Adventure-sary!