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The Sounds of Music

I have a confession to make: I play the piano accordion. True story. And tomorrow I have my first ukulele lesson. Ditto. Are you still with me? Good. Now that the cat is out of the bag, let me backtrack and give you the full Accordion Story. Way back in the dark ages (around 45 [...]

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NOW IS THE WINTER OF OUR DISCONNECT

There’s a great cartoon floating around Facebook at the moment, with a man wearing a plastic Queen Anne collar (the kind a dog wears after surgery), designed to keep him from incessantly checking his phone. The past twenty years has seen a mad-paced technological invasion into our already full-packed and full-paced lives. Our generation of [...]

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UNREAL BANANA PEEL!

I read an interesting, albeit brief, article on ‘authenticity’ today by Gretel Killeen, who is appearing in the up-coming Happiness Conference here in Melbourne. (http://www.happinessanditscauses.com.au) …Which got me thinking: what exactly, is ‘authenticity’? Authenticity is about being genuine, being real, and having congruence between who you say you are and who you really are. It’s [...]

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HEARTS AND BONES

There are a many moments in my life when I’ve felt overwhelmingly grateful for experiences, things, events, people… The list is long.  Of these many moments, there are a special handful that almost take my breath away, and one of these times was just yesterday.  Let me explain: Almost 40 years ago, when my older [...]

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Cool running

As I ran this morning, Mumford and Sons asked ‘Where are you now?’. I did too.  Then Xavier Rudd answered with ‘Home’. I smiled. This is a good sign. Each morning before I leave for my morning run-walk, I do the same yoga routine I’ve been doing for years, give or take a few poses. [...]

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The Strength of Teaching

‘Teaching is a privilege’, I heard someone say on ABC radio just now. I concurred with a nod of my head and a ‘sure is!’ out loud.  It got me thinking how much I miss teaching, after hanging up my teacher’s hat a few years back. I’d taught editing and writing at a TAFE college [...]

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Appreciating Beauty and Excellence

When I am moved by nature, art, the innocent gaze of a child, or a wonderful book, I am buoyant for a moment in time or – in the case of a good book – for much, much longer. …As was with a magnificent book I recently read: Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, by Matthew [...]

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