The American poet Mary Jane Oliver died on January 18, 2019. She was 83 years old.And now the world needs another poet. At least. When death comes like the hungry bear in autumn; when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse to buy me, and snaps the purse shut; when death … Continue reading When Death Comes
Power, Labour, and Commerce. Above all. Power. Aloof, Sicilian marble stares since 1897. Dug up white. Sword & scales raised by the depression. Scroll of wisdom held tight and out of sight of us in hurry on the street below. Location:Queen Victoria Market Building Sydney Australia.
The kingdom of Bhutan holds vast areas of natural forest. In fact Bhutan is the only country in the world that is carbon negative. This short video tells a story of Sonam Phuntsho, a forest caretaker who has planted over 100,000 trees by hand over the last 60 years. Despite the overwhelming and many would … Continue reading One tree at a time.
A few of my mum's standout memories working as a nurse at Mount Gould Hospital, Plymouth in the 1950's. The Korean war had just begun, Polio Vaccine was saving thousands of lives, and the legends of Lego and Sputnik were just about to be deployed. This was the time my mum did her nursing training … Continue reading Nursing in the 1950’s
If, like me, you are a little prone to oil your jaded, skeptical and perhaps just a little too gullible opinions on the workings of big government with a nice juicy conspiracy theory or two, I think you will really enjoy this article by Jamie Palmer in the online magazine Quillette. In My misspent Years … Continue reading Who shot JKF? Spoiler alert.
I am about to suggest you go visit a clunky, visually sucky, probably unattended website way over in a less traveled region of the internet. Be warned, you may be gone for some time. Back in the mid 1980's at the very time I was supposed to be studying for my nurses registration, a friend … Continue reading The Straight Dope.