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A grim perspective.

The 2018 California fires burnt 2 million acres. The 2019 Amazon fires 2.2 million; and the 2019 Siberian fires 6.7 million. So far Australia’s 2019/20 fires have burnt 12 million acres. Now, I am not one to often talk of politics in this space but during this time of crisis, we have seen a total […]

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A tough 48 hours in Australia.

It’s going to be a very tough couple of days for many people here in Australia (and for many other sentient beings as well). May you all be safe. I beg you my dear sibling – please act – don’t stay silent and indifferent any more, to the agonies of Nature, because the agonies of […]

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Heroes.

Every society needs heroes. And every society has them. The reason we don’t often see them is because we don’t bother to look. There are two kinds of heroes. Heroes who shine in the face of great adversity, who perform an amazing feat in a difficult situation. And heroes who live among us, who do […]

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NYE 2019. Nothing happy about it.

New years eve 2019. The thin green ribbon of forests, grasslands and bush that skirt the edge of Australia and have been desiccated by drought over the last few years are now burning. Communities have been devastated with an as yet unassessed number of homes/businesses destroyed and a grimly growing death toll. Large numbers of […]

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Things that piss me off #8.

People who use charity donation bins as an easy way to dump their unwanted junk!  Before reading the evidence I would have bet my transverse colon that 99% of the people doing this know that the junk they are leaving in the bins ( or, more commonly laying all around them) are totally unsuitable and inappropriate to […]

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How do you sleep when it’s 43 degrees Celsius?

Many parts of Australia are expecting temperatures consistently approaching or above 40 C (105 F) this week. Some areas will top 45 C (113 F). It’s hard enough trying to get our day to day activities done in these conditions, but imagine for a moment if you were trying to sleep through them overnight. For […]

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Climate emergency: code blue.

In the medical environment, the response called to a medical emergency is known as a CODE BLUE. A code blue is an immediate and intensive interrupter to business as usual. It requires a complete reframe of priorities and activities. EVERYTHING is at stake. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has reported the entire continent Australia […]

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Dog in distress.

I was on a meditation retreat on an isolated property west of Sydney. It was the evening of day 5 when I first heard it. Somewhere out past the dull yellow splash of light thrown from the meditation hall. Out in the bush. Past the grey shadow trees and tangled ink black scrub beyond. But […]

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Moeraki boulders

Travelling up the east coast we took a slight deatour to check out the famous Moeraki Boulders. Location: HERE Geologists inform us that this scattering of septarian calcite spheres ( some up to two metres across) formed around 65 million years ago. According to Maori history, these boulders are the remains of calabashes, kumaras and […]