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The face of COVID-19

The haunting faces of Italian doctors and nurses.

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Going towards it.

Remember those scenes during 9/11 where hundreds of people were running away from the burning twin towers?

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Travel

COVID-19: homewards

We are turning for home today. Plan to spend tonight in Jugiong and then roll up the highway to Canberra on Sunday morning. Despite the grim tide of suffering that is engulfing the world right now we have had a most excellent and uplifting trip. But it seems like the right time to return home. […]

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Travel

Last coffee stop?

Enjoying a coffee in the beautiful (and very Sunday drive popular) town of Healesville. Map: Healesville Will this be our last coffee stop for a while? I don’t know. But the COVID-19 situation is unfolding quickly now. I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of non-essential public services, retail, gyms, schools and businesses are forced […]

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Zen

A day of quietude.

Up early. Today will be a full day of meditation with my local zen group. Known as zazenkai which literally means ”to come together for meditation”. A day of quietude. Shared solitude. Seeking a little internal silence is almost a reflexive immune response to the overwhelming feeds from COVID-19 that have been poured over our […]

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Coronavirus: time to store a little extra food.

Over the last few days Kelly and I have been buying a few extra non-perishable food supplies each time we shop. Simple things like: Tins of beans and vegetables. Powdered milk. Powdered potato (Deb) Pasta & rice. Instant noodles Soups (instant and canned) Sauces and spices. Canned tuna. Treats (biscuits, chocolate etc) coffee/tea Soap and […]

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Life Support

Coronavirus and facemasks

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread with uncertainty, many people traveling in high risk areas are wearing some form of facemask as a primary means of protection. You can track the latest status of the virus here) The problem is that most people are not wearing them properly, do not understand the importance of […]

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Journal

Nursing flashback.

Scrolling back through a million jangled memories that cannot be shared here, but instead, hang thick as old anchor ropes set fast between those of us who cared. Four impressionable years spent in a number of very different hospitals convinced me once for all that nursing, if it is to be done efficiently, requires, more […]

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Life Support

How well do you think you wash your hands? I’ll bet that you are rubbish.

Washing our hands is, um….hands down the most effective way to prevent the spread of disease and infections. From gastroenteritis to coronavirus, stopping the spread of these infections in our communities is quite literally all in our hands. As a retired nurse with 35 years of clinical experience, one thing I tend to notice is […]