Posts by Anni

Learning Gratitude

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I’m grateful to be reaching sixty, as I’ve said in earlier blogs, and the photo I post with each blog reflects some aspect of my gratitude. I’ve drawn inspiration from the photographer Hailey Bartholomew and her wonderful 365Grateful project which has influenced people all over the world and is now being made into a film.So is optimism born…

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Half the Sky

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Last week was the one hundredth anniversary of the first International Women’s Day.  As a woman who has lived through six of these past ten decades, this women’s day led me to reflect on the changes in women’s roles I have seen throughout my life. The changes have meant that my life choices have been markedly different from…

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Renewal

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Nature, indeed life in general, is never static. It moves in cycles – of darkness and light, death and renewal, grief and hope. Over this past month many people, here in Brisbane and elsewhere, have been flooded – by loss as well as love  – as described in my last post. Thoughts of renewal came to me as…

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Flooded

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It’s hard to know what story to tell; the late-night evacuation as access roads closed – the anxious wait for days before the flood peaked – returning  to the house to face the devastation –the overwhelming generosity of helpers – or the long road ahead to regain some sense of normality. This is not my story – it…

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Summer Daze

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Summer is associated with a sprawling somnolence here in sub-tropical Australia. The sweltering heat and sultry humidity slow the body and mind. The air is so moist that it has weight and resistance – it’s hard work to slice through it as you move about. Summer is also the time of our long annual holidays with festivities and…

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Memory, Story and Place

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‘Landscape and Memory,’ historian Simon Schama’s poetic  tome,  journeys into the spatial world of the natural and built environment, through temporal vistas  of history and myth. He maintains that ‘before it can ever be a repose for the senses, landscape is a work of the mind … built up as much from strata of memory as from layers…

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Mindful of Magnolias

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After the technological enthusiasm of my last two blogs, I was reminded of the value of mindfulness in everyday life whilst wandering past magnolias in flower. Mindfulness has its roots in Buddhism, but has been embraced by the Western world as a form of stress management for maintaining wellbeing. Mindfulness is essentially about attention; being fully aware and…

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Delights of Technology

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Descriptions of the dawning of the twenty-first century allude to the ‘technological revolution’ that has been taking place. The result of these substantial changes are said to have an impact on individuals and society as far reaching as those of the late eighteenth century industrial revolution.I was reflecting on the potential  role of technology for ‘settled work’ last…

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