Grateful Archives

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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Travelling On

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“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.” The opening lines of ‘The Go-Between’ by LP Hartley, describes a man in his mid-sixties reminiscing whilst pouring through a box of mementos. As a child who lived her life in books, I’ve always loved the idea of travel – through time and space – going back in…

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Grateful for the afternoon

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Thoroughly unprepared we take the step into the afternoon of life; worse still, we take this step with the false assumption that our truths and ideals will serve us as hitherto. But we cannot live the afternoon of life according to the programme of life’s morning; for what was great in the morning will be little at evening,…

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