Monthly Archives: June 2017

Commit

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When we see the word commit we might think of marriage and the expectation of fidelity, that when you make your vows you will keep them. Or if you commit to a process, like joining a club, committee, or working group, that you will follow through. What about nations?  Australia was a proud signatory to the 1948 Declaration of Human Rights, including Article 14 on Refugees. In 1951 Article 14 was expanded into a full convention in its own right in 1954 .This was ammended to accomodate the changes since WW2 with the 1967 Protocol. We signed, but since 1996 we have turned our backs not only on the Convention and Protocol, we have failed in our commitment to the vulnerable. We don’t have a refugee crisis, we have a moral crisis. We have not kept our promise. We said we would commit but instead we turned away.

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Daily Prompt: Loop

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I’ve always wanted to be kept in the loop. But when I think of loop, I find it hard to get past the days of scouting and learning knots, I loved knots, there was no end of them. Generally speaking, loops are foundational for most knots. So maybe in that way I’m kept in the loop.

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Meddle (Pink Floyd)

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I haven’t played this for a while, but I love this track. ‘Fearless’ is track three on the sixth Pink Floyd album called ‘Meddle’ which was released in 1971. As all the musicphiles will tell you, ‘Meddle’ was the defining moment for Pink Floyd, where they left the psychodelia and Barrett era and moved into a progressive rock with Gilmore and Waters. ‘Meddle’ is also significant because it is a colaboration of the whole band in terms of songwriting. Many cite this album as foundational in the new direction that made Floyd and prepared the ground for ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ and therfore defining in terms of sound and style. It was well received in the UK and Holland, but moderately elsewhere. Later it became a classic with fans and is now viewed as one their most important albums.

I’m sure it’s foundational, and there are echoes (no pun intended) all the way to the last album. However, I just love it as it is. And perhaps it is a twist on the title, that the band meddled with their own direction and sound. It certainly was an intervention in their style at that time, and it was a shift in direction, and for me and many others, a welcome intervention in my life.

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Life Giving

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This once proud tree laid down its own life long ago along the Blackwood River, but it continues to give life. This section of tree trunk is an ecosystem. Moss evident along the log, other plants growing off the ends, a variety of insects, gekkos, frogs. A place for birds like flycatchers, wagtails. As its surface breaks down it becomes one with the soil, humous to feed other plants. In that way this tree is still alive, it is life-giving, selfless, redeeming.

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Relieved

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Three years ago we were in Katherine, on the ferry tour along the gorge, and Lyn was relieved we were in the boat and not in the water. However, it is only a fresh water crocodile or freshy, and not a salty, or the large agressive salt water crocodile. Saltys only periodically get into the gorge during the wet season when the water rises. The wildlife officers place plastic floats along the gorge bank. Apparently, saltys are curious and will investigate the floats, often damaging them, and so the officers know they need to remove one.

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Bottle Bane — aroused

do you bottle up toxins or express them in a healthier manner

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