As tempting as it is to recount the highlights of 2021 and the relative freedom we enjoyed in most of Australia; to do that now in the midst of the opening of the Covid floodgates that are occurring, this minute in our country, seems unfeeling and irrelevant. Australia was lucky - we had our bubble… Continue reading Wisdom and New Year Beginnings -2022
Australia has been likened to Nazi Germany! Is it true? As an Australian, you'd have to question the rationale of such a comparison. Yet this is the power of media to sway opinion and spread propaganda and fear across the world. Decide for yourself: Here's a snapshot of my life in Australia Nazi Germany: This… Continue reading Life is Normal Down Under
By the time the humble spud or apple reaches your supermarket shelf from its trek from the farm, it could be up to three weeks old, due to storage times: days waiting for freighting in trucks, sitting in the open air at wholesale markets, transportation to distribution centres and then to individual supermarkets. Then, there… Continue reading REKO – Covid safe drive through food
I could have been anyone with access to my name and date of birth which the clinic happened to have entered incorrectly. No ID or Medicare card check was requested; I just walked in, gave my name, waited in the queue, then had the jab. "22nd August 2005," some family member screamed out to a… Continue reading Father’s day Covid Jab #1
Sometimes a word or two can spark an outrage or can offer comfort. Other times words might even be prophetic. Unfortunately, it seems the later is the case. I write about Australia's Covid-free bubble and cautioned that we shouldn't become too complacent and forget hygiene measures. At New Year's Eve, I noticed people were fast… Continue reading I was only just saying….
So much for social distancing, I thought. Notwithstanding our relative safety here in Australia, we are still in the midst of a global pandemic. Photo by Yaroslav Danylchenko on Pexels.com We're allowed to attend social events again and in my state in Australia, we're even permitted to sing, (something not all states, are allowed to… Continue reading Social Distancing in Australia
Christmas time may be a source of stress or joy. Compounding those yuletide stresses, the Covid pandemic continues to rage, so there was little cause for joy in many parts of the world. Marlene inspired me to think of the year's outcomes in terms of 'gifts,' some good and of course, some bad. We'd do… Continue reading A New Year and Dealing with Intense Emotions
Musicians Our Neighbours at the Home by the Sea would like a Music Trivia night. Not having been at a trivia night for decades, let alone hosting one, I consulted the net: as one does when one has a question, these days. Pandemic Limitations Photo by Ellie Burgin on Pexels.com I need to stress I… Continue reading Preparing a Music Trivia Night in a Pandemic
When the internet came along, it was suggested that everything would be done online, from shopping to employment and communications. Individuals would not need to leave home to live their consumer lives. The public however, has shown that we are primarily social creatures and are reluctant to embrace a completely virtual lifestyle. Whilst online shopping… Continue reading Hollow Online Experiences
Grapple How are your grappling with this crisis? Doing okay in your neck of the woods?