A majority of one

Australia’s new federal government now officially has a parliamentary majority of one after the final seat was decided by just 37 votes. It seems politics in Australia is now a game of inches, no doubt true also of the Olympics which are about to begin in Rio. Presumably the level of motivation and organisation for […]

The deepest parts

Consider how much human energy is expended in discovering what’s inside us. Entire industries, advancing technologies and schools of learning exist to help us peer into our physical beings. A billion words have been written in developing insight of our emotional and psychological beings. If our skin and organs were transparent and our thoughts and […]

The dealings of grief and possibilities

‘The emotion of it was still strong. There was a bitterness in him that he continued to chew over as Digger did not. For Digger it had been one time of his life among others; a time, simply, that had laid hard responsibilities on him, but ones that were too deeply ingrained in his nature […]

Speechless of late

I know I’ve been speechless of late Without utterance It’s what happens when your ears are full Your mouth is empty And your heart is silence overflowing I still see things and wonder and create Small chains of ideas But the energy to bother has been cruelled Slipping through cracks And running down the dirty […]

Discovering why we do what we do and the guts to change

Most of us spend some time wondering why we do the things we do and not always finding answers. There is an ancient Christian spiritual discipline that I know of as ‘examine’ in which the believer is encouraged to take time out during the day, consider the activities and emotions they have been experiencing, reflect on […]

Jeffry leaves us far too quickly

One of the last times I saw Jeffry alive was as we gathered around a single candle flickering on the white tiled floor of the children’s home in Bali. It was the first time that I had stayed overnight at the home and, although the home-parents had set me up in my own room with a […]

Nature, nurture and the spiritual life

Nature versus nurture is an ongoing debate in the scientific community but what implications does it have for the spiritual life? Is our identity, personality and behaviour fixed by our genes or is the raw material of ourselves molded by the environment into which we are born – our family, parenting, experience. Likewise does a […]

How will we create in 2020?

Ever wondered where the rapid spread and influence of technology, particularly in the area of digital communication, is taking us? Author John Maeda has some interesting ideas of what our lives might look like in 2020. For him, digital technology will become more of an unconscious norm leaving us free to major on more nuanced, […]

We found you Roy, 91 years later…

When I first saw the name R. F. Hallett carved in the stone of the Australian War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneax, France, in 2009, it was if it shouted out to me, ‘Hey, here I am, where have you been?’ I felt like Roy Frederick was waiting impatiently for someone to come find him, his body never recovered […]