Thought for the Week

April 1, 2018

Easter

Last week I mentioned that my phone was dying – almost on life support with its constant need to be plugged into the wall for intravenous electricity. I’m sorry to say that my phone died. No matter how many times I tried an electronic CPR there was no coming back. This week I can tell […]

March 28, 2018

Palm Sunday

My phone, it seems, is dying … by degrees. It’s been getting slower. I thought it was the battery – and maybe it is – but that’s not easily replaceable. So over the last week or so all the various things I can use the phone for – texts, family-chats, photos, internet, tweets, emails seem […]

March 14, 2018

The Fourth Sunday in Lent

The ELCE is currently having a global ‘Health and Safety’ audit done. Health and safety is a topic that can generate a range of emotions! It is part and parcel of our world and the organisations in which we’re involved. Inspections, audits, paperwork, policies, checks and rechecks are the scaffolding our society uses to keep […]

March 4, 2018

The Third Sunday in Lent

You can’t be what you can’t see. I get it. To help inspire, to lift aspirations it is important to have role models. It is important for people to see someone ‘like them’ in all the possibilities of life. And that’s the issue – what is possible? Racism, gender stereotypes, class and many other perspectives […]

February 25, 2018

The Second Sunday in Lent

I had a computer glitch on my laptop at Westfield House. I judged it to be a genuine problem not a scam but I couldn’t fix it. So rather than try and work it out by myself, I contacted the company online and soon I was chatting to an online helper. I learnt a long […]

February 18, 2018

The First Sunday in Lent

I heard an interesting statistic recently that 25% of the adult population here have a criminal record. I was surprised and so were others … and a bit of research revealed that perhaps the statistic isn’t too far wrong – though with many qualifications! The general view emerged that it was probably lower than 25% […]

February 11, 2018

The Transfiguration of Jesus

The disclaimer went, ‘The views expressed in this article are not endorsed by and do not in any way represent the opinions of [the authors’ employers]’. Ok, I get that. Then I read ‘They should also not be taken to express the views of the authors’. … Huh???!!! Why write it then? To make money? […]

January 28, 2018

The 4th Sunday after The Epiphany

It was a split second … ok, maybe a bit longer … 2 seconds max. I nearly drove … straight into a wall! I had parked the car facing a wall and noted when I parked that my front wheels were on the smallest of upward inclines. Simple solution – that’s what hand brakes are […]

January 21, 2018

The 3rd Sunday after The Epiphany

Sometimes you just have to smile when people are surprised – maybe a little perplexed or uncertain – to see me outside where I ‘should be’; when I seem out of place. So when I turned up at a local pub one evening for some ‘Christmas drinks’ after Christmas there was a momentary surprise that […]

January 14, 2018

Observing The Baptism of Jesus

I was simply shocked, surprised in the way of hearing something but thinking ‘No, that can’t be right’! I heard that the trade in illegal wildlife, smuggling native flora and fauna was a most lucrative business (estimated at $US20 billion per year) but fourth – that’s right, fourth – on the illegal trade ladder. Top […]

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