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International Mother Earth Day

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The United Nations’ International Mother Earth Day, 22nd April 2017, has the theme Environmental and Climate Literacy. It is being celebrated this year to remind us that the Earth and its ecosystems give us life and sustenance.We are reminded of a collective duty to promote harmony with Nature and the Earth to achieve a just […]

WABI-SABI

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“Wabi Sabi is about the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent & incomplete.”  says Leonard Koren,  American artist and aesthetics expert and writer. “There is beauty in transience, the perishable, the impermanent’’. Already as a child we are taught that a colouring-in  picture is only beautiful if it is coloured within the lines and with the […]

BREAD AND ROSES

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  Last Wednesday was International Women’s Day; a day to remember women’s contribution to the advancement of humanity.  It was declared by the United Nations in 1975. It may surprise some to know that such a day has actually been around for more than 100 years.  The first women’s day was celebrated in the United […]

Times when people paused

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  Last year I visited the WWI battlefields in Northern France and also my homeland in Ireland. My story about death is about a young British soldier. 100 years ago the world was in the grip of the first world war enacting the carnage of the Western Front. If Homer, who two and a half […]

REFLECTIONS ON DEATH

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With the death of my father in recent weeks I would like to speak a little about death and if you can indulge me I would like to begin with a favourite story of mine. A very old man lay dying in his bed. In death’s doorway, he suddenly smelled the aroma of his favourite […]

CONSCIENCE

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I recently read a book by Australian author Geraldine Brooks, and as any good book does, it got me thinking. A historical novel, it recounts the story of King David, with the author’s research and imagination putting flesh on the biblical account in the Second Book of Samuel. David, a shepherd boy, the youngest of […]

LEARNING TO SEE

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    Hello. How are you? Thank you for the honor of delivering this talk, this homily, or as they say where I came from, this sermon. I give you permission to raise your hand or leave if this feels like a sermon! I am the Director/Co-Founder of Jugglers Art Space Inc in the Valley […]

Women who Inspire

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  Some years ago, I read a book called Never tell me Never.  It is the story of Janine Shepherd.  She was training for the winter Olympics when she had a devastating motor accident.  She wasn’t expected to live, but she did survive.  She wasn’t expected to walk, but she did learn to walk again.  […]

Working in Malawi profoundly changed me.

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  I was a member of St Mary’s many years ago as a child, teenager and then as a young adult.  The last few years have seen me live in London, Scotland and most recently Malawi in Africa.  Malawi was an interesting challenge, physically, emotionally and spiritually. When I returned to Australia a few months […]

My Journey through loss and grief

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This week marks 10 years since my husband Don passed away. Family and friends have joined the Community with me this evening to think about and remember Don on this anniversary in a special way.  I remember him as a beautiful partner who I shared my life with for 40 years.  I remember his gentle […]