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  • Small evils still harm — when gambling becomes an addiction

    Averaged out across all 19.75 million Australians aged over 18 (based on Australian Bureau of Statistics data), this is more than $12,000 per person! $25.8 billion was spent on racing ($1,340 per capita) $181.4 billion was spent on gaming, like casinos and the pokies ($9,419 per capita) $11.6 billion on sports betting ($603 per capita)
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  • Boxes of oranges

    It has been months since I put pen to paper for iPinionSyndicate and I can no longer blame COVID-19. At first, it was the societal restrictions which gave me good reason for a disturbance of routine and an excuse for a lack of productivity. Life...
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  • The power of sorry

    But what of George Washington? His story has really struck me. A future president was not taught to say 'sorry.' Is this an apocryphal allegory? What of the many leaders of nations today who can't or won't say 'sorry.'  'Sorry' is not about fixing it. 'Sorry' is about drawing a line underneath it all and creating a better future, together.
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  • Bigotry unmasked

    It is the moment I get up from the wooden breakfast table looking out over a tropical beach, wind whipping and fish visibly rushing to meet a couple of anglers, that a flash of searing pain rips through me.  I’ve been breakfasting with my friend...
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  • Time to let go

    For the best part of 5 years when I was in my 20s, I was in a relationship with a much older man who had a young son, barely 2 years old. The split between his parents had been amicable with the mother still being...
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  • Teaching — inspiration becomes vocation

    Did I do it to make myself feel better? Was it simply the sacrifice one makes for monetary reimbursement? Was it a vocation? Did I simply follow in footsteps trod even deeper than one might imagine? Through many steps and an assortment of adventures and...
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  • A Christmas tale

    How we need another soul to cling to. Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath I have a house and the house is by the sea — well, it’s a block away and we endeavour to visit it every day. We means my husband and...
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  • A Millennial question — where is the fact checker now?

    I’ve tried but I can’t find intuition online, not beyond its meaning anyway. I love the anticipation which comes with the leap of faith involved in following my intuition, that gut feeling which precedes the decision. No conscious thought or perceived conscious involvement.
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  • Biology, behavior and betterment

    But ultimately in society, does this matter? Homogeneity -- from one generation to another --  it matters not, because each generation will naturally expect the next to follow its rules and conventions. Why are the generations so different?  It is due to the biology of behaviour -- we carry our programming and with it the capacity to change. And change we do because we cannot prevent our own constant evolution.
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