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  • Time for change

    We can moan about the news being depressing, and wait for the human interest story (always lighter) before the weather forecast, but right now I’m going to be in your face and focus on something not particularly palatable and yet vital.  If you are not...
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  • Abandoned

    Pets are meant to be our friends, comfort when we are alone, fun when we interact, and a source for many of unconditional love, loyalty, consistency, and company. As a pet lover, I cannot understand how anyone can mistreat or abandon a pet.  This is abhorrent to me. When you get them, you get them for the span of their life. Not as and when it’s convenient.
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  • Culling is kindness

    I’ve just raised my head above the parapet after what seems like 6 months of disconnection. It’s a writer’s nightmare to be disconnected from the current work-in-progress but this has been me.  What have I done instead? Earned money (has to be done), been ill,...
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  • Belief and Survival

    I’ve just finished reading the book “The Biology of Belief,” by Bruce Lipton Ph.D. As a Psychotherapist and Clinical Hypnotherapist, I am delighted and yet not surprised by the findings of both the book as published ten years ago and now in the 10-year anniversary...
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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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