In search of my human nature

It is our psychic needs and the feelings that accompany them that are at the root of human nature. (Mary E Clark) My Gran is old and frail. For 90 years she has been tough and fiercely independent but today she finds herself in an old people’s hostel. She eats what she is fed, goes to […]

What is Peace?

I’m working to expand my understanding of peace beyond being a mere absence of its supposed binary opposite: war. I associate peace with words like freedom, choice, opportunity and growth and also community, mutuality and even spirituality. Then there is justice. And safety and inclusion… It’s getting to be an all encompassing mess really and I’m nowhere near […]

Fighting Hanson is superficial

Vote counting for the Federal election resumes today but we already know that  Pauline Hanson will be returning to our Senate. Hanson’s politics are frequently labelled racist and she certainly provided evidence of this in her book The truth.  Hanson is also a climate change denier. Despite this, my heart sank when I read the headline: Greens vow […]

Stand for something

Yesterday, after a seemingly endless campaign, we had a Federal election. I stood for 10 hours at the gates of Ipswich East Primary School smiling, listening to people, responding and distributing how to vote cards for the Greens. At different times my daughters and a sister joined me, I was so proud of us all. […]

My (most recent) nvc fail

So, Dave picked me up last night after a nonviolent communication (nvc) workshop and I was very excited about all that I had experienced. I bubbled away about it while groping in my backpack for my new phone. Ah – someone’s tried to call me, not sure about the number; I’ll call back just in […]

Metta Centre for nonviolence resources

I am so excited to have found a new course on nonviolence to complete online (and for free). I am especially appreciative of this because I have been feeling frustrated about not being able to start a graduate certificate in peace and conflict studies this year (for a host of reasons) and now I have […]

living nonviolently in an old house that could use a few renovations that we can’t afford just yet.

Our house is pretty old, for Queensland. It is 120 years old, but it’s heart is 150 years old. That’s what special about our house. The original 1 room house was wrapped in a newer house at some stage. When you go underneath you can see the mismatch of timbers and joints between the two, […]