When Greeks come visiting at 4 am

It’s a heady time. A change of government that swaps the barren ideals of economic rationalism for a more fertile social conscience. A new focus on the Uluru Statement as we head into Reconciliation week. Yesterday, following three years of housing insecurity following the scandalous collapse of Sterling First, Jenny and I were able toContinue reading “When Greeks come visiting at 4 am”

How Good Is Transperth?

Bag with wallet, keys and phone are inadvertently left on the bus at Whitfords Interchange. Frantic discussion with Transperth employee. Both route number and bus number were miraculously memorised. Bus tracked on dry run on freeway to Perth CBD where driver will take a meal break. No passengers. Maybe he can locate the bag whenContinue reading “How Good Is Transperth?”

The New Commandment. Are You serious?

“A New Commandment I give unto you, that you love one another as I have loved you.”Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ You’ve got to be kidding. Surely this is demanding the impossible. Surely this “wisdom” only serves to feed weak manipulative relationships and reinforce the kind of violence that is built on a toxic cycleContinue reading “The New Commandment. Are You serious?”

Sterling Army on The March Again

Come and Join Us!Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 10th, 11 amNext to the entrance to Elizabeth Quay Train Station A Senate Inquiry finds that regulatory failure was the cause of the loss of over 100 homes and retirees’ life savings and that compensation is due. Both major political parties are either dismissive or guilty of concocting falseContinue reading “Sterling Army on The March Again”

A Story of Easter, Grieving and Shepherds

A small faith community in the western suburbs of Perth is grieving the loss of four significant members in as many months. Not only was their participation in the church’s witness and service strong, but they lived the church’s ethos of compassion and inclusion. In the wake of the latest funeral three days ago, weContinue reading “A Story of Easter, Grieving and Shepherds”

Restoring a damaged relationship

An intense, yet tender exchange takes place between two estranged friends in next Sunday’s gospel.One has gone in search of the other, who, guilt and grief-ridden, and not knowing what to do, has returned to his former work. The searching one draws him forth to a fire he has set on the beach and overContinue reading “Restoring a damaged relationship”

Slipping Back into Harness

When I used this phrase to describe my imminent return from retirement to some part-time work, my peer mentors challenged me. “What do you mean by back into harness?” I let my muse respond… What is a harness?A shackle that constricts and restrains?Straps of bondage as heavy as chains?Stifling freedom, restricting one’s way,Muffling one’s abilityContinue reading “Slipping Back into Harness”

Phantoms of the Night

Writing poetry in the middle of the night because reflux is keeping you awake has its nuances, especially when you are on retreat with several mutual mentors who are also therapists! Here’s the poem:Phantoms of the nightGather around my bedWhispering anxieties and “what ifs”They scoff at my commands of dismissalSo perhaps I should befriend them“NoContinue reading “Phantoms of the Night”