Category: reading

14th July 2019

I’ve joined the Soroptimist International of Gippsland group this year. This week we had a film at The VRI called ‘The Breaker Upperers‘ and the director/writer/actor Jackie Van Beek (who is the daughter of one our members) was available to speak to us about the film. It was hilarious and hearing from Jackie enriched the experience. It was a great night. We also got a sneak preview of our project this year Gippsland Woman which will be a website that lists all the women’s organisations and activities in Gippsland.

I went to Bond Street in Sale for a workshop on community capital. The space is so beautiful. I met David Willington who has the space and is running the social enterprise. He’s bringing opportunities for local artists and performers to have a space.

I listened to a couple of the What if series from The Wheeler Centre. This one was the most powerful to me – I am grateful to the women who spoke for their honesty and sound logic. The action they spoke about at the end is something we can do. It costs nothing. Know your neighbours and community. We can solve problems when we get to know each other.

I read this from Adult Learning Australia In light of the What if we don’t have prisons podcast, this work is overdue for educators. I loved this talk. The transcript is available also. See below for my favourite paragraph. I’ve highlighted some key parts that I liked.

“I was giving a talk recently to a room about a little less smaller than this, but a similar crowd, and they were chief innovation officers and chief technology officers. Near the end of this talk, these are big industry. These are people that notoriously spend trillions of dollars a year, supposedly, on innovation, and yet, do you feel like you have $1.5 trillion worth of innovation in your life? Not really for me. He said really bluntly and frankly, “I’m in this giant company. I don’t understand, how can I get my team to innovate?” I just said something in the moment, which probably came across as very harsh, and I was surprised at how well taken it was, which is, “If the cost of losing your job is greater than doing what’s right, then you can’t innovate.” If you can’t walk away from whatever you’re doing, then you can’t truly do something worthwhile. If you can’t tell someone a truth because you’re afraid that they won’t hire you again on freelance or they won’t keep you on staff, or the audience won’t get your sense of humor, you’re not being creative. Creativity is not simply exploring the unknown. It is that. And let me tell you, as much as I love building AI and machine learning systems, that’s what they can’t do. They cannot explore the unknown. Maybe someday, some jerk like me is going to build that, and we even have ideas about where we’re going in this space. But right now, artificial intelligence is fundamentally a tool, and you’re the artists.”

I finished listening to The Diamond Cutter by by Geshe Michael Roach and Lama Christie McNally this week. It’s a good book and I intend to read and highlight some of it in the future. I continued reading some more of  Your Daughters of Freedom by Clare Wright, the past – who’d go back there? really!

I had the best massage this week on my day off. I had been pretty bent out of shape this week until I got an appointment with Annabel. I didn’t think it was possible to get it all handled in one massage, but I should have known.

I also got to spend some time with my son today, which is always a pleasure.

Aries full moon 2017

Today has been a mismatch of wonderful things happening against a backdrop of bad news that sneaks in even when you don’t watch the news or read the paper. There are always those massive events that people need to process with others. Luckily this showed up in my inbox tonight from School of Life

On the weekend I listened to Brene Brown reading her new book, Braving the Wilderness. It was perfect for me right now. Read all her books and watch all the TED talks. It led to a lot of self reflection and recognition of ways I can do connection better, connection to myself first and then to others.

Today was great in real life. Lots of wins all round. Our crowdfunding campaign is going great. It’s important to us, not just for the funding to do a fun event (although that is pretty important), but to launch our Gippsland based crowdfunding platform. If we don’t fund our own projects it will be impossible to encourage others to ask.  ReActivate Base has been set up to give all the people of Gippsland a place to appeal to other Gippslandians a pitching voice about their passion projects.

There’s a full moon on Friday and if it’s keeping you awake – read some posts about it. These are both enjoyable reflections.

Early Friday (4.41am) the moon is full in Australia.

Aries Full Moon: Keep Fighting

Aries Full Moon: Born This Way


Easter Sunday is as good a day as any to bring this back from the dead.

I’ve had a week long staycation with a couple of family visits and friend catchups and conversations. I read and listened to podcasts. I watched ‘Wild’ which led to listening to the Tim Ferris(TF) podcast with Cheryl Strayed. She was talking about her writing process and having to book into a motel and do it in chunks. I started listening to Design Matters with Debbie Millman since Christmas and have a stack to catch up on. I listened to Debbie Millman’s second podcast with TF. I loved the part about her morning routine, even though I don’t have a dog.

I read this article that was fascinating – The Web Wide World by Mark Pesce. There is a lot to think about and remember in that article. I’ve read it over three days because my concentration span isn’t what it used to be.

Venus went direct yesterday. One less thing to be retro about, I’m still examining the effects. There have been shifts.

Easter is my favourite holiday of the year. I like that it’s a different date each year. Autumn weather is my favourite – the light is just right.