Corruption only happens in dictatorships – not likely!

Our family gets a close-up look of how big money has taken over politics — even at the local level By Guest David Sirota Before it happens, it’s hard to know how you’ll feel when you see a slickly produced, oil-CEO-financed flier implicitly attacking your 11-month-old baby for not being old enough to attend school […]

The Simple Complexity of Children’s Thinking

The biggest mistake many teachers make is to assume that students think the same way they do. As once said by the brilliant Bob Samples author of one of my favourite books ‘Open Mind, Whole Mind ‘ If I force the child to see the world in the narrow patterns of my history and myperspectives. […]

Déjà vu – This Cyclic Life

© Julie Boyd 2011 2nd Prize Winner Gold Coast Writers Association Annual Short Story Competition: DEJA VU Living at a timber mill in a tiny country town and needing to supply all our own services, ensured all kinds of weird noises in the night, including the clanging of boilers being fed in the building next […]

STRANGE SENSEI

STRANGE SENSEI © Julie Boyd   ‘Have you ever tasted mutton bird?’ Jodie asked. ‘No, I haven’t,’ I replied. ‘Ah you’re in for a treat. Aunty Rose has a special recipe,’ Rae chimed in as she packed food into a basket. ‘By the way, I need to come and smoke your house. There is an […]

An Unusually Happy Christmas

An Unusually Happy Christmas   © Julie Boyd There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.       Albert Einstein It was 4pm on the day before Christmas eve. A hot and humid evening, it seemed we were in for […]

2011 Sustainability Oration

Déjà vu – This Cyclic Life

© Julie Boyd 2011                                1900 words Living at a timber mill in a tiny country town and needing to supply all our own services, ensured all kinds of weird noises in the night, including the clanging of boilers being fed in the building next door.  I’d grown used to them, so they weren’t frightening any […]

WHAT LIES BENEATH- What Price the Future of Education in Australia

WHAT LIES BENEATH- What Price the Future of Education in Australia (C)Julie Boyd 2011 Where are we headed with our education system? This is not a new question, indeed it is one I would hope that educators ask themselves every day. However with the advent of a national curriculum and discussion about merit pay for […]

There Go The Dependents

‘There go the dependents.’ My gorgeous  blonde, deeply tanned friend, Di, kept jogging on the spot as she glanced towards the van driving past- her mouth slightly pursed in frustration, though her eyes betrayed her maternal indulgence. ‘How many are you up to now?’ ‘Well I think there might have been one or two extra […]

Depression- Fifteen Minutes and The Crumple Zone by benpobjie

One of my favorite writers today posted this heartfelt and brutal post. I also wrote a piece called ‘Fifteen Minutes’ several years ago about how I experienced depression. —————————————————————— 15 MINUTES The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one minute to the next Mignon McLaughlin —————————————————- “Jules – it’s Annie” […]