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My choice is roses. Yellow roses; many beautiful yellow roses, some in bud and some in full bloom; but all cast adrift on the sea by family and friends.

The timing is uncertain and so it should be; but the place is definite.  This celebration and commemoration must take place in my sanctuary and it must be at sunset.  I am writing about my explicit wishes for a farewell upon my death.

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This evening as the curtain drew to a close on 2015 I sat quietly on my beach.  I paused to look back across the year as I beheld the setting sun.  I also endeavoured to train my vision on what 2016 may bring.

I concluded that the year about to expire presented me with both turbulence and calm.  I wished that there had been a bias towards calm.  I appreciate that calm is both a state of mind and a disposition; and from the perspective of my sanctuary, calm is when the wind is below 5 knots, the sea mirror-like and inviting.  

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It is inherently human to be inquisitive. 

In the event of tragedy striking this trait can be disturbing.  Some individuals may become intrusive in their thirst for knowledge and not even be aware when boundaries are crossed or limits pushed. 

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I reminisce as I scour through thousands upon thousands of images in my archives.  There are slides, colour negatives, prints and digitised photos stored on hard drives.

As I do, I lament at what it now means to share a moment in time, often caught on a whim on a mobile device or a pocket sized digital camera.

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The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is investigating how institutions like schools, churches, sports clubs and government organisations have responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse. 

The remit of the Royal Commission is to uncover where systems have failed to protect children so it can make recommendations on how to improve laws, policies and practices. 

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What might your eulogy say about you?

The words spoken in honour of a life lived often tell a concise tale of the impression left on loved ones by the deceased. 

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Do you ever doubt your choices or feel regret about a decision?  I am not afraid to admit that I do and I’d challenge anyone who claimed that they always, unreservedly, made the right choice.

For some reason my sense of vulnerability is heightened at the moment. It’s partly about my environment, both physical and emotional; and partly about my choices. From an environmental perspective I can’t ignore the course mankind is taking.  Our leaders, in my opinion, are not making the right decisions about the key elements which sustain life as we know it; air, water and food.  I do live in hope though.

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They sit comfortably as a sea breeze funnels along the verandah and touches their skin.  Chilled glasses of sparkling wine are held delicately in manicured hands.  Three likeminded women are deep in conversation.  The conversation, spontaneous in its evolution, is centred on how fortunate they are to live their mostly contented lives in Australia. 

In their circle of family and friends their children have never had to worry about from where their next meal was to come; or if their water was safe to drink; or if they had shelter from the elements.

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For most parents living in a country like ours, a ‘first-world’ country, from the moment we learn we have conceived or even in the ‘planning’ to conceive, we have hopes and dreams for our unborn child.

When the child is born, be it a male child or female child, the contemplating commences; who does he/she look like, what will their disposition be, what colour eyes will they have and what will he/she be when they ‘grow-up?’

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Bullies don’t just reduce their prey to emotional rubble; their conduct leaves a trail of untold destruction; of broken spirits and of broken dreams for those close to the victim too. 

If you are a witness to bullying do you reach out to protect and defend the victim or do you look the other way?  Onlookers can be either part of the bullying problem or an important part of the solution to stop bullying. 

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My sister was recently introduced to junior hockey in an initiation of fire, or rather that should be sleet and gale force winds!   She willingly accepted the challenge of being actively involved as a caregiver and supporter during the week long SAPSASA hockey program on the SA Primary School Sports calendar.  The carnival was held in metropolitan Adelaide. 

I am so blessed to have a sister who was willing and able to perform the highly important and vital role of “hockey mum.”  Corinna capably stepped-up during the days my work prevented me being on the sidelines.  

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 Diagnosis

di·ag·no·sis - noun 

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