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Surf’s up! Let’s go!!

Posted by  admin —February 14, 2011
Filed in Just observations

Alexander (aka The Chief Happiness Officer) has written here about a work policy that could change the world! It’s simple … when the surf’s up, any staff member can drop what they are doing and go for a surf. Straight from Alexander’s post, here’s how the founder of the company Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard summed it up in a previous interview: I’m a businessman, but I’m still going to do things on my own terms. I’m going to break a lot of rules, and we’re going to blur the distinction between work and play. So we have a policy here – …

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Farewell Gran

Posted by  admin —February 11, 2011
Filed in Uncategorized

For as long as I can remember, my Gran has been there. On Wednesday, and in the presence of her husband Jim, Gran took her final breath. She had suffered from dementia for more than 10 years and all she knew in the end, was Jim … her true love and life long partner. Gran and Pa have resided at the Anglesea Nursing Home for the past 5 years, and at a hostel in Frankston for a decade prior to that. It is sad to see a family member’s mind and body deteriorate so progressively and it’s been really tough …

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You are great and you make a difference!

Posted by  admin —February 8, 2011
Filed in Being Present, Just observations, Yes!And Improv

Today, my Gran is on her deathbed, and with family assembled around time seems to have slowed down a little. Fond memories of my childhood have flooded back – me and my sister spent countless weekend with her and Pa. They have remained together forever, married for 70 years and have a 1930’s-gritty-style of tenacity, courage and will to live and be together. They are Scottish through and through and their Glaswegian ways have never left them. My friend Chris Corrigan replied to an earlier tweet with some comforting words … “there is nothing more incredible to be in the …

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Unreasonable?!

Posted by  admin —February 7, 2011
Filed in Just observations, Sustainability

On the topic of what’s UNREASONABLE in the world, Seth started a useful list here … Andy built on the list here … and I am continuing the trend here. I don’t agree with any of these statements (of course!) and their impact is in the gut reaction they evoke. I think there is a workshop activity in this … small groups crafting ‘unreasonable’ statements to unnerve and disrupt the status quo in their world. My List – inspired, in part, by the things that I notice that leave me asking “Why!?!” It’s unreasonable to expect government agencies to launch a community …

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12 years of 15 together

Posted by  admin —November 8, 2010
Filed in Creative Stuff, Just observations

At this precise moment … 12 years ago … Ingrid and I were married. We had known each other for 3 years and had travelled the world together. We had already shared experiences to fill a lifetime. This morning we recalled some of those moments and we feel blessed by the family, friends and sanctuary we have around around us. On the eve of our wedding, a song flowed from my heart … here is the chorus This chorus is about you, its written for you With a minor chord, I adore you … and I love you This chorus …

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