Category Archives: Change

100 years today

My Dad was born today 10 December 1918, to an unwed School Mistress in Yorkshire.

To my Grandmother for being the strong woman of her time, for her parents who supported her when she lost her job, for having a babe out of wedlock. I did not get to know you, but thank you.

To my Dad, a World War Two Veteran – thank you for your service.

Thank you for being there to dig the children out of the collapsed movie theatre during World War Two. For sailing far from home, to protect home and country. For getting back on the ships after being sunk on them. Thank you also for being part of Dunkirk, though you only spoke of it once, and to my sibling, I know you would have thought of it as doing your duty.

Thanks for being there throughout my childhood. We argued whenI became a teenager, and fought more than once. But you were a man of your times, and that you became in your own words “A feminist” helped me grow into one too.

We may have disagreed more often than agreed, and we were too alike to see eye to eye for long; you were still there after Mum died. You held her through the long fight with cancer, cared for her, and finally told her that you loved her. We held you as you cried that night after she died, the loss of the one constant in our lives.

Before the cancer and the madness, you met the one I would wed. You knew then, that they were a keeper. That they would provide the comfort and protection when your own cancer would take you. Thank you for welcoming them into our lives.

You didn’t get to meet our child, or see the grandkids you had then go on and have children of their own. I wonder, as does my child, what you would have thought of them. Whether your true colours would have shown through, or whether you would have been just glad that I had finally “caught” up with my siblings……

Your birthday is today, I’ve baked a cake to celebrate and honour you. I’ve lit a candle for you as well. I will gather my little family around, and we’ll sing you a Happy Birthday, for without you, there would be no us.

I miss you Dad.

 

 

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We need to talk about suicide more

Suicide prevention is something close to my heart. I still remember the phone call, 17 years ago, from my Father, and the desperation in his voice as he reached out for me, and eventually the help we could source for him. The phone call from my organisation’s HR department querying my leave of absence, and their total silence when I told them that the leave was to needed to get to my Father ASAP, still makes me wonder what was going through their heads.

I had the privilege of supervising a team of returned military members, 12 years ago. One of them made a decision, that another team member managed to intervene and halt, which would have been a tragic death. I remember sitting in my office, talking to each of these members separately, and with the other members of my team, as we spoke about how little support at the time was being given to these folk. What they had seen, could never be erased. I supported, and sought out counselling for them. I was there for them.

This article and the articles in USA Today are required reading. If you or anyone you know needs help then I can suggest:

BeyondBlue

Lifeline

Watch Bibi Barba read the Uluru Statement from the Heart at the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, Switzerland

Bibi Barba, Artists in the Black Coordinator, and Robyn Ayres, CEO of Arts Law, attended WIPO’s Intergovernment Committee in August. Could this be the first time the Uluru Statement was transcribed in French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian?

It’s about time that the Governments of Australia recognised and made progress on the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

5 Ways to make the classroom more inclusive

Are you wondering how you can help students understand and discuss gender identity? A great quick read for you by NPR awaits you here.

Red Dead Suffragettes: When violence against women is reflected in our culture

As a parent to a child who plays video games, I’m concerned by the content of the games. So far we’ve had a great deal of control over the content our child is exposed to. We have an open dialogue about what games are suitable for them, how often they should play it, and setting limits to how much screen time is suitable.

I came across the Red Dead Suffragettes story and wanted to share it with you. Again it calls out the violence against women, that is endemic in my society. The politics of power and privilege play out each and everyday, and it is our responsibility to call it out for what it is. We need to change how we view violence at every level, if we are to enact the social change this world needs.

Australia will change when warming hits 1.5C

Please read this story. It  is a hypothetical scenario, based on data from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report: Global Warming of 1.5°C, an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty Summary for Policymakers, released on October 8, 2018, Incheon, Korea, pending copyediting ahead of the full report’s publication in December. A draft of the full report was made available to governments in June 2018.

The mature student encounters the wonders of library services

We need to get to a place whereby the library is seen as a hub for developing information literacy skills, conducting research, and accessing all of the online tools, software and databases that support us all to learn, discover, and excel.
This should be our vision statement for the Information Profession. Another great post from Information Literacy Spaces.

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