Kiribati and Boonah – heart to heart


On the weekend I met some of the people from Kiribati living around the Logan, Boonah area.  They came to give a talk on the plight of their nation, as well as to share their cultural dances at the Boonah World Environment Day Festival.  The focus of the festival was sustainability in community development, promoting principles such as recycling, with a special focus on Kiribati.

A friend of mine, who was making material bags to encourage people to do this rather than keeping using plastic bags, invited me along. Last year my eldest son was doing geography and one of the units was on climate refugees.   One of his case studies of  pending Climate Refugees (who are a subgroup of the environmental refugees of the world) was Kiribati.

Kiribati is one of four places overseas I have been blessed to travel to in my life, so as I read…

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Traditions, Lights and Streets of Cheer

Lots of Australians like to do Christmas lights.  Some of the television stations and local councils run prizes for them. For some it is a hobby and others almost an obsession.

We went to check out one of the most famous Christmas houses in Brisbane on the recommendation of someone who had been going to see it almost since he was born. The house he told us about is at Kenmore, and wins the competition almost every year, but not this year.  When we saw them it was obvious there was so much effort put into it.

When we lived in Tully there were certain streets that used to team up and win it as there was also a best street award.

One street we lived in even asked us to please put up lights, and gave us a box of them so that we could participate as we don’t  normally do Christmas lights.

We took to driving the streets every year to view it – a kind of Tully tradition.

We didn’t bother to go on a big drive this year, but did make the trek just to this one house. It was amazing to see so many people pop out of their car and walk through the garden of lights and ornaments.

Does your street do Christmas Lights?

After Yasi Ebook Now Ready

afteryasiFINAL1Just letting you know the ebook of After Yasi is now available for $4.75.

Full of interesting links to blogs, videos and photo sets on the recovery after yasi and a slightly adapted version of the coffee table book version (slightly fewer photographs in the ebook.)

Most of all this book is a celebration of the optimism of the Cassowary Coastal community and a reflection on the ways creativity in many forms played an important role in lifting people’s spirits.

Sample here:

On February 3rd 2014 an online launch event will be happening. You can participate from wherever you are. Feel free to join the event at the link here and follow what happens on that day.

Reviews can be found HERE