The Wisdom of the Elders by Anne Whittingham & Joanna Boileau

Here are some of the things that Auntie Pauline, an elder of the Bundjalung nation, said at the Wollumbin Festival (near Murwillumbah, northern New South Wales). What really shines through is her sense of compassion and lack of resentment for past wrongs. We have arranged different things she said at different times into a story. This is because, as Auntie Pauline said, “When you’re trying to help people to understand about something, about your way of life, tell them a story. Make it a simple story. One that you can tell. Say: that’s the track we’re talking about.” (more…)

February 25, 2007 at 9:53 pm Leave a comment

Mamas & Children During War

“When the men fight, women and children mostly suffer.”
Read more to find out what women are doing around the world to meet the challenge of creating a peaceful planet for our children. (more…)

February 25, 2007 at 9:28 pm Leave a comment

Health Alert for Parents about PVC Toys for Young Children

Greenpeace has carried out an extensive assessment of soft PVC toys and associated children’s products, both in Australia and overseas. The results from this testing are both surprising and disturbing. Many of the toys tested were found to contain a range of chemical additives, including potentially hazardous chemicals called phthalates which are used to soften PVC toys and even the toxic heavy metals, lead and cadmium. (more…)

February 25, 2007 at 9:20 pm Leave a comment

Trees – An excerpt from “Wanderings” by Herman Hesse

For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the forces of their lives for one thing only: to fulfill themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form to represent themselves. Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. (more…)

February 25, 2007 at 9:16 pm Leave a comment

What Can I Do? by Marie T. Russell

When one looks at all the things that “need fixing” on the planet, one could very well feel overwhelmed. Where does one start? And can one person make a difference? (more…)

February 25, 2007 at 9:13 pm Leave a comment

Winter Colds & Healthy Children

Being a parent means not only being a cook, cleaner, teacher, and 24 hour advice centre but also being a carer in times of accidents and illness. You will already have some favourite ways to care for your family. Here are some techniques which you might find useful to add to your list. The focus is on natural home remedies which you can often prepare from what is already in your kitchen cupboard. (more…)

February 25, 2007 at 9:10 pm Leave a comment

The New Mythology: Coyote and Sun argue about the Universe

One day Coyote was walking through the desert. While he was walking he looked up in the sky and saw Sun smiling to himself. Coyote asked Sun what was making him smile in that way. Sun said, “Coyote, my son, I am just so pleased with this Universe that I have created.” (more…)

February 25, 2007 at 9:07 pm Leave a comment

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