A Memorable Encounter in the Snow

The day I fell asleep driving, and ‘died’ – Stuart B Hill, 7 July 2022 As I wake up in our unheated bedroom, which I had painted Wedgewood blue and cream, I’m remembering that I had said YES to the request from my smart (and attractive) past student to give a talk tonight on ecological […]

Love is Everywhere – Robyn Catchlove

No 1 Public Nuisance Somehow, unexpectedly my heart has apparently blasted open ... Think it all started happening a few years ago, as gazing through the lounge window, me as usual grizzling away mentally about how awful the weather was, how where I lived wasn’t any good, about how unlucky I was, how I’d be [...]

Storying our Future Through the Creative Arts

An Annual Seven Valleys Arts & Culture Festival The Greater Blue Mountains Creative Arts Network (GBMCAN), which hosts the Regenesis Collective, has joined forces with Gang Gang Gallery, Lithgow City Council and Seven Valleys Tourism to plan for an annual signature arts and culture festival that will embed the decision by Lithgow Chamber of Commerce [...]

Violence and Defying the Enemy Within

The Enemy Within—Identity Joe Williams runs a program called 'Defying The Enemy Within'. Joe is a proud Wiradjuri/Wolgalu, First Nations Aboriginal man born in Cowra, raised in Wagga NSW, Australia.  I first encountered Jo through his appearance on The Drum, talking about 'the enemy within'. I am the mother of mixed race sons.  My children's [...]


Taking Ayahuasca, the wisdom mother medicine was quite a shock. That is, I never expected the result it would bring to my life. Called Dieta, nine of us entered the 9 day retreat with the serious intention of healing our minds through knowledge by dieting intensively on wisdom plants and much less so on normal […]


HER MAJESTY   The tickledness of joy giggles within Innocent joy bubbles and ripples The flowers watching on unfold more Upon the early summer verandah   That deep yearning for yet uninvented words For to technicolour your vision   Sea green leaves a’splash with mirror silver Blossoms, a speechless pink red, indescribable, Leaf yellow more […]

Ruby’s Beginnings – set in Australia’s early 1950’s—by Robyn Catchlove

God Goes Everywhere God goes everywhere. Maybe it was a vinegar stroke, certainly a masterstroke when He came to God’s Own Country. First Queensland, then the rest, not resting till He had initiated the faithful Vegemites into the right dream, The Great Australian Dream. Cellular Seducer. Fair dinkum. Dinkum enough for the bronzed, digger Aussies […]


Oh…..oh…..oh The breathtaking, the mezmerising, the mystical, the….. the…… the…. everything The middle dark night sky’s lightening show And shockingly silent toooooo, Nary a sound thundering, But…..but…… but….. golden pink indescribable Simply unutterable flashing iridescentness Boogieing brightly within our black horizon clouds Nature’s fireworks… … as before the light goes out With our minds of […]

Emerging – by Robyn Catchlove

The man’s nature seeps through As the rhythm quickens The shaft of music comes on strong Responding seems anything but wrong   Taking more care now He, Quizzical, sea shell hearing Fast talking, straight ‘nd strong Brick moustache, cheshire smile Survives by plucking his own beat Each chord increasingly sweet   His past life cycle […]

White Male Fragility and Violence

Fathers and Male Violence This faded photo is of my father and mother in their old age. Now I am close to reaching that age myself. I know all about white male fragility and violence. My father was such a man. As a child I was just plain scared of him, and as soon as [...]

Call of the Dakini | A Memoir of a Life Lived [Extract]



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