Welcome

Dear Reader,

Welcome to my web portal.  I invite you to explore my life and interests online using the menu on the right. My hope is that you will find material that will engage us in conversation and reflection.

My material appears on a number of social media platforms. This site is designed for the visitor who would like to receive  the occasional summary post of published material. Please use the subscribe box to receive notices of updates to this site. My intention is to post a regular monthly calendar and one summary post at the end of each month.

I welcome your feedback and response to posts. As well as text you can choose from the options at the end of each post.

Tony

 

Palm Sunday 2015

Our cries of “Hosanna” must echo the cries for freedom and liberation of those detained because they seek refuge and asylum in our land.

This week will not be Holy unless we refuse to crucify the innocent.
This week will not be Holy unless we break bread and drink wine with the poor and abandoned of our community.
This week will not be Holy unless we walk the passion of the earth.
This week will be Holy if we commit to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with all that is sacred.

Just Dates March

Local Community Events in Brisbane

Religious Holidays 2015

Religious Holidays 2015: An Interfaith Calendar (Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim And More) (PHOTOS)

We live in a beautiful, diverse world, and almost each day of the year is a sacred time for someone, somewhere. HuffPost Religion is proud to present an interfaith, inclusive religious calendar for nine major world religions: Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism, Judaism, Islam, Paganism, Shinto and Sikhism. We hope you will come to this page regularly to learn about the festivals of your religious tradition, as well as your neighbors’ traditions.
Please note that Jewish holidays start at sunset and continue until sunset of the next day. Also, due to Islam’s use of the lunar calendar, some dates will be confirmed closer to the holiday. If this list does not include your sacred observance, please email religion@huffingtonpost.com with a brief description of the holiday so that we can add it here.

Just Dates: February

Thiel Grant for Online Writing

Thiel Grant for Online Writing.

Criteria for selection

  1. Quality of idea. Unique and original concepts are encouraged. Projects should be sustainable, maintaining interest over 50 posts. (Assessed by 150-word pitch.)
  2. Quality of writing. Applicants with strong existing online and social media writing will be favoured, although this need not be extensive. (Assessed by link/s to applicant’s writing available online.)

Well,readers, what do you suggest I chose as a focus for this grant application? I have done my social media homework and have signed up to follow two of the judges via Twitter and  sent a friend request to Philip Thiel, even though we only have one mutual friend.

Thinking along lines of ‘Images That Open Your Eyes” with regular blogs from my daily observations through my phone lens.

Another thought is a series on the street that make up my work and home life. Quirky history, personalities and images!!

So, let the conversation begin!!

A New Year Ritual: The Transition of Calendars

2015 Calendar

2015 Calendar

We all have rituals around the celebration of New Year.

In our highly urbanised cosmopolitan community some gather in large crowds to watch bright lights in the night sky for a brief period of time.This ritual is not inclusive of animals.

I often wonder if the same people ever stop to marvel at the night lights and formation of the galaxy around us, but that is another post.

This ritual gathering often includes spontaneous outbursts of affection,greetings and embraces

There are also those who consume incredible ammouts of intoxicating liquid to ward off the humidity and then have trouble remembering what happened on the last day of the previous year.

I have a ritual which is performed on the 1st January each year: the transition of the calendars.

Despite the advances in electronic communication and information at our finger tips, I still love to gaze at calendars.

It seems the market for calendars has not diminished as stalls of themed calendars are now standard at shopping centres. The promotion of the mid year calendar means that these stalls have business all year round.

Calendars have always been a staple gift that you can hardly return because “it doesn’t work anymore” .

I began to keep old calendars about 15 years ago so I can re-cycle those with the same date pattern. It was exciting to discover that this year I can reuse my 2009 calendars again.

One calendar is never enough in a household. I like to have one in the living area, one in my study and of course the “rest room” deserves one for those pondering moments. Thanks to politicians we also receive handy fridge calendars.

So, welcome to this year’s Calendar collection at Casa Robertson and may your new year of 2015 be filled with wild adventure, passionate living and commitment to building a just and fair society.

From the Julian to the Gregorian Calendar

The Meaning of New Year’s Traditions