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

Christmas Greeting 2014

As we begin the celebration of the 12 days of Christmas I greet my online  network with the universal message of peace on earth and good will to all.
May the ancient story of a child born in occupied territory open our hearts to the work of defending human rights.
May the the image of a family forced to seek refuge and asylum far from their home inform our political choices as citizens of a global village.
May our messages of good wishes and happy holidays not blind us to the work of justice making and non-violence.
May the lights and decorations of the season remind us of our mission to bring light to the darkness and celebration to life.
May our gifting be generous as we remember r those who live in situations of poverty and exploitation.
May the birth of every child cal us to our communal responsibility to protect children,to take them on wild adventures and to let them grow into the unique person they care called to be
May we hear angelic voices singing our dream of peace on earth

Follow my reflections on the 12 Days of Christmas here.

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A Gay Homecoming In Geelong

Brisbane Gay activist, Tony Robertson will attend his first public LGBTI  event in his birth city of Geelong this week.
Mr Robertson will join the 18th birthday celebrations for gasp Geelong on Tuesday 11 November.
The  gasp project provides respectful and safe environments that assist in improving the health and wellbeing of same sex attracted and sex and gender diverse young people.
“I am excited to join the celebrations for a service that was not available when I was a young gay teen in Geelong during the late 60s ” he said.
Mr Robertson lived in Geelong from 1953 – 1972 attending school at St Patrick’s Primary in Geelong West and St. Joseph’s College , Newtown.

“This was an era where the local community did not have the language or culture to embrace issues of diverse sexuality” he said.

Mr Robertson has previously visited St. Joseph’s College as a life member of the Old Collegians to show his support for the inclusion of the International Day Against Homophobiain the annual calendar of student activities.

“I am proud that my birth city now has a safe public space for young people to find support and solidarity as they discover the joy of sexuality in all its diversity and identity.” He said.

Read interview with The Geelong Advertiser, November 15 2014 here

CJPC G20 Statement

cultureboy:

It’s happening in my home city of Brisbane. Plenty of alternative conversations and public actions are also scheduled to remind the watching world that the “justice cry” has not been silenced by those who control the economy and the media.

Originally posted on Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of Brisbane:

CJPC Brisbane has issued a statement drawing attention to Pope Francis’ letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott on the G20 meeting in BrisbaneCJPC Media Statement G20 Summit.

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