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I have been hearing and reading about unemployment in Australia. And having posted numerous comments about ‘Belonging, meaning and connection’ I have been intrigued to hear that jobless teenagers will be denied the dole unless they agree to undertake training under a government plan to prevent the creation of a new generation of long-term unemployed.

Young people, unemployment, meaning

I have been hearing and reading about unemployment in Australia. And having posted numerous comments about ‘Belonging, meaning and connection’ I have been intrigued to hear that jobless teenagers will be denied the dole unless they agree to undertake training under a government plan to prevent the creation of a new generation of long-term unemployed.

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Our son smokes. He’s three and a half. This is a picture of him smoking. He tells us that he only smokes sticks and straws. He took up smoking while we were in Greece and where smoking, and cigarette advertising is still widespread. Though interestingly, and thoughtfully on his part, he only smokes outside. And

Ahh yes, environment

Our son smokes. He’s three and a half. This is a picture of him smoking. He tells us that he only smokes sticks and straws. He took up smoking while we were in Greece and where smoking, and cigarette advertising is still widespread. Though interestingly, and thoughtfully on his part, he only smokes outside. And

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I am continuing to look into the notion of restorative justice. A profound and worthwhile idea. And possibly the following comments have particular relevance for young people, with their speed and vigour, but then again maybe they apply in many contexts. Some of the ingredients – and there are others – that seem to serve

Restorative justice and young people

I am continuing to look into the notion of restorative justice. A profound and worthwhile idea. And possibly the following comments have particular relevance for young people, with their speed and vigour, but then again maybe they apply in many contexts. Some of the ingredients – and there are others – that seem to serve

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You meet someone on a plane and have a fantastic conversation. You talk about really personal stuff. And it feels just fine. You go to see a financial adviser and you end up putting your money in some fund because the person just seems trustworthy. Mostly your judgements are going to be spot on. The

Intuition

You meet someone on a plane and have a fantastic conversation. You talk about really personal stuff. And it feels just fine. You go to see a financial adviser and you end up putting your money in some fund because the person just seems trustworthy. Mostly your judgements are going to be spot on. The

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Mission Australia continues to do both interesting research and good programs. You can read more on their site about what they are doing in relation to young people who break laws and end up in the Juvenile Justice system. Here are some highlights: Mission Australia’s spokesperson, Anne Hampshire, said an upturn in the number of

Juveniles and justice

Mission Australia continues to do both interesting research and good programs. You can read more on their site about what they are doing in relation to young people who break laws and end up in the Juvenile Justice system. Here are some highlights: Mission Australia’s spokesperson, Anne Hampshire, said an upturn in the number of

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We are now back home in Australia, after 9 weeks circumnavigating the globe and staying with friends pretty much wherever we went. We stayed with our friend Kelly (and her family) in Barrie Canada, North of Toronto by about an hour. Kelly lives in a swamp. It’s real cold in winter and real hot in

Where would you like to live?

We are now back home in Australia, after 9 weeks circumnavigating the globe and staying with friends pretty much wherever we went. We stayed with our friend Kelly (and her family) in Barrie Canada, North of Toronto by about an hour. Kelly lives in a swamp. It’s real cold in winter and real hot in

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Wesley Fryer continues to say things on his website that I don’t understand…usually to do with digital something-or-other. This says nothing at all about Wesley though a great deal about me and my lack of digital. Wesley often seems far from radical…he does not have dreads and although I can’t say for sure because he

Education 2009 and on…

Wesley Fryer continues to say things on his website that I don’t understand…usually to do with digital something-or-other. This says nothing at all about Wesley though a great deal about me and my lack of digital. Wesley often seems far from radical…he does not have dreads and although I can’t say for sure because he

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I am always delighted and impressed when I read things like this because it is outside the oblong…kinda thing. There is I think, a quiet joy in the knowledge that people continue to push past, look further…try something else…so here are some grabs from an article by Douglas S. Fox. He writes of Allen Snyder

Mind your mind

I am always delighted and impressed when I read things like this because it is outside the oblong…kinda thing. There is I think, a quiet joy in the knowledge that people continue to push past, look further…try something else…so here are some grabs from an article by Douglas S. Fox. He writes of Allen Snyder

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We are just about to head back to Australia after 9 weeks away…the last part being some work in Aotearoa New Zealand, and the visiting of whanau. This song below which some of you may know already, ‘Stand by me’ is just a lovely lovely thing. And as we have been visiting dear friends and

A lovely thing

We are just about to head back to Australia after 9 weeks away…the last part being some work in Aotearoa New Zealand, and the visiting of whanau. This song below which some of you may know already, ‘Stand by me’ is just a lovely lovely thing. And as we have been visiting dear friends and

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Brian Boyd has written a book about storytelling, ‘On the Origin of Stories:Evolution, cognition and fiction’. Yeah, this is a pretty flash title and I have yet to read the book in any depth but it says some interesting things. Boyd says that fiction can improve cognition, cooperation and creativity. It’s not just about telling

Storytelling

Brian Boyd has written a book about storytelling, ‘On the Origin of Stories:Evolution, cognition and fiction’. Yeah, this is a pretty flash title and I have yet to read the book in any depth but it says some interesting things. Boyd says that fiction can improve cognition, cooperation and creativity. It’s not just about telling

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