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AFTER YASI – A Review

Thanks Owen for this review of After Yasi.

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Tully has one of the highest rainfalls in Australia so built a giant gumboot with a frog as its icon. Tully has one of the highest rainfalls in Australia so built a giant gumboot with a frog as its icon.

In the immediate aftermath of the devastating Cyclone Yasi in the Tully area, North Queensland, June Perkins took to documenting the story of resilience of the people around her. In the process of this documentation, June was one of the people activating resilience-building activities for the community.

The stories she tells in “After Yasi – Finding the Smile Within” are simple, almost pedestrian, and so are, in style, a commentary on the paradox of an ordinariness of the community spirit that seems quite extraordinary. These straightforward stories shine a light on the vulnerability of people who have had their lives turned on their heads in one day of environmental violence.

The poems that people wrote for the book are similarly simple and authentic, a sharing of lives finding their way…

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“After Yasi” by June Perkins

A big thankyou to Carol for hosting this book during it’s blog hop.

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BloghopimageCarol (1) These are the Perfect Words to Describe this Book!

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Best comments for each blog will be given PRIZE, either a free copy of the ebook or a choice of a signed print of one of the photographs from the book.

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Feb 3rd  – ABC Open  (to be confirmed) http://open.abc.net.au

You can find sample pages of the ebook here:

http://gumbootspearlz.pressbooks.com/

And purchase the book here:

https://authors-unlimited.org/book-member/after-yasi-finding-the-smile-within

Attend the online launch February 3rd

See the facebook page: The Launch Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/866286073402069/?pnref=story

“What would I do if I found myself facing a major cyclone in my town?” is the question I keep asking myself as I read the heart felt descriptions contained in June Perkins’ book, “After Yasi”. I guess we really can’t answer that until we are put through the experience…

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Reflection: Europeans in Australia – Vol III

Stumbling Through the Past

Book Cover of Atkinson's book.The Europeans in Australia. Volume Three: Nation by Alan Atkinson (UNSW Press, 2014).

The last volume in Alan Atkinson’s trilogy, The Europeans in Australia has finally been published.  Volume Three: Nation caps a wide-ranging and unique view on the history of Europeans in the land that is now known as Australia.

For more reasons than one, this book is the reason why I am writing and researching history today. I have been extremely fortunate that Alan Atkinson has been a mentor to me for several years and gave me the opportunity to do some work as a research assistant for this book. My current work on the beliefs of Australian soldiers on the front line in World War I stems from discussions Alan Atkinson and I had about this period of history while he was writing the book.

For these reasons what follows is not a book review. This is…

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Recommended link: Happiness is in the Mind

Peter reads some interesting texts.

Everybody Means Something

Seven IllusionsI am moving after years of only using a meditation based on following the breath, which serves to keep me reasonably grounded, to practising mindfulness meditation, which is designed to go somewhat further. It’s for this reason, I think, that I am on the look out all the time for hints and ideas to help me move forwards.

There is a recent post on Karen Wilson’s blog which hits a very important nail on the head for me about why attempting to achieve such a goal is so important, and why we need to be teaching it in schools as Layard and Clark suggest in their book Thrive. It deals, amongst other things dear to my heart, with the need to balance left- and right-brain modes of thinking as per Iain McGilchrist’s excellent book The Master and his Emissary.

I also downloaded her book recently and have just begun to read it: it contains many…

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