Mindful Musings

Space and Place for Everyone

The Gender Continuum The past decade has seen a rapid rise in people “coming out” as transgender. The Gender Affirmation Plan is now a stock-standard form of any school, alongside the Asthma Management Plan, Diabetes Management Plan and Anaphylaxis Management Plan. The provision of space for gender diversity is to be applauded: this is one… Continue reading Space and Place for Everyone

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Legacy

A life well-lived, true to self Lately I’ve been thinking about legacy. What is legacy? The Macquarie Dictionary defines legacy as (and I paraphrase): A gift of property by will; a bequest.Anything handed down by a predecessor.A consequence. I see legacy as falling into two broad categories: the formal legacy – what an individual constructs… Continue reading Legacy

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Covid Christmas

To end a Covid-constrained year we now have a Covid-constrained holiday period. My thoughts go out to all the people who can't share festivities - from all cultural and religious backgrounds - with their families this year. My heart is heavy from the people who are no longer with us, due to Covid (and indeed… Continue reading Covid Christmas

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West Gate Stories

Live webcam Lightbulb moment: the West Gate Bridge is thusly named because it is the Gateway to the West! Seems obvious, doesn’t it? Yet it’s something I never questioned: this feat of construction is something that was always in my childhood and I never stopped to think about its whys and the wherefores. I had… Continue reading West Gate Stories

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West Gate Story

Fifty years ago Australia experienced its second-worst construction disaster. Here are my memories: my humble contribution to this story of national psyche. The West Gate Bridge today The West Gate Bridge is a vital piece of infrastructure which connects Melbourne's Central Business District to the Western suburbs. Prior to the bridge's completion this route was… Continue reading West Gate Story