Like an Aussie mate we have loved and remained loyal to, today Boy and I say goodbye to our own true lover - the home school study of the geography and cultural melting pot of Australia. What a symbolic way to end in order to again begin:
and a special Seekers preview from esnips ("Who are the Seekers?" Boy asked - Oh what a lot of modern Australian history he still has to learn!!).
Mike Harmon has offered us Article Syndication- The Sky is The Limit So Explore and Aim for the Sky posted at Basic Accounting, saying, "Article syndication is a very simple process wherein one gets to share their article among various online sites which helps to impart knowledge through the web." Happy New Syndication Year to you Mike. My husband is also an accountant so I have some understanding of the manic nature of your end of year reports! Although, I must admit, when he attempts to share his business articles with me, I turn away and feign interest in the dust bunny. Article syndication on the web though - now that's something that speaks to me.
Wattleseed, lemon myrtle, blue gum smoke oil, alpine pepper, and paperbark - how Aussie is that tucker? Noric Dilanchian presents Dilanchian Lawyers - How I became a celebrity chef with intellectual property posted at Lightbulb, saying, "Intellectual property lawyer, Noric Dilanchian, discusses how Australian chef, Benjamin Christie and his business partner, Vic Cherikoff, have developed a book, TV series, Websites and market presence thus charting their own destiny supported by but independent from traditional media."
Another of our Aussie Carnival conductors, Colin Campbell pulls out The Tooth Fairy is Coming Early posted at Adelaide Green Porridge Cafe. The decaying of children's ablutional habits is a sore reflection on our parenting skills. Is your child eating and drinking too much sugar? Read this post for, hopefully, a diet changing way of life.
Albert Foong presents The lost art of touching, Part 1: Caring, Healing, and Sexual posted at Urban Monk, saying, "The lost art of touching to boost all your human interactions and relationships." Touch is a basic human need. Without touch, Maslow's self actualisation cannot be reached. Urban Monk now has Part 2 of this delightful series posted. I encourage all to consume and reflect upon the importance of the words and the opportunity for change.
And while we're with the business of tax and cutting through red tape, Leigh Fraser-Gray over at Imaginif writes a Letter to the Corporate Sector: Can your buzz Words Play with our Catch Phrases? Disturbed with a lack of corporate social responsibility, Leigh raises an analogy of hearts to demonstrate which sector is valued more and which sector's bleeding heart needs assistance to keep our kids safe.
John Lampard presents Blasted posted at disassociated.com. I agree with John's sentiments on being blasted with unchosen tunes when opening the door of an otherwise welcoming blog. I have my own tastes in music and know better than to share my tastes with others (I'm a mother of four children - they tell me all about my appalling music choices). Being blasted with music does not help me to read someone else's post any better. What do you all think?
Leigh at All for Women has chosen her Site of the week- Field of Women. An initiative of the Breast Cancer Network of Australia, they are calling on 13,000 people - the number of Australians diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 - to stand together and create the first ever Sydney Field of Women LIVE before the Sydney Swans v St Kilda match on Saturday evening, 11 August 2007. What a way to keep abreast of the female cancer scourge.
Gillian King comments that Paving and drainage make me happy. Over at the School of St Jude, Gillian portrays how no donations from Australia can drain the coffers of a Tanzanian school yet simple monthly donations can drain disease carrying pools of water and keep kids safe. Ummmm...which drain would I prefer to support?!
If the fashion industry can pull our strings, why can't we make finger puppets out of fashionable colours? Kirky, a true blue, fair dinkum, Indigenous Australian (A Koorie from NSW) has supplied a pattern for making finger puppets in Indigenous colours: red, yellow and black for the Aboriginal flag and blue, green and white for the Torres Strait Islander flag. More importantly, though, Kirky's Krafts & Chit Chat kirky blog also hosts a wealth of Indigenous comment on Indigenous issues.
In Imagine If...Highly Sensitive, over at Lifes Spacings, a survivor of horrific child abuse reflects on how her life may have been better if people had recognised her pain and acted protectively. How I long for the day we are all sensitive enough to hear the silent screams of our children and to answer them with the loudest voice possible that says we will not tolerate any child abuse at all. To JIP, I am sorry that you had to endure such torture at the hands of multiple adults tasked with caring for you.
And Boy, tell us about your most excellent trip to the Laura Dance Festival: End of Term Excursion: Aboriginal Culture. What a great time we had and a fantastic way to complete our Indigenous unit of home school study.