I Dream of a Different World


by Ethel Mortenson Davis

I dream of
a different world:

one where I can*
take refuge,

where you and I
will be sisters,

where the First Peoples
are striding along
with the Second peoples,
learning from each other,

where they are no longer refugees
in their own land,

where freed slaves
are helped to build
new lives with the colonists,
no longer refugees
in this new land.

I dream of
a different world:

where no one is heard
shouting from a window,

“Go back to where you came from.”

* The first two stanzas are a quote from Ariel Dorfman, a refuge.

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The sun is shining


The sun is shining, and I have a smile on my face, as my task for the past weeks is virtually completed.  By tomorrow afternoon I should be free!

It’s been quite a time.  Where I was first staying, I had poor internet signal, so that’s my excuse for not keeping in touch.  🙂  After I arrived in the region, we had storms, bushfires, and the winds at times kept me off the roads.  But now the sun shines 🙂

Fred and I have visited the dog friendly beach many times, and that puts a smile on our faces also.  Pics will follow in due course.

Next week I’ll be making my way back to the Flinders Ranges, which I am missing greatly.  Once there, I’ll miss the coast…. but that’s just how it is.  🙂

*Global Phenomenon* – ” World’s Flying insects disappearing”

Is it any wonder that insects are disappearing when farmers do their very best to annihilate them with widespread use of pesticides – regardless of the effect on the wider environment, let alone human health!

2012 The Awakening

October 21, 2017: Flying insects, an annoying but necessary part of life, are disappearing, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal PLOS One. For the study, researchers evaluated 27 years of insect collection data from German nature preserves and found the biomass of flying insects had fallen by a seasonal average of 76 percent! As detestable as flying insects are, they’re also a vital part of the ecosystem, providing food for animals and playing a vital role in agriculture. As for why the insects are disappearing, researchers appeared stumped. Climate change, they said, seems an unlikely culprit since the increase in temperatures should have helped, not harmed, the insect population. But, what if an increase in Extreme UV is the unseen culprit? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eBGH… (No Flies) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-_vB… (No Hatchlings) http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/0…#MrMBB333

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