Thanks for those thoughts Helen. Surely how we model these values to our children is one of the earliest and most significant experiences for them. I wonder too when we should introduce them to things that are not good in the world. I recently went to see the film "Girl Rising" for International Women's Day, which shared a very powerful message about how education of girls can make a significant positive impact. However, the girls and women in the film has experienced slavery, child marriage, rape, poverty and natural disasters. I wanted to take my 9 year old daughter, but in the end decided not to because I felt she might be too young to be exposed to the grim realities of the experiences of many women. I think it was the right choice, but I wonder when is the right time, such that children are aware of the realities of the world, but feel empowered to make a difference, and to feel hope and not hopelessness?
I had to smile when you mentioned sweet singing voice... I am a genuinely appalling singer, but I loved being in Turkana as well, and yes the children had a great impact on me. It was a good group, and I loved being with our tour guides (Eden, Simon, John and Gabriel).
The impact of being in Kenya, continues to work through me, in fact as we approach a 1 year anniversary it amazes me still, and I will write something for my blog.
I see that you have now retired to a new meeting in the city of Melbourne, I can imagine after a while at Stillwater, that is a new challenge.
Join the club in being actively in prayer and contemplation in the inner-city. With Blessings
Hi Helen, even if you could come for a day trip that would be great and we could see if other Friends were available to have a shared lunch with us. We have low attendance at meeting as many have moved out of town over the last few years but those who come I am sure would like to join with us if possible. If it is to hard for you to get all this way we are happy to come and meet you say, in Mundaring, as there are some nice spots to have lunch there.
If you want to write and offline email to me you can contact me through my web page which is www.shanemoad.com
Hi Helen, we would love to catch up with you when you get to Perth. The only problem is we don't have a spare room to put you up in as both our children are home. There is the local hotel that David Eley stayed in when he was here and said he quite enjoyed it and the price was very reasonable. Let me know what you were considering and we will look into more for you.
Helen, I met to say in my last post, if you want to contact me off Quaker Quaker it is possible through my web page that can be found on my page on this site. There is a "contact" link on there, feel free to contact when you feel like it........Shane
An Autralian! So nice to learn there are quakers down under. I asked an Australian friend if she knew about quakers in Australia, and she never had heard about! Now I know! This means I welcome you, friendly.
Thank you Helen. It would be good to see the progress. I'll take a rain check on your invitation to come and see. Please advise when a heatwave is predicted.
Re this site. It is a Ning format. I haven't checked out the tabs at the top - but a Ning format usually has an events tab which is great for inserting up-comng information. If none of the tabs have the event format, you might like to ask the site managers if they would consider adding it. The other possibility is to set up a page in the name of the Australian Quaker Centre (I have some lovely pictures to put up - but I'm sure you would have some already). I think an AQC page would also help to attract this international membership.
Hi Helen, great to see you here. Lovely pic. We have just had David and Trish Johnson down. David did a presentation on AQC I believe at the shared meal on Friday night at Friends House. I didn't get to it. Weather has been foul and my health is only just starting to turn a positive corner since the Sept 18 "event" at AQC. However, I saw them both on Sunday at Eastern Suburbs Local Meeting. First time I have seen Trish I think since the long ago when I was part of North Queensland Friends.
How are you managing things at AQC - do you still live there most of the time. This site looks like it might be an appropriate place to inform people about AQC and its operations.