Forever grateful

Forever grateful

Volume 18, Issue 1The Collins Street tram  drew to a halt, and a well dressed matron stepped aboard. There wasn’t a spare seat in sight, but a teenage youth in College uniform rose to his feet, and invited the new passenger to sit in his place, an offer she quickly accepted.After the vehicle had gathered momentum and silence had descended on the scene, the now seatless young man leant down to the new occupant of the space that he had so recently relinquished. Then, in a voice clearly audible to all in the compartment, he said to her, “Excuse me, madam, but did you say something?”

When the paper work is finished!

ImageVolume 17, Issue 23 

Some months ago, I flew interstate. Prior to our journey, I had taken my allotted seat in the stationary aircraft awaiting our departure. Suddenly the soothing music was interrupted, and the following message greeted us in the cabin: “This is your captain speaking. As soon as the paper work is finished, we will take off.”

His words fascinated me, with their emphasis on ‘paper work.’ I noticed, for instance, that he did not say “when the aircraft is ready,” or “when we are cleared by the control tower,” etc, etc. No, there was simply that reference so common these days to the necessary completion of ‘paper work.’

Are you significant?

Volume 17, Issue 22 

On this occasion, I’d like to do something a little different.  I would like to explore with you a social phenomenon that in one way or another affects virtually each of us, at some point in our lives.

What I have in mind is ‘celebrity status’, more commonly referred to these days simply as ‘celebrity.’ I have not seen it actually defined, but I guess it is to do with a person’s not being publicly recognisable.

Reflect for a moment how hundreds of people died in Australia in the last month, but very few got the attention of Steve Erwin and Peter Brock. Their deaths and funerals were covered by all forms of the media, both here and abroad. Whether they would have wanted this or not is not an issue. The fact that all this attention occurred at all, however, is, at least relevant from my point of view.

My ongoing saga

Volume 17, Issue  21

While I do NOT want to devote too many Perspectives to my struggle with cancer, I imagine you are wondering what has been happening since I ‘disappeared from the radar screen,’ as it were.

After five bouts of chemotherapy, during which I had felt pretty well in myself, I suddenly went into a decline. I had an extreme loss of energy, and found it necessary for the most part to lie on a sofa in the presbytery of St Cecilia’s. One event I desperately wanted to take part in was on Friday night, 25 August, to celebrate the 21st birthday of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Australia. I wanted that for the reason that I am the only surviving original Board Director, and it seemed that I ought be there in spite of my being so unwell.

Our desire to live forever

Volume 17, Issue 20 

Did you see that extra-ordinary news item recently?
“What one?” you might ask, understandably. Well, it concerned a fellow who proposed to establish the industry of cryonics here in Australia. “What on earth is that all about?” I can hear you asking again.

Well, it has to do with snap freezing a human body immediately after death, placing it in a chemical solution, and preserving it until, in some future age, someone will find a way to awaken it. That, at least, is the donor’s hope.