Community Christmas

I am fortunate to be involved with a few different communities. Reflecting on them and the communities involved.

I live in Brisbane in Social Housing. Every person that lives here is on Welfare. I have been here for 7 years and have tried to impact positively. I have conceded defeat and now isolate myself to stay out of trouble. What I see here regularly is the damage alcohol does to communities. I guess it is in excess

Governments earning huge income from taxes on Alcohol and Betting that both do massive damage to Society

I have been supporting Aboriginal Communities for over 10 years. I like their Community Model. The Community listens to its members, supports members and seeks help.

Have learned that their is Left and Right Wing thinkers. Often talk about One Mob but that seems to be falling apart. Lots of talk re Uluru statement but it is driven by politics. Assimilated people support and grass roots do not speaking with a broad brush. Very basically the major difference seems to be the recognition of Australia, which I understand. Lots of good people in the good communities but my concern is kids health. Trying to change CTG goals into Aborigiginal Goals rather than Political

Next Community that I am pondering is the Buhanga Women in Uganda. Recently opened 2 new classrooms. Education will help and will continue to support education. Funding excursions and books. Investigating ways to support the community. Agriculture through growing Pumpkins plan is to buy 5 Bee Hives and educate the ladies in production of Honey.

Recently was reminded of the Poverty in the Area. In particular the impact of lack of toiletry facilities. School does, but homes nothing. I have always though Solar Power to be a first goal but toilets first hopefully more than trench

Human Rights are important to me but HR support has certainly dropped. Treatment of Refugees globally is poor and in Australia is criminal. People leave their homes due to harrassment. What other Options do they have ? www.humanrightsrangers.com,

Detention Centres seem to be acceptable but Treatment that supports them and changes their circumstances. Education is part of that, language, community or Social Studies. Family could join whentudies completed. I think self supervised within detention would help with affordability.

Really distressed about the treatment of Women Globally. Violence in all its forms and Discrimination based on Sexuality is Wrong and Politically lacks leadership.

As a father of a daughter, it brings me to tears when hearing the stories of Discrimination and Hazards of being a woman in Modern Society. http://www.udeserverespect.com www.udesrverespect.com

Lastly I have a minor involvement with Kimbe in PNG. Great individuals figting a difficult battle re Violence. My involvement at this stage is listen and learn. Huge problems with Political intent and also corruption. Beautiful Native people and great smiles.

Personally I need to remember and focus on the good things in my world. I am grateful to the great people that I have encountered

PNG

Quote from a friend

How many lives have to be sacrificed, through lack of basic human rights and basic services, to bolster the pride of some leaders through “status” projects like South Pacific Games and APEC?

Papua New Guineans are dying like flies; old, young, children, babies, mamas; because of the lack of even the most basic health services.

In the Human Development Index, PNG is ranked 154/188.
40% of our population is under the age of 14 years.
Infant Mortality Rate is 58/1000
Maternal Mortality Rate is 733/100,000
Gender Equity Index PNG is ranked 143/157
Only 28.6% of the population have access to potable water
Churches run about half of the Health and Education systems
PNG’s Human Development Index ranking is only above Timor Leste and Afghanistan in the Asia/Pacific region

How much was spent on staging the South Pacific Games? How much will hosting APEC cost the nation?
How many lives would that save if invested in our human capital, through basic health services?

How can priorities be so “off”?
Peoples lives are more valuable than prestige for a few…….surely!

As the sun went down yesterday, so did the life of a beautiful young man who died because PNG does not have adequate health services even in the capital Port Moresby. A young wife and little daughter now left heartbroken and alone.

For what? Smart buildings!

Those who make the decisions on priority spending will never face the loss and grief of this young family, because they all have access to world class health facilities overseas when they, or their family, get sick.

While the majority dig holes and bury their dead, the fat cats live in luxury.

Adolescent Justice

Neuroscience

http://clbb.mgh.harvard.edu/juvenilejustice/

What age are Adolescents Responsible ?

http://www.newsweek.com/2016/04/29/young-brains-neuroscience-juvenile-inmates-criminal-justice-449000.html

Proceed with Caution

http://jjie.org/2017/05/08/adolescent-brain-science-proceed-with-caution/

Health Law Central

http://www.healthlawcentral.com/decisions/consent-minors/

These articles discuss the age of responsibility, I read that the impact of trauma and home environment can continue to effect maturity, decision making and risk taking until at least 25

Metoo

Thinking about Metoo Ladies and Sexual Harassment , there is a lot to think about. Is it Mars and Venus thing ? For a guy, going out on a Friday night, the night is about finding a partner for sex. Presenting yourself like a Peacock to ladies in the hope that the night may be together. Hopefully condoms in the wallet .

Does the above give respect to ladies ? I spent a few years working in education and had the experience of supervising School Dances and the games plated by both sexes. Guys told lies about themselves. The Gals did seem attracted to sporting types even if these same guys were definitely ‘bad boys’ .

Have we lost our way in the sexual revolution. Is it the Male Sexual Revolution ? How do we get respect into relationships as Rosie Batty has suggested ? If you saw a Metoo situation happening, what would you do, and what would you say ?

I think asking Are U Ok ? Would be a start I decided that You deserve respect .. may be appropriate. Not sure it would be welcomed. The conversation would be easier if I was asked my thoughts. Not sure why I would be asked. Open Communication and Respectful Relationships based on truth are needed to start. Exaggerating your accomplishments to impress the opposite sex only decieves them and starts off on a bad foot. Mmm Sorry is a common word in those relationships.

Finally the One Night Stand does lead to a Relationship

CJH SLEEP

Sleep and Me

Constant battle for me. Depression tells me that am tired. Everyday at around about 2pm I start nodding and holding my head up is a challenge. Anxiety keeps my mind turning over. Reviewing my mistakes of the day. Thinking about injustices that have occured in the world and the lies that Politicians have spread to spin the truth. Anger rises and does not help with sleep.

Physical pain also has its challenges. I do not and have not looked after myself. I have long term type 2 diabetes with Pain in feet and lots of old age pain, I walk with a walker and have bad balance after minor strokes. I really do little physical activity each day and I know that if I did sleep would be easier.

I know lots of people listen to the radio and I have tried that. Talkback soon makes me angry, tried nature sounds but for some reason they all include a crack of lightening which sends me off the bed. I have a few music albums that I do trust, Gurrumul is the most reliable. I do turn off all technology because I try to help people on a worldwide basis which means it is not midnight everywhere.

Sadly for my state of mind but it keeps my rent cheap, I have a nightclub across the street. They do challenge me, but not so much with volumn but with the sudden outbreak of laughter or the occasional burst of ‘Happy Birthday’ I concede that these make some happy but do startle me.

I do have pills to help me sleep but tis quitening my mind that is my failure. Trying to solve the worlds issues or at least to understand them. Last night I was obsessed about Trumps mental state and what to call it. The current discussion re sexual harassment i have yegt to get a handle on. As an old bald fat bloke sex has never been high in my life. Will talk about it on a blog soon.

I try to sleep around 10pm usually without sucess until after 12. Up and down to the loo through the night with Diabetes and finally concede the fight at 5am. Check Facebook that all is well then catch up on News from TV to see what the gameplayers in politics have been up to.

Sleepwise, I have had success with Audio Books and have enjoyed a few Peter Fitzsimmons tomes and am currently enjoying The Eureaka Stockade.

Trying some Lavender Aromatherapy at present

Most nights I stress about my relationship with my daughter which keeps my mind racing.

Well that is sleep and me, Next week will be Mindfulness week as this has helped me

The above is from the opening of a school in Uganda, very exciting

CJHFRIEND CAM

Sept Donations

This month I have made small donations to

  • Buhanga School
  • Indigenous Literacy Fund
  • ASRC
  • Soldier On
  • Sunshine Coast Fire
  • Barwon School

Feel comfortable with the above. Actions supporting my words and special people.

Judy Atkinson, Judy Williams, Marie Camporeale, Fiona McLennan, Tess Ryan, Meredith Newman Debens, Bec and Tom Guinane, Jamie and Rima Dalton, Margaret Hayes and Bronwyn Fredericks, Jane Skillcome, Vanessa Comiskey, have all been special to me this month.

Special mention to a couple of friends from Overseas,

Pamela Wood Mack, Jackie Mercer, Mary Vaughn Berthiaume, Charlene Sunkel.

A lady always on my mind and who keeps me behaving myself Thelma Phieffer

Wed 27th Sept

Wow a great weekend of sport results.

My AFL tean Richmond Tigers won through to Grand Final. Then Dustin Martin won the Brownlow Medal for best and fairest in the game. Huge day ahead this Saturday, playing Adelaide Crows who aee Favourites.

North Queensland Cowboys won through to the Rugby League Grand Final by beating the bully boys , Sydney Roosters. Another huge day this Sunday as they play the slick, Melbourne Storm who are big favourites.

It is that time of year that big things happen in the Australian World of Sport. Usually a heart breaking time for me, but I am already excited bu achievements for the year

This week I havw stuck my beak into a few issues

  • Vote Yes Same Sex Marriage
  • Suicide Prevention Advocating Self Care and also Connection Goals
  • Change in Indigenous Auustralia.
  • Funding for Universities
  • Oz support for PNG
  • Mental Health Stigma Globally
  • Climate Change and Mental Health

Thanks to the support of many, I am on the bounce in my personal Mental Health. How long it will last I am not sure but I am confident that I will contue to fight. Very keen to arrange chats with my facebook friends and perhaps a coffee.

Jealous of Deon who is in Northern Territory chasing big Barramundi. I can only dream

September is ending so am planning for October and checking how my yearly goals are going, as only a few months left to get things done