Monday, February 22, 2021

A 68th Birthday

 On Monday 23 February 1953 Alex and Kath Robertson welcomed their first born child, named Anthony Gerard. There were no headlines in the world news,no posts on Facebook,  just a few lines  in the Birth Notices on page 2 of the Geelong Advertiser. 

So on this day I give thanks for my parents now deceased, my sister and brothers, cousins and relative s of several generations who nurtured, loved and challenged me. 

I give thanks for the neighbours, school friends, work colleagues, travel companions, lecturers,employers, lovers and life friends who have shared the journey over 62 years.

I wish a "Happy Birthday" to each of you for your celebration of the birthing day in your life. May the year ahead be a time of growth, compassion, commitment and love in so many ways for each of us.

Today I launch my digital biography. Feel free to add  comments and any significant images you may have for this collection.

Monday, February 01, 2021

Tony's Amazing Medical Adventure


The 2021 Feast of the Epiphany, 6th January became the day that defined my month. 

While walking in Brisbane I slipped on a wet surface landing with the full weight of my body on my right ankle.

 This fall has seen me confined to rest at St Vincent's hospital in Brisbane while my ankle adjusts to the newly inserted screw which holds it all together. 

 Apart from the obvious life changing experience of lack of mobility and the visual drama of my lower right leg recently encased in a bold pink cast I have had that rare and gifted opportunity to become immmered in the world of care and compassion that is the heartbeat of a hospital.

 There is nothing romantic about this immersion in a public ward of four when you are challenged daily to declare whether or not your bowels have moved.

 Among those who share this rehabilitation space with me are many carrying permanent scars of lost limbs and bodies that will take much longer than my brief six weeks to heal. 

The nursing, catering and pastoral care create an environment of safety and welcome that nurtures recovery or at least adjustment to changed circumstances. My 4th floor home has a collection of scenic prints between medical signage and COVID19 instructions.

 I am able to be "wheeled" down to the ground floor cafeteria to sit on the deck and bask in the great outdoors with the resident lizard. Around the foyer near the cafeteria are art works from local artists displayed as part of a special project. I don't know if we also have the benefit of those musicians who volunteer to play in the foyers of Brisbane hospitals.

 Visitors and Tim Tams are are welcome if you are in the legality 

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Monday, December 07, 2020

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

Just Dates December

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Friday, November 20, 2020

Happy Birthday Harrison!

A Global Cocktail Party

On December 2nd, Harrison Owen celebrates his 85th birthday. An occasion worthy of great celebration, Open Space style. With lots of camaraderie and cheer, and a touch of “Be Prepared to Be Surprised”!
In 1985, 35 years ago, Open Space Technology was conceived over two martinis ~ a great experiment that continues as vibrantly today as it was then.
Its ritual and refrain, always the same: Sit in a circle, create a bulletin board, open a marketplace and get to work. Four timeless principles (now 5), a law, bumble bee and butterfly are all it takes for dynamic discussions on issues that matter.
In the spirit of Open Space, from morning until late at night (when it starts, it starts; when it’s over, it's over), on Wednesday December 2nd we will gather and toast this special guy who has touched us all and many beyond. Over the years, his shared work has become our work in all kinds of places and settings worldwide.
In the weeks before…
Between now and then, with just the right amount of chaos and confusion, we invite you to visit and contribute to our giant virtual Marketplace Birthday Wall. A simple birthday card would not suffice. Share your good wishes, add a photo, story or memory with Harrison. Our invitation is to play around with the mural technology. Easy when you get the hang of it!
First type your name and log in as a visitor. Then hover your mouse and go exploring. The hand and square at the bottom right allow you to move around and zoom in and zoom out. On the left, a bunch of tools with which to play. So give it a go and have fun creating your own special message.
On December 2nd…
The plan is that we’ll be hanging out in a world-around Zoom. A dedicated link will be provided on the Birthday Wall a few days before. Our space will include a main Zoom room and breakouts. Bring your heart, favorite stories and a glass or cup of good cheer.
Harrison will come by mid-morning Washington DC time and drop in throughout the day between naps.
See you soon!
Suzanne, Michael, Barry and Lucas

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Just Dates, November

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Stuff From My CV

My career has taken me many places and my wardrobe has followed me!! Here is a clip from my life as "Bananaman", promoting the old South Brisbane peoples Market which has now evolved into the Hope Street Cafe

Monday, October 12, 2020

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