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April 2011

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At last I have a few moments to stop and give a catch up of all the events of the last month or so. Sonja and I decided to shift to Wagga Wagga in NSW Australia and we have now been here for two days. That meant an enormous amount of sorting packing, throwing out, selling and giving away of so many of our possessions. Then was the meetings with the lawyers and accountants etc to sort all that out. Then there was all the travel to family and friends, which took us to Ranfurly, Invercargill, Winton, Timaru, Christchurch and Nelson.

Our short time in Christchurch took us to where so much devastation had recenly taken place driving over roads that looked more like rivers, past so many destroyed buildings and hearing so many tragic stories of personal events that happened to the people we met up with. There was a significant aftershock that woke us suddenly in the middle of the night with a very loud bang.

After leaving Nelson we flew via Auckland to Sydney and on to Wagga Wagga. The next day we attended the centenary of the RSL Life Care that Sonja will be working for. We even got our photo in the local newspaper although we haven't seen it yet. We are orienting oursleves to the city and geting things organised. We have a temporary house to live, but need to find a more permanent place to rent. There is no Theosophical Society here, so I will have to do some scouting around to see just who is here and what groups there are that might interest me. I intend to post a photo album on my site of photos around Wagga Wagga and our journies to get here.

I am still working through all the red tape for my studies to come together, so it may be a while yet before I actually begin work on my PhD. In the meantime the publication of my book comes ever closer and I received an email asking if I would like the paper I presented in the conference I went to in Canada last year to be submitted of the Prochaska Cycle of Change and the Holling Adaptive Cycle for peer review and publication. I am very pleased about that as it was quite unexpected.

During this month I also heard of the death of Derek Youngs, a Peace Walker, who came to New Zealand a good few years back, but we have always kept in contact. When Sonja and I went ot Canada last year, Derek and his wife Carolyn hosted us when we were in Victoria and it was a very special time, made all the more precious, when Carolyn informed us of his sudden death from an anneurism. Our sympathies go out to Carolyn, but there is also a real sense of gratitude for the wonderful times we did share.

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With everything happening this month it was all I could do to keep up with emails, but because of the travelling time, I did get to do more reading than I have for a while.

Books I have Read this Month

Life is Energy: Opening the Mind to a new Science of Life by Alexis Pietak.
I met Alexis when she came to a theosophical Societ meeting in Dunedin. We met up again shortly before I left New Zealand and she gave me a copy of her book. I cannot recommend it highly enough. She takes the ideas of Rupert Sheldrake on morphic resonance and presents an incredibly well researched argument in favour of his ideas, linking them to quantum physics, complexity and fractals etc. She particularly studies leaf formation and sees patterns that match perfectly with the wave states within an atom. It presents a wonderful picure of a wholistic universe and shows how we could model our civilisation on these natural patterns we have moved away from. This is a simply superb book I recomend most highly.

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Here on Earth: An Argument for Hope by Tim Flannery

I have not read that far into this book, but I am certainly enjoying what I am reading. Tim Flannery is an Australian writer , who looks in this book at Darwin's theories and those who  followed him and the idea of Alfred Wallace, who looked at the same dataas Darwin, but saw a world that was filled with co-operation and wholism in ciontrast to Darwin's more dog eat dog  world. He shows how the predominance of the Dariwnian style of thinking has led to the environmental crisies of our age and proposed a more wholistic appraoch as suggested by Wallace that might led us to a better future. This book is well worth a look and is easy to read.

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