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April 25, 2019 - The Drop

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The Drop .

Imagine a lift – dropping.  Air is pinched tight through the holding breath.  Stomach pressing against throat’s base.   Your footing – gone.   You’re falling into a moment lost.   Trapped in time, travelling at lightening speed towards a target.  And you know what lies at its centre.   You wish, like you’ve wished time and time before, for a floor in the falling.   A line securing reality to an altered mind.  To hold you suspended from the end.   Mark a path back.  And then … you turn the corner and you’re back where the drop began.  Landing on a returned breath.  Stunned by its convincing lie.

Footnote: Dedicate this to my Vietnam Vet friend Graham and anyone else who battles with PTSD.  Reposting for ANZAC day.  Thanks for the art Harley (Manifold).

December 14, 2009 - Drop it!


Sometimes you just have to accept … you can’t do it all.

October 22, 2018 - Harry of Hope

Heads Together is a mental health initiative spearheaded by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, which combines a campaign to tackle stigma and change the conversation on mental health with fundraising for a series of innovative new mental health services.

Significant progress has been made to tackle stigma surrounding mental health in recent decades, but it still remains a key issue driven by negative associations, experience and language. Through this campaign, Their Royal Highnesses have built on the great work that is already taking place across the country, to ensure that people feel comfortable with their everyday mental well being, feel able to support their friends and families through difficult times, and that stigma no longer prevents people getting the help they need.


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The Drop.  Poem about PTSD.  (Art by Harley Manifold).


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Redefining the Super Hero.  (Clunk & Jam book).


September 17, 2014 - Remember Not

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Watched a program last night, Insight on dealing with memories and post traumatic stress disorder.  If you’re familiar with this struggle or know someone who is, you might find this really helpful.  It does raise issues of wartime experiences, traumatic accidents and sexual abuse so be mindful of this and what it might raise for you.  Click on the above link to watch the program. See previous posts/poems about my personal experience of PTSD….. ‘The Drop‘; ‘Hands Up The Sleepless‘; ‘Comes and Goes’; ‘Gone to The Dark’; ‘Hold On’.  Pass it on because you never know who’s having a private struggle they can’t bare the pain of sharing….

Image source:  New Philosopher Magazine, Illustrator, INJ Culbard, Adaptor, Ian Edginton – adaption of Oscar Wilde’s, The Picture of Dorian Gray.

May 25, 2015 - Brain Train

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Redesign Your Brain .

“Whether you’re scared of heights, public speaking or failure, you can face that and overcome it. It never goes away. The clarification is that brave people are not without fear, they just deal with it differently – it’s the fear that makes them brave,” Todd Sampson (Gruen Transfer) tells AFR Weekend.  Redesign My Brain 2 with Todd Sampson will premiere this Thursday, May 28, at 8.30pm on ABC TV. Read full article about the show at Australian Financial Review here.smartphone

Todd On Smartphones …. “Our lack of attention is being exacerbated by smartphones – a trend he sees with his two young daughters – or as Sampson calls the devices, ‘our substitute brains’.  The numbers are saying that with technology our IQs have gone up but our EQs [emotional intelligence] have gone down, so we are doing better on these tests because we have more information at our fingertips but our ability to relate is dropping because we have more virtual friends than real friends,” he says.

Todd On Creative Thinking …. “One of the defining factors of creative people is the ability to switch perspectives.  As we age, we become functionally fixed, we narrow our perspectives and actions. Really good creative people have the ability to switch. If you follow the same people on Twitter and subscribe to the same magazines, then your perspective stays the same because you’re pretty much getting self-selected information.”

Todd previously featured on Black Dog talking about ‘World Proofing Our Children’.  And in the show you’ll see Todd take some impossible steps like the Frenchman between the Twin Tower buildings here.  A previous post about the danger of labeling people as in picture above here.   Pass it on …

February 26, 2015 - Why Don’t They Just Leave ?


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Answering The Question .  (Image from book, In My Room, see story, A Life Left PDF or read below).

Watched some of the Q&A program on ABC TV this week about partner abuse/assault.  The most often asked question around this issue seems to be, ‘Why don’t women just leave’.  Women often don’t leave because they love their husbands; or partners or because they fear for their lives; or the uncertainty of life beyond where they are.  And these women aren’t weak.  In fact their strength lies in their qualities of loyalty, compassion and resilience and it’s these qualities that often attract men who abuse – and keep women in the relationship striving to make it work.

I hope my personal story (PDF or read below), goes some way to answering, and putting to rest, the most asked question around this issue.   Please pass this on to encourage others to think and care and because there are many suffering in silence and shame out there and feeling to blame and the shame of ‘not being able to just leave’ …

Thanks to Harley Manifold for transforming my story through his beautiful images.   Similar previous posts ,‘Army of Ink Heart Full‘;  ‘Surfers Swear Against Violence’;  ‘People Who Hurt’; ; ‘Black Promise‘.


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