Stories

October 14, 2020 - Why Have Our Children Stopped Dancing

 

 

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‘Why Have Our Children Stopped Dancing’….

Reposting this article which was written in 2007 reflecting on a presentation I gave at CAYPAKS (Children and Young People and Key Stakeholders) Convention, and Eating Disorder Prevention and Treatment Conference (2008), titled ‘Why Have Our Children Stopped Dancing’.

Now, 13 years on, particularly in COVID times, it seems even more relevant …

Imagine…..what if we could wave a magic wand to help young people feel better about themselves what would that world look like?  Dr Who and his time machine, the Tardis, immediately came to mind.  I wondered whether I’d choose to travel into the future or past in search of a place that nurtured the growth of children?

With the good old days in mind, I ventured down memory lane . . . It was a time before automation, technology and mass media had stolen children’s creativity, curiosity and the opportunity for them to build a bank of experiences that develop character, strength and resilience—give life purpose and meaning.  A culture where the qualities of kindness, innovation, creativity, community involvement, authenticity, and a social and environmental conscience were considered as valuable, if not more so, as a university degree and a six figure salary.

A time before the rise and dominance of trashy gossip magazines, when intellect and knowledge was more highly sought than the latest gossip—when books exercised imagination and libraries were more popular than newsagents stands.

A place where trains, taxis and cars were purely modes of transport not mobile billboards that constantly undermined and threatened the unique diversity of human beings, setting impossible ideals and maintaining the constant state of dissatisfaction that consumerism breeds.

 

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August 17, 2020 - Boots The Clown – World’s Greatest Act Part I

Boots the Clown, World’s Greatest Act is a story of comfort and hope during COVID times and beyond.  Boots arrived during lock down early 2020.  Please know you can freely share and pass on this link to others and print out the poster or story panel.

 

 

Free to print A4 posters/concertina book, with instructions (below and above).  Print, frame or stick up story panels.  Make a concertina book for window sills, desks, mantle pieces – do something of your own.  Free to print A3 poster.

 

 

The World’s Greatest Act Part I…

 

‘Boots’ the Clown was a worrier (underneath).  Boots worried about all the troubles right around the world.  Boots worried it was getting harder and harder for those struggling to be heard and seen amidst the din of selling, frenzy of buying and the glare of celebrity.

 

 

Endlessly, Boots worried about the children.  The fires.  Trees.  Animals.  The ocean.  The air.  And that one day, everything would be lost.  All of these worries felt impossible to do anything about.  Until, one strange day, the curtain went up.

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August 14, 2020 - Boots The Clown – World’s Greatest Act Part II

 

 

 

 

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August 9, 2020 - Posters From Boots

 

 

Making homemade Boots Posters as a gift for posting up in hospital wards and community groups during Covid times.  Email to arrange, with hospital/community group name and postal address.   Boots The Clown arrived early 2020 during lock down/isolation.

June 11, 2020 - Street Stories

 

Boots on the street.  Boots story (Part I)  here.

May 12, 2020 - Clunk & Jam in FOUND

 

 

Both Clunk & Jam and Wisdoms and Rose books are now available in Fremantle Art Centre’s FOUND online store.  FOUND showcases work from a range of local and Western Australian Makers.  Very grateful for their warm support.  Instagram @fremantleartcentre .  Cover art by Stormie Mills.

 

Rose paste-up in Fremantle Art Centre’s FOUND.