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When I was at Uni in Hobart in the early 80s, Shane Howard and his band Goanna toured Tassie. It was in the midst of the campaign to save the Franklin River, and Howard wrote a song (Let the Franklin Flow) that became a bit of an anthem (think shouting along on road trips) for me and few of my mates. I had no idea really.

After a cruise up the Arthur River today, the so-called last of the wild rivers in Tassie, I was drawn to reflect on the lyrics again and found a Youtube clip of Howard telling the story behind the song. This trip has been full of new emotions and experiences but somehow they are all grounded in our pasts.  (Maria grew up south of here where her dad worked for the Hydro and I grew up north of here on the coast) My sense of connection to the land and appreciation for the first nations people who have lived here for tens of thousands of years has surprised me.
On a visit to The Neck lookout on Bruny Island a commemorative plaque for Truganini (considered to be the las…

what's in a T-shirt?

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BHCC: When I first moved here, the cycling crew made the difference between this being a great place to live, and a great community to belong to. Top bunch.

Rasta Surf Co.: After only riding mass produced boards, having a log from local personality Ross 'Rasta' Harrison is very sweet. The colours - earthy oranges and browns on the bottom and a great vivid blue on the deck. Special.

Raffs Icebergers: I have always been a jump-in-the-ocean kind of bloke. I've been the only person in the water on a Persian Gulf beach; the pale skinned bald guy in southern European waves and countless other salt water playgrounds. Wherever, whatever time of year ... frolicking in the water is regenerative. So finding a bunch of locals who body surf at dawn every day of the year was joy of joys. And a great, fun, caring crew too.

Life is Short - but Tuesday afternoons seemed to last forever: This is the 3rd one of these shirts I've worn. From the community market in Byron Bay, it reminds m…

feeling the pleasure, betterness and meaning

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I developed this table when I wrote Notes on Generative Living a few years ago. I pulled it out again this afternoon, as I sometimes do, to recalibrate and check in on the things that have proven over time, to contribute to my wellbeing. I love how it helps me re-centre and diagnose why things feel like they're tracking OK, or not. Hope it makes sense to you, if you can read my writing.
I am lucky to live in paradise. Most mornings, before I open my computer or get on the train, I get to either swim in the ocean or ride my bike along the coast with bunches of friends, after which we get coffee and talk. Maria, who I remain infatuated with after 30+ years, and I eat so well. We love cooking good food, especially when it comes from our garden. Every room in our little house gives me immense pleasure for different reasons; I simply love coming home. The village park across the road is big and wonderful. So much pleasure.
I often struggle to describe my work because it is about trans…

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