Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Good example of modern society's conspiracy to make certain neighborhoods only accessible by car. This is my current home.
Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree/Merry merry king of the bush is he... now that I know what "kookaburra," "gum tree," and "the bush" are, this song makes SO much more sense! Here we have a very poor quality picture of a kookaburra on a wire line.
This spirited grunge rock band I heard in the West End (Brisbane) had a mesmerizing energy, thanks to their lead singer, a hardcore woman in tight red pants with a contagiously powerful attitude.
Color and light play at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
One last scene: Ross descending through the ubiquitous red dirt into the Lockyer Valley one splendid Sunday evening.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
- generates curiosity in the listener
- stimulates reflective conversation
- is thought-provoking
- surfaces underlying assumptions
- invites creativity and new possibilities
- generates energy and forward movement
- channels attention and focuses inquiry
- stays with participants
- touches a deep meaning
- evokes more questions
Monday, June 20, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Haha! Dinotopia lives! The different environment is somewhat overwhelming and unsettling, but in a very mind-broadening and gratifying way. My sense of awe is being stretched to wonderful new depths.
- A floor full of aboriginal art and the tour that I eavesdropped on at the Art Gallery of New South Wales;
- Enlightening exhibit on indigenous peoples at the Australian Museum;
- Found a helpful booklet about Aboriginal art and culture at a secondhand shop for $2;
- A girl on the train to Brisbane who gave her unbridled (and horrifying) opinion about the Aborigines and the government's way of dealing with them. I channeled my inner Singhal and used questions to help her consider why she thought that way;
- Learned about the Bangarra Dance Theatre, which features indigenous choreographers and dancers who create contemporary works "fueled by the spirit, energy and inspiration derived from the culture, values, and traditions of Indigenous Australians." They'll be in Brisbane in early July-- definitely going;
- Couchsurfed with Ayack, a French dude who has already done a lot of reading on the subject because of personal interest and his plans to hitchhike the outback. He is letting me borrow "The Songlines," Bruce Chatwin's story about traveling Australia in the 1980s in order to understand Aboriginal spirituality and culture. It has garnered quite a bit of criticism over the years, so I'm trying to keep this in mind as I read. I've had some interesting conversations with Ayack about all of this, and I hope that other interested folks will wander into my life this summer so that I'll be able to discuss my informal research.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
We pay shamefully scant attention to our dear cousins Down Under-- not entirely without reason, of course. Its population-- just over 18 million [over 22 million in 2011]-- is small by world standards, and as an economic entity it ranks about level with Illinois [now higher, but still ranks below Turkey and Indonesia on the GDP chart]. Its sports are of little interest to us. From time to time it sends us useful things-- opals, merino wool, Errol Flynn, the boomerang-- but nothing we can't actually do without. Above all, Australia doesn't misbehave. It is stable and peaceful and good. It doesn't have coups, recklessly overfish, arm disagreeable despots, grow coca in provocative quantities, or throw its weight around in a brash and unseemly manner.WHY, you might be asking yourself, knowing this did Acadia choose to go there? Why not Honduras or Vietnam or Botswana?
Twelve years of drought have plagued industry and communities in south-eastern Australia. Some view the drought as the first in a series of extreme weather events that will occur on the continent as climate change worsens. The Murray-Darling river system, which provides water for the country’s most intensive agricultural land, now fails to reach the sea 40 percent of the time. In addition to the human systems under stress, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization has identified Australian ecosystems as “potentially the most fragile” on earth in the face of the threat.