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Trains, Planes, and Utes

September 18, 2009

I’ve always been slightly romantic about the notion of train travel. Many long train trips from Tamworth in the north of New South Wales to Australia’s capital, Canberra, which took the better part of twelve hours, jaded me for a number of years. Lately though I’ve been remembering why I enjoy it. Like the art […]

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A Declaration: I Love what I Do but its not what I Love most!!

August 20, 2009

This post is partially a followup to an earlier post – “Passion, vocation, calling, and finidng a Job you actually like” though it has been in the works for some time. See the end of the post for other related Goannatree posts. —————————————————– I love what I do! I also make a Declaration of Dependence. […]

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The sprit of the ANZAC: Tpr Donaldson honored with first Victorian Cross since 1969

January 26, 2009

They are not given out like Candy. In fact, even using such a glib comparison feels sacriligious. I am referring to the Victoria Cross, the highest Australian (and Commonwealth) military honor. It doesn’t just honor bravery or courage, but bravery or courage exhibited to save the life or lives of others in the face of […]

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Living while being a Graduate Student

January 9, 2009

Strangely enough, or not so much if you are one, LIVING can sometimes seem like something just out of your reach as a graduate Student. Existing feels more like what life looks like – enduring, persevering, struggling. So how we reconcile the demands on our time and energy with a big picture perspective… Hillary Lum […]

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Photo #9: The long Road

December 5, 2008
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The Women in Our Lives: Aunt Olwyn’s Gift

December 2, 2008

My Aunt Olwyn is a quiet, but firm, woman. She has a softness about her that belies her great physical suffering. Maybe this is what happens when people are living with the knowledge that their dying is imminent as it has been for Aunt Olwyn for some time now. She is not a particularly spiritual […]

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Vale Joern Utzon: The architect of the Sydney Opera House

November 30, 2008

The Danish architect of one of the most iconic buildings in the world died today. Joern Utzon created the first designs for Sydney’s Opera House in 1957 and though he has never returned to Australia since 1966 his son and grandson have recently been involved in helping to redesign some of the internal acoustics so […]

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Thanksgiving and Giving Thanks

November 27, 2008

This is the second year I have been in the US for the Thanksgiving holiday period. I am a little slow on the uptake sometime so it is only this time around that I am beginning to understand the significance of the holiday. Of course, there are the folkloric remnants of the imagery pilgrims and […]

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A Material Girl living in an technologically advanced, pre-packaged world!

November 26, 2008

It is easy to dis progress, to whine about the destruction of a slower life, to rail against the impositions of technology on our lives. Some of which I do like we all do.But, I have been thinking, lately, about how much I actually benefit from the technological advances of the last couple of decades. […]

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Measure for Measure: Academic Success and the Christian scholar

August 5, 2008

What is success? What does it mean to be successful as an academic? The constant drip of “publish or perish” and similar mantras trigger ripples daily in the sea of the academy. It makes sense to be involved in the intellectual conversation – to engage with the latest research and much debated issues – but […]

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