GEIFN | MIXING | Media | June 2022

Best wishes for less Suffering, more Happiness with Good Health and Time to Enjoy it. Welcome to Assyrian calendar 6772.

Sharing a timely aspiration:
“Relations are like electric currents. Wrong connections will give you shocks throughout your life. But the right ones will light up your life and lighten the load ”
Attributed to Buddhism (since 483 BCE to present)

If having no reason to celebrate this month, here are 3 prepared earlier:

Remember, information may contain misunderstandings, deliberate omissions and complete fabrications. Accept nothing blindly. Test for usefulness: if useful keep; adapt for personal circumstances if necessary; or if unuseful discard. Be your own guiding light.

The following monthly curation from publicly available information is offered below for consideration.


  1. Guest Sings
  2. Street Jives
  3. Wisdom Reconciles
  4. Media Writes
  5. TED Talks
  6. Music Challenges
  7. Acknowledgments

    1. Guest Sings

    Approx 5 min presentation 

    2. Street Jives

    Approx 2 min presentation 

    3. Wisdom Reconciles

    4. Media Writes

    Approx 5 min reads

    Nick Miller explores identity, passion and expression when "Dance always felt out of reach but Leisa Prowd took a leap of faith” via The Sydney Morning Herald

    Stephanie Bunbury explores identity, love and relationships, recalling when "Death threats forced Sandi Toksvig into hiding. Now strangers hug her in the shops” via WA Today

    Benjamin Law explores dicey topics Religion, Money and Sex with "Hannah Gadsby: ‘Trying to out-fact someone who’s religious is absurd – and cruel’” via The Sydney Morning Herald

    Sarah Berry explores trauma, treatment and recovery reviewing a new book revealing "Lady Gaga says he saved her life: what Dr Paul Conti knows about trauma” via The Brisbane Times

    Elli Jacobs explores independence, gendered roles and becoming a parent, recounting how "‘I had no desire to be a mother’: Three women on parenthood regret” via The Brisbane Times

    Benjamin Law explores dicey topics Sex, Death and Bodies with "‘A step too far’: Theoretical physicist Paul Davies on life after death” via The Age

    Stephanie Foo explores childhood, parental role models and overcoming trauma in this extract of a new book that recounts how "‘I wish you were never born’: Coming to terms with my mother” via The Age

    Jennifer Pinkerton explores identity, place and understanding, reasons why "‘I want my granddaughters to have a different experience from what I had’” via The Age

    Margaret Ambrose explores gender, children and safety with a glimpse "Inside the refuges helping family violence survivors get back on their feet” via The Age

    Maxine Beneba Clarke explores identity, visibility and recognition in "‘Can you come to my party?’: What it’s like to have your novel studied at schools” via The Sydney Morning Herald

    Katherine Chiglinsky explores understanding, purpose, productivity, timing and application, when reporting "Avoid ‘evil’ Bitcoin and stay sane: Investing wisdom from Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger” via The Brisbane Times

    Patti Miller explores the value of shared or allied interests, continuity of caring and ongoing relationships, recounting "The joy of new friendships that comes with having kids” via WA Today

    Kylie Northover explores mental health, making art and collective benefit when "Ray never wanted to wake up. Then his life took a radical, unexpected turn” via The Age

    Greg Baum explores identity, level playing field and tackling verbal abuse, reasoning why "They should do something about vilification in sport? No, we should” via The Age

    Declan Fry explores story telling, collective visibility and engaging representation when reviewing a new book of "Ancestral spirits and imagined futures take centre stage in Indigenous world-first” via The Brisbane Times

    Michael Dwyer explores music, composition and collaboration, turning up the volume on "‘Omigosh, so many notes’: an offbeat dating service makes sweet music” via The Age

    Robert Nelson explores messaging to scale, environmental makeovers and attracting public interest, reviewing "‘Alive with vibrations’: the pandemic art that remade our city’s laneways” via The Age

    Helen Pitt explores life, times and memorialising as "Move over, Jackson Pollock: Australia’s ‘black poles’ take their rightful place at NGA” via The Brisbane Times

    Michael Idato explores gender equality, workplace equality and overcoming obstacles, sharing insight into "How Gretchen Carlson went from high-powered broadcaster to trailblazer for women” via The Age

    Daniel James explores First Nations, ancestors calling, listening and responding why "‘Intense’ voices and sleepless nights helped Lou Bennett find her way” via The Age

    Greg Baum explores visibility, representation and collective pride when "‘I’ve only been here four years and I’m better than you!’ How South Sudanese players are enriching the AFL” via The Age

    6. Music Challenges

    Approx 30 min presentation + reflection times

    If desired, a short selection of publicly available material on a chosen theme for personal reflection. 

    For best results, sit comfortably with a straight back, have headphones in a shared space, after each clicked link, allow a little reflection with your personally-held view before clicking on the next link.

    Get ready to Reflect!
    Choose your playing level:
    Be introduced at 1.
    Be soothed at 2-4.
    Be shocked at 5.
    Be inspired at 6.
    Fuller illumination 1-6.
    You be the judge. Or not.

    Cryptic Clue:
    What is a way to describe living life free of cares with a sense of wonder and spirited belonging?
    1. Inspire
    2. Perspire
    3. Collaborate
    4. Engage: Test for personal circumstances, if useful keep, if unuseful discard, if exceeds needs, share mindfully
    5. Endure: Adapt for present times without sacrificing intent
    6. Endear: (Inspiring Others To Tend the Flame) live/ demonstrate/ inspire/ teach experience with others
    This challenge navigates animalrealm and behaviour.

    From Middle English: from Latin animalis = having breath from anima = breath.
    1. a living organism that feeds on organic matter, typically having specialized sense organs and nervous system and able to respond rapidly to stimuli. Ie,  wild animals adapt badly to a caged life. Ie, humans are the only animals who weep. 
    2. an animal as opposed to a human being. Ie, are humans superior to animals, or just different? 
    3. a mammal, as opposed to a bird, reptile, fish, or insect. Ie, the snowfall seemed to have chased all birds, animals, and men indoors. 
    4. a person without human attributes or civilizing influences, especially someone who is very cruel, violent, or repulsive. Ie, the assailants have to be animals – what they did to that child was savage. 
    5. [with adjective or noun modifier] a particular type of person or thing. Ie, I am a political animal. Ie, property development was a different animal altogether.

    From Middle English rewme, from Old French reaume, from Latin regimen = government. Standard from c. 1600 CE, the spelling with ‘l' was influenced by Old French reiel = royal.
    1. a kingdom. Ie, the defence of the realm. 
    2. a field or domain of activity or interest. Ie, the realm of applied chemistry. Ie, an overall majority is not beyond the realms of possibility. 
    3. (Zoology) a primary biogeographical division of the earth's surface. Ie, this zoogeographical realm includes Africa south of the Atlas Mountains.

    From late Middle English: from behave, = be- = thoroughly + have = have or bear (oneself) in a particular way. A pattern of demeanour, and influenced by obsolete haviour from Old English habban, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hebben and German haben.
    1. the way in which one acts or conducts oneself, especially towardsothers, Ie, the coach will vouch for the player's good behaviour. Ie, their insulting behaviour towards me. Ie, behaviour patterns. Ie, management is a set of techniques and behaviours for getting things done. 
    2. the way in which an animal or person behaves in response to a particular situation or stimulus. Ie, the feeding behaviour of predators. 
    3. the way in which a machine or natural phenomenon works or functions. Ie, the unreliable behaviour of the old car.

    -- Chant Mantrastyle

    There are many ways to navigate life. Whether it is to run with the animals or rule over realms, our consistency in behaviour over time determines the beneficiaries. Growing understanding of individual responsibility, context and changing conditions is a key to unlocking less Suffering and more happiness.
    Why? Why not?
    Start today. 
    As the case may be.
    Or not.

    Same Difference Equals

    7. Acknowledgments

    Acknowledging traditional inhabitants of Cities of Port Phillip and Glen Eira are the Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri peoples of the Kulin NationRespect is offered to past, present and future elders of all spiritual traditions. May we find together a generous way to accommodate those in need of refuge. Let us be cool, strive individually and together to overcome inequality, violence, disengagement, tragedy and injustice wherever it may be. Let us honour, savor and enjoy results of mindful effort so more thrive peacefully with less effort in our place called home.

    Invitation to Support Content Creators
    The music/stories/videos have been sourced from public domain. If you like any of the content, please consider buying directly from online marketplaces to support creators and truth telling in the public interest.

    Caretaker Disclosure
    Words and concepts are conditional things that point to a 'reflection of experience'. They are limited and do not adequately describe the 'full lived experience'. Like the moon's reflection on a lake's surface, it is not the moon, nor the experience of gazing up at the darkened sky transformed by the presence of a full moon. It is in the eyes/ears/nose/mouth/touch/cognisance of the beholder.

    This curation is an interpretation of the universal basis of re:lig:ion (Latin = again:uniting:energy). This email invites a sharing of countless thoughts, words and actions wishing, causing and receiving less Suffering and more Happiness. For benefit initially of the individual increasing in beneficiaries until it includes all across the 3 times and 10 directions. As each case may be. Or not.

    It is not personal, it just the way things are.