GEIFN | MIXING | Media | October 2023

Best wishes for less Suffering, more Happiness with Good Health and Time to Enjoy it. Welcome to Korean Calendar Year 4356 and the Re:spond Edition.

Sharing a timely aspiration:
"Our persistence in examining the tensions within diversity encourages growth toward our common goal. So often we either ignore the past or romanticize it, render the reason for unity useless or mythic. We forget that the necessary ingredient needed to make the past work for the future is our energy in the present, metabolizing one into the other. Continuity does not happen automatically, nor is it a passive process."
Audre Lorde, American writer, womanist, radical feminist, professor, and civil rights activist (1934-1992 CE)

If having no reason to celebrate this month, here are 4 prepared earlier:

From late Middle English 
via French respondre = to answer; 
and via Latin re = again; + spondere = to pledge.

Before we re:spond, it is just useful to know what it is it we are re:sponding to: the "call". The clearer our understanding, the more effective and accurate our re:sponse. The "call" has many names, this one we'll call Change. This edition we visit the topic of Change, what happens, why it happens and what to do with it.

Time for a musical interlude?

Read on intrepid Grabbers, and let's see what is to discover this edition. Subscribers decide if anything is useful.


  1. Guest Sings
  2. Stream 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

    Elizabeth Flux explores identity, gender and playing for laughs are reasons why "From childhood as an ‘outsider’, Urvi made comedy her community” via The Sydney Morning Herald

    Konrad Marshall explores identity, gender and change management when "‘I’m just being me’: Danielle Laidley on life after transition” via The Age

    Paul Sakkal explores closing the gap and reaching the finishing line together with "‘Stand with me’: Cathy Freeman declares her support for the Voice” via The Age

    Tim Elliott explores identity, partnering and parenting when "‘I can’t look after you’: The tough-love moment that saved their marriage” via The Age

    Benjamin Law talks dicey topics Bodies, Politics and Death with Li Cunxin who accepts "‘We both have to face reality’: The extra blow on top of health scare” via The Age

    David Crowe and James Massola explores considered positions, changing information and changing minds as "‘Blak sovereignty’ leaders switch to Yes, isolating Lidia Thorpe” via The Brisbane Times

    Tim Elliott explores migration, acting and diversifying visibility recounting how "His dad wanted him to be a doctor – but now Osamah’s on a different healing mission” via The Age

    Elizabeth Flux explores timing, interest and new found passion are some of the reasons "How a 2000s teen heart-throb found himself investigating stock market fraud” via The Sydney Morning Herald

    Lauren Ironmonger explores childhood, learning and diversity with "How and why parents should talk to their children about racism” via WA Times

    Ilan Ben Zion explores empires, changing fortunes and legacy revealing "Roman swords discovered in a Dead Sea cave ‘in mint condition’” via WA Today

    Karl Quinn explores diversity, representation and opportunity when reviewing how "The one 1980s detail The Newsreader gets deliberately wrong” via The Brisbane Times

    Nick Bryant explores vocalising intention, vision and message declaring "I’ve seen many political ads, but this Farnsey belter is up there with the best” via The Brisbane Times

    Richard Glover explores childhood, care giving and consequences of being loved when "My grandson might not remember our games, but does that matter?” via The Brisbane Times 

    Bob Carr explores history, truth telling and representation citing how "The movie that erased my doubts about the Voice” via The Sydney Morning Herald

    Philip C. Almond explores spirit, body and the inbetween with "Friday essay: what do the 5 great religions say about the existence of the soul?” via The Conversation

    Lisa Visentin and the Visual Stories Team explores identity, activism and visibility when "A trail-blazing journey shaped a generation — 58 years later scepticism and division remain” via The Age

    Helen Pitt explores the value of passion, commitment and engagement in eduction recounting "How daily music classes transformed school into ‘happiest place on Earth’” via The Age

    Karl Quinn explores gathering for music, purpose and visibility with "Briggs and Baker Boy on why it’s hard for blackfellas to raise their Voice” via The Sydney Morning Herald

    James Massola explores sharing identity, reducing gap and future building "Where is the love? Michael Long walks the talk for Voice” via The Sydney Morning Herald

    Melissa Cunningham explores culture, food and representation are the "Spice of life: Migrant kitchen opens in the CBD” via The Age

    Benjamin Preiss explores big vision, mandala and meditation "In regional Victoria, work is under way on a ‘wonder of the Buddhist world’” 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:
    Who is the right person to speak about injustice?
      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 is verbalising affectiondirectioninspectionreflection and connection.

      From Middle English: via Old French from Latin affectio(n-), from afficere = to influence + -ion = a suffix forming nouns denoting verbal action (ie, communion, rebellion) or denoting a resulting state or product (ie, oblivion, opinion).
      1. a gentle feeling of fondness or liking. Ie, they felt affection for the wise elder. Ie, the leader won a place in their affections. 
      2. (archaic) the action or process of affecting or being affected. 
        • a condition or disease. Ie, an affection of the skin. 
        • a mental state. Ie, an emotion.

      From late Middle English; from Latin directio(n-), from the verb dirigere; from di- = distinctly or de- = down + regere = put straight + -ion = a suffix forming nouns denoting verbal action (ie, communion, rebellion) or denoting a resulting state or product (ie, oblivion, opinion).
      1. a course along which someone or something moves. Ie, the tourist set off in the indicated direction. Ie, the child had a terrible sense of direction. 
        • the course which must be taken in order to reach a destination. Ie, the village is over the hills in a northerly direction. 
        • a point to or from which a person or thing moves or faces. Ie, a house with views in all directions. 
        • a general way in which someone or something is developing; a trend or tendency. Ie, new directions in painting and architecture. Ie, any dialogue between them is a step in the right direction. 
        • general aim or purpose. Ie, the campaign's concerted direction. 
      2. the management or guidance of someone or something. Ie, under new direction, the college has developed an international reputation. 
        • the work of directing the actors and other staff in a film, play, or other production. 
        • instructions on how to reach a destination or about how to do something. Ie, the receptionist gave them directions to a restaurant not far from the studio.

      From early 17th century as inspection: from Latin inspect- = looked into, examined, from the verb inspicere; from in- = in + specere = look at, or from its frequentative, inspectare + -ion = a suffix forming nouns denoting verbal action (ie, communion, rebellion) or denoting a resulting state or product (ie, oblivion, opinion).
      noun [mass noun] 
      • careful examination or scrutiny. Ie, on closer inspection it looked like a fossil. Ie, please have your tickets ready for inspection. Ie, we carry out regular safety inspections.

      From late Middle English: from Old French reflexion or late Latin reflexio(n-), from Latin reflex- = bent back, from the verb reflectere + -ion = a suffix forming nouns denoting verbal action (ie, communion, rebellion) or denoting a resulting state or product (ie, oblivion, opinion).
      1. the throwing back by a body or surface of light, heat, or sound without absorbing it. Ie, the reflection of light. 
        • an amount of light, heat, or sound that is reflected by a body or surface. Ie, the reflections from the street lamps gave them just enough light. 
        • an image seen in a mirror or shiny surface. Ie, the actor surveyed their reflection in the mirror. 
        • a thing that is a consequence of or arises from something else. Ie, a healthy skin is a reflection of good health in general. 
        • a thing bringing discredit to someone or something. Ie, it was a sad reflection on society that because of a birth affliction the individual was picked on. 
      2. serious thought or consideration. Ie, they don't get much time for reflection. 
        • an idea about something, especially one that is written down or expressed. Ie, reflections on human destiny and art. 
      3. (Mathematics) the conceptual operation of inverting a system or event with respect to a plane, each element being transferred perpendicularly through the plane to a point the same distance the other side of it.

      From late Middle English: from Latin connexio(n-), from connectere: from con- = together + nectere = bind + -ion = a suffix forming nouns denoting verbal action (ie, communion, rebellion) or denoting a resulting state or product (ie, oblivion, opinion).
      1. a relationship in which a person or thing is linked or associated with something else. Ie, the connections between social attitudes and productivity. Ie, sufferers deny that their problems have any connection with drugs. 
        • the action of linking one thing with another. Ie, connection to the internet. 
        • the placing of parts of an electric circuit in contact so that a current may flow. 
        • a link between electrical components or pipes. Ie, ensure that all connections between the wires are properly made. 
        • a link between two phones. Ie, the caller replaced the receiver before the connection was made. 
        • an arrangement or opportunity for catching a connecting train, bus, aircraft, etc. Ie, ferry connections are sporadic in the low season. 
        • a connecting train, bus, etc. Ie, we had to wait for our connection to the next city. 
        • (connections) people with whom one has social or professional contact or to whom one is related, especially those with influence and able to offer one help. Ie, the newcomer had connections in the music industry. 
      2. (informal, mainly North American) a supplier of narcotics. 
        • a narcotics sale or purchase. 
      3. (historical) an association of Methodist Churches. Ie, the primitive Methodists broke with the Wesleyan connection in 1810.

      -- Chant Mantrastyle

      Why? Why not?
      Start today. 
      As the case may be.
      Or not.

      7. Acknowledgments

      Acknowledging traditional inhabitants of Cities of Port Phillip and Glen Eira are the Boon Wurrung, Bunurong and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung 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) or bodhicitta (Sanskrit = Awakening Consciousness). 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. Or not. As each case may be.

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