GEIFN | MIXING | Media | November 2023

Best wishes for less Suffering, more Happiness with Good Health and Time to Enjoy it. Welcome to Bengali calendar 1430 and the Re:spect Edition.

Sharing a timely aspiration:
"Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”
Rainer Maria Rilke, Austrian poet and novelist (1875-1926 CE)

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

If continuing on, let us explore Re:spect: From Middle English via Latin respicerere = again/intensify/focus; specere = look at.

Make time, chew thoroughly, spit out what doesn't dissolve in the chewing. It will be up to each individual to test everything. Depending on results, keep or discard to suit personal preference. Share any surpluses. For individual benefit increasing in beneficiaries until it includes all.

Revision is not meant to be a burden, information has been sorted into sections – pick the section that best suits your time and commitment level, stay as time permits, go as time dictates, and come back for more if desired. Whichever section you choose, do complete the chosen section as time permits before attempting a later section. 

This email is not meant to be absorbed in one sitting or even completed in full. It has been composed to include a varied audience with different starting points and unknown commitment level. You are the specialist in your life and you get to choose your Goal, Skilful Means and Realisations.

[If the links are followed, be aware this consumes time and data but shouldn't be an issue for those with surplus time and high-data or unlimited plans. If this does adversely affect you, please know that cafes increasingly have free wireless that can joyfully be used with an iGadjet at no more cost then a food or drink purchase. Make some time and take your headphones to your local wifi-enabling cafe with agreeable ambient volume. Plug the headphones in fully and adjust volume to ensure Neighbours are not disturbed. Have an iGadjet that logs on seamlessly to learnt locations. If not a coffee drinker, head to your nearest public library for free WIFI, headphones and power point access]

Your time starts now (single life time) or beginingless ago (multiple life-times).

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

    Kimberly Gillan explores who, what, how why and when "Do we really need a ‘sense of purpose’ to live a happy life?” via The Age

    Jacqueline Maley explores identity, expression and safety with "Author Melissa Lucashenko on playing with black and white binaries” via The Sydney Morning Herald

    Lachlan Abbott explores presence, sharing time and fun activity as "Never too old: Grey gamer boom brings grandparents and kids together” via The Age

    Robyn Doreian explores gender, wisdom and intuition with Author Martin Flanagan: "Women can tell you things you don’t otherwise know” via The Age

    Fenella Souter explores camaraderie, purpose and meaning when "‘You can’t imagine the rejection’: The odd-couple friends pushing for a Yes vote” via The Sydney Morning Herald

    Maida Pineda explores identity, connection and belonging when musing "Why no one goes to church anymore” via The Age

    Victoria Devine explores gender, parenting and workplace equity calling out how "Nobody loses when women are empowered, so why is it taking so long?” via WA Today

    Paula Goodyer explores nurture, nature and knowledge when declaring "Why it’s time to stop believing the ‘addictive personality’ myth” via The Brisbane Times

    Lauren Ironmonger explores childhood, independence and coupling recounting how "‘This isn’t at all the life I wanted’: How being childless affects dating” via WA Today

    David Crowe explores collaborating, listening and acting together on shared goals recounting how "A local Voice has transformed Bourke, but the No camp won’t talk about that” via The Age

    Benjamin Law talks dicey topics Bodies, Money and Religion with actor Michelle Lim Davidson who “...was told she’d never work on Australian TV. About that..."

    Stephanie Bunbury explores disadvantage, wealth and trading when reviewing a new film depicting how "It was Wall Street’s wildest ride and this Aussie director knows why” via The Sydney Morning Herald

    Benjamin Law talks dicey topics Sex, Politics and Death with Artist Richard Bell’s "A position of unofficial war: view of post-Voice Australia’” via The Sydney Morning Herald

    David Leser explores place, people and violence with "Do you stand with Israel or Palestine? I’m Jewish, and I stand with both” via The Age

    Julia Baird explores relationships, absence and loss when "Exactly how do you go about grieving the death of an ex?” via WA Today

    Eryk Bagshaw explores place, people and purposeful connection with "How do you deliver mail to someone with no fixed address?” via The Brisbane Times

    Miki Perkins explores people, place and purposeful living with calls to "Design a house we want’: Push for climate-ready homes designed by and for Indigenous Australians” via The Sydney Morning Herald

    Maria Gil explores seeking asylum, migration and settling into brighter futures when "Would you buy a house for your parents? These two young brothers did, after growing up in refugee camps” via The Sydney Morning Herald

    Evelyn Lewin explores connection, belonging and companionship in how "Spending time with an 84-year-old gives Chantelle’s life more meaning and joy” via The Brisbane Times

    Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen explores migration, separation and aftermath as "Shayda reveals truths in tender story of displacement” via WA Today

    Melissa Cunningham explores identity, religiosity and peaceful coexistence when "One of Israel’s first citizens has a message for Netanyahu and Hamas” 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 the right speed to get what everyone benefits from?
          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 finding gated, aggregated, disaggregated federated

          From adjective 
          1. having gates to control the movement of traffic, people, or animals. Ie, a gated road. 
            • denoting a residential development in which access is allowed only through a secured gate, often protected by additional security measures. Ie, a gated community. 
          2. (technical) denoting a channel or pathway through a system that can be opened and closed depending on set conditions.

          From late Middle English: from Latin aggregat- = herded together, from the verb aggregare, from ad- = towards + grex, greg- = a flock.

          1. a whole formed by combining several separate elements. Ie, the council was an aggregate of three regional assemblies. 
            • the total score of a player or team in a fixture comprising more than one game or round. Ie, the golfer set the pace with a one-over-par aggregate of 151. Ie, the result put the sides level on aggregate. 
          2. a material or structure formed from a mass of fragments or particles loosely compacted together. Ie, the specimen is an aggregate of rock and mineral fragments.
            • pieces of broken or crushed stone or gravel used to make concrete and in building. Ie, use aggregate for the first layer to allow water drainage before filling the trench with earth. 
          1. formed or calculated by the combination of several separate elements; total. Ie, the aggregate amount of grants made. 
            • (Botany) of a group of species, comprising several very similar species formerly regarded as a single species. 
            • (Economics) denoting the total supply or demand for goods and services in an economy at a particular time. 
          1. form or group into a class or cluster. Ie, socio-occupational groups aggregate workers sharing similar kinds of occupation. Ie, the butterflies aggregate in dense groups. 
            • (Computing) collect related items of content so as to display or link to them. Ie, tools that aggregate data from all of the security devices are a good first step.

          From From late Middle English: from Latin disaggregat- = herded apart, from the verb disaggregare, from dis- = expressing negation, denoting reversal or absence of an action or state, removal of something, separation, expulsion, expressing completeness or intensification of an unpleasant or unattractive action + ad- = towards + grex, greg- = a flock.

          • separate (something) into its component parts. Ie, a method for disaggregating cells.

          From late 16th century: from Latin foederat- = sealed, ratified, from foederare, based on foedusfoeder- = treaty, agreement.

          • (of a country or organization) set up as a single centralized unit within which each state or division keeps some internal autonomy. Ie, under the terms of the 1569 Act of the Union of Lublin, the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania formed a single, federated state.

          -- 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.