GEIFN | MIXING | Media | April 2024

Best wishes for less Suffering, more Happiness with Good Health and Time to Enjoy it. Welcome to Myanmar Calendar year 1386.

In case no one has said it lately, thankyou for being you.

Sharing a timely aspiration:
"Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”
Marie Curie, Polish-born and naturalized-French physicist and chemist (1867-1934 CE)

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

This is also a Re:solve edition.
From Late Middle English dissolve = disintegrate (in the senses) + solve  conclude a problem; from Latin resolvare:
re = again; focus, concentrate
+ solvere = loosen

  • summon: call to mind
  • personalise: express. Ie, give voice to
  • respond: determine: settle (subside, dissolve, heal, harmonise) a dispute
  • reflection, deliberation: separate rationally into known baser elementary forms
  • unseeable, discovery: reveal or reduce to new baser elementary forms. Ie, the latest presentation resolved my doubts
  • motivation: determination. Ie, more information firmed my resolve to cause less Suffering

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

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

    Bridget McManus explores childhood, growing up and creativity when reviewing new film and "How ‘ruthless’ bullying gave Jess Mauboy an insight into new film role” via The Sydney Morning Herald

    Lenny Ann Low explores childhood, responsibilities and reliability recalling how "After their dad died, these brothers clashed. One letter changed that” via The Age

    Rob Harris explores gender, equity, independence and other reasons why "Germaine Greer tells Louis Theroux why women should marry truck drivers” via WA Today

    Benjamin Law explores dicey topics Politics, Sex and Death with Author Sally Rippin revealing "‘So much younger’: on the startling age kids first view porn” via The Sydney Morning Herald

    David Marchese explores motivation, choice and consequence when reviewing why Patric Gagne's new book reveals "She’s a sociopath – and a therapist. This is what she wants you to know about her” via The Age

    Gabriella Coslovich explores life, loss and creativity with artist Stanislava Pinchuk on new exhibition revealing "‘So much grief’: Ukrainian-born artist tackles the loop of war” via The Brisbane Times

    Benjamin Law talks dicey topics Religion, Politics and Money with Yumi Stynes who says "‘I’m quite keen to find ways to not have my life threatened’” via The Sydney Morning Herald

    Jackson Graham explores disorientation, coordination and team work when "‘Obviously lost. SORRY’: Madeleine’s only text as a bush ordeal unfolded” via The Age

    Amra Pajalic explores mental health, treatment and self-actualisation recounting how “Oversharing isn’t the path to intimacy. I had to learn the hard way” via WA Today

    Carla Jaeger explores power, language and intention in "Is ‘white bastard’ racist? The divided reactions to Sam Kerr racism allegation” via The Brisbane Times

    Konrad Marshall explores family, societal expectations and changing times were influencers to "‘A bit of a slow-motion train wreck’: 3AW’s Tom Elliott on his infamous father’s fall” via The Age

    Karl Quinn explores war, resistance and documenting for Mstyslav Chernov and why "His film will probably win an Oscar on Monday, but he wishes he’d never made it” via WA Today

    James Wilson explores reviewing past vs shining present with a brighter future "‘I’m not proud of the music I’ve made’: Rapper-turned-priest denounces his past” via The Sydney Morning Herald

    Alexandra Sangster explores loss, violence and vigil when "Walking the length of Gaza on a pilgrimage for peace” via The Brisbane Times

    Robyn Grace explores childhood, ageing and presence as "Children flock to this Burwood retirement village for a special program. But they’re learning more than just reading skills” via The Age

    Jack Latimore explores environmental degradation, and the team work towards rehabilitation "In the shadow of roadworks, preserving the last remaining billabongs in Melbourne” via The Age

    Bridget McManus explores childhood, imagination and learning "The ‘unique’ ABC show catering to the neurodiverse” via The Sydney Morning Herald

    Sheila Ngọc Phạm explores identity, religion and education in "How my daughter has taught me the importance of public education for non-religious and religious children alike” via The ABC

    Dugald Jellie explores activity, collaboration and sharing revealing the answer to "‘Does a spirit level measure happiness?’ The cute things kids ask during woodwork” via The Age

    Tony Wright explores place, belonging and sustainability with Sergi who recounts his life as "Beggar, slave labourer, refugee and widower: on a childhood stolen and 100 years of solitude” via The Brisbane Times

    Bridget McManus explores people, place and performance as "Yolgnu people ‘killing it’ on the world stage get another chance to shine” via The Sydney Morning Herald

    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 cultivate sustainable success?
          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 comparing autocraticdogmaticidiomaticpragmatic & democratic.

          From mid 18th century: from French autocrate, from Greek autokratēs, from autos = self + kratos = power + -ic = suffix denoting a particular form or instance

          • relating to a ruler who has absolute power. Ie, the constitutional reforms threatened the monach's autocratic power. 
            • taking no account of other people's wishes or opinions; domineering. Ie, a boss with a reputation for an autocratic management style.

          From early 17th century = a philosopher or physician of a school based on a priori assumptions; via late Latin from Greek dogmatikos, from dogmadogmat- = opinion, from dokein = seem good, think + -ic = suffix denoting a particular form or instance

          • inclined to lay down principles as undeniably true. Ie, they were tempted to be dogmatic about what what was believed, despite prevailing evidence.

          From early 18th century: from idiōma; from French idiome, or via late Latin from Greek idiōmatikos = peculiar, characteristic; from Greek idiōma = private property, peculiar phraseology, from idiousthai = make one's own, from idios = own, private + -ic = suffix denoting a particular form or instance.

          1. using, containing, or denoting expressions that are natural to a native speaker. Ie, they spoke fluent, idiomatic English. 
          2. appropriate to the style of art or music associated with a particular period, individual, or group. Ie, a short Bach piece containing lots of idiomatic motifs.

          From late 16th century (in the senses  = busy, interfering, conceited): via Latin from Greek pragmatikos = relating to fact, from pragma = deed (from the stem of prattein = do) + -ic = suffix denoting a particular form or instance

          • dealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations. Ie, a pragmatic approach to business ethics. 
            • (Philosophy) relating to philosophical or political pragmatism. 
            • (Linguistics) relating to pragmatics.

          From early 17th century: from French démocratique, via medieval Latin from Greek dēmokratikos, from dēmokratia; from dēmos = the people + -kratia = power, rule.

          1. relating to or supporting democracy or its principles. Ie, democratic countries. Ie, democratic government. 
            • favouring or characterized by social equality; egalitarian. Ie, cycling is a very democratic activity which can be enjoyed by anyone. 
          2. (US Politics) relating to the Democratic Party. Ie, a Democratic fundraiser. Ie, a Democratic governor.

          -- 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.

          Jackie Huggins, Bidjara/Pitjara, Birri Gubba Juru woman and Aboriginal Australian