GEIFN | MIXING | Media | May 2024

 Best wishes for less Suffering, more Happiness with Good Health and Time to Enjoy it. Welcome to Assyrian Calendar Year 6774.

Sharing a timely aspiration:
“Peace is not the absence of war, it is:
a virtue,
a state of mind,
a disposition for love,
honesty and trustworthiness.”
Attributed to Buddhism (since 483 BCE to present)

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

This edition we visit the topic of Re:store.
From Middle English from Old French restorer; from Latin restaurer:
re = again; express concentrated force
store = supplier, quantity or supply, hold, potency

  • bring. Ie, restore trust in the market
  • reinstate. Ie, return to office, redress a wronged party
  • reflection, deliberation, rebuild, repair damage or neglect and return to usable, better or 'as was' condition
  • unseeable. Ie, the patient responded well to treatment which restored good health
  • motivation, determination. Ie, more practice restored my reasons to cause less Suffering

Advising, any information may contain misunderstandings, deliberate omissions and complete fabrications. And remember, watch out for the thing forgotten. 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 Mixers, and let's see what is to discover this edition. Subscribers decide if anything is useful.


  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

Stephen Brook explores adulthood, human conditioning and humour in "Ego, pain and ADHD: The unusual determination of Dave Hughes” via The Age

Kerryn Phelps explores gender, family and societal expectations recounting "The first time we kissed, the chemistry was unmistakeable” via The Age

Siena Fagan explores single, coupling and return on investment when "The secret to success on dating apps is economical” via The Brisbane Times

Kate Halfpenny explores independence, coupling and parenting when "My son says he doesn’t want to have children. It’s not my job to convince him” via WA Today

Wendy Syfret explores illness, medication and becoming a mother as "Not all medication is ‘pregnancy-safe’. So how do you calculate the risks?” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Susan Horsburgh explores childhood, parenting and reconnecting when "‘She had dreadlocks and a ghostly white face’: Meeting a childhood bestie again” via The Age

Julie Power explores families, architecture and usefulness when lamenting "The missing ‘room’: What Sydney families really need in an apartment” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Michael Dwyer explores place, people and provenance are just some of the reasons "His mum and dad were treated differently. He wanted to understand why” via The Brisbane Times

Natassia Chrysanthos explores autism, neurodiversity and embracing "Beautiful minds: Inside the identity politics of autism” via The Age

Kevin Roose explores self agency, collective motivation and public interest when reporting "‘Very mysterious’: This guy may have just stopped a huge cyberattack” via WA Today

Royce Millar explores refuge, place and usefulness are some of the reasons why "The man pushing for heritage listing for ‘the flats’ says they should be saved, not razed” via The Age

Kylie Northover explores fitting in, belonging and representation as "ABC’s new comedy tackles race issues like you’ve never seen before” via The Brisbane Times

Tony Birch explores place, people and purpose when reviewing a life’s work revealing "At its heart, Bruce Pascoe’s Black Duck is a love story of both people and Country” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Michael Lallo explores seeing the funny side of gender, transitioning and ageing in "Spare me the Goop: Judith Lucy and Kaz Cooke make sense of menopause” via The Brisbane Times

Jamila Rizvi explores village, community and contribution recounting "It’s easy to take a sense of community for granted, but this is why we all need it” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Rob Harris explores place, people and purpose in recounting "‘First point of contact’: After more than 250 years, Aboriginal spears taken by James Cook to return home” via The Age

Tim Barlass explores love, companionship and ageing describing "How a simple T-shirt message widened Maureen’s world” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Amber Schultz explores ageing, content and gaining a following in "Meet the mature influencers showing the TikTok generation how it’s done” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Dani Valent explores connection, commonality and community recounting how "She came for the cannoli and stayed for the friendship: an intergenerational tale” via The Age

Melissa Cunningham and Craig Butt explore migration, spirituality and religion when "Keeping the faith: These religious groups are flourishing as atheism takes hold” via The Age

Benjamin Preiss and Jack Latimore explores place, purpose and in the public interest with "‘Who can we be tomorrow?’ The push to change our gruesome, racist place names” via The Age


5. TED Talks

5-20 min presentations

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 peaceful coexistence?
        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 fomenting ferment, lament, predicament, comment & compliments.

        From late Middle English (in foment (sense 2)): from French fomenter, from late Latin fomentare, from Latin fomentum = poultice, lotion, from fovere = to heat, cherish.

        1. instigating or stirring up (an undesirable or violent sentiment or course of action). Ie, they accused him of fomenting political unrest. 
        2. (archaic) bathing a part of the body with warm or medicated lotions.

        From late Middle English: from Old French ferment (noun), fermenter (verb), based on Latin fermentum = yeast, from fervere = to boil.

        1. of a substance, undergo fermentation. Ie, the drink had fermented, turning some of the juice into alcohol. 
          • cause the fermentation of (a substance). 
        2. incite or stir up (trouble or disorder). Ie, the politicians and warlords who ferment this chaos. 
        1. agitation and excitement among a group of people, typically concerning major change and leading to trouble or violence. Ie, a period of political and religious ferment. 
        2. (archaic) a fermenting agent or enzyme.

        From late Middle English (as a verb): from French lamenter or Latin lamentari, from lamenta (plural) = weeping, wailing.

        1. a passionate expression of grief or sorrow. Ie, the child's night-long laments for the lost toy. Ie, a song full of lament and sorrow. 
          • a song, piece of music, or poem expressing grief or sorrow. Ie, the piper played a lament. 
        2. a complaint. Ie, there were constant laments about the conditions of employment. 
        1. express passionate grief about. Ie, the parent was lamenting the death of an infant daughter. Ie, the spouse wept and lamented over their partner’s absence. 
        2. express regret or disappointment about something. Ie, the newcomer lamented the lack of shops in the town. Ie, ‘We could have won,’ lamented the team's captain.

        From late Middle English; from late Latin praedicamentum = something predicated (rendering Greek katÄ“goria = category), from Latin praedicare: prae = beforehand + dicare = make known. From the sense category = arose the sense = state of being, condition; hence ‘unpleasant situation’.

        1. a difficult, unpleasant, or embarrassing situation. Ie, the club's financial predicament. 
        2. (in Aristotelian logic) each of the ten ‘categories’, often listed as: substance or being, quantity, quality, relation, place, time, posture, having or possession, action, and passion.

        From late Middle English = expository treatise, explanatory note; from Latin commentum = contrivance (in late Latin also ‘interpretation’), neuter past participle of comminisci = devise.

        1. a verbal or written remark expressing an opinion or reaction. Ie, comments were asked for on the new proposals. Ie, they left a comment on the post. Ie, the plans were sent to the council for comment. 
          • discussion, especially of a critical nature, of an issue or event. Ie, the exhibition has aroused comment. 
          • an indirect expression of the views of the writer of a play, book, film, etc. Ie, the actor denies that the film is a comment on the perils of celebrity. 
          • an explanatory note in a book or other written text. Ie, additional notes and comments. 
          • (archaic) a written explanation or commentary. 
        2. (Computing) a piece of text placed within a program to help other users to understand it, which the computer ignores when running the program. 
        1. express an opinion or reaction in speech or writing. Ie, the company would not comment on the venture. Ie, the recipient commented on the post with three heart emojis. Ie, ’that worker's an independent soul,’ the coworker commented. Ie, teachers commented that children of all abilities would benefit. 
        2. (Computing) place a piece of explanatory text within (a program) to assist other users. Ie, the only way to solve the problem is to code for the hardware directly – just make sure that it's clearly commented. 
        3. turn (part of a program) into a comment so that the computer ignores it when running the program. Ie, you could try commenting out that line.

        From mid 17th century: from French compliment (noun), complimenter (verb), from Italian complimento = fulfilment of the requirements of courtesy, from Latin complementum = completion, fulfilment (reflected in the earlier English spelling complement, gradually replaced by the French form between 1655 and 1715).

        • a polite expression of praise or admiration. Ie, the greeter paid me an enormous compliment. 
          • an act or circumstance that implies praise or respect. Ie, it's a compliment to those getting married to dress up on their special day. 
          • (compliments) congratulations or praise expressed to someone. Ie, my compliments on your cooking. 
          • (compliments) formal greetings, especially when sent as a message. Ie, carry my compliments to your family. 
        • politely congratulate or praise (someone) for something: he complimented Erika on her appearance. 
          • praise (something) politely. Ie, the manager was heard to compliment the other team's good play. 
          • (archaic) present someone with (something) as a mark of courtesy. Ie, please accept these tickets with my compliments.

        -- 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