Happy Dogs and Cats in Australia – music by Pharrell Williams

Happy Dogs and Cats in Australia – music by Pharrell Williams

 This is such a fun video, the cat is amazing. You can’t help but smile when you watch it.  Make sure you stick to the end to see the cat swimming. Here is the link to Happy Dogs and Cats in Australia

A new book on Marriage Equality in Australia

A new book on Marriage Equality in Australia

Chris Puplick and Larry Galbraith’s book sets out the case for making a simple change to the law to enable same-sex couples to marry in Australia. The link to Marriage Equality Australia’s story is here. It is an argument in support of marriage equality. This term encapsulates the simple proposition that same-sex couples should have the same access to lawful marriage as their heterosexual counterparts. Marriage Equality For All Australians: Guaranteeing Security and Certainty for Everyone  by Chris Puplick AM… Read More »

Let’s Talk about Death ™ Grace Gawler talks to Beth O’Brien about the Elephant in the Living Room

Let’s Talk about Death ™ Grace Gawler talks to Beth O’Brien about the Elephant in the Living Room

Last Thursday Grace Gawler and I had a long discussion about why people arent’ talking about death, and ways in which we can all encourage those conversations. I hope you find something useful for your conversations. http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/79672/death-discussing-the-elephant-in-the-living-room-beth-obrien-with-grace-gawler.  You can read about Grace’s amazing work with people and cancer at  her page http://www.gracegawlerinstitute.com/

Questions to ask your Marriage Celebrant

Questions to ask your Marriage Celebrant

This 20 question list designed by Polka Dot Bride is a great way to start the conversations when you are interviewing for your marriage celebrant. http://www.polkadotbride.com/2014/07/what-to-ask-your-marriage-celebrant/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-to-ask-your-marriage-celebrant

Death Cafes, Queensland 2014

Death Cafes, Queensland 2014

Happy New Year to all our followers in the Death Cafe movement.  I have been facilitating these local Death Cafes with my colleague Neil Davis from Simplicity Funerals.  We have been amazed at the warmth, wisdom, knowledge and genuine interest in the topic of death at these sessions. We are currently working on the calendar for 2014, with over 20 cafe dates planned. You can visit the Death Cafe international  webpage in the next few weeks to view our calendar.

Want to be Happy, be Grateful!

Want to be Happy, be Grateful!

  A wonderful joyful presentation given by David Steindl-Rast on the preposition that to find happiness, you first must be grateful.  Rather than being happy makes you grateful. I believe his presentation will make you consider spending 2014 a little more wisely. Visit his Ted Talk here:  Want to be Happy, be Grateful!

Brisbane’s First Death Cafe

Brisbane’s First Death Cafe

Story as it appeared in today’s local Brisbane Courier Mail paper.  Thanks Jackie. A NEW coffee shop concept has hit Queensland and it is dead serious. Muffins and mortality are on the menu at Queensland’s first Death Cafe. The Death Cafe is a global movement where people come together in a relaxed and safe setting to discuss death. It’s not all doom and gloom. The organisers say that sometimes people need to understand death so they can live life to… Read More »

Marriage an Interfaith Symposium Melbourne, Victoria

Marriage an Interfaith Symposium Melbourne, Victoria

The Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission are hosting a 3 day workshop on Interfaith Marriages. Symposium aims: The program will provide participants with knowledge and insight into how each religious tradition understands the institution of marriage, prepares for and celebrates weddings, and supports married couples through the many joys and difficulties of life. The three day program will cover: The theology and Anthropology of Marriage Preparation for and Rituals of Marriage Contemporary Pastoral Issues surrounding Marriage Recommended for: * Pastoral care… Read More »

Dying to Know Day – 8th August 2013

Dying to Know Day – 8th August 2013

The Dying to Know Day project is the work of the Groundswell Project, and can be found at www.dyingtoknowday.org. Its about starting conversations about death. “Dying to Know Day is an annual day of action dedicated to bringing to life conversations and community actions around death and dying.The inaugural Dying to Know Day is August 8th, 2013. The aim of Dying to Know Day is to encourage all Australians to develop new knowledge and attitudes about how to deal with death and bereavement and support each other… Read More »

The Continued Debate on Legalising Same-Sex Marriage in Australia

The Continued Debate on Legalising Same-Sex Marriage in Australia

Now that our friends in New Zealand have this human right, it seems that the conversation has warmed up again in Australia.  Here is a link to the story in the newspaper “The Australian” today where the South Australian government are working on progressing this reform. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/premier-jay-weatherill-says-sa-has-right-to-legalise-samesex-marriage/story-e6frg6n6-1226666536941.  The attached map also from that article tells you where each Australian state is up to.