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If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

– Rudyard Kipling

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Will Rogers

Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

– Will Rogers

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born in Oologah, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), The United States,  November 04, 1879

 

died: August 15, 1935

 

gender: male

 

 

genre: Nonfiction

 

William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers was a Cherokee-American cowboy, comedian, humorist, social commentator, vaudeville performer and actor. He was the father of U.S. Congressman and WWII Veteran Will Rogers, Jr.

Known as Oklahoma’s favorite son, Rogers was born to a prominent Indian Territory family. He traveled around the world three times, made 71 movies (50 silent films and 21 “talkies”), wrote more than 4,000 nationally-syndicated newspaper columns, and became a world-famous figure.

By the mid-1930s, Rogers was adored by the American people, and was the top-paid movie star in Hollywood at the time. Rogers died in 1935 with aviator Wiley Post, when their small airplane crashed near Barrow, Alaska Territory.

James Herriot

Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.

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– James Herriot

James Herriot was the pen name of British veterinary surgeon Alf Wight, who wrote novels like All Things Great and Small, based on his life in the Yorkshire countryside. He was born 97 years ago on 3 October  1916.

Homeless

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Who are you? Strange, lost, lonely man,
Living in the park out of a shopping bag.
Sleeping bag, wine cask, dry, old crusty bread,
Under bushes in the playground you have made your bed.

Thin legs made thinner, encased in tight, black jeans.
Lonely, but well cared for; then nothing‘s as it seems.
Round and round in circles, hand behind your back
You mirror the hurdy-gurdy, turning in its track.

Shoppers come, shoppers go, riding, walking, jogging,
driving to and fro,
No-one sees you, no-one hears you, no-one wants to know,
How you came into their neighborhood, how you came to be a hobo.

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Children’s laughter, does it cheer you? Or chant, “You don’t belong”?
Your life’s so lost, so lonely amidst the shopping throng.
Fear does not allow me to reach out for your hand,
Inquire and include you in a world that’s locked you out.

Tangled mind, lost youth, drugs and liquor ease your pain.
Your demeanor says it’s finished. There is nothing more to gain.
We’re so quick to make a judgment. So harshly we condemn.
Have we all become so blinded to the plight of troubled men?

Judi Moylan

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The Reef Brief

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Dear Ela,

The countdown is on… the online Reef Brief kicks off in just a few hours (8:00-8:30pm AESDT to be exact).

The Reef Brief will be hosted as a Google Hangout, and is a chance to get an update on where the campaign is heading, and the significance of upcoming decisions like Abbot Point.

It’s also an opportunity to ask questions about the Reef – everything from World Heritage, turtles and Abbot Point to dredging, dumping and corals!

There are a few ways you can get involved…

To watch the Reef Brief
If you’re keen to watch and listen, but don’t necessarily want to get involved and ask your own questions, you can watch the briefing live from here.

To participate in the Reef Brief
The Hangout will be streamed live at WWF-Australia’s Google Plus page. You can ask questions during the Hangout using the Q&A app.

The Hangout will be also streamed live on WWF-Australia’s YouTube channel, and you can use the comments field to ask questions during the Brief.

Nemo and I look forward to seeing you tonight!

Richard Leck
Great Barrier Reef Campaigner
WWF-Australia

P.S. Love to tweet? Tweet questions for me during the Brief using the hashtag #fightforthereef.

The Reef Brief

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Dear Ela,

The countdown is on… the online Reef Brief kicks off in just a few hours (8:00-8:30pm AESDT to be exact).

The Reef Brief will be hosted as a Google Hangout, and is a chance to get an update on where the campaign is heading, and the significance of upcoming decisions like Abbot Point.

It’s also an opportunity to ask questions about the Reef – everything from World Heritage, turtles and Abbot Point to dredging, dumping and corals!

There are a few ways you can get involved…

To watch the Reef Brief
If you’re keen to watch and listen, but don’t necessarily want to get involved and ask your own questions, you can watch the briefing live from here.

To participate in the Reef Brief
The Hangout will be streamed live at WWF-Australia’s Google Plus page. You can ask questions during the Hangout using the Q&A app.

The Hangout will be also streamed live on WWF-Australia’s YouTube channel, and you can use the comments field to ask questions during the Brief.

Nemo and I look forward to seeing you tonight!

Richard Leck
Great Barrier Reef Campaigner
WWF-Australia

P.S. Love to tweet? Tweet questions for me during the Brief using the hashtag #fightforthereef.

Anne Perry

The men who cannot laugh at themselves frighten me even more than those who laugh at everything.

– Anne Perry

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born in Blackheath, London, England, The United Kingdom,  October 28, 1938

 

gender: female

 

 

 

Anne Perry (born Juliet Hulme) is a British historical novelist.

Juliet took the name “Anne Perry”, the latter being her stepfather’s surname. Her first novel, The Cater Street Hangman, was published under this name in 1979. Her works generally fall into one of several categories of genre fiction, including historical murder mysteries and detective fiction. Many of them feature a number of recurring characters, most importantly Thomas Pitt, who appeared in her first novel, and amnesiac private investigator William Monk, who first appeared in her 1990 novel The Face of a Stranger.

As of 2003 she had published 47 novels, and several collections of short stories. Her story “Heroes”, which first appeared the 1999 anthology Murder and Obsession, edited by Otto Penzler, won the 2001 Edgar Award for Best Short Story.

Recently she was included as an entry in Ben Peek’s Twenty-Six Lies/One Truth, a novel exploring the nature of truth in literature.

Series contributed to:
Crime Through Time
Perfectly Criminal
Malice Domestic
The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories
Transgressions
The Year’s Finest Crime and Mystery Stories

Anne Tyler

I read so I can live more than one life in more than one place.

– Anne Tyler

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born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, The United States,  October 25, 1941

gender: female
Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She graduated at nineteen from Duke University and went on to do graduate work in Russian studies at Columbia University. The Beginner’s Goodbye is Anne Tyler’s nineteenth novel; her eleventh, Breathing Lessons , was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To laugh often and much,

to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children,

to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends,

to appreciate beauty,

to find the best in others,

to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;

to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Not illegals

Not welcome ... Scott Morrison,  member for Cook.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said this week that our country needs to start “calling a spade a spade”.

And that means his department will no longer be using the term ‘asylum seekers’ to refer to those who try and come to Australia by boat, fleeing persecution in their home countries.

Instead, these people will be called ‘illegals’.

Well, Minister Morrison, we think we’ll join you in this “calling a spade a spade” caper and say this:

You sir, are wrong.

As we all know too well, it is not illegal to seek asylum in Australia. Australia is a signatory to the UN Refugee Convention and that means refugees have a right to enter our country without authorisation for the purpose of seeking asylum.

Our country’s signature on that document means that behaviour that would normally be ‘illegal’ is permitted. Permitted as in legal. As in, okay by us. As in, within the bounds of the law. As in, not ‘illegal’ at all.

But Mr Morrison hasn’t just got it wrong legally, but also morally.

http://www.mamamia.com.au/news/calling-asylum-seekers-illegals-is-not-calling-a-spade-a-spade/?utm_source=edm&utm_medium=mc&utm_campaign=daily