(Very) Thankful Thursday

one sheepish girl Crochet Rainbow Cake

Today is a good day. Today is the birthday of one of my closest friends: The Artist. Interested readers met The Nurse a few months ago, back here, well now it’s The Artist’s turn.

The Artist is just as publicity shy as The Nurse which is funny given the abundance of unwanted publicity in my own life so I shan’t be naming her. She and you will have to make do with the reasons I’m grateful for today.

44 years ago today, a baby girl was born. This is good because it means for three weeks out of every year she’s a year older than me. Who doesn’t love that?

I love her for her socialist politics and outrage over social issues. I love her art work. I love her children.

I love her shoe collection, I love her stylish, eclectic dress sense. I love her boyfriend even though he has the least original name evah.

I love that she is 6 feet tall and people once commented that I look like her daughter when she hugs me since I’m 5 feet short.

I love that she can speak more languages than most people both proficiently and perfectly.

I love that she loves my children and has cared for them with such kindness and generosity.

I love that she introduced me to Japanese beer.

So today I wish The Artist the happiest of birthdays, may the old duck live long and prosper.


Morning coffee round up

For your reading pleasure. I hope you’ll grab a beverage, sit down and spend a little time with me and the other readers. Got something to share that you think others may enjoy? Please feel free to share in the comments!

Could this have to do with our detached parenting? Our leaving babies to cry? Our lack of support for parents to be with their babies since the economy must push on at all costs? It’s a frightening statistic. And mostly girls? Misogyny is showing up in childhood now thanks to the sexualisation of girls and the normalisation of pornography.

Self-harm is occurring for children of all ages

THOUSANDS of children – some younger than nine years old – have been admitted to hospitals around the country after intentionally harming themselves, a new report has found.

More than 4200 children aged between 10 and 14, mostly girls, were admitted to hospital after self-harming in the 10 years to 2007, according to a report into child injuries from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

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Women are equal with men in Australia. Except that one of us is killed a week by our male partner. Isn’t that beyond tragic?

Speaking for abused women

The campaign says one woman is killed every week by a current or former partner.

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Monbiot argues children are cut off from nature and thus do not learn its value or that it’s worth protecting. What do you think?

Children must experience nature in order to learn it’s worth saving

This, I think, reflects a second environmental crisis: the removal of children from the natural world. The young people we might have expected to lead the defence of nature have less and less to do with it.

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The death of a woman in Ireland at the hands of the hospital she asked to save her life has provoked outrage, anger and hopefully some soul searching around the world. Could it happen in Australia? Did you know that abortion is still a crime in most states of Australia? Did you?

Would Savita’s plight have been different in Australia?

A young woman goes to an emergency department after being raped. She fears she may be pregnant and asks for an emergency contraceptive pill but is denied one.

She persists and asks for a referral to a rape crisis centre where she can obtain one but is also told no.

Another woman’s foetus dies. She asks to have labour induced for fear that if it remains in her body too long she will develop blood poisoning and die. But the hospital tells her no. It is the only hospital in the woman’s rural town. No one told her that the policy of the Catholic hospital is not to perform sterilisation, abortions or to provide emergency contraceptives.

The cases – recounted to Leslie Cannold from Reproductive Choice Australia – both happened in Australia.

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Oh my! Tiny explosions of granny square colour all joining together to make a vest? Does it get better than that? Or more doable at home?! What are you making at the moment?

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And in the theme of tiny granny squares, get a load of this!

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If this rainbow granny blanket doesn’t cause you to drool, you should see a doctor. Or perhaps a cranial osteopath. Or a homeopath.

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Today over at Hoydens, they’re sharing a Moscow flashmob dancing to “Puttin’ on the Ritz”. I’m not sure popular culture gets a lot better than this!

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Some more music: the first opera written in English thanks to Henry Purcell. This is the recording I grew up hearing and it never fails to bring forth a tear.

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And one for your bookmarks if you’ve ever heard or managed an outbreak of mansplaining. Balm for the soul.

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