Radical Musings to Nurture You


True love: it’s for everyone

Love has got to be one of the most talked about, argued over, and misunderstood concepts in human history. But what is true love? Is it a feeling of intense…

Telling the Story

Story-telling is an ancient tradition that has always been used to illustrate spiritual lessons and promote faith. It helps us better understand our lives, particularly at an emotional level, as…

Revisionism

Martin Luther King Day is observed in the United States of America on the third Monday of January each year. This year it fell on January 16. It is a…

Ideologism

Let’s go to Brazil and sit back to enjoy the brilliance of Playing for Change musicians – in this case, featuring Carlos Santana. The piece is “Oye cómo va”. It…

Irony Season

Christmas is the ultimate irony, isn’t it? Christmas – the birthday of Christian history, two thousand years ago. And that world was so full of horror. An occupied country…a king…

Retrospective

Two professional artists turned up to ‘The Listening Table’ this week. As you might expect, all of us were interested in their work. They themselves would be happy to talk…

A Listening Conversation

I wonder whether you will be as surprised as I was to find out that, according to my computer’s Thesaurus and Dictionary, listening is an antonym (an opposite) to conversation?…

More Than a Shop

In my last post I introduced you to Jeremy, who runs the Acustico Cafe, just off Sydney Road in Brunswick, Melbourne. He ‘gets it’ – the way Radical Hospitality builds…


Personal Boundaries and Why You Need Them

Do you ever feel as though people are constantly taking advantage of you or crossing your boundaries? If so, then it might be time to start setting some personal boundaries.…

Discovering a Listening Place

I was so impressed with the atmosphere of a local cafe in Melbourne I visited earlier this year that I couldn’t resist having a chat with Jeremy, its owner/manager. I…

Urban Confessional

A man walks out on his marriage. He walks the streets. In his anguish he calls someone. He gets ‘heard’. This moment gives birth to a world-wide movement of all…

Sidewalk Talk

The Sandy Hook Massacre and subsequent other mass shootings in US schools convinced a psychotherapist she had to do something as a citizen outside the limitations of her professional practice.…

Heart On My Sleeve

This is one person’s story about finding release from the pain of pretending that ‘I’m OK’ when I’m not. It’s a story of extremes: of wealth and success on the…

What’s up with the people?

From Verena Fink, Thessaloniki, Greece, 03/10/2022 Listen to, or read along with Verena… War in Ukraine, refugees all over the world, pushbacks everywhere in Europe, especially in my country, in…

The Obsolete as Opportunity

Today, this first Monday in October, many workers in Australia return to their offices, virtually empty during the COVID period. Some organisations are allowing their workers to transition from working…

“The Map is not the Territory”

“The map is not the territory” is a well-known saying that is often used to illustrate the idea that all models of reality are not reality itself. James A Lindsay,…

Film Chat: The Quiet Girl

Steve brings us another beautiful, thoughtful and meaningful movie that has just hit the cinemas. It’s showing in cinemas in Australia – check your movie guide for your local show…

Film Chat: Juniper

Looking for an escape from the emotionally confronting times we’re living in? Action packed super-hero movies with stunning visual effects, or romantic comedies, might fit the bill. But Steve has…

The risks of searching for a soul mate

When it comes to finding a soul mate, the risks may outweigh the rewards. There are several dangers associated with looking for a soul mate, and the chances of finding…

Nice

How many times have I heard it said that someone is a ‘really nice bloke’, as if all is well. Yet, it eventually becomes apparent that something is missing in…

Miracle or coincidence?

Everyone has experienced one or more coincidences that seem so amazing it feels like they must be unique and somehow have meaning for our personal lives. For example, we dream…

MOVIE REVIEW: CODA (2021)

CODA is a heart-warming and feel-good movie that will leave audiences both crying and laughing. It follows the story of Ruby, a deaf teenager who is the only hearing member…

Keeping On

How can we not get depressed about the state of things? As you know, RootandBranches had its genesis in the early stages of the COVID Pandemic. The idea was to…

Art to Ponder

Contributors: Rose and Sandy from Facebook. Fun_Owl  1 April  Ukraine… art by Vika Krokhina, a first-year student of the Poltava Technical University, Ukraine. UniteWomen.org  1 April Anja Rožen, a 13-year old elementary…

Subvert the Bully

It takes wisdom to know how to respond to the bully. Most of us have been bullied at some time or another, and some of us more violently than others.…

Awakened Grief

“In the Lakota/Sioux tradition, a person who is grieving is considered most awakened and most holy. There’s a sense that when someone is struck by the sudden lightning of loss,…

We Choose

For some time I had noticed a particular International student in our Oasis centre. He sat in the same spot most days focussed on the screen of his computer. He…

Introducing Verena

I first met Verena some time ago when she was visiting Australia from her home in Munich. My chaplaincy colleague in Munich suggested to her that ‘you must go and…

Who is Jeremy Rifkin and why should we take notice?

According to Wikipedia: Jeremy Rifkin (born January 26, 1945) is an American economic and social theorist, writer, public speaker, political advisor, and activist. Rifkin is the author of 21 books about the impact…

The End and/or the Beginning

‘We are not living through an era of change, but a change of era’. Pope Francis Philosopher Antonio Gramsci would add that we are living through an inter-regnum – a…

Liellie’s Hopes for 2022

Liellie McLaughlan is a person with a passion for including and encouraging new arrivals to Adelaide. Maybe that is because she has first hand experience of apartheid in South Africa,…

Why I blog.

This week a number of folk subscribed to rootandbranches.org One was a young Muslim woman from Egypt, who writes thoughts and quotations that inspire and motivate. (https://www.lifehayat.com). I have written…

Leadership 101

Alex Conrad from Fox Sports January 17th, 2022 8:29 am As the Aussies began to celebrate retaining the Ashes after a 4-0 series demolition of England, Usman Khawaja was pictured scampering off…

Change Or Else

This morning on ABC radio, there was a very interesting program about a town in country Victoria – a town that has been dying. It’s a serious situation faced by…

‘Wow’ Music

I’ve just discovered this band of six fabulously talented musicians. Check them out! Every song they cover is taken to a new level of creativity, enthusiasm and joy. They all…

Leadership From ‘Below’

Nabil Elbousaadi3 December 2020The moment … Photo of the day:“The lady you see in this photo is neither to help nor to pity. She doesn’t beg more than the openness…

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