From 1949, a pioneer of women in the executive workforce, mentoring others to step out of society's expectations of women and the disadvantaged whatever their perceived handicap. Patricia Evans (Morris), my mother, didn't just break the glass ceiling for women in the workforce, for her the ceiling never really existed!
As part of a larger project in telling this awesome woman’s inspiring story, her challenges and achievements, I recently interviewed Mamma for Boral Australia 70th anniversary about being their first female accountant in 1949.
Patricia’s story has been published in the Profile section December 2016 edition of the Boral News page 06&07 (pg8/9 of 24). You can access via https://www.boral.com/sites/corporate/files/media/field_document/Issue%202%2C%202016.pdf
Wishing you all the best for the festive season, Christmas, Hanukkah, and the many festivals that are celebrated at this time of year. Thank you for your interest and support over 2016. Good health and happiness for 2017. Safe travelling. Blessings Suzanne
“Courage is not limited to the battlefield or the Indianapolis 500 or bravely catching a thief in your house. The real tests of courage are much quieter. They are the inner tests, like remaining faithful when nobody’s looking, like enduring pain when the room is empty, like standing alone when you’re misunderstood.” –Charles Swindoll
Thanks to Thea Westra www.forwardsteps.com for access to today's quote
"Success is not measured by what you accomplish but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds."
~Orison Swett Marden
Image: Tree growing on pavement in Hong Kong - Clément Bucco-Lechat
Listening to Marcia Wieder’s DreamSteps – The Power of Dreaming (from the Dreamsteps video series), Marcia suggests writing down one dream that’s really important to you. If time and money were not issues, if you had the support of the people around you, and – most importantly – if you truly believed in yourself, what would you do? Where would you go, what would you create, what would you change?
My dream is to: Take my books to the world.
This is not all about being a great author. Instead, by way of explanation I’ll offer an example.
In the past when I demonstrated tai chi two types of compliments would flow my way.
1. Your tai chi looks so good. (my response “thank you I am glad that you enjoyed watching” or similar).
More importantly though
2. Your tai chi made me feel so relaxed/ calm/ forget my troubles for a time etc etc. (I smile no words necessary, the person is obviously still in that lovely space)
This is my job done – allowing people to feel the possibilities for themselves. This is what my dream is for taking my books to the world.
What’s your dream?
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Do you know the relevance of 12th May, and the International Day of awareness for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases?
To find out more read my latest article on PnPAuthors Promotional Magazine. You'll need to scroll to Suzanne's column/corner/wisdom.
Today, 25th April Anzac Day is special for Australians, and New Zealanders – ANZAC, Australian New Zealand Army Corps. Originally the Day was to recognise someone who fought in Gallipoli but in later years came to mean any Australian or New Zealander who fought in the First World War. In time it included any member of the armed services. These days Anzac Day encompasses involvement by men and women in all theatres of war and conflict.
This year is the 100th anniversary of commemoration of courage in adversity; of mateship; of over the years embracing those who were once enemies, and realising that the ordinary folk, whatever their culture, their creed, they too suffered at the hands of power.
You may know the story of Gallipoli when on 25th April 1915 slaughter took place starting on a Turkish beach followed by carnage on the cliffs above. The Turkish people were only defending what belonged to them – their land and community, but at the time they were our enemies and a senseless battle with loss of life and living ensued. So why, you ask, do we celebrate this disastrous time? Well it’s not quite like that.
It started in 1916 with mates gathering in private remembrance in the early hours of April 25th, the timing of that fateful landing. The 1916 street March, which then became a yearly event, was for the public to acknowledge the bravery and sacrifice that had been and, was still happening with the war waging in Europe. It was only in 1927 when a group of returned men returning at dawn from an Anzac function held the night before came upon an elderly woman laying flowers at the as yet unfinished Sydney Cenotaph. Joining her in this private remembrance, the men later resolved to institute a dawn service the following year. Some 150 people gathered at the Cenotaph in 1928 for a wreath-laying and two minutes’ silence. This is generally regarded as the beginning of organised dawn services in Australia.
In 1972 at the height of the Vietnam War and much protest about Australian involvement a question in the media kept coming to the fore – does commemorating Anzac Day glorify war? The short answer is no. The nature of the Day is remembrance and to give thanks to brave people. The marches have changed with the passing of the older generation, and aging or infirmity of a current marcher. Younger people march either accompanying a family member, or on behalf of deceased family – often wearing a deceased person’s medals on the right chest (left-chest is reserved for a person who earned the medals). Over more recent times, conflicts that Australians have fought in or attended as peacekeepers are starting to be recognised by the Returned Services League of Australia (RSL) and welcomed into the March. Communities who once fought against us or defended their lands and thus called our enemies marched, at first unofficially, however in the last few years they march with the official sanction of the RSL. Actions never forgotten and can’t be undone, but current generations aren’t to blame for those past actions.
Aboriginal Diggers served in all of Australia’s main wars since the two Boer Wars and in 2007 Aboriginal people organised a separate march in Redfern Sydney. This became the ‘Coloured Diggers’ March’ recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander veterans’ contributions. This March is in its ninth year. Other Indigenous communities throughout the country also hold their own ceremonies.
Whether participating in the solemness of a local Dawn Service, or at Gallipoli or in France at Villers-Bretonneux, attending the colourful and informative displays of marches through cities and towns, or watching Services and marches on television and live-streamed on the internet Australians embrace the Day. In Australia Anzac Day is considered more of a national day than any other on our calendar.
Today at memorials throughout the country, and at Australian commemorations overseas, you will hear the 4th stanza of the poem ‘For the Fallen’ written by Laurence Binyon in the early days of World War One. Known as The Ode I leave you with those words …
"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."
After ages I have finally designed my new facebook page - suzannenewnhamwriter.
For a while my big question has been - how do I offer a number of areas as diverse as psychic connection and living with chronic pain, an interest in social history and a lifetime of working in mainstream and complementary health? Segmenting into separate areas might be handy if you're looking to itemise into categories, but trying to keep track of multiple communication areas has become complicated and time-consuming.
The answer became simple. Writing has come to the fore over the past couple of years along with my book being published as well as various short stories and a regular magazine column. Therefore, presenting as a writer encompassing various genre seems only natural.
Comments, questions or even suggestions for themes on psychic, spiritual or paranormal phenomena; as well as coping, dealing or living with chronic pain are all appreciated.