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Inspired

What does it really mean to be inspired? Is it to be motivated or encouraged? Perhaps it means to be prompted into action when we read about our fellow humans and their moments of bravery, miracles and leaps of faith. The mundane can be profound when you scratch the surface. Welcome Ponderer, prepared to be inspired.

Storyville Melbourne Ponderings Magazine

Follow the Breadcrumbs to Storyville…

Walking down a small lane on cobblestone streets in the inner belly of Melbourne can always delight and surprise.  Perhaps like us you find a...
When The Period Painters Come in to Decorate

When The Period Painters Come in to Decorate

If a woman's body was a home, its walls would be covered in a myriad of vibrancy and colour. But for a lot of us too, roughly 26% of the world's...
Ponderings Article Refugee Council of Australia, I don't want people to think refugees are monsters

I Want People To Know Refugees Aren’t Monsters

We didn’t have electricity for days and wouldn’t know when we were next going to see light. There was no phone coverage, no food to buy and no clean water so we’d drink from wells. I now look at the Syrian people as 18 million heroes to live like this day in, day out.

Fiona Wood Ponderings Australia Magazine

Prof. Fiona Wood – Pioneer of Positive

It’s not every day you get to chat to an Australian of the Year. Or the head of a large foundation backed by some of the world’s most prestigious...
Fr Rod Bower Ponder Kindness on Church Board

Ponder Kindness

For those of you that have followed Ponderings over the last few years, you will know that my preoccupation with faith and the existential self-has...
Fr Rod Bower Ponder Kindness on Church Board

Ponder Kindness Part Two

There is nothing I like more than meeting a person who surprises you with a character that is refreshing and far from mundane. This interview with...

Dear God, it’s me Rod

Oh yes. Take the sexuality debate; it’s a classic example. The modern Bible translates a word as homosexual. It’s not;  you can’t translate that word like that. The whole concept doesn’t exist in the first century. And so people are thumping and turning up on your doorstep with their Bibles open to 1 Corinthians or whatever text they’ve found, and they’ll point and say, look it says ‘Homosexuals.’ And I say, No, it doesn’t!  

Non-Toxic Mother’s Day Anyone?

With Mother’s Day approaching the retail catalogs are overflowing with perfumes, scented body wash & lotion packs and scented candles as gift ideas!

Outspoken by Fr Tod Bower Ponderings Magazine Australia

Outspoken – The Voice of Justice

There are twelve minutes and four seconds of my life of which I have no actual memory. That is the length of time I stood on the stage doing a TEDx talk.

The O'Donnell Sister's Guide To Mama's Survival

The O’Donnell Sisters Guide to Mama’s Survival

How has your day been Mama? Right now, you might have your magnificent offspring on your hip while talking on the phone- we are amazing, we are warriors- tell us something we don’t know! But let’s be serious. Or not…

Makarrata, a treaty and 650,000 years of carbon dioxide lead to this moment, a minister walked into the Fight Club of the Australian Election.

Treaties, Climate Change and the Fight Club of the 2019 Vote

Makarrata, a treaty and 650,000 years of carbon dioxide lead to this moment, a minister walked into the Fight Club of the Australian Election.

Ponderings Whilst Peeling Potatoes

A week from today, I go in for surgery. I have to admit there have been a few times I have felt like a cow being loaded up the infamous race to the abattoirs… whats really behind that door? Hmmm. The funny thing is in all these life stopping moments, that in fact does not stop, it continues. Clothes need to be washed, and the potatoes need to be peeled.

Zen of the Hidden Sock

What a surreal week this has been. The messages we have received have been like messages-in-a-bottle of poignant hope and prayers bumping pleasantly...

Choices of a Polygon

You have days that plonk themselves on you like a big fat lardy icky stink. Days where it can be hard to whistle and smile. I had a couple of those...

The Land of Always and Hugs

It’s been a while. I know. I am sorry. I have been going through a bit of a process, a great word -  from Latin processus "a going forward, advance,...

Message in a bottle

Panic, small child panic. The only way it fades is to give my heart over to grace, surrender all and sleep. This is my prescription for a hurting...

Sky Puddles and Cornflakes

The owls are back. It is what started the week off, the gentle Who Who-ing of the owls. Normally I like owls but these owls always turn up just...

Want to Build Treehouse?

I may have mentioned to you before that I had this thing for the Magic Faraway Tree as a kid that verged on madness. I climbed a tree in our street,...

Calling all Polygons…are you ready?

Well hello 2016 you sexy son of a bitch. How are you? Are you surviving? I would like to begin my saying I wish mine had started off with a positive...

You can’t see if your ears aren’t open

I have not written here in a while. The reason for this is transparency. As a friend reminded me the other day; this blog is about truth. I could...

Chronicles of an over- sharer

Last week I took a deep breath and I remembered a story about a bear. It gave me the idea for a series of blogs I shall call: 10 steps to feeling...

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