A childhood of multicultural experiences through the nationality of my parents and the expatriate life they, and later I, have led maroons me somewhat into a sense of belonging to all and to nowhere. I identify as a citizen of the world, rather than a particular country or place. My allegiances are to the hope of a humane and peaceful world - often a frustrating and disappointing perspective - yet a worthwhile one. This led me into a career largely focussed on social justice and humanitarian concerns. I have not achieved much but I have been of help to some and despite the current conflicts and tragedies I have also noted and applauded the tiny and huge social changes that have evolved already in my lifetime. I retain hope that 'we the people' care and can effect change if we work together. Technology has given us the power to communicate and act in ways we could not have imagined in my youth.
On my lighter side, I love dogs, people, music, travel and my family. They make my heart sing!
The Sheppard family have seven children. As a family they enjoy making up stories in the evenings. These story creation times are the source of joy and inspiration for them all. They are recorded in a big book. Each child's real life as an adult, reflects back to that bond in this series of seven books.
This delightful story is narrated by Kenny Sheppard, the only boy among six sisters. Frank and Gracie Sheppard are their loving parents who, inspired by books and nature in their own difficult childhoods, dreamed of a better life for themselves and their children. Their gift to the children is a harmonious home in which story time and conversations encourage dreams and kindness.
In the beautiful hills of Eumundi on Australia's Sunshine Coast, a birthday gathering, a pile of presents and a loving family combine to create a day when secrets tumble out. A sensitively portrayed journey that takes the reader through time and across the world as the Parkinson family's secrets unfold. Rich in emotion and insightful reflections these family members will touch your heart.
A self-help book for adults who were sexually abused as children. Based on a successful group program that helped many adults to 'flourish and blossom'. This individualised version will provide you with supportive and insightful exercises that will help you understand how and why the abuse has affected you. Packed with relevant information, counsellors will also appreciate its casework potential.
As a sixteen year old teenager in the swinging sixties my freedom loving dreams were dramatically curtailed. A thoughtless decision led me straight into the clutches of the conservative and judgemental legal system that sentenced me to be locked up until I was nineteen. Could I accept my fate? Stay in detention until I was nineteen? I could not.