My Daily Raves

SAD in the cold


I have SAD Seasonal Affective Disorder. I get the blues in Winter. How many others feel this way?

It’s not an imagined phenomenon. Lack of light and sunshine alters the brain chemistry. This has been a proven phenomenon in colder climate countries where it stays dark much of the day. Special lights have been designed to try to inspire the brain’s natural creation of seratonin. But those of us who are prone to clinical depression are more at risk of SAD and I can speak from personal experience when I say that the absence of daylight savings when it is suddenly dark by 5 o’clock makes me feel very despondent and like not going out anywhere.

Today is a glorious day in Sydney and I have been walking on the beach which  is a translucent green like in Tahiti or Cuba. And my mood is light and carefree. I know that the sky and light have done wonders for my mindset. So strange isn’t it? But fiunny enough my ex used to become unhinged in Summer. It was his hypothalamus which couldn’t cope with the heat. How many of you are affected by the weather?

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All I want is a little RESPECT


I hate that people don’t show each other respect. What ever happened to common courtesies like returning phone calls or even emails?

It’s not unusual in my profession to wait days for calls or emails to be returned or to have to ring and ring again. The reason is obvious, I am the journalist and i want something out of you the inerviewee. Therefore it is accepted that I am the groveller not the grovellee. I am naturally on the back foot. And if I do want to have your time then the onus is on me to get hold of you. Fair enough. But in daily interactions based on equality the groveller/ grovellee situation doesn’t work. I know friends who only ever wait for you to contact them, or people who are “too busy” to return calls – as if we aren’t all busy.

In my view it is courteous and respectful to drop someone a one-line email saying, too busy to write now, will get to you by the end of the week; or leave that message on the mobile. It is easy enough for the busiest of us to set time aside each day just to show respect. It is about acknowledging others and making them feel seen and heard even if we don’t want to deal with the issue they are contacting us about.

It makes people feel like they are invisible if we leave them dangling, This one really makes me mad. What about you?

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Activist blues


Sitting here this morning at my computer, just read that they are to resume live exports to Indonesia within weeks. Industry lobbying against the move to ban exports is too strong. Both Governments and opposition are in favour of resuming trade. They have promised to closely monitor the Indonesians but the minister announced today that forcing Indonesia to use stunning is impossible. What has been achieved?

How do we as an apathetic or simply busy group of people get these archaic horrific practices stopped. I just feel so weak and powerless. Even with all my readers and media clout there is nothing much I can do. I’m at a total loss. I wonder how those incredible activists in the past who’ve won civil rights for so many minority groups around the world have found the time and passion to change their worlds?

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