The state of our world demands our attention. The effects of climate change are with us. The threat of nuclear catastrophe is ever-present. The number of us sharing our planet’s surface has increased threefold during the last seventy-five years and now tests our planet’s capacity to sustain us all. Biological diversity has long been in decline and its decline continues. The source of all these problems and more is plain for all to see — human activity. But why have we humans brought these problems on ourselves and on all life? This book attempts to find answers to that question and finds them in the nature of mankind itself. People living a hunter-gatherer way of life respect and conserve the natural world around them. The majority of recent and present generations through the successful application of a succession of technologies — use of fire, domestication of animals and plants, ever-more complex tools, etc. have through natural selection evolved the mental characteristics of intelligence and personality favourable to the manipulation of nature and lost those characteristics that inclined us toward the conservation of nature. The author, Mark Weatherley, describes this process of psychological evolution step-by-step and supports it with his knowledge and experience of the aspects of Psychology involved. He goes on to describe how the attitude of modern mankind toward nature is reflected in our social manifestations — languages, religions, work, militarism, population growth, relations with other species, nature conservation, and government.
Grace Pemberton’s great great grandchildren are again involved in another war, the Vietnam War. Toby, Lucy and William, great granddaughter Grace and husband Joe’s children become involved as a doctor, nurse and soldier. Toby and Lucy work together to put the wounded Aussie soldiers back together again. Grace is devastated as youngest son William enlists with encouragement from his father Joe who is still in the Army teaching recruits how to use artillery. It is indeed a proud father that sends his sons and daughter off to Vietnam. Grace is not thrilled. Another great grandchild Ben, father Luke who had fought in the Navy in WWII and mother Joanne see another member of the family go to war. When Archie, the son of Eveline and Michael follows in his father’s footsteps in the RAAF it is almost too much for the family to take when he too joins the conflict in Vietnam. Heart break is felt by all the family when one young soldier does not return. The experience of the events in that war are written about and felt by the whole family especially when the soldiers return and find themselves not heroes as in other wars. The effect lasts for a very long time until they are finally recognised many years later. A beautiful Vietnamese woman joins the family and has to learn how to integrate into Australia. Many refugees fled South Vietnam after the war, some coming to Australia. This book is the last in the series of For the Love of Grace. The author hopes you have enjoyed following the lives of the progeny of Grace and Charles Pemberton.
Grace, the great granddaughter of Grace Pemberton is devastated when her husband Joe enlists in World War 11 along with other young men in the family. How proud would the grand matriarch be of the fighting spirit of Michael, Rebecca’s son who joined the RAAF and fought in the Battle of Britain along side Jeremy, his younger cousin. James and Luke join the navy and served for the duration of the war.
Tragically Steve, brother of younger Grace is killed at Tobruk, saving Joe’s life. The fighting of our Australian soldiers transfers to New Guinea and Joe finds himself on the Kokoda Track where his mates are being killed or taken sick with the various diseases rife in the area. Joe succumbs to malaria and has to be lifted out of this dangerous position. He doesn’t want to return to the fighting having already been injured seriously in the African campaign and now again in New Guinea. What does he do for the duration of the war?
Great celebrations in Sydney and all around Australia erupt when finally the war is over. What will these young men do with the rest of their lives? What have the women been doing whilst their loved ones were away? Who finds love with a former lover from his past?
How life changes after the war and our characters rejoice in the new world. Grace is able to return to her chosen field of architecture. Laura and her husband John return from giving service as doctors at Rocky Creek hospital on the Tablelands in Queensland. A double wedding is planned and life moves on from the tumultuous years of the war.
Since 2020 dawned it has been a very trying and difficult time for most people as we have all grappled with the far-reaching implications arising from the global Covid-19 pandemic.
The author has penned a colourful collection of his experiences, drawing on many years of raising a family and participating in his communities, and working life in senior management positions while also travelling the world. The time has come for us to lighten up and seek the freedom and joy that is derived from just having a good laugh. It’s always less dangerous and a lot more fun if it’s at someone else’s expense.
This book contains a rich and colourful collection of the author’s humour, funny stories, some sad and thoughtful moments, quotes, anecdotes, stuff-ups and tonnes of personal gaffes. One thing is for sure, life has never been dull. There is only one practical panacea for what ails the world right now and that’s laughter. Always the best medicine.
This book aims to challenge the reader to reflect upon their very personal journey toward Eternity. The premise is that, whether we make a definite decision now or later in life, if time allows, each of us has to make that decision, whether we wish to or not. There is no avoiding our final appointment with destiny. Each must face it.
As the author now reaches his retirement years, time is slipping by with ever-increasing rapidity. He is regularly challenged to think about his own mortality, what constitutes a good life and finishing well and what it means to leave a personal legacy. Taking this and many other aspects of life into account, readers are challenged to determine how they wish to be remembered. What constitutes leaving a personal legacy.
Drawing on a lifetime of many of the author’s rich and colourful experiences arising from many years in senior management positions and travelling the world, the reader is taken on a journey of prose, humour and thought-provoking content, covering many subjects such as the redeeming power of forgiveness and how life-changing it can be simply to let things go. Other subjects such as the value of bucket lists and living one’s life with purposeful intent are examined in detail.
The author’s conservative Christian views on life, and very firm commentary on current political developments and contemporary issues are also mixed in, with lots of humour and thought-provoking quotes.
Shakespeare penned in a Winter’s Tale the idea of sailing to “unpathed waters” and “toward undreamed shores.” This concept forms the underlying backdrop as readers consider sailing through their life to their final Eternal destination.
The personal diary of George Martin Farrow’s World War I experiences survived to become a treasured possession of his wife and two daughters. It is now held in the War Memorial, Canberra. Jan Worthington transcribed the diary and carried out further research with the help of George’s daughter Ruth Hill. Dorothy Gillespie, nee Farrow, contributed many of the photos. This is the story of a man who, despite his physical disabilities, worked tirelessly for the benefit of his fellow man, especially the disabled. He was a founder of the Limbless Soldier’s Association of New South Wales, the Legacy Club of Australia and was on the committee formed to arrange the building of the War Memorial at Hyde Park, Sydney. From 1924-1937 George was Chairman of the Commemorative Committee of the Anzac Memorial Trust. For two years he worked for the government as Chairman of the Commonwealth War Pensions Inquiry and mixed with Politicians, Premiers and Royalty. In 1934 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (Civil Division), C.B.E.
After a career in various professional and senior management roles within a large international IT company and having enjoyed a life, thus far, full of rich personal experiences, crossing paths with some fascinating people, the author decided to publish a small collection of his own speeches, articles, incidental writings and other “blatherings” along the way. The intention of this book is to provide the reader with examples of the author’s humour, taking the form of a variety of speeches in many differing venues, to a wide selection of different audiences. Hopefully, the reader will enjoy a snicker or two. Also included are a number of speeches written by friends or relatives of the author, either about him personally or related to circumstances where he was working at the time. The most important aspect of speech making for the author is preparing a speech and putting in the effort, no matter how informal or short the item may be, to show a fundamental mark of respect to the audience, each and every time. Included in the content are a number of humorous quotations in keeping with the book’s general themes, one or two of the author’s song writing efforts, some poems and one or two stories for some additional colour.
Life Interrupted is an autobiographical story written by Zbigniew Frederick Korb. It is a good illustration of how outside forces, over which we have absolutely no control, shape our lives. The book describes his life when he was a 9 yr old boy during the Russian Revolution living on his Father’ property near the town of Bar in what is now Ukraine. At the end of First World War the family settled in newly independent Poland. He describes his years at school, then college in Warsaw, work as a teacher, further study and marriage. At the outbreak of the Second World War, when Poland was invaded by Germany from the west and Russia from the east, the family was caught on the Russian side of the border and were sent to Siberia. After two years there, when Hitler invaded Russia, Stalin allowed an army to form in the south. The family travelled south, where he enlisted and fought with the Polish army under the British command in Italy. His wife and small daughter were sent to a refugee camp. After the war, he was demobbed in England where he was joined by his wife and daughter who spent the war years in East Africa in a Polish refugee settlement. After four years in England the family decided to migrate to Australia. The book also includes the family histories of his wife’s parents.
Arthur McKenzie now lives at the War Vets in Narrabeen. He has been there for the last four years having lost the love of his life, Joy, to cancer six years ago. With the help of his daughter Sharon he found this haven for the over 55’s and hasn’t looked back since. Life took on a new hue. Busy in his workshop along aside his friend Keith he made himself useful again. His life changed once more after meeting Pam and their relationship enhanced both their lives. Being an author Pam suggested Arthur might like to tell his story for his friends and family especially his grandchildren and now great granddaughter. The country boy is certainly now a city boy but his love of country is never far from his mind. Returning to Wingham and the Bulga Plateau recently with Pam the memories of his childhood came flooding back to his time working on the dairy farms and riding his horse to school each day. We hope you enjoy reading his story and realise what a lovely man he is and that there is a lot to learn from his experiences.
“I must change today for tomorrow I will die.” (from Michael’s speech at his 21st birthday party 2002). These words reveal the awareness of a young man assessing his childhood and youth, and preparing for his adulthood. Leaving family and schoolfriends in Australia, within a year he was to be married in USA, returning only once to attend his father’s funeral in 2010. Caring for his wife, and in due course his two sons, Michael sought to learn and provide diligently to the best of his ability. Changing from his lifelong passion for computer work, he retrained as a Registered Nurse desiring to help people and “to make a difference”. Unfortunately depression reappeared in his life, resulting in family break-up and attempted suicide. Looking forward to happier times with a new love was not able to overcome the darkness, and Michael ended his life in 2018.