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#WATWB April – Where Every Person Counts, Anzac Edition

In loving respect for Australians and New Zealanders who served, or are serving, their country and are customarily remembered on Anzac Day, 25 April. Lest we forget.

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Australian soldiers during a quiet moment while out on patrol in Afghanistan in 2011. Photo: Gary Ramage, Image courtesy of The Australian War Memorial.

Welcome to the We Are The World Blogfest #WATWB for April 2018. We have crested the wave and are now in our second year!  Thanks so much to all our writers and followers.

Our valiant co-hosts for this month are  Shilpa GargMichelle Wallace, Mary Giese, Dan Antion and yours truly.

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Gary Ramage admits he’s seen too much death. As a former soldier and one of Australia’s leading news photographers, Ramage has been in and out of war zones for more than 20 years.

From mass graves in Kosovo, to a young girl crying in Somalia, and a soldier and his dog sleeping together on the ground for warmth in Afghanistan, Ramage’s images capture confronting and moving moments in war as he returns again and again to the front line to tell the stories of the men and women who can’t speak for themselves.

“I have seen things that I can’t unsee,” Ramage said. “[But] I can get through by reminding myself of the simple rule I live by: in wars where nothing seems to matter, I can take pictures in which every person counts.”

The Australian War Memorial blog continues:

The collection of images is now being used by the Memorial to help tell the stories of Australian men and women serving in Afghanistan, and the archway picture will be used in commemorative brochures and booklets for Anzac Day.

“I’m very proud of what I achieved over there, but I wouldn’t have been able to do what I did photographically without the diggers on the ground or the soldiers from that unit,” Ramage said.

For Ramage, telling their stories is what it’s all about. “It’s part of our national history, and we need to cover what it is that the soldiers do on our behalf,” he said. “Obviously they volunteer, but they get sent out to these countries to try to make a difference. I believe that we should be telling their stories as part of our military history so that you can go into our Memorial and generations of younger and future Australians can look back and see what it was that these guys did in Afghanistan. It’s very humbling … [and] it’s a huge privilege for me.”

The veteran photographer remains positive in the face of horrors witnessed:

“If I get a bit sad or whatever, I go and do something, and I keep myself occupied.  I have a lot of different hobbies, and that keeps me going without turning to the bottle or drugs or whatever to try and suppress the bad memories and the bad thoughts or whatever… But everybody’s different.

“I don’t dwell on it, because if you dwell on it, it will just eat you up from the inside out. You’ve got to live, so I just put it down to one of life’s experiences and move on to the next chapter. If you let it get on top of you, it will just eat you up.” 

More of the blog on Gary Ramage can be found here.

As we each seek to serve the cause of peace in our own place we also know that every person counts.

For a taste of poetry as we depart, an extract from:

Healing Gila

for The People

The people don’t mention it much.
It goes without saying,
it stays without saying—
that concentration camp
on their reservation.
And they avoid that massive site
as they avoid contamination—
that massive void
punctuated by crusted nails,
punctured pipes, crumbled
failings of foundations . . .
What else is there to say?
This was a lush land once,
graced by a gifted people
gifted with the wisdom
of rivers, seasons, irrigation.
Source: Poetry Foundation. Acknowledgments and full text in link.

Thank you to Belinda Witzenhausen and Damyanti Biswas who called us all together for this Blogfest. It has been over a year and still we are here!

Want to join the WATWB Blogfest? Check out some details here.

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#WATWB February – Girl Giving a Heart Away

Welcome to the We Are The World #WATWB Blogfest for February 2018.  Please visit our generous co-hosts.  They are Shilpa Garg, Peter Nena, Eric Lahti, Roshan Radhakrishnan and Inderpreet Kaur Uppal.

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Alisha with her parents. Source: SBS news.

Due to a rare disease, little Alisha Kapoor needs a heart lung transplant. In the process her heart is healthy and she is willing to donate it to save another persons life. As SBS News reports

Alisha Kapoor knows little outside the walls of the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, in Sydney’s west. 

She turns five in a few weeks but has spent the majority of her life living at the hospital, away from her parents and two siblings in Blacktown, 13km away. 

“I think we have two houses, one here, and one there,” her father Raj Kapoor told SBS News. 

“This is my second house. My wife, she stayed almost one and half years, or more, in the hospital, 24/7.”

This is all because

Alisha has an incredibly rare genetic disorder; surfactant protein C deficiency, which affects less than 10 children in Australia. It means she struggles to breathe and is permanently on a ventilator.

But while Alisha needs a lung transplant, Dr Pandit says it is safer to transplant a new heart at the same time. 

“Technically it is very difficult for the cardiothoracic surgeons to separate the lungs from the heart,” Dr Pandit said. “As a result, in her case, it will have to be the heart and lung together. Technically it is much better to do it as a block transplant, rather than separating just the lungs.”

Here is the part that is so, literally, heart-warming

Among this comes a positive. While Alisha will become the youngest heart-lung transplant recipient in Australia, her heart is perfectly healthy. It means she can donate it, and save another young life in the process. 

“We feel very good [about it],” Mr Kapoor said.

“Someone will save my kid, and my kid will save someone else. Everyone should be a donor, it’s a precious gift of life.” 

Mr Kapoor is urging everyone to think about organ donation and the lives that could be saved.

It is touching to read that someone so needy is willing to give, to share, for the sake of another’s life.  It reminds us of the inter-dependence of our lives.

The rest of the article and video can be found here.

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Alisha with her father. Source: SBS News.

Here are some verses to close a story on the kindness people show to one another.

     The kindness of others
     is all they ever wanted,
     the laughter of neighbors
     prospering in the blue light of summer.
   
      The generosity of others
     whose spirits, like their long-legged
     children blossoming into a progeny
     of orchards and fields, flourish.
Two stanzas from ‘The Kindness of Others’ by Cathy Song. Source: Poetry Foundation.

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Want to know more about this blogfest?  Read on.

Once again, here are the guidelines for #WATWB:

1. Keep your post to Below 500 words, as much as possible.

2. Link to a human news story on your blogone that shows love, humanity, and brotherhood. Paste in an excerpt and tell us why it touched you. The Link is important, because it actually makes us look through news to find the positive ones to post.

3. No story is too big or small, as long as it Goes Beyond religion and politics, into the core of humanity.

4. Place the WE ARE THE WORLD badge or banner on your Post and your Sidebar. Some of you have already done so, this is just a gentle reminder for the others.

5. Help us spread the word on social media. Feel free to tweet, share using the #WATWB hastag to help us trend! 

Tweets, Facebook shares, Pins, Instagram, G+ shares using the #WATWB hashtag through the month most welcome. We’ll try and follow and share all those who post on the #WATWB hashtag, and we encourage you to do the same.Just click Here to enter their link and join us! Bigger the #WATWB group each month, more the joy!

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#WATWB January 2018 Kicking Goals for Goodness and Culture

Welcome to the first edition of WATWB for 2018.  Our co-hosts for this month are Shilpa Garg, Simon Falk, Lynn Hallbrooks, Eric Lahti, Damyanti Biswas and Guilie Castillo.

We trust you had a great break over the change of year and hope to bring you good news stories both this month and in the months to come. More information about the WATWB blogfest is at the bottom of this post.

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Some Somali’s in Melbourne go back to Somalia to play soccer (football).  It was commented that the exchange inspired young people to be engaged in the community in practical ways when they got back to Australia.

As SBS news reports:

It’s often said that sport can unify communities, bridging the gap between various cultures. And there’s perhaps no better example of a universal sport than football.

Armed with this theory, a group of 50 young men from Melbourne’s Somali community were taken on a month-long trip back to home turf.

“Soccer is the easiest way to build a bridge,” Hussein Horaco, Secretary of the Somali Australian Council of Victoria, who organised the initiative, told SBS News. 

“We wanted to give hope to young people in Somalia, and for us also, the young people in Australia to experience how difficult life is there.”

As the SBS report continues, we observe that the young people from Australia did get real in the field cultural experience too:

One of the footballers, 25-year-old Abdirahman Ahmed, said being taken out of their comfort zone gave the team a greater appreciation of what they have in Australia.

“Hot water, just having a cold drink in the fridge, small things like that, that you take for granted. And when you go there and you see people, the majority of people, not having those kinds of things … seeing them still being happy, it’s very uplifting,” he said.

Council representative Ahmed Mahmoud said some of the players were also pleasantly surprised by what some people had in Mogadishu.

“The boys thought they’d be sleeping in huts and probably go out into the wilderness to go to the toilet. But when they went there, there were five-star hotels, there were baths, showers in your room, balconies, room service. There was internet and some of the boys were joking that it’s much faster than Melbourne internet.”

They even had an audience with Somalia’s recently elected president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed – known by the nickname ‘Farmajo’.

So the world game continues to catch on. The exchange of events such as these breaks down barriers of nation, culture and fear in a fun way.  They are kicking real goals of human goodness during such a formative age of these people’s lives.

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(Photo courtesy of SBS news.)

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Just a final little note. Since this blog is about poetry, here is a sample of some Somali poets at Poet Nation in Minneapolis, US. There is some great stuff there.  The second guy cuts across some of our WATWB themes.

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Want to know more about this blogfest?  Read on.

Once again, here are the guidelines for #WATWB:

1. Keep your post to Below 500 words, as much as possible.

2. Link to a human news story on your blogone that shows love, humanity, and brotherhood. Paste in an excerpt and tell us why it touched you. The Link is important, because it actually makes us look through news to find the positive ones to post.

3. No story is too big or small, as long as it Goes Beyond religion and politics, into the core of humanity.

4. Place the WE ARE THE WORLD badge or banner on your Post and your Sidebar. Some of you have already done so, this is just a gentle reminder for the others.

5. Help us spread the word on social media. Feel free to tweet, share using the #WATWB hastag to help us trend! 

Tweets, Facebook shares, Pins, Instagram, G+ shares using the #WATWB hashtag through the month most welcome. We’ll try and follow and share all those who post on the #WATWB hashtag, and we encourage you to do the same.Just click Here to enter their link and join us! Bigger the #WATWB group each month, more the joy!

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Missing, Lost and Found #WATWB September

Welcome to We Are the World #WATWB for September.  Our dedicated co-hosts for this month are: Michelle Wallace, Peter Nena, Emerald Barnes, Andrea Michaels and Shilpa Garg.  We are grateful for their generosity. Please visit their blogs too!

Missing

We witness days where acts of terror occur. We view reports of extreme natural disasters, such as earthquakes, hurricanes and floods.  In some of these, people are missing and loved ones long to know where they are.

Australian current affairs program, Insight, recently featured the stories of some people, such as  Sevak Simonian, on an episode covering the tragedy of missing persons. It is wrenching to lose a loved one.  When new evidence surfaces, glimmers of hope shed light on the darkness of unknowing and grief.

Burst Daily has posted on people who have been found.

Many bloggers connected to our pages are interested in literature that weaves around a narrative.  Some of those narratives tell of mysteries to be unlocked.  I found this story about a writer whose writing opened a closed case and begun to solve a mystery.

Melissa Pouliot’s cousin, Ursula Barwick,  was found after a 30 year search. She was buried under another name!  Melissa wrote her novel, Write About Me, to honour Ursula’s memory, the Canberra Times reports.  There are still facts to sifted, but at least the family now know that she has a place of rest and could celebrate a memorial service. This gives them the impetus to resume their search with renewed vigour.  It is heartening to hear of people getting some answers to the struggles of their lives.

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Missing… Lost… So Long

You were there

Now

You are gone.

Gone

For so long

And

We had said

“So long”

to you.

But

Were we through?

The searching

For a trace

In the hope of

An embrace

With you.

We search

And wait

Anticipate

Reunion

Too.

Simon C.J. Falk 27 September 2017


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All we ask is you link to a human news story on your blog on the last Friday of each month, one that shows love, humanity, and brotherhood. Something like this news, about a man who only fosters terminally ill children.

Join us on the last Friday of each month in sharing news that warms the cockles of our heart. No story is too big or small, as long as it goes beyond religion and politics, into the core of humanity.

Place the WE ARE THE WORLD Badge on your sidebar, and help us spread the word on social media. Tweets, Facebook shares, G+ shares using the #WATWB hashtag through the month most welcome. More Blogfest signups mean more friends, love and light for all of us.

We’ll read and comment on each others’ posts, get to know each other better, and hopefully, make or renew some friendships with everyone who signs on as participants in the coming months.

To signup, add your link in WE ARE THE WORLD Linky List here.

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Celebrating Indigenous Culture #WATWB August

Welcome to We Are the World – WATWB posts for August 2017.  Our generous co-hosts this month are

Eric Lahti,

Inderpreet Kaur Uppal,

Mary Melange,

Lynn Hallbrooks,

and myself, Simon Falk. We are part of a team and encourage you to visit as many posts carrying the ‘We Are The World’ hashtag (#WATWB) as you would like to read.

In my country of Australia our relationship with our Indigenous brothers and sisters has been mixed. There has been some horrible history. We are very sorry and hope for an ever better present and future.  This post features three stories that have come to my attention in recent weeks.  They all celebrate good news coming from exploring culture.

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Anh Do  could be a WATWB feature in his own right.  Here, I would like to spotlight his portrait of Jack Charles, in the  Art Gallery of NSW as a 2017 entrant in the annual portrait competition, the Archibald Prize. Thanks to Aussie journalist, Siobhan Heanue for tweeting it for me to notice.  What is interesting here is a vivacious portrait of a talented man.  A man, who as an actor shows great promise for his people. Jack lived through being part of a stolen generation.  He was addicted to heroine.  But his acting and activism for indigenous needs shows the light he had become.

img_0439Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu featured in the news recently . His death was a source of sadness to many.  The blind, left-handed guitarist thrilled us with the sounds of his deeply soulful singing.  (OK, I’m left-handed too, and love seeing lefties play.  On with the show!).  Gurrumul’s tones and lyrics would, and still do, take us to places of depth and rest.  Dr G, as he is often known, is a fitting WATWB person for his different ability was a source of life, love and joy to many. Check out his music on youtube. Please note that those clips may contain images of deceased persons. We respect their memory.

 

We celebrate not only the gift of Indigenous culture in art, stage, and music.  But we also celebrate it in history.  The Sydney Morning Herald reports:

Jabiru, Northern TerritoryAboriginal people have lived in Australia for a minimum of 65,000 years, a team of archaeologists has established – 18,000 years longer than had been proved previously and at least 5000 years longer than had been speculated by the most optimistic researchers.  

Those archaeology and anthropology buffs out there can find more of that story here.

It all reflects to me a colour,

It sings to me a song.

It tells of a great story,

Saying how do we belong?

How to belong together,

Sharing our creativity,

and giving of our life.

In hearing music from our harmony,

And not the din of strife.

 

Simon C. J. Falk 25 August 2017

 

 

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We Are Still Warmly Welcoming #WATWB

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We warmly welcome

Anyone with good news on

The last Friday of each month to

Write a

Blog with us.

 

Cohosts this month are: Sylvia Stein, Roshan Radhakrishnan, Inderpreet Kaur Uppal, Damyanti Biswas and myself.

Want to spread more cheer with other great writers. Check out our We Are The World Blogfest  and its  Facebook Page .  You only have to write 500 words of good news and can add in links to the website or video clip for that news. If you are ready to sign up here is the linky list.

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Add #WATWB to the blog title.

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Thirty Years On And Memory Still Strong

IMG_0451This month marks thirty years since my brother, Joseph, died by suicide. Each year it is sad in its own way. But how that sense of loss is felt can never be predicted from year to year.  Joseph and I both had an avid interest in literature. Some of you would be aware of a post I made in a Cherished Blogfest that featured a special handwritten list by Joseph.  In that list he recommended authors to me.  Incidentally, if you are interested in Cherished 2017, even just a little bit, hop on over to the blogs of Damyanti at Daily (W)Rite and Dan at No Facilities. They can fill you in.  Anyhow, back to Joseph’s list.  One of the authors he mentioned was Robert Louis Stevenson. By way of tribute to both Joseph and R.L.S., I post one of Stevenson’s poems, pictured above.  My brother and mother introduced Stevenson to me, via Treasure Island, of course! Stevenson’s poem speaks to me of adventures he had written, of lives of many who have used this epitaph, and it has touched some of our loved ones dearly.  Also, being in the form of a poetic epitaph, it makes a fitting remembrance to Joseph, a lover of literature.

The copy of the poem comes from a very old book, scavenged from a secondhand bookshop somewhere (we don’t recall exactly). It was published by T.C & E.C. Jack Ltd. of London and Edinburgh, way back in 1917.

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Simon C.J. Falk 13 July 2017

 

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Gathering Neighbourhood Goodness for #WATWB June

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Welcome back to #WATWB!

Please check out the notes about joining or co-hosting the blogfest further down this post.

Our generous co-hosts for this month are Lynn Hallbrooks, Michelle Wallace,
Sylvia Stein, Sylvia McGrath and Belinda Witzenhausen. Please visits their blogs while you are online.

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I was thrilled to hear that the Bells of the Borough Market in London would toll for their re-opening.  It is so important to keep sounding that note of hope in our world. Noticing such a story in the daily news feed reminded me of a comment made, somewhere on a social media feed, by Mary J Melange. Her blog is well worth a visit, by the way.

Searching for good news stories makes us more aware of the good news around us, even nearer to our lives, workplaces and homes.

 

Part of my life means visiting people.  In recent months there have been some notable ones.

One included going to the home of an unwell man and hearing of his story as a migrant to my country many years ago.

“I just thought, shit!”  He said.  “What am I gonna do now?”

He had been deposited, all alone,  in a remote part of our country to fix a broken-down truck.  He did fix the truck and drove it back to the nearest town, many kilometres away.

Later in life, one of his children was severely injured in a vehicle accident on a farm.  Spinal injuries meant this young adult was facing quadriplegia.  Not to be left as a victim, the young adult was rehabilitated and, with some assistance, has quite impressive mobility.  This son now teaches in a regular job.

I went visit another couple.  He was dying and had a number of loose ends that he wanted to tie up so that his wife would be in a secure state of life after his death.

A gravely voice, from too many smokes and noisy ballrooms, told the tale. Earlier in his life he had been a boxer and, later had travelled the globe as a dancer.  In both Ballroom and Latin American forms, he and his partners literally had a ball.  Now, as he approaches the last months of his life, he is lovingly putting in place a care plan for his wife.

This month I have not included any flashy pictures or dazzling youtube clips.  I just wanted to highlight something that a number of us have noticed: looking for good news helps us become more aware of the good news right near our own doorsteps.

Do any of these stories ring bells for you?  What is the good news in your family, workplace or local community?

Towards the Final Dance

Eyes bounce
Around the room,

And dart,

From the impending gloom,

Of days ticking away.

Once, his feet

Had bounced on their balls,

As he danced around the ring,

Boxing –

Giving and receiving

Jabs and crosses.

And, those feet,

Fleet and flowing,

Had glided

Along the dance floor,

In days before

The cancer.

Now,

His days are drawing in,

As he lovingly

Lines up

The steps of his departing days,

To leave his wife

In security.

Then, muster up

He does,

His pluck

For the steps

Towards

The final dance,

That

never

ends.

Simon C.J. Falk 30 June 2017

Next month a clean start!  Stay tuned for #WATWB July 28.

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  4. Place the WE ARE THE WORLD Badge on your sidebar, and help us spread the word on social media. Tweets, Facebook shares, G+ shares using the #WATWB hashtag through the month most welcome. More Blogfest signups mean more friends, love and light for all of us.
  5. We’ll read and comment on each others’ posts, get to know each other better, and hopefully, make or renew some friendships with everyone who signs on as participants in the coming months.
  6. To signup, add your link in WE ARE THE WORLD Linky List here.

CO-HOSTS. 

As many of you know, keeping a blogfest going needs a pool of positive co-hosts.  We started with 20.  But, with the wear and tear of life on people’s health, we need some assistance with co-hosting.  As Damyanti says:

…five co-hosts leading each month will ensure that none of us are overburdened, and can host every few months. 
Each month needs a minimum of 5 leads, but you’re welcome to sign up for more as well. We’ll keep it flexible— if you have an issue hosting in a particular month, you could exchange with another co-host.
Can you help?  Contact Damyanti on – atozstories at gmail dot com.

 

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We Are The World Blogfest #WATWB and Sydney Story Factory

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Sydney Story Factory

When we began this blogfest we said we wanted to hear stories.  This May post is about a story.  It is also about how a story draws out many more stories from a lot of people.

Little people.

Strugglers.

Battlers.

It is about unlocking the stories they have within.

For the We Are the World Blogfest post this month I would like to feature the Sydney Story Factory.  When you go to the link be sure to check out the youtube clip.  

In the meantime, here’s a bit from their website:

At the Sydney Story Factory we believe that all Australian young people, no matter their background, should be given opportunities to develop the communication skills and flexibility of thinking that will allow them to live their lives to their full potential and flourish in a rapidly changing world.

Our priority is marginalised young people – those most at risk of losing confidence in their writing and switching off at school. We light the spark of creativity and help them find their voice. 

Programs are for young people aged 7 to 17, in primary and high school, and are designed by creative writing and literacy experts to:

  • improve young people’s written and oral communication skills; 
  • enhance self-confidence and self-efficacy; 
  • nurture creativity and empathy; and 
  • deepen engagement with learning.

All of our lives are story factories.  The Sydney Story Factory is a very special one. I wish we had a story factory in the towns I lived in as a child.

We all love to hear stories

To hear them all the time;

About the drearies and the glories,

The downtime and the prime.

I love to hear a tale,

And see others give their spiel;

Even if their voice is frail,

I know we’ll get the feel.

A feel for what is rising,

of creativity deep within;

Whether great or small by sizing,

We welcome stories in!

 

A larger story goes on….

The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by co-hosts. This month’s co-hosts are Peter Nena, Eric Lahti, Inderpreet Kaur Uppal , Roshan Radhakrishnan , Emerald Barnes and Lynn Hallbrooks

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  1.  Keep your post to below 500 words, as much as possible.
  2. All we ask is you link to a human news story on your blog on the last Friday of each month, one that shows love, humanity, and brotherhood. Something like this news, about a man who only fosters terminally ill children.
  3. Join us on the last Friday of each month in sharing news that warms the cockles of our heart. No story is too big or small, as long as it goes beyond religion and politics, into the core of humanity.
  4. Place the WE ARE THE WORLD Badge on your sidebar, and help us spread the word on social media. Tweets, Facebook shares, G+ shares using the #WATWB hashtag through the month most welcome. More Blogfest signups mean more friends, love and light for all of us.
  5. We’ll read and comment on each others’ posts, get to know each other better, and hopefully, make or renew some friendships with everyone who signs on as participants in the coming months.
  6. To signup, add your link in WE ARE THE WORLD Linky List here.

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Can you help us on a team of Co-hosts?  Contact Damyanti on atozstories at gmail dot com.

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We Are The World Blogfest #WATWB in April

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Welcome to the second post – yep, back again! –  of the We Are the World Blogfest #WATWB!  You can sign up here.

Our special lead co-hosts for this month are Belinda,  Peter, Mary, Inderpreet, and Simon  and they are committed to stories about peace, love and joy.  Please visit their blogs as well.

Some other participants to check out include….  Damyanti Biswas, Emerald Barnes, Eric Lahti, Kate Powell, Lynn Hallbrooks,  Michelle WallaceRoshan RadhakrishnanSusan Scott, Sylvia Stein, Sylvia McGrath and many more besides.

So… on with the story.

I don’t blame anyone for the situation, said  Sankalpa Mahatara.

There is too much anger in this world. Why do we need more?
Mahatara was innocently stabbed during what appeared to be a rampage of youths through Canberra and Queanbeyan. He just happened to be there at the time. Mahatara is a carer for his mother and was stressed that this incident affected his ability to provide for her.  All he wanted to do was go back to helping his mother and working his job.

More of this story can be read in The Canberra Times. Queanbeyan, a regional  NSW city near Canberra, has its share of joys and woes. But this event shocked the region.  So many asked why these young people did such a thing and what sort of home life were they raised in?

What is interesting for us is Sankalpa Mahatara’s response.  He did not want to react to violence and hate with more of the same. He did not want to spread hate.  He saw the value of the simple things in life. An honest day’s work.  Care for family.  Courteously considering our neighbours in the human family.  He is a man of basic nobility, in its truest sense. May he, and his mother, know more peace in their lives.

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We Don’t Pass On The Hate

(In honour of Sankalpa Mahatara and his Mother)

We don’t pass on the hate,

We pause and breathe and wait,

There’s already enough hate.

We don’t point the finger of blame,

Our role is not to shame,

Nor is it to defame.

We don’t pass hurt around,

Ears pain upon its sound,

There’s enough hurt to be found.

We speak and act for peace,

From violence we seek release,

We give our lives for peace.

We seek the truth in love,

Open hand, not fisted glove,

Of goodness lived in love.

So spread some cheer along,

We thrill to hear its song,

Among friends and to the throng.

Simon C.J. Falk 28 April 2017

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