The dilemma of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor who opposed Nazism before and during the second world war. He spoke out against the treatment of Jews and was very concerned about the influence of Nazism on the German church, leading to what was known as the Deutsche Christen church. Opposition to Nazi infiltration of German churches led…

A world of terror

Last Friday in New Zealand, a man entered two separate places of worship with a semi-automatic weapon, and opened fire. Fifty people are dead, with many more injured, while they were praying. Three men have been arrested. The gunman has faced court, making white supremacist gestures. He filmed at least part of the attack, streaming…

Land of dreams

Land of dreams, dream realm, dream world, dreamscape, etc. These are all imaginative ways of referring to the images we see when asleep. From ancient times, dreams have been a source of mystery and magic. They have been considered as prophetic. Their occurrence has been ascribed to gods or spirits. Cultures world-wide have myths and…

St Maggies

What do you call a hospital That doesn’t have any doctors? Where patients are tended After a fashion By disenchanted nurses Where the senile and confused Wander unattended through the rooms Of the sick and injured Wailing their confusion To their own detriment and the distress of the rest What do you call a hospital…

Public hospitals and other weirdness

Over the last few weeks I have been experiencing (as a concerned onlooker) the wonderful public health system in Australia. What I have taken away from this is the determination to hang on to my private health cover no matter what. First – how to find the patient in the public health system. Shouldn’t be…

Review “A Dangerous Method”

Made in 2011, this film was directed by David Cronenberg and purports to tell about the relationship and ultimate rift between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. It also reports the relationship and affair between Jung and Sabina Spielrein, a patient who eventually becomes a psychiatrist herself. Cronenberg is an excellent director, but I feel he…

The Circumlocution Office

I need income support Sure, they say And I wait and I wait and Oh, haven’t we done that? We’ll get right on it And I wait and I wait and Oh, it got stuck in the computer All sorted now And I wait and I wait and Haven’t we done that yet? It’ll be…

To market

On most Sunday mornings I visit a local farmers market, coming away with fresh fruit and vegetables, herbs, fresh bread, free range eggs, and honey. I tend to come home from these visits feeling rather good about myself, for several reasons. Firstly, it saves money, as the vendors’ prices are nearly always cheaper than the…

That’s what friends do

I’m your friend And I want what’s best for you I wouldn’t be a good friend If I didn’t tell you what You need to hear Those clothes, my dear They must be changed Let’s go shopping Let me tell you what you need Leave it all to me Your hair my dear It’s all…

If only cats could talk …

What would cats say, if they could talk? What would they tell us?   This is Rameses. Rameses is nine years old, and has a lot to say, if the constant loud meowing is any indication. What might he be trying to say? I exist in a constant state of semi-starvation, and my human doesn’t…