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“Birthdays”


On the day of my birth, things were clean and bright, I had energy and giggles, and The Earth was quite the sight,

Things were all pristine, or that’s what I’ve been told,

My room was spic and span; my parents strong and bold.

My clothes were new and fresh, and the food we got to eat,

Was tasty and nutritious; life was quite the treat.

So, Mom cleaned my room, my clothes and fed us right,

Dad protected and provided; tucked us in at night.

We were healthy and happy, with play, work and study,

God seemed to love us all, and The Earth was our buddy,

There were holidays, family reunions and mirth,

And I thanked lucky stars for the day of my birth.


Yet, the world was turning; soon, rumours of war,

And greed and corruption, struck at my core,

But my parents assured me, things are OK,

And we dusted and cleaned, and we made every day,

As good as we could, with birth celebrations,

And births multiplied in all of the nations.

With more and more people, the air got polluted,

And factories flourished, and “have-nots” now looted,

While the clean and the fresh became much less each day,

We tried to stay orderly and put stuff away,

But the years make us older and weaker and slower.

How can we keep up? 

And there’s melting of snow.


The Earth is now sick, as the dust piles high,

Birthdays still happen, and, yes, we still try,

 To keep things attractive and working a bit,

But most days I watch all the dust build and sit,

Wishing

The Overwhelm would go away,

Disease in The World is rampant today.

Our leaders are ruthless, and they will proclaim:

“Our house is in order,” and others they blame,

For poor food and health and working conditions,

And not sleeping well and oft-failed missions

And birthdays aren’t as they were decades ago,

Something is wrong; what’s this soot on the snow? 


So, my house is all dirty, my clothes all unclean,

The shower and the toilet are faulty, obscene,

I try to wash and cut my hair; arthritis grips my life,

And I’m asked what I want; I have no child or wife.

Could you tell me how to dust a house that’s filled with so much dust,

Or how to clean the clothes I wear and wipe away the crust,

That forms around my cracking lips? 

My life is now a wreck.

Another birthday ushers in;

I cradle my poor neck,

That’s stiff and hurts from decades of trying to figure out,

What it takes to live aright; what’s it all about?

On my 64th birthday, what I’m asking from you,

Is what in the world am I supposed to do?

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GOD KINDNESS

~ Baby Tortoise

The first day to heave your feet little by little from the shell,

Not yet awake,

And remain lapsed on earth,

Not quite alive.

A tiny, fragile, half-animate bean.

To open your tiny beak-mouth, that looks as if it would never open, Like some iron door;

To lift the upper hawk-beak from the lower base And reach your skinny little neck

And take your first bite at some dim bit of herbage,

Alone, small insect,

Tiny bright-eye, Slow one.

To take your first solitary bite

And move on your slow, solitary hunt.

Your bright, dark little eye,

Your eye of a dark disturbed night,

Under its slow lid, tiny baby tortoise,

So indomitable.

No one ever heard you complain.

You draw your head forward, slowly, from your little wimple And set forward, slow-dragging, on your four-pinned toes,

Rowing slowly forward.

Whither away, small bird?

Rather like a baby working its limbs,

Except that you make slow, ageless progress

And a baby makes none.

The touch of sun excites you,

And the long ages and the lingering chill

Make you pause to yawn,

Opening your impervious mouth,

Suddenly beak-shaped, and very wide, like some suddenly gaping pincers;

Soft red tongue, and hard thin gums,

Then close the wedge of your little mountain front,

Your face, baby tortoise.

Do you wonder at the world, as slowly you turn your head in its wimple

And look with laconic, black eyes?

Or is sleep coming over you again,

The non-life?

You are so hard to wake

Are you able to wonder?

Or is it just your indomitable will and pride of the first life

Looking round

And slowly pitching itself against the inertia

Which had seemed invincible?

The vast inanimate,

And the fine brilliance of your so tiny eye,

Challenger.

Nay, tiny shell-bird,

What a huge vast inanimate it is, that you must row against,

What an incalculable inertia.

Challenger, Little Ulysses, fore-runner,

No bigger than my thumb-nail,

Buon Viaggio.

All animate creation on your shoulder,

Set forth, little Titan, under your battle-shield.

The ponderous, preponderate, Inanimate universe;

And you are slowly moving, pioneer, you alone.

How vivid your travelling seems now, in the troubled sunshine,

Stoic, Ulyssean atom; Suddenly hasty, reckless, on high toes.

Voiceless little bird,

Resting your head half out of your simple

In the slow dignity of your eternal pause.

Alone, with no sense of being alone,

And hence six times more solitary;

Fulfilled of the slow passion of pitching through immemorial ages Your little round house amid chaos.

Over the garden earth,

Small bird,

Over the edge of all things.

Traveller, With your tail, tucked a little on one side

Like a gentleman in a long-skirted coat.

All life carried on your shoulder, Invincible fore-runner.

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SEXUAL ABUSE

(WESTERN AUSTRALIA) Supreme Court Report: More than 20 years after teenager Hayley Dodd vanished from a remote WA road, a convicted rapist accused of abducting and murdering her is facing a new trial #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Feb.16: Francis John Wark is alleged to have snatched the 17-year-old as she walked in broad daylight along a road near the property where he lived in Badgingarra, abut 200 kilometres north of Perth, on July 29, 1999:

Hayley Dodd’s accused killer Frances Wark faces second trial for alleged 1999 murder: ‘On Monday, a second trial started for Wark in the Supreme Court, with Justice Stephen Hall telling the jury members while it was “no secret” there had been previous hearing, the outcome and fact it had happened was not relevant’

ABC WA News: updated 6h ago

A smiling Hayley Dodd sits on a bed wearing a light blue school polo shirt.
Hayley Dodd was a week into a working trip around Australia when she disappeared.(AAP: Australian Missing Persons Register)

Hayley has not been seen or heard from since.

He also told them it was important not to speculate about the previous trial and that they should put it out of their minds.

“This is a completely new trial. The accused has pleaded not guilty and is entitled to the presumption of innocence,” he said.

Earring found in car seat cover

In an opening address to the jury, the WA Director of Public Prosecutions, Amanda Forrester SC, said it was the state’s case Wark abducted the teenager with a “sexual intention” before disposing of her body.

She said the evidence against the accused included the discovery 14 years later of an earring, matching those believed to have been worn by the 17-year-old, in a car seat cover seized from the vehicle Wark was driving on the day she vanished.

A sketch of the earing with words "not certain of join" and "blue turquoise stone", inset with a very similar-looking earing.
The jury was shown a sketch of Hayley Dodd’s earring done by her friend, and the one found in a car used by Francis Wark.(Supplied: WA Supreme Court)

Ms Forrester said a hair was also discovered amongst vacuumings taken from the floor of the vehicle, and multiple tests had shown it was “highly likely” the DNA found on it could have come from Ms Dodd.

She outlined Wark’s 2007 conviction for abducting a woman from a remote road in Queensland and repeatedly sexually assaulting her.

She said the state argued that showed he had a “tendency to pick up women and violently sexually assault them”.

Wark’s car allegedly seen on road

Wark denies having anything to do with Hayley’s disappearance andmaintains he was shopping in the nearby town of Moora when Ms Dodd was last seen alive, around 11.30am walking along North West Road.

But Ms Forrester argued witnesses who claimed to have seen a vehicle similar to his on the road that day showed his alibi was false.

Hayley Dodd poses for a photo with her head resting on her right hand.
Hayley Dodd was last seen walking along a road in WA’s Wheatbelt.(AAP: Australian Missing Persons Register)

“The evidence shows that was on North West Road, near where Hayley Dodd was seen, and he did have the opportunity to abduct her that day,” she said.

The court heard Ms Dodd was a week into a working trip around Australia and Ms Forrester said she was “full of plans for the future and excited what lay ahead”.

She said when Hayley disappeared, she was on her way to make a surprise visit to a family she had stayed with before, but she had “the misfortune to be in the wrong place at the wrong time”.

No time for murder, defence says

In his opening address, defence lawyer Darryl Ryan said it was his client’s case he was innocent of the allegations.

“Frances Wark did not murder Hayley Dodd, he never saw her, he had nothing to do with her disappearance, he had nothing to do with Hayley Dodd at all,” he said.

Francis Wark's lawyer Darryl Ryan walking outside court wearing sunglasses and a blue tie, with women to his left and right.
Defence lawyer Darryl Ryan says Wark would have had no time to commit the crime as alleged.(ABC News: Hugh Sando)

Mr Ryan said Wark denied being on North West Road at the same time the teenager was seen by witnesses, and maintained he was either still in Moora, 50 kilometres away, or had just embarked on his journey back to his property.

“The defence case is he could not have picked her up in that small window of time,” he said.

Mr Ryan highlighted that no body had been found and said there was no evidence of any murder weapon or of any blood being found, despite extensive searches of Wark’s property that included the stripping of walls and the ripping up of floors.

He also told the jury his client would have had no time to commit the crime as alleged by the state, because it would have involved luring Ms Dodd into his car, violently assaulting her and then disposing of her body in such a way for it to have not been found in more than 20 years.

He acknowledged his client’s conviction for abducting and raping a woman in Queensland, but said that happened seven years later and the circumstances were “vastly different” from what was alleged with Ms Dodd.

Mr Ryan said the Queensland crime occurred in the early hours of the morning, the victim was a mature woman and Wark had pleaded guilty at an early opportunity.

He said while nobody condoned what Wark had done, the jury could not make an assumption that because he was guilty of those offences he was guilty of what was being alleged at this trial.

Earring, DNA evidence disputed

Mr Ryan went on to address the earring found in the car seat cover in 2013, saying it was the defence case that it was not Hayley Dodd’s.

He said the earring was not a unique or valuable piece of jewellery, but rather it was a popular item sold at that time.

An earring embedded in a car seat cover.
The earing was found embedded in a car seat cover from the vehicle Francis Wark was driving.(Supplied: WA Supreme Court)

“It did not belong to Hayley Dodd. It is possible she had a similar earring but the earring in the car seat cover was not hers,” he said.

He said the two forensic police officers who seized the car seat cover in 1999 had not found the earring, and there was also evidence the bag in which it was subsequently stored had been opened by “someone unknown, arguing that raised questions about the integrity of the exhibit.

Mr Ryan also said it was the defence case that the hair found in the vacuumings was not Ms Dodd’s, because it contained male DNA and had therefore come from a man.

The judge, lawyers, jury members and Wark will conduct what is called a “view” on Tuesday by travelling to the relevant sites, including the area where Ms Dodd was last seen alive.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Fe.16: 2021:

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(DENVER, Colo.) JUST IN: Survivors of child sexual assault in Colorado may, for the first time, have legal recourse even after the statute of limitations expires #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Feb.13: He would call me over and sit me on his lap… and when you’re 7, you don’t really understand what’s going on.” Anybody in my position deserves justice,” says Randy Kady, who was 7 years old when his first grade teacher sexually molested him:

‘According to police reports from 1973, Kady was one of 32 young boys the teacher admitted to molesting …..I was 7, I had no concept, no voice. Now that I can process it with an adult mind, I know have a better understanding of what happened. I have a voice and I want my story told.”

CBS4.Com/ February 12, 2021

(credit: CBS)

A story that, today, lives only in old newspaper clippings and police reports that Kady discovered after his mom’s death, “I started reading them and I was just shocked.”

It was the first time he learned of the school district’s response. In interviews with Aurora police, the principal and assistant superintendent admitted they didn’t report the teacher to law enforcement after learning of the abuse. They say the teacher told them, “There’s no sense in denying it.” and even provided a list of victims. They agreed to let him resign “for personal reasons” if he received mental health counseling`:

(credit: CBS)

It wasn’t until a parent went to police that the abuse became public. The assistant superintendent told the Aurora Sun newspaper, “Why was it our (the school’s) responsibility to file a complaint?”

“It’s documented that they didn’t want anything to do with it, they wanted to wash hands of it, that they didn’t care about 30 kids molested, that angers me the most,” says Kady.

And yet there is nothing he can do now. While other states have opened up windows for retroactive claims, in Colorado, once the statute of limitations expires for an existing law, the constitution prevents retroactive claims:

But it doesn’t stop lawmakers from creating a new claim not covered under current law, with no statute of limitations.

That is what state Sen. Jessie Danielson, a Democrat representing Jefferson County, plans to do. Under a bill the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) helped her draft, survivors of child sexual abuse could sue individuals or institutions – for triple the damages – if their abuse was the result of a cover up, no matter how long ago the abuse happened.

“These organizations and their youth programs were trusted by families and parents to protect children and instead they covered up child sex abuse. We have a fundamental obligation to hold them accountable to bring healing to these survivors, and also prevent this behavior from happening in the future,” says Danielson.

(credit: CBS)

Raana Simmons, Executive Director of CCASA, says the bill is narrowly tailored to target bad actors who knew, or should have known, about the abuse and did nothing to stop it.

“When institutions choose to protect their power and profit by concealing the truth, the coverup is something completely different and distinct from the sexual abuse that the child experienced in the first place,” said Simmons.

Unlike other civil liability laws, the bill prevents school districts from using government immunity to avoid damages.

“What this is, we believe, is a path forward to lift the veil of secrecy, to protect our communities, and to make sure that survivors have access to the single system that can provide them with the monetary relief to recover from trauma.”

Kady’s first grade teacher was charged with one count of sexual abuse and received probation. The school district, he says, was also culpable and should be held accountable, “It’s not right that a school covers up sexual abuse of 30+ kids by one teacher.”

(credit: CBS)

In addition to creating a new claim for child sexual abuse as the result of a cover-up, Danielson is also introducing a bill that removes the statute of limitations for all sexual assault claims going forward.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Feb.13: 2021:

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(TASMANIA) JUST IN: A man who worked at a childcare centre in the Greater Hobart area has been charged with producing child exploitation material #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Feb.12: Tasmanian childcare centre worker charged with producing child exploitation material:

The centre involved sent families a letter explaining that the organisation had been assisting police with the investigation since October 2020 “regarding serious allegations concerning child safety”, and “the employee was stood down immediately whilst the matter was investigated”

ABC News: updated 4h ago

Hobart Magistrate's Court
The man appeared in the Hobart Magistrate’s Court last month.(ABC News)

They said, “the individual’s employment was formally terminated” and that “from the time the organisation became aware of the alleged behaviour to the point of termination, the staff member did not attend work at the service.”

“The individual met all legal requirements to work with children including the possession of a valid Tasmanian Registration to Work with Vulnerable People (RWVP),” it said.

“This registration is checked prior to commencement of employment and the status closely monitored for the duration of employment. The RWVP was suspended immediately by the Department of Justice at the beginning of the investigation.

“The organisation has strict policies and procedures in place regarding Child Safety and Mandatory Reporting.

“A framework of child safe practices is embedded in daily operations, leadership and management, education and care environments and interactions with children. 

“Staff are informed of their obligations and legal requirements at the time of their induction and routinely throughout their employment through professional development and regular staff communication.

“We would also like to acknowledge how incredibly difficult it has been for those involved.

“The organisation has been working closely with the families involved to ensure that they and their children are able to receive the professional support required.

Broken soul

“We continue to work with our staff, families and the service community to support each other and to do everything possible to ensure the ongoing safety and wellbeing of children in our care.”

Police said instances of people either producing, viewing, supplying or being in possession of child exploitation material are extremely serious.

Police confirmed the man was charged on January 29, but said the investigation was ongoing, that they were still making inquiries and further charges may be considered.

The man has been bailed to appear at the Hobart Magistrates Court in April. 

The Department of Education’s Education and Care Unit — Tasmania’s childcare regulator — has been notified of the serious incident.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Feb.12: 2021:

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Suffering 💫

It is tragic the way fearful people put all of their fears and insecurities into others; the way they strangle their dreams – often in the name of unconditional love.

Some people run from the suffering their whole lives, and what pain they do not digest they inflict upon others.

You can’t run from your trauma forever.

Avoiding grief causes endless suffering for you and others.

Resisting misery is selfishness.

When you face your suffering, you will discover you were always stronger than your distress.

Your suffering was always a fraud; appearing inescapable, insurmountable and sometimes even as a friend.

The time has come to say goodbye to the afflictions you have been carrying, nurturing, protecting and empowering.

When you truly face your suffering you will only see yourself.

Your fear was always you.

Fear is a prison where you are the jailer.

Free yourself!

Anything you want is just beyond your fear.

Your healing hour arrives at the moment you decide to live fully and powerfully.

That moment is now 💫

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Brotherhood 💥

“Be grateful when you older brothers growl you, and when they tell you what to do and. Beautiful they are just trying to fulfil their duty of protecting you.”

“If you have a brother or sister, tell them you love them every day – that’s the most beautiful thing. I told my sister how much I loved her every day. That’s the only reason I’m OK right now.”

“We have flown the air like birds and swum the sea like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers.”

“Blessed is the servant who loves his brother as much when he is sick and useless as when he is well and an be of service to him. And blessed is he who loves his brother as well when he is afar off as when he is by his side, and who would say nothing behind his back he might not, in love, say before his face.”

“There is a destiny which makes us brothers; none goes his way alone. All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own.”

“When brothers agree, no fortress is so strong as their common life.”

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Relationships 😌

” Never romanticize others. They will never live up to your expectations. Don’t over-analyze your relationships.”

” Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness. “

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”One measure of friendship consists not in the number of things friends can discuss, but in the number of things they need no longer mention.”Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm & constant.”’

“One’s friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human.”

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

Growing apart doesn’t change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled.

I’m glad for that.

”Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain.

It’s not something you learn in society.

But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you haven’t learned anything.”

If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember.

You are braver than you believe, powerful than you seem, and smarter than you think.

But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.”

It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.

I’m satisfied for that.

”A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.

”I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.

”In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being.

We should all be grateful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”

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About two years ago at book presentation a little girl of about seven or eight asked me “Why are all the murder victims always girls?”

I was at a book presentation for a book about Bea Wyett and with Bea being a little girl that’s mostly who were in the audience; little girls. the little girls had some very deep questions but one question stuck with me. One little girl asked, “Why are all the murder victims always girls or […]

About two years ago at book presentation a little girl of about seven or eight asked me “Why are all the murder victims always girls?”

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Editor: Great read.

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Conceit ⭐

It is conceit that kills us and makes us cowards instead of gods.

Under the great Command:

Know thy self, and that thou art mortal! we have become fatally self-conscious, fatally self-important, fatally entangled in the Laocoцn coils of our conceit.

Now we have to admit we can’t know ourselves, we can only know about ourselves.

And I am not interested to know about myself any more,

I only entangle myself in the knowing.

Now let me be myself, now let me be myself, and flicker forth, now let me be myself, in the being, one of the gods. ~

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Honestly 🌟

Beauty is being the best possible version of yourself on the inside and out.

Don’t be afraid to show the real You, if people don’t like it sorry honey it’s your loss.

The truth requires less stress and energy than trying to concealing one’s stories.

If you cant rectify the truth, dont ask me to be honest.

Our true self is being who we are.

I rather go on in life being me and imperfect, than seeking to be what someone else expects.

Just be yourself because everybody else is taken.

Hurt me with the verity. But never comfort me with an untruth.

Don’t tell me long-distance relationships don’t work out, because as far as I can see local relationships don’t work any better.😁

If you ask me an honest question, I am going to give you an honest answer.

A fake person will make a mistake and act like it never happened, a REAL person will make a mistake, admit it and apologize regardless of the consequence!

I’d rather be detested for my character than liked for my lack of it.

Never fake yourself just to look perfect because Perfection is never real and Reality is never Perfect!

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