A Stuff Free Silly Season

An email newsletter arrived overnight to remind me to not get caught up in the pull of the over the top stupidity of the Silly Season/Christmas/Xmas/Holidays……what ever name you label it. Contrary to what some folk have said about me, I don’t hate Xmas, i love the getting together with loved ones and sharing and spending special times, I do however hate the rampant and mindless commercialism that drives way too many

I will share the email text below as it has good ideas for us all to make easy small changes within our giving circles. And ultimately be part of a social change for the better.

” However you celebrate, the holiday season provides an opportunity express gratitude for what we have and to spend time with the ones we love. But for years, retailers have been trying to write a new story for the holidays, one that puts presents before presence. Instead of expressing our love by doing stuff with our families, corporations want us to keep buying Stuff for them.

But this consumer frenzy has serious consequences for the planet, and is turning the holidays into a time of stress and anxiety.

That’s why we’re sharing these tips for a simpler holiday season:

1 Participate in Buy Nothing Day on November 24. Take the pledge to avoid crowded malls on the busiest shopping day of the year, and invite your friends to do the same!

2 Start a conversation about Stuff. Talk with your friends and family about where our Stuff comes from and where it goes – and the impacts on people and the planet along the way. Sharing The Story of Stuff movie on social media is a great icebreaker!

3 Give a non-material gift like event tickets, membership to a local museum, or a charitable donation in someone’s name.

4 Gift something home-made or second-hand like baked goods, upcycled art, or quality used items.

5 Volunteer with a local charity or community organization – and bring your friends along, too.

6 Make a plan to relax. Holiday obligations and activities can leave us with little time to truly recharge. Set aside some time to get out into nature or to simply curl up with a good book.

7 Give the gift of an empty mailbox with Catalog Choice. This free website operated by The Story of Stuff Project can help you cancel unwanted catalogs and other junk mail. Sign up and get started now!

Check out hundreds more ideas for a simpler holiday season on our “Un-Stuff Your Holiday” Pinterest board. Or, read 15 commercial-free holiday tips for families from our friends at New Dream.

Finally, be sure to join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, where you can tell us how you #BuyLessLiveMore this holiday season.

From all of us at The Story of Stuff Project,”


Friday essay: when did Australia’s human history begin?

I read this thought provoking article from The Conversation over the weekend. It makes me think about my own dialogue and language I use as I participate in the in going conversations with my fellow Australian citizens about the makeup of modern society and the respect we truly convey to the first people’s who were here for generation after generation after generation before we white folks decided we “discovered” this southern land.

It also makes me aware of the fluid nature of science and research. Fluid in the sense that each new piece of research adds to the exisiting picture of the past and of life and how we perceive our world and how we treat this precious planet.


The Scientists Responsible for “The Out Of Africa Theory” Admit They Were Wrong, Are We Even Listening?

Are you willing to live life challenging those concepts and theories you were taught in school and further on.?
Keep thinking, keep challenging and updating you thinking. Never forget that a huge amount of what you learned as “facts” gets adjusted and edited and even disproven with new research.
The more years you have on your age clock the more you are challenged to keep renewing those hard wired beliefs you cling to.
Keep thinking. This blog post is a good one to start with.


The Scientists Responsible for “The Out Of Africa Theory” Admit They Were Wrong, Are We Even Listening?

They were wrong and had the integrity to admit that mistake and tidy up the bad research and errors made.

“Australian scientists say analysis of the oldest DNA ever taken from skeletal remains challenges the theory that all modern humans can trace their recent ancestry to Africa.

What our evidence shows is that the situation is much more complicated than any of these supporters of Out of Africa would have imagined

Dr Alan Thorne, Australian National University

The study is based on the 60,000-year-old so-called Mungo Man skeleton, which was unearthed in New South Wales in 1974, and nine other anatomically modern Australian individuals who lived 8-15,000 years ago.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/1108413.stm

Australian historian Greg Jefferys explains that, “The whole ‘Out of Africa’ myth has its roots in the mainstream academic campaign in the 1990′s…

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Round and Round the Crochet Hook – Blog Tour and Book Giveaway

How exciting


In a couple of days my book is to be released😆😆😆! I’m a little bit excited heheh, okay, maybe a lot, and a bit nervous too. So let’s celebrate with an international blog tour where I will be joined by some amazingly talented fellow crocheters who will share a photo and or blog post about the book. I will have a list further below of who they are and how to follow them and see what they make. I’m really looking forward to seeing them put their special touches on the patterns and what colours they will choose to make the projects in.


Inside the book you will find patterns to inspire and admire.  With 19 designs from quick projects to ones that wow, no doubt there is something for everyone. The title gives away that all the designs are made in the round, something which I find very soothing…

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Book Review: ‘Flowers in the Dust’, by Jenny Mace, published by Shady Tree, Australia, 2017

Jerry Coleby-Williams

In the ancient landscapes of Queensland’s desert uplands grow many curious and attractive plants. Dame Quentin Bryce Ad, CVO, remembers the desert uplands for its ‘vivid red soils, its astonishing vegetation, its lakes, its slopes and its plains.

For many of us it’s easy to miss these tough, resilient wildflowers when they’re in bloom – the uplands cover a huge amount of land and plants growing in this semi-arid region respond quickly to good rainfall. In 2016, that country was baked dry, but on Australia Day 2017, its lakes were full, pasture was lush and the wildflowers were brilliant. It was high season for botanical artist Jenny Mace.

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