keywords: Val Yule

  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Tips for surviving Christmas angst

    • Barry Gittins
    • 06 December 2016
    5 Comments

    Cricket games, feasts, the origami orgy of Christmas present wrappings rent asunder ... the underlying truth in all of this, for many of us, is deep emotional pain and loneliness that's gone unheard, unnoticed, all year. Family is both a lodestone and a millstone at Christmas. It's a truth magnified by aspirational love. As Pope John XXIII once said, cutting close to home, 'Mankind is a great, an immense family. This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas.' It's a big ask that carries a price.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The virtues of hoarding

    • Various
    • 10 April 2012
    4 Comments

    Let me have things about me not thrown out! Reminding things are made by hands, spent from the earth. You can't take any with you, that is sure, nor likely leave behind. But when they ask, 'Do you have a widget, a grommet, a poem by ...?' yes, I have.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Uncreation story

    • Val Yule
    • 12 August 2008
    3 Comments

    Mountains and hills! Men bore, quarry and scalp them .. Fruit trees and cedars! Men spray them and clearfell them .. Beasts and cattle! Men extinguish or factory-farm them .. Creeping things and flying birds! Men wipe them out also.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Imagining peace at Christmas

    • Val Yule
    • 18 December 2007
    6 Comments

    On an anniversary of September 11, President Bush attended a church service that included the Beatitudes as one of the readings. If the preacher had continued on a few verses, he would have been telling the President and people to love their enemies and do good to those that hate them.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Unchecked consumption will waste the planet

    • Val Yule
    • 31 October 2007
    2 Comments

    So many of the goods you see in shop windows will soon be waste, mostly landfill. Cutting waste is the fastest way to reduce carbon emissions and cope with other crises of climate change.

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  • CONTRIBUTORS

    Val Yule

    • Val Yule
    • 28 October 2007

    Val Yule is a writer on social issues and researcher on imagination and literacy. In the 1970s she was schools psychologist for disadvantaged Catholic schools with the Commonwealth Disadvantaged Schools Program.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Jan Egeland, modern Santa

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 27 February 2007
    3 Comments

    When we think of the rise and rise of Santa Claus, we might ask whether King Haakon was bringing a Trojan horse into the Christian camp when he brought Yuletide into Christmas. But he had good precedents. Outsiders continue to be important in retelling the Christmas story. This Christmas, Jan Egeland steps down as head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Our killing fields

    • Bob Reece
    • 24 June 2006
    2 Comments

    Bob Reece reviews Patrick Collins’ Goodbye Bussamarai: The Mandandanji Land War, Southern Queensland 1842–1852.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    City terraces

    • Philip Harvey
    • 11 May 2006

    Peter Yule’s Carlton: A History reviewed by Philip Harvey.

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