Bobbing Around Volume 19 Number 8

Failing to adequately plan for the known threat of climate change in a country like Australia should now be considered to be an act of treason.
Joëlle Gergis, lead author on the forthcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Sixth Assessment report of the global climate due out next year.


Just relax, watch, and let the mind pass by.
Pragito Dove

Bobbing Around

Volume Nineteen, Number Eight,
February, 2020

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Global warming means even traditionally cooler La Niña years are now warmer than many El Niño years of the past. This suggests natural variability may be increasingly swamped by human influences on the climate… It is sobering to consider what might happen to the Australian landscape the next time an El Niño hits.
Joëlle Gergis and Geoff Cary


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The magical number 77

Yes, 7 is magical. There are 7 major chakras. Muslims have 7 heavens. The book of Genesis says God had fun for 6 days and rested on the 7th.

If 7 is magical 77 is more so. And on the 4th of February this year, I am 77 years old.

STOP! If anyone should be congratulated, it’s not me but my mother. I was only a passenger. She did all the work and more. If you have read Ankió: The stranger who loved me, you’ll know, a shot-down plane crashed into the hospital while she was squeezing me out. A nurse sewed her up, but all analgesics were needed for bombing casualties, so she just put up with it. Then, rather than risk having the building collapse on us, she walked through the bitter cold and snow for three hours to get home.

OK, I am the one who managed to survive the intervening 77 years, but even so, I still don’t want you to email me blocks of chocolate or complicated video cards. 4th February is the anniversary of that ancient event, but every day, even every moment is a birthday, because it is the birth of the rest of our life.

I’ll do my best to make that as good as I can, and I wish you the same.



New stuff

Responses
From an honorary grandson
Caitlin Jans
Petros Rozakeas
Florence Weinberg

Environment
Understanding the science: Australian bushfires

Politics
Israel and anti-Semitism

Psychology
There is a terrible secret in my past
I want to die and nobody cares
Why do I hurt the people I love?

Deeper Issues
Paul Bedson on forgiveness

Look over a writer’s shoulder
Cutting the expense of book promotion

I approve of these announcements
Bird Bonds by Gisela Kaplan
For Valentine’s Day
The Next Economic Battleground, from Anthony Mays
FoE annual Radioactive Exposure Tour, April 2020

Reviews
The healing power of girlfriends by Deborah Olson
Mental Health Strong by Erin Ramachandran
Olivia’s Escape, by Cindy and Adrian Matthews


Responses

From an honorary grandson
Caitlin Jans
Petros Rozakeas
Florence Weinberg

 

From an honorary grandson

About a year ago, a 17 year old boy contacted me. He was suicidally depressed, hated himself, and felt immense guilt about some actions of his when he was much younger. We’ve had regular email contact since.

Here is his response on 2nd January, to Bobbing Around, which had come out a day previously:

Sorry for this being late but happy new year! I hope it is filled with many blessings and good health. I look forward to reading the new issue.

This new year I plan on doing my best to be a good role model and help those around me that need it.

I hope you and your family are doing well. It’s been a little bit since I’ve last written but I am doing just fine.

God bless and stay safe.

And a few weeks later,

Hey Bob, I’ve finally gone back to school, starting last week, so wish me luck!

I’ve been having a very busy past few days between helping my grandad clean churches, since my grandmother has just gotten her second knee replaced and cannot walk great just yet, and then there’s school coming back again, in which I need to get up bright and early and spend most of my day there. I’ve been meeting regularly with a great friend of mine who is a priest to get help with that too. Things are good but busy, I can’t complain!

How have you been? Anything new or exciting happening in your life?

God bless,


Caitlin Jans

Bob,

Thank you for sharing
the link to our new book
. I found your letter about the fires particularly helpful. I’ve been following them closely but the news coverage of them here is sporadic. The region we used to live in was profoundly affected by forest fires, although last year did much better when we were fearing the worst. The fires, climate change, and what is happening in India politically is weighing on me heavily lately with no clear sign of how to help.

Your wish was very thoughtful. Hopefully your New Year contains much good news that has yet to unfold.

Warmly,

Caitlin

Caitlin and her husband, Jacob, are part of the team running Authors Publish Magazine. The announcement she refers to is about their new service: Paid Publishing Guidebook for 2020


Petros Rozakeas

Petros made a comment on one of my posts at Linkedin, and since then we have carried on a friendly conversation. He sent me this:

I just read your essay titled “How to change the world” — extremely insightful and as you say, more relevant in today’s global climate. You certainly cover a myriad of topics and issues. I like the reference to Victor Frankl. His book “Man’s search for meaning” had a big influence on me when I first read it about 30 odd years ago. Dividing the book into two sections that dealt with his experiences in a WW2 concentration camp and his thoughts on psychotherapy was a powerful way to convey a message. In my opinion, Frankl’s Logotherapy essentially became the third major psychotherapeutic approach to emerge from the previous century — adding to ideas of Freud and Jung. Frankl’s approach centred around hope (or lack of hope) as a driver for contentment (or depression). Hope is needed today… and I see it in the world’s youth. It’s critical that today’s youth has an optimistic and hopeful outlook — they will be inheriting the planet and generating the solutions needed to maintain a healthy planet (and society).

I am wondering whether you have heard of the Baha’i faith that originated in Persia/Iran? I think it’s the most recent of major religions that sprouted in 1863. I was raised in a Greek Orthodox Christian family and find the Baha’i religion very interesting.

I signed up for email updates to your website — cheers.


Florence Weinberg

Hello Bob,

It’s been a long time since I’ve written you, although I keep up with Bobbing Around.
I just read Labels. The message comes through SO loud and clear, especially now in the middle of the Impeachment trial of our Labeler-in-Chief. I fear that I know what the result of this trial will be: acquittal. Even more, I fear what that means for the future of our government. It will give the Executive Branch a blank check to tyrannise over the Legislative and thus enable the president to become a dictator. In the nine months remaining before the next election, Mitch McConnell will rush through more right-wing judges, including, probably, one to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Such an outcome would guarantee–since the Judiciary would side with the Executive–the path to dictatorship of the Executive.

Oops! I didn’t mean to dwell on our situation but rather to congratulate you on your clear-eyed view of the present situation of humanity in general. What a boon it would be if someone like Shelly could talk to our Hater-in-Chief–but I fear he doesn’t have the mental capacity to learn new ways. He’s to be pitied, but meanwhile, he could wreck our nation. He could, and will, also contribute to the pollution and ultimate destruction of the planet.
Darn! I didn’t mean this note to be so pessimistic!

Anyway, I admire your persistent work. Perhaps the pressure of the majority of the Australian and the American people will prevent somehow the dire prediction of future horrors from coming to pass. Let us pray!

In hope,
Florence


Environment

Understanding the science: Australian bushfires

This is the best plain-language explanation I’ve read of what controls Australia’s climate. It is a long read, but worth it.


Politics

Israel and anti-Semitism

I have a long term friend and colleague who rejects the Australian Greens in every way, because he believes this party to be anti-Semitic.

The reason is, that for many years, the Murdoch Press has conflated criticism of Israel’s actions against Palestinians with anti-Semitism.

So, I took the trouble of a brief trawl through the Greens’ policies, and extracted those I thought relevant. Here they are:

  • The use and promotion of violence against civilians or elected governments or representatives, whether perpetrated by a state, an organisation or individuals, should be rejected as a means to achieve political ends.
  • To reduce the threat of terrorism, the social and economic injustices which contribute to terrorist actions should be addressed.
  • Racism in all forms is unacceptable and the Australian government should combat racial and religious prejudice in all its forms. (This means opposition to both antisemitism and anti-Islam discrimination. What the Nazis did was racist. What Netanyahu does is racist.)
  • The principles of the United Nations Charter and Declaration of Human Rights, and adherence to effective global environmental governance, must underpin foreign policy.
  • All peoples have the right to self-determination.
  • The right to economic independence and sovereignty of developing countries needs to be respected.
  • Lasting solutions to conflicts, either between or within nations, depend on delivering social, environmental and economic justice to the peoples involved, and on ensuring they can exercise their civil and political rights.
  • Achieving a durable resolution to conflicts requires a commitment to non-violence.

If you agree with these policies, then you must judge the Israeli government to have been guilty of a long history of human rights abuses. This does not mean lack of support for Israel’s right to existence. What the Nazis did was wrong, but that does not justify harming people because of their religion, ethnic or cultural identification, or any other reason.

I am greatly heartened by the support Jewish organisations in the USA are offering to the people suffering from Trump’s paranoia. I’ve read reports of Muslims protecting Jews from attack, and vice versa. THIS is how we should all live.


Psychology

There is a terrible secret in my past
I want to die and nobody cares
Why do I hurt the people I love?

 

There is a terrible secret in my past

Hi Bob,

I’m writing to you in an effort to seek understanding and peace with an event that occurred in my teenage years that I am struggling to let go of. You have written about it on your website and responded to people who have sent similar cries for help in to you. I also suffer from OCD and I’ve spent years of my life obsessing and agonising over this event that I feel absolutely horrible about. I feel as though I don’t deserve the love of my family and friends, like if anyone knew about what I did they would hate me and think I am awful. I spend every day anxious that I’m going to lose everyone I love. I love all the amazing people in my life so much and I feel like I am deceiving them because they wouldn’t love me if they knew what I did.

I know in my heart that I am a good person and have been through my adult life. I have lots of lovely friends, a beautiful family and an amazing husband (that knows all about this) but I just don’t feel as though I can forgive myself for my choices back then. I had a hard upbringing, with a nasty divorce and then exposure to pornography at a young age, then a family friend exposing his genitals to me when I was 14 (which led to me becoming paranoid about every adult man in my life).

I want to disclose what happened and hear your thoughts and advice, I’m just unsure as to whether email is confidential or the best/safest way to contact you about this.

If you could help me in any way I would be so grateful. Your advice online has already helped me to be able to semi-function and brought me back from the brink of suicide. I deeply appreciate you and your work.

Kind regards,
Justine

Justine my dear, thank you for reaching out to me. It is my joy to be of service to people in your kind of situation.

While email is in principle “insecure,” there are so many millions of them whizzing around the planet that loss of confidentiality is very unlikely.

One safety measure is to get yourself a webmail address: gmail, hotmail or the like, with a fictitious name. We can then correspond through that.

Right now, another young woman sends me emails with one name, but signs them with another name. There is a young man who used to change his email every few weeks, which was awkward — he lost our correspondence each time, so this is not a good idea.

So, you could be Julie Smith, sending with a gmail address, and no one else needs to know who that is.

I am confident that you have an excellent chance of building a good life for yourself, despite at this stage only knowing what you wrote.

Please read my book, From Depression to Contentment: A self-therapy guide. If you can’t afford the few dollars for an electronic copy, I’ll email you a free one. You can be working through the program while we continue chatting via email.

With metta,
Bob

Since this initial email exchange, we have kept up our correspondence. We have become friends, and are continuing email therapy.


I want to die and nobody cares

A young woman posted this on the suicide prevention blog I have the honour to be a part of:

I have suicidal thoughts often usually I manage to manage them but sometimes I get triggered and I can no longer control my thoughts. I suffer from PTSD and it is so bad sometimes it seems like death is the only answer. I have reached out for help but mostly I get ignored or cut short. People I thought were my friends continue to abandon me. I reached out to one ‘friend’ who engaged with texts a couple of times but I have not heard from her since I told her I was being released from a 5150 hold 20 hours ago. Not so much as an ‘are you ok?’! WTF? is wrong with people. I have been there for her!

Maria, we are here for you. This is because most of us offering help here have travelled similar paths, and have gained strength, and now want to give back.

There is effective treatment for PTSD. I have used it on myself, and before I retired, hundreds of my clients recovered. This is “exposure therapy.” There are many forms. All work by “processing the trauma.”

In PTSD, the flashbacks and nightmares and other re-experiencing are so terrible that we run from them. I used to shout inside my head, “SHUT UP! when I got a flashback, and it went away. But what this did was to keep the crap going.

When I learned about exposure therapy, I did it for myself, and it worked. However, it is MUCH easier to have a competent helper.

Find someone trained in one of the following:
Traumatic Incident Reduction

Hypnotic age regression

EMDR

Please visit my blog Bobbing Around and use the contact form to get in personal touch. Then we can work together.
Have a good life, my dear (you can).


Why do I hurt the people I love?

I have an abusive dad. He would be shouting at me and also beat my mom but then my mom divorced my dad and left me with him so from the age of 6 my dad started to beat me too. This continued until I was at the age of 18. I never felt safe with him and had to hide a knife in my closet just to feel safe at home, and even after I left the house I cried when I heard a man’s shouting voice.

But the one person who is with me all that time is my grandma and somehow whenever she did something that I don’t like I would start hurting myself and then it kinda progress to verbally abuse her instead and when she cried I just felt better and it just make me feel sick with myself.

Now I have a boyfriend. At first it was nice and all but when he did something wrong I would say something to make him feel bad like I did with my grandma and then it just got worse. When he did something wrong I would just punch him and sometimes I just wanna punch him out of nowhere and I feel good doing it.

I know this is wrong I and want to fix it but I don’t know how and sometimes I would recognise my dad’s speech patterns in my speech patterns and it’s scaring me. I want to get help I want to change I don’t want to be with my dad but I don’t know where to start. I am afraid that it’s all in my head and it would all be a waste of time for everyone else and I don’t want my boyfriend to think there’s something wrong with me too.

Why do I like hurting people that are close to me and how can I fix it?

Phan my dear,

You do know why you react like this. You have described the reason very well: all your life your father taught you that this is the way to treat people you love. You hate it, but it is the only way you have learned how to behave with people close to you.

This is a habit. Habits can be changed, but it is hard work. From your words, I know you very strongly want to change, so YOU CAN DO IT.

Ask your grandmother and your boyfriend to be your helpers.

Think of it this way. There is a copy of your father inside your mind, and sometimes he takes over. You are going to stop this.

The three of you can design something you say to yourself (in your own language of course) as soon as you get angry. Examples are: “You don’t own me anymore.” “I am me, not you.” “I don’t hurt people.”

Second, design other ways to react. One is being “assertive” instead of aggressive.

You can handle an annoyance in three ways:
1. Bulldozer: “Get off my toes or I’ll punch your face in!”
2. Doormat: “Sorry for being in your way. Please trample on me.”
3. Assertive: “You’re standing on my toes and it hurts. Please get off now.”
The assertive formula is: “When you do this, I feel… so please do that.”
You don’t need the formula in words, but use the way of thinking behind it.

Third, when you slip and do things the old way (we all do that when changing habits), apologise, and go away for a few minutes. This is “Time Out.” During those few minutes, relax your body, set your mind to one of the reactions you designed, and return. Apologise again, then do it right.

Fourth is your two helpers’ job, not yours. When there is a situation in which you used to get abusive and aggressive and you don’t, they are to notice, and praise you for managing to do things the new way. When you slip and are abusive, they are not to react back in the way they used to, but just say to you the thought you designed, like, “Phan, you are not your father anymore.”

You are welcome to join my worldwide group of grandchildren.
Bob


Deeper Issues

Paul Bedson on forgiveness

Q1: Do you have to like someone whom you have forgiven?
A1: Like: No. Respect (their right to life): Yes. Accept (that they are the way they are):Yes.

Q2: How do you know if you have someone to forgive/release?
A2: Bring to mind your family members (even deceased ones), your friends, your partners/lovers/spouse and your EX-partners, other community members.
See their face in your mind’s eye, say their name in your mind… if you feel any discomfort, contraction, frustration, hurt or judgements then it would probably serve you well to forgive or release them. At the same time, you release yourself from being a sad or angry (or judgmental) victim of the other person.

Q3: Do you have to tell them about it?
A3: No. This is your internal process… you have no expectations that they should change or reciprocate in any way. This is unconditional forgiveness! You are releasing yourself from the past, old ways of judging them.

Q4: If this is an ongoing relationship, and they aren’t going to change, can I still forgive them and protect myself?
A4: Yes, forgiveness gives you access to more skilful and creative ways of dealing with the differences between us. After you forgive/release them you need to lower your expectations of them (they are the way they are), be clearer with your boundaries and your communication with them, and when you can: wish them well.

Paul and I have been friends for 15 years, when he became senior therapist at the Gawler Foundation. This is a wonderful organisation quite near to where I live, which works with people who have life-threatening conditions. He and his delightful wife, Maia, joined my community, Moora Moora, soon after, and they have been the centre of working toward cooperation, mutual decency, fostering community.


Look over a writer’s shoulder

Cutting the expense of book promotion

promoter
Writing a book is all very well. Whether you self-publish, or score a contract with the best publisher in the world, you (yes, you, personally) need to promote it, on and on.

There is helpful advice on how to do it on the cheap: Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s The Frugal Book Promoter.

I reviewed earlier editions of this book, finding it excellent. Now its third edition is out, through Modern History Press. Do have a look.


I approve of these announcements

Bird Bonds by Gisela Kaplan
For Valentine’s Day
The Next Economic Battleground, from Anthony Mays
FoE annual Radioactive Exposure Tour, April 2020

 

Bird Bonds by Gisela Kaplan


Some Australian native birds become childhood sweethearts and court for years before they get ‘married’. Others divorce because of personality clashes and different skill levels. Many negotiate their parenting duties. But how do these personal life events link to long-lasting bonds, long life-spans and exceptional overall intelligence?

Fascinated? Check out Gisela’s latest book.


For Valentine’s Day


Carolyn Howard-Johnson sent me a promo item for a poetry book, to be in time for Valentine’s Day. Only, I had to look up when that is! Verily, it’s in February.

For the same price as a greeting card, you can make a gift of this:

Cherished Pulse:
A Chapbook of Unsyrupy Love Poetry
Coauthored by Carolyn Howard-Johnson and Magdalena Ball
Artwork by Vicki Thomas
Self-Published in the fine tradition of poets everywhere
Awards: USA Book News finalist for poetry
ISBN: 1438263791
ISBN 13: 978-1438263793
Order paperback or e-book on Amazon.
Celebration Series fan page on Facebook.
Proceeds from Cherished Pulse go to St. Jude’s Hospital, USA

“I absolutely loved this collection of poems. The two of you blow me away with your talent!” ~ Darcia Helle for Goodreads

“. . . snapshots of love by two gifted poets.”
~Willie Elliott for MyShelf.com


The Next Economic Battleground, from Anthony Mays

What led me to write my latest book, Halfway to MMXX The Year 2020: It Begins?

I’m always looking for that story that needs telling. I began reading articles about Russian Arctic expansion which seldom receives the news coverage it deserves. I believe the Russians are, and have been, positioning themselves to take a dominant role from the effects of global warming in the Arctic. It is my belief that this region of the world will become the next great economic battleground.

For centuries, the Arctic has kept its secrets hidden under vast sheets of ice and snow. Today, those layers of solid freeze are yielding to the influences of man. Global temperatures continue to rise from overuse of fossil fuels and burning forests changing the landscape forever. The peeling of those layers now exposes the surface underneath making easy the plunder of Arctic riches.

Read the article.

Extract: “As the ice continues to melt, countries are licking their chops at what lies underneath the surface. According to estimates from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Arctic holds approximately 22 percent of the world’s undiscovered energy resources including 13 percent of the world’s undiscovered oil (90 billion barrels) and 30 percent of its undiscovered gas (50 trillion cubic meters of natural gas and 44 billion barrels of natural gas liquids). The vast majority of these resources, roughly 84 percent, are believed to lie offshore under the Arctic Ocean.”

My book of fiction is meant to stir our conscience in the direction of exploration gone bad and its potential environmental impact. This work is fortunate to have been accorded the LiFE (Literature for Environment) Award.


FoE annual Radioactive Exposure Tour, April 2020

We are very pleased to announce Radioactive Exposure Tour is on in April 2020! Hit the road with us to join the radioactive resistance to nuclear dumps and uranium mine expansions in South Australia.
More details here.

You can register via this form.

Please share this around with others to help get the ball rolling.


Reviews

The healing power of girlfriends by Deborah Olson
Mental Health Strong by Erin Ramachandran
Olivia’s Escape, by Cindy and Adrian Matthews

 

The healing power of girlfriends by Deborah Olson

Written in easy-to-follow, clear language, this book is based on research, something I value. Deborah explains her ideas in a logical structure, with each chapter recapped through thought-provoking questions that induce the reader to apply the concepts in real life.

The research she cites, and her own research, shows the benefits to women of having a wide range of friendships with other women, and she guides her readers in how to maximize benefits and minimize the harm that mismanaged friendships can do.

Mind you, in my opinion, men will also benefit from incorporating her advice into our lives.


Mental Health Strong by Erin Ramachandran

A case of one is not a good recipe for a self-help book, because situations vary so much. Despite this limitation, Erin Ramachandran has managed to construct a program that should work for many couples struggling with various mental health diagnoses. The book is explicitly Christian, but one can replace the prayers with a suitable equivalent and benefit equally well.

Having had decades of experience as a therapist, I can assure the potential reader that this program has a very good chance of working, although one of my mottos is, “Nothing works for everyone, but something works for everyone.” This program is well thought out, presents many resources to draw on, and is both a personal testament and a guide.

There are things I disagree with. One is the assumption, stated several times, that psychological problems are “chemical imbalances.” This is a commonly held view, particularly in the USA for some reason, but there is considerable evidence against it. Still, it is the language most of its potential readers will understand, so that’s OK.


Olivia’s Escape, by Cindy and Adrian Matthews

Teenage heroine to the rescue
Olivia’s Escape is a good fun YA science fiction story that even I, a young adult of 77 years, enjoyed.
At first, 17-year-old Olivia is the one who needs rescuing. She finds herself one of a kidnapped group, on a strange, dark planet somewhere else in the universe, facing horrid people — for want of a better word — whose particular addiction is drinking a virgin’s blood.
Even then, she is defiantly sassy, and refuses to buckle under.
I won’t give any of the plot away, but in classic thriller style, she and her friends face crisis after crisis, and, having stumbled into becoming one of the leaders of the Resistance, she…
No. I promised. Read it yourself.



Posts during January

ENVIRONMENT

Official: we must get rid of pesticides

New report from the Club of Rome: PLANET EMERGENCY PLAN

GOOD NEWS

A princely prize for environmental solutions

A better way to feed a city

Judge clears Swiss climate protestors, because climate change is a clear danger

Regreening of an island nation

POLITICS

Bushfire liars are out in force

Powerful essay by Cindy Matthews

Understanding fake news

INSPIRATION

Basketball star is successfully reducing extinctions

PSYCHOLOGY

Suicide attempts can make things worse

DEEPER ISSUES

A Buddhist new year message

On trans

Protection from the liars: a must-see movie

Plants can complain

TECHNOLOGY

Are you still buying bottled water?

LOOK OVER A WRITER’S SHOULDER

The Obsolete Present: January Rhobin’s Round essay.

I APPROVE OF THESE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Award the Rubber Dodo before January 15

Big book giveaway

FUN

Meet Pete, the maidenhair fern that took its own photo

The Australian government’s fire season preparation


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About Dr Bob Rich

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that's now threatening us with extinction, and replacing culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.
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