On facebook, an old classmate copy-pasted a nationalistic and divisive rant based on Dorothea Mackellar’s My Country:
After stewing for a while, I came up with a response:
I love a diverse country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of fiercely fought freedom,
Of people with heart, guts and brains.
I love an inclusive society,
Of friendship, passion and free,
Our successes and achievements,
Acceptance – that is Australia’s key.
This evening, I had two spiritual experiences I must share:
1. Grilling a beef t-bone steak on the courtyard barbecue on a beautiful winter’s evening.
2. Eating a perfectly medium-rare cooked t-bone steak accompanied by boiled potatoes with Nuttelex, left over vegetables and Mum’s eggplant chilli chutney:
After previously blogging from Mersin, Turkey and Adelaide, South Australia I’m now based in Perth, Western Australia. This WordPress blog at joe.in usurps my previous Blogger-based blog which I blogged at http://users.chariot.net.au/~jktaheny/blogger/blog.htm from October 2003 to November 2004 and then at taheny.com from November 2004 to April 2010.