26th January a Controversial Australia’s National Day

Australian Flag over Swan River

Every year, on the 26 January Australia Day is a national public holiday, where thousands of families and friends gathered to bring the country together. It reflects the nation’s diversity of people in Australia’s history.

Australia’s major cities come together as a nation, and the City of Perth is one of those cities. I am fortunate to live close to the celebration zone at the Sir James Mitchell Park on the beautiful South Perth foreshore.

Families, youth and seniors from a wide range of demographics come from all over the city to the celebration zone to enjoy the free activities, rides, cultural group performances and entertainment for all ages. It is a smoke and alcohol-free with plenty of food to enjoy.

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The Remarkable Effect of Gratitude and Appreciation

Autum leaves

“The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields, and sandy beaches. It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day. What the world needs more of is people to appreciate and enjoy it.”  – Michael Josephson

Thanksgiving is a time of reflection, affection and delicious meals. Today, our youngest son, his lovely wife, her family and all the US are celebrating with family and friends. But regardless of where we are and where we live or which holidays we celebrate, we can all agree that gratitude and appreciation make the world a much better place.

We have experience how precious this special day represents for them. We lived in San Diego for four years, and our son has been living in America for over ten years. We feel a great connection to the USA. Continue reading “The Remarkable Effect of Gratitude and Appreciation”

Halloween vs Day of Dead. A Celebration of Life.

Pumpkin and Candles

Happy Halloween! How are you planning to enjoy this holiday? People around the world celebrate it, but if you are in America,  it is going to be a big day.

Children dress up and go ‘trick-or-treat’ door-to-door. Some families decorate their homes and gardens in Halloween style, and many adults dress up to go out with their children, attend costume parties or may watch horror films.

Whereas Halloween, October 31,  is a dark night of spookiness and mischief. Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos), November 2, is a celebration of life and death. And although related, the two annual events differ vastly in traditions and nature. Continue reading “Halloween vs Day of Dead. A Celebration of Life.”