How we Use Information, Non-Fiction, Published at Resilience 101

Goodness Prevails amid Aussie Shitstorm

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One politician’s misinformed attempt to promote a confusing non-issue in Australia’s Marriage Equality survey has backfired.  A prominent comedian noticed the blunder and turned Senator Bernadi’s divisive tweet into a huge success for a group of Aussie kids trying to raise money to educate girls in Africa.

UntitledCraigburn Primary School hoped to raise $900, but the backlash against Senator Bernadi has resulted in a huge influx of donations from the public, totalling a whopping $258,905 (at the time of publication).

Let this be a lesson though.

In this era of “fake news” and “alternate facts”, when even political leaders are making fools of themselves by failing to check facts, it’s up to us ordinary people to learn to see propaganda for what it is.

It’s a low blow when politicians and others, without objective and rational arguments, appeal to parental emotions to sway adults’ perceptions away from truth –…

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An Oppressor in Activist Clothing

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by Dr Kerri O’Donnell.

My young adult daughter stumbled upon a Facebook post by a ‘Mommy’ who professes to be an Activist.  The woman describes herself on her official public figure Facebook page as: “I make videos. I rant. I speak places. I love my 10 kids and my hubby. I do it all because of Jesus. I am The Activist Mommy.”

My daughter was incensed by the particular post she found because it presented so many Alternate Facts, all in the name of Activism.  Alternate Facts which defied dictionary definitions, let alone freely accessible statistics.  A less generous person would say they are lies, but let’s give her the benefit of the doubt and call it ignorance.

The post was ostensibly about genocide, and I had a look to see what the fuss was about.  What I found was a post about something that does not actually meet the…

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Desperate for a place to call Home

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My daughter and their partner have been living rough for almost three years.  Not on the streets, but not with the security of a place to call Home either.  Basically, they have been couch-surfing; staying in the spare rooms of friends or relatives while they continue applying for rentals.  Being so young (18 and 20), and students receiving government allowances, they have not been high on any rental agency’s priority list.

A couple of weeks ago, they were thrilled to receive a phone call from someone who had noticed they were searching for a rental property.  The interview and application process was handled via a series of about 40 emails, and several phone calls and texts with the property owner who explained that he travelled a lot for his work.

Rental Property advert One of the pics supplied in the scam – which would have been stolen from a legitimate property site.

My daughter was…

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Non-Fiction, On Writing

Take Your Writing Career To The Next Level at 20BooksVegas

The 20Books Vegas convention for Indie authors is in Las Vegas, from November 3-5, 2017. The conference fee is only $99 and that gets you coffee, tea, some snacks, and lunch on Saturday, as well as access to authors at all levels in their writing careers.

Kobo Writing Life

by Craig Martelle

Ready to take your writing career to the next level? 20Books Vegas — an independently published author convention by and for indies — will be a premier learning and networking event.

Do you publish wide? Are you exclusive to Amazon? Do you write one book a year? Or do you write one book every three weeks?

We are all at different levels in our journey. The information you need today will be different than what you needed three months ago or three months from now. Take a look and see how you can help others, see how you can help yourself.

At the end of the day, when one indie does well, we all do a little bit better. A rising tide floats all boats.

Keep climbing on your journey up the mountain. When things start to click, you may discover what some people call, life-changing money…

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Non-Fiction, On Writing

Timely Advice from Stephen King

I've started Writer-School, and I'm so excited!    This notice arrived in this morning's email: We will be expected to read (a lot), write (a lot), and to engage with each other's writing. Plus a lot of other stuff that I can't remember right now.   Those who know me well will be smacking their foreheads… Continue reading Timely Advice from Stephen King

Non-Fiction, On Writing

Readers, writers and industry professionals unite to fund cancer treatment.

Everyone loves when rock-stars donate their time and skills to help people out, right? Best-selling author (and generous mentor), Mark Dawson, is one such rock-star, donating all proceeds from his current novella to fund his friend's breast cancer treatment. All his professional team (editors, designers, formatters, etc) worked on it for free. Writers and readers… Continue reading Readers, writers and industry professionals unite to fund cancer treatment.

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Mom: All Attitude

Nancy Roman recently published a blog article about her mother that really resonated with me. I think a lot about my mother, and what an excellent role-model she is, in her humble and unassuming way. She is the epitome of resilience, taking whatever life throws at her and turning it into good - always for… Continue reading Mom: All Attitude

Non-Fiction, On Writing

Out of the Blue: A wordstream experiment

I was recently invited by my old friend, dance artist Sete Tele, to write to a free-thought narrative based on a series of photographs he had taken. My first thought was 'Wow, what a compliment', and an instant later, I wondered what on earth such a narrative would look like.  How does a person translate photographs into words… Continue reading Out of the Blue: A wordstream experiment

About Racism, Published at Resilience 101

Australia’s Freedom of Hate-Speech

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Prime Minister Turnbull wants to change our Racial Discrimination Act to increase freedom of speech (1).  I have never heard any Australian complain that we have a freedom of speech problem, so this makes no sense whatsoever.  Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce agrees, stating that our Racial Discrimination Act is not a problem (3).

But the proposed changes would be.

ABC News reports the following exchange (1) during parliament question time:

Labor MP Anne Aly sought to clarify what the Prime Minister meant by increasing freedom of speech.  As someone who has been subjected to racism time and time again … please give me an answer:  What exactly does the Prime Minister want people to be able to say that they cannot say now?” she asked.

The Prime Minister deflected, saying Australians were entitled to speak freely.  “It is one of our fundamental rights and we are…

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Nervous about Public Speaking?

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by Dr Kerri O’Donnell

The difference between excitement and nervousness is that
excitement is knowing what to expect
nervousness is not knowing what to expect.

Many people dread public speaking.

The secret to overcoming this is to prepare for the worst.  Then, when you are prepared, you are free to achieve your best.  That’s easier, and more positive, than it sounds.  Preparing can even be really humorous.

But what’s the worst that can happen?  In most cases, people fear that they will forget what to say.  Or that they will trip over, or make fools of themselves in some other slapstick and horribly embarrassing way.  But I’ve made about 3,000 public speeches, in one form or another, and have seen thousands more – and I promise you that I’ve never seen anything terrible happen in real life.  (The worst I’ve seen is Boring, and I’ll get to that later.)

The trick…

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Why Lecturers Irritate Students (Part 1)

by Dr Kerri O'Donnell [First Published at, 27 February 2017] I was recently packing up my office at the university, preparing to move on to a different adventure, when I received an email newsletter from University World News that included an article titled "What do students find irritating about their lecturers?" [1].   Of course… Continue reading Why Lecturers Irritate Students (Part 1)

Non-Fiction, Published at Resilience 101

Privilege is a counter-productive word.

by Dr Kerri O'Donnell [First published at, 29 January 2017] Today I stumbled upon a short illustrated story about privilege, On a Plate, by Toby Morris.  The story was touted by Brightside (host website) as "The Simplest and Most Perfect Explanation of Privilege I’ve Ever Seen". Well, I certainly appreciated it.  It is a good… Continue reading Privilege is a counter-productive word.

Non-Fiction, Published at Resilience 101

When are all your Assignments due this term?

No matter how well-intentioned your study timetable is, you are unlikely to follow it for long if it does not also include other regular activities that take up your time (such as work and sport) as well as those that make you happy and reduce stress (such as hanging out with family and friends, and your… Continue reading When are all your Assignments due this term?

Non-Fiction, Published at Resilience 101

How will you fit your Homework in this week?

I'm convinced that the largest part of academic success is about being organised.  And it's not just a matter of having a timetable - it's about how you structure your time to take best advantage of your peak thinking times, and so on.  And it will be more helpful for the long-term if it is not… Continue reading How will you fit your Homework in this week?