In Times of Trouble . . .

Today I will be thinking as, an artist, writer, storyteller, of all the positive things I can do during this time of the Corona Virus pandemic!

I feel calm and resilient, but protective of the vulnerable, but unlike Cyclone Yasi, which our family went through and recovered from, we don’t know when this particular situation ends and many sadly don’t seem to fully understand the gravity or enormity (even with Italy, Spain, Belgium, France etc…) of the situation facing us … or some panic so much, they are treating it like the end of the world.

Someone said to me yesterday,’well the footy is still on, so it must be okay’, but you know what, one hour later the AFL competition was suspended for 60 days, and borders across Australia became quarantined in several states, and I wonder now if that person will take it all just a little bit more seriously.

Please if you can STAY HOME and think of all the vulnerable people we need to protect and physically distance (we are not socially and emotionally having to be apart at all, just physically.)

Spare a thought for doctors, nurses, cure researchers, teachers, and all those who will be keeping our community functioning as we batten down the hatches, and don’t go and attack people who are using Faith to get through this time.

Today powerless to do much else, I am certainly saying prayers for doctors, nurses, teachers, delivery people etc. supermarket workers. It felt so surreal to be in a supermarket very briefly for supplies and to see the markers for the distance people had to stand apart, still no toilet paper on the shelves, and also hear announcements about social distancing needing to be adhered to on the loud speakers.

Ah is this not a time to treasure and value, calm, and beauty whereever we can find it and create it? Okay off to think of all those positive things. Like the power of music! Power of art! Power of story!

[ PS we did buy a voucher for a future date to a cafe/restaurants to help a business] 

Much Love to All, from June and Family!

Finding strength in family, friends, community!

 

Asked about a Category 5 cyclone

A few days ago, I was in a creativity bubble and not paying attention to weather news for the first time in years.

I received a call from ABC podcasters the Signal, who wanted to interview someone who knew what it was like to be in the pathway of a massive cyclone.

Here is a link to that interview. It starts at 7.35 but do listen to the whole thing.

When a Hurricane Hits (This link won’t stay up indefinitely but for now you can listen to it).

I had a take home message, about communities dealing with the aftermath, long after the media have stopped paying attention to the community.

It is so sad, that the brilliant Aftermath project, which tackled this process not only for cyclones, but for floods and bushfires, and was done by the now dismantled ABC Open is no longer on line for people to turn to.

You can find my cyclone recovery posts stored at my personal blog HERE

The photograph collage below is a map of some of the people, events and processes that helped a community find their smiles again after a cyclone has been and gone.

I will soon be sharing some of those stories perhaps on a panel for CREATIVE RESILIENCE  September 21st at COMIC CON Brisbane.

Thinking of the people in the Bahamas and other people affected by Cyclone Dorian. All the very best in your recovery processes!  May you all have a recovery journey full of kindness and good humour.  Wishing everyone stability as soon as possible.

You will be in my thoughts!

Much love

June

 

To check up on the people in the Bahamas presently visit

CNN

BBC

Launch of After Yasi

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Welcome to the Launch of After Yasi, Finding the Smile Within.  So wish it was possible to be with you all in person.

I did think about doing a live broadcast, but am not quite that advanced yet. One day. Instead here is the launch program for today and if you like for inspiration and to imagine we are all together in real space visit the video of the launch of the physical book.

Make sure you have your favourite healthy or unhealthy snack with you, and if you can your favourite people, friends, family, or pets.

Now be prepared for a travel through some links and keep this page open so you can see where to go to next.

Do any or all of the 8 activities, listed to participate in the launch. It’s totally up to you what you do, in what order etc.

Activities

  1. Listen to this poem –  Breathe
  2. Visit Mel Irvine’s post and any others in the blog hop and leave a comment Creative Recovery: human responses to natural disaster
  3. Watch a video story  (recommended Operation AngelBack on Track, Compilation Trailer).
  4. Visit the instrumental of Angie by Ben and the joint instrumental of Sandon and Ben – Stairway to Heaven [will make this link public later today all our friends can access it now]
  5. Head over to the live chat (times are later in the post.  This is low tech and just type in your comments at the facebook event site under where we begin the chat).  If you don’t have facebook post your comments under this blog and me and my family will answer them here.
  6. Leave comments on any spot in the blog hop for your chance to win a photo print  from the book (your choice) or a free copy of the ebook (you can still do this for the next few days).
  7. Any time today: Share an inspiring memory of the days,week, months, years, after Yasi of something kind you did or something kind someone else did for you (say if you want it considered for inclusion in the smilewithin.blogspot.com website).  Do it in your facebook status and or on twitter add the hash tag #afteryasi
  8. If you feel inspired buy  the ebook  HERE.

Feel free to scroll back through this week and leave comments as well.  And feel free to share this link and invite all you think would love participating.

Live Chat

At following times – pop in and chat. LIVE CHAT AT THIS LINK (or if no facebook under this post)

http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

3 Times below for the live chat beginnings, this is to attempt to cater for Australian, US and UK participants.

3rd of February 11am – 12 midday(Australia, Queensland, Brisbane time)
3rd of February 7.30 pm – 8.30 pm (Australia, Queensland, Brisbane time)
3rd of February 10pm -11pm (Australia, Queensland, Brisbane time)

Please to work out when to be there wherever you are in the World or Australia use this http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

Suggestions for the online chat:

  • How to turn a negative into a positive
  • How to become a community grass roots documentary maker or artist
  • Affirmation – Acts of compassion and kindness
  • The ebook journey

The upside of this approach is that you can complete it at your own pace, any time today, but there are also some times I will be online for a live chat.  Some of my family, including my dear hubby will be turning up for these live chats.  I’m sure those of you who know David know that he can be hilarious.

Please let  me know with a smile icon or short message that you have popped in even if you don’t want to say much and just want to read, watch, listen.

I’ve been posting some thankyou lists, and will do a separate post on that tomorrow just to keep the blog short.

You can also check out

My storify collection

Videos

Blogspot archive

Explore ABC Open’s Aftermath Project 

The Night Before Yasi

4 years ago today. (February 2nd in Australia)

From the blog archives.

The rain and wind are picking up. You can hear a slightly increasing wind.

It quietens and then gusts again.

The guinea pigs are asleep dear ones.

Youngest is watching cricket with his Dad as the power is still on.

We have listened to Anna Bligh’s speeches and inarticulate teary people at evacuation centres.

‘Sit tight,’they say – ‘sit tight, it’s the water surges not the winds that kill people.’

David has put a mattress up again the window in our safe room. Peep flies around every now and then.

We are working on our digital story to keep us occupied.

We keep charging the batteries.

The sky is grey- the guinea pigs are waking and a bit on edge, and their caring owners see to them.

There are tiny breeze in the house due to the tiny holes in the floor and spaces here and there under doors I think.

We play games to occupy us.

We wonder where and when the eye will come. I think of that awful book by Patrick White I had to study at uni, Eye of the Storm. That was like being in a storm to read that work. I never want to read it again.

I think about the fact my daughter smiles when she is nervous, and Peep is running around and sitting on everyone’s shoulders.

The kids are actually a bit sleepy- they haven’t had much sleep – youngest is grumpy, but a wicket saves the day and is given something else to focus on. The wind gusts have swelled down again….it is raining.

We decided on consultation with others our house was safest to stay in – strong roof etc all set up and proofed, but if our neigbours have problems they will come here, or if we do we will go there, it makes you feel more secure.

(c) June Perkins

After Yasi 4 year Anniversary – nearly here

February 2nd in Australia.

It’s been  weekend of reviews and this morning a profound chat with Ali.

Tomorrow it will be 4 years since Cyclone Yasi made landfall.  Presently Tropical Cyclone Ola looks like it won’t be too much hassle.  One of our sources of information during Yasi, other than the BOM site and ABC, were Oz Cyclone Chasers.  I still check their site to see how things are brewing in the Far North.

There is just one more blog hop  for the After Yasi Virtual Book tour, and then a wrap up post and launch.

The final blog we’ll visit is of profound and compassionate musician, Melinda Irvine, who is herself now working in Aftermath recovery in the Phillipines.

Over the weekend Carol Campbell,  Gail Kavanagh and Owen Allen posted reviews of the ebook.

“The eBook is an interactive experience that links to blogs and sources that show how people coped with the cyclone and the aftermath. It’s a rich trail of material that celebrates the human spirit in all its facets – despair, pain, recovery, optimism and resilience.blghopchristine

Among the highlights for me are Christine Jenkins and the anchor she tied to her house; Mr Hardy and his chainsaw optimism; and the wonderful poem Cassowaries Can Fly.”
Gail Kavanagh

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“Having an interest in contemporary dance, I particularly appreciated that one of the recovery events that June documented was a dance workshop run by local dancer Danielle Wilson. Contemporary dance is still a less well-developed community art form in Australia.” Owen Allen

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This morning Ali Stegert has shared her interview focusing on yasi and its impact on children and youth,  with thought provoking questions inspired by her background as a school counsellor.

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Don’t forget that if you leave a comment on any of our blogs included in the virtual tour you will have a chance to win a free copy of the ebook or copy of the photographic print from the book.  Your chance to comment for a prize continues until the 6th of February.