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Taking the time to read a book,
magazine or newspaper is a relaxing,
informative and age old pastime. The
written word has the power to inspire and
opens up a world of possibilities for those
who can read. The Newcastle Permanent
Charitable Foundation in conjunction
with Newcastle Region Libraries has a
wonderful program on offer to parents so
they can help very young children start
their journeys with the wonderful world
of books, songs, music and rhyme. The
program began in 2007 and has given
benefits to hundreds of children and
their families. The program is called "Ten
Minutes a Day" and is aimed at parents,
providing them with practical advice
and tips on how to incorporate reading
into each day with their young children,
aged up to five. The website www.
tenminutesaday.com.au has information
on workshops and also the benefits of
reading, singing, playing music and reciting
rhymes to your child. Reading with your
child, even as young as two months old,
helps him or her learn sounds, encourages
conversation, enhances the child's
imagination and allows him or her to see
reading as a fun activity. Local libraries
offer Baby Book Time Workshops which
run for 4 weeks and take fewer than 30
minutes and the book packs connected to
the program can be borrowed so that the
program can continue at home.
The website is simply presented and
all information is provided under clear
headings and links. The information about
the location and times of workshops
is readily available. There are links to
recommended book lists for children of
different age groups and even clips from
the Wiggles and Mem Fox explaining
the benefits of reading to children from
birth through to five years of age. Not
only are the literacy benefits for children
evident, the benefits extend to having
uninterrupted time with your child without
other distractions, children are allowed
to develop to their full potential and
they are given necessary skills for the
future. The workshops have the added
benefit of offering parents an opportunity
to socialise with other parents of young
children in a relaxed environment.
The website claims that reading to young
children is "the best investment you can
make in your child's future". This is the
National Year of Reading. What better way
to celebrate than to read a book with a
young child and become involved in the
programs provided at your local library?
Once you start to awaken
Once you start to awaken, no one can ever claim you again for the old
Now you realise how precious your time here is.
You are no longer willing to squander your essence on undertakings that do
not nourish your true self;
Your patience grows thin with tired talk and dead language.
You see through the rosters of expectation which promise you safety and
confirmation of your outer identity.
Now you are impatient for growth, willing to put yourself in the way of
You want your work to become an expression of your gift.
You want your relationship to voyage beyond the pallid frontiers to where
the danger of transformation dwells.
You want your God to be wild and to call you to where your destiny awaits.
-John O Donohue
From "The Question Holds the Lantern"
Paul Kraus is a local man. Born in a
Nazi forced labour camp in Austria
he is now 68 and living with a
diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma
since 1997 and prostate cancer since
early this year. His re-evaluation of life
has resulted in several books for cancer
sufferers and others.
Who are these others? They are those
who need! Those, especially, who have
a need for healing at all levels of body
and spirit, mind and emotions -- those
searching for meaning, balance and
wholeness. Is there really anyone he
doesn't write for?
This book reflects Paul's strong and
unashamedly biblical and Christian
perspective. 'However,' he writes, 'there
is a clear recognition that the laws of
wellness are universal, not doctrinal.'
Paul starts with his own healing story,
the confrontation of his complacency
about life, and the realisation that every
one of us has a 'terminal' prognosis.
He now lives with gratitude and joy,
trying to be loving and helpful to those
He makes clear the vast difference
between a cure and healing. Healing is
a holistic reality encompassing heart
and spirit and relationships. One can be
cured and not be healed. And vice versa.
He puts before the reader realities of
fear, stress and the struggle to forgive.
Overwhelmingly, however, Paul presents
reflections and prayers that bolster the
spirit -- scriptural extracts and thoughts
from in-touch 'mystics', some known,
some new. Through all these he weaves
his own experience and wisdom to
show that a journey of healing has been
travelled, and can be travelled by any
one of us.
If you are looking for a cure, don't look
here. We are blessed with medical and
scientific expertise for that search. But
if one is looking for healing in body,
soul and spirit, this little book is a
companion that will make the journey
more enriching and fruitful. Taking
to heart the message and meaning
contained in the words that flavour
this work - words such as mystery,
compassion, trust and hope, prayer,
forgiveness and silence -- will open a
path to healing and peace.
This is a book of readings, prayers and
affirmations from one who has been
forced to confront the big picture and
life's ultimate realities. It is offered to
those of us who discover in ourselves
the same need. Welcomed with an open
heart these prayers, promises and
prescriptions can bring deep healing.
By MARGARET WALKER
By MICHAEL O'CONNOR
Compiled by SR LOUISE GANNON RSJ
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