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    A Bonza Life – The Story of a Baby Boomer

    I am a Baby Boomer. Born and bred in Brisbane, Australia, I lived a very average Boomer life in a rabbit warren of a house in Auchenflower with my returned WW2 soldier dad, stay at home mum and my five siblings.

    We walked to school in those days and stayed and played within a 2 mile radius of our home with other Boomer families for twenty years before venturing out into the world with other Boomer mates and eventually started our own families to produce another generation.

    Historians will be surprised how simple a life we lived in the Boomer suburbs with few pressures and plenty of support but it was our generation’s lifestyle and it certainly allowed for a vivid imagination to entertain ourselves as there was no TV initially and little to do and see until our teen years.

    I have long since adapted to a changed world, which I am sure we created by liberating society in many ways but it has been an interesting journey with school failures, pop revolutions, clashes with police over Vietnam when I was bashed by them and ultimately ruined lives over the high expectations of the ideal world we boomers envisaged.

    As an average boomer I tried to influence the thinking of many Australian and New Zealand politicians with inter-generational thinking through Grey Skills and BONZA and was an advocate for boomer reform long before we truly became the nuisance generation.

    My book is a record of those times and I invite you to review my Boomer life in a much simpler time as an average Boomer and I am sure will encourage Boomers to reflex on their lives. You will also witness my frustration in trying to outlaw ageism in the workplace through advocating to politicians in Australia and NZ on behalf of all mature age workers by demonstrating in front of the Australian Parliament in Canberra and through the Bonza Report in 2018.

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    Beyond Boundaries

    Beyond Boundaries Hardback is Here!

    Helen Parry Jones shares every aspect of her life with absolute honesty and in a refreshingly down-to-earth manner. Her story is a backdrop to enable her spiritual guide Sam, through daily tutoring from her earliest recollection, to offer wisdom and enlightenment in overcoming the abundance of life’s many difficult challenges, not only for Helen, but for the countless people she meets socially and provides treatment for professionally.

    Helen reveals how, with Sam’s guidance, she develops a much higher level of consciousness, not only to communicate with another dimension beyond the boundaries of our existence, but whereby she can access the energy that surrounds and connects to our physical form to locate illness and malfunctions within the body with astounding accuracy.

    An extraordinary life with an exceptional gift. The story of one woman’s power to heal.

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    New Balloons

    Can you imagine sucking air through the tiny hole in your closed fist or spending twenty-four hours sucking air in and out through a plastic straw? Imagining is hard when breath comes easily to you. It is something humans do every day. Something we all take for granted. Breathing was a luxury Leanne thought she would always have… until it was taken away from her.

    Cystic fibrosis stole Leanne’s young life, acquainting her with a journey of failing health and, ultimately, leaving her knocking on death’s door. The propitious hopes of a medical miracle became a life line, with a double lung transplant being Leanne’s only hope for survival.

    New Balloons is a passionate and honest memoir that will take you on a physical and emotional roller coaster ride of life with failing lungs. Wearing her heart on her sleeve, Leanne faces her own death with a valiant strength and resilience, reminding us of the most important things in life. Hope resonates through her words and draws the reader into a warm repository of emotion. Her positivity in the face of adversity echoes of a reality very few of us have faced. A candid and thoughtful insight into organ donation through the eyes of a lucky and grateful recipient.

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    On the Buses

    ERG’s Melbourne Project was Automated Fare Collection system for the Ministry of Transport. It was reported to be the world’s first multi modal system enabling patrons to utilise the same ticket for bus, rail and tram travel. ERG employed over 100 staff on the project. The architecture was a large distributed computing environment ranging from vehicle based fare devices through Unix depot computers to central mainframes.

    When I commenced, construction had just begun at the individual device level and overall architectural issues were a major concern. An intensive period of backfilling industry standard processes, strategically planning the development of the three main sub systems in parallel, resolving critical system integration issues and enabling full end to end testing resulted in all three sub-systems being delivered on schedule. From August 95 through to February 96 some 24 Formal Deliverables were all delivered on schedule.

    AES constructed all vehicle and platform device software. It was written in embedded C, running on OS/9 and utilized bisynchronous Communications. AES also developed the Unix based Depot Computers which acted as data concentrators in collection, and gateways for distribution of fare, route and table data throughout the network. Ticket Vending Machines were developed with EFTPOS, Contactless Smart Cards and Magnetic Striped Tickets.

    The Software Group comprised 70 people with 8 Team Leaders reporting to Lawrie at peak development.

    Overall the system we were constructing was structured in a hierarchy of “levels” which meshed in with each other to capture a fare from a commuter, pass it up to the clearing house and distribute funds to the service providers. The Card Issuer and the Central Body would at the same time, be transmitting their data downward and imposing Issuer rules on the governance of all fare collection, validation and transmittal processes.

     

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    Petal – The Other Side of Suicide

    ‘I often wonder just how I managed to survive the loss of my Mark to suicide – the pain almost crippled me in so many ways. I have always been a believer that everything happens for a reason… but THIS… Suicide… there was no rhyme and no reason it seemed. Suicide always leaves you with so many WHY’S… which led me on a journey to find out WHY… bringing more pain at each discovery.’

    In 1998, Tanya French was a busy and happy wife and mother of three, doing just what every other mother does – to do her utmost to give her family the best life they could possibly have – whilst simultaneously managing a highly successful international company with her husband, Mark.

    Then, her world and that of her family changed dramatically when Mark suddenly and tragically took his own life, sending her family, friends, and a whole town into total shock. This man – this outgoing, vivacious, talented, funny, life of the party – had ended his own life, prompting Tanya to set out on a journey to understand why he would choose to end his life so tragically and so violently and why he would leave those that loved him so much.

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    Rainbow People

    We live in a world of individual differences. Yet when you take a closer look at anyone at all, you find that, essentially, we are all the same. This book tells you why that is.

    The author shares with you the informative and entertaining stories of her life work journey with disabled people. She relates how her path was ‘intercepted’ by a special group of individuals early in her career and how that experience led to a change in her direction.

    Her messages will not only uplift and inspire you as a support worker or carer, you will feel a sense of pride to take on those roles. The disabled Barbara met along her path will ‘show and tell’ you how to focus on their abilities – often without saying a word. Yet with their collective ‘voice’, they can teach you more about yourself as well.

    For those of you who feel ignorant of what it means to be Intellectually Disable, then you will be pleasantly surprised when you meet many of them in this thought provoking and joyful book. Each individual invites you to join them through their own stories with a promise to gladden your heart and put a smile on your face.

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    Red Dust Dreams

    This is a book about the largest part of Australia. It provides written testimony to the way the people out there live, focussing on the domestic front.
    Much of the content of most other books, documentaries, TV programmes and movies dealing with outback Australia focusses more on the outdoor side of life, only touching on the domestic side.

    There is also a lot of history that is in danger of being lost forever. Some of this has been captured in this book.
    The world needs this book.

    UNIQUE ANGLES

    In my book I have tried to:

    •    Focus on the domestic side of life;
    •    Show that despite huge distances, the people out there can still socialise;
    •    Explain the way many different aspects are coped with in such isolation;
    •    Also describe the feelings of those people who have made the mammoth move from life in urban Australia out to the outback;

    READER BENEFITS

    •    The reader will learn about how those people live;
    •    Through the images in each chapter, the reader will also see how spectacular the outback really is;
    •    Children will learn the reality of where meat, milk, vegetables and fruit come from;
    •    Readers will learn how people can survive without the convenience of shops;
    •    Readers will gain a bit of an idea of just how mammoth some of these stations are;

    COMPETING WORKS

    Many of the books currently on the market appear to focus on only one or two stations or only one state. None seems to have focussed on the domestic side of life.
    Women of the Outback by Sue Williams (Penguin Group, 2008). Looks at the lives of 14 different women of the land, but from what I can ascertain none of the ‘nitty gritty’ has been covered;
    Women of the Land by Liz Harfull (Allen & Unwin, 2012). Looks at the lives of a further eight different women, but again not a lot of that ‘nitty gritty’ is included;
    Outback Stations by Evan McHugh (Penguin, 2012). This book appears to cover much of the history leading up to and including detail about life on the stations. While it does delve into some of the positives and negatives facing the women particularly, there is not a lot of detail and again it does not go into a lot of domestic detail.

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    So Big the Land

    As a tender young townie in the revolutionary sixties, Sue steps away from all that is familiar to spend her life with a man she has known for three weeks, and with little prelude is thrown into the deep-end of a gritty farming life in a man’s world.

    A life of hard work on untamed lands, a two year odyssey through the Outback, and months spent in a remote Aboriginal community reveal to Sue the very character of the Australian landscape.

    This is the story of one woman’s metamorphosis from timid, imaginative child to resilient worldly woman – a profound journey of self-discovery through tragedy, life-threatening adventure, and overwhelming joy.

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  • Starlady – The True Story of Valerie and Mr Dickens

    Valérie is a Starlady. Her mission is to speak of the sacred Aborigine Alcheringa Stone, the seven sisters of the Pleiades, the early evolution of Planet Earth and creation of the first humans. She also reveals hidden aspects of her and John’s story, such as the Egyptian Pyramids, Jesus’ family, the missing manuscript of the Cathars, The Knights Templar, Jehanne d’ Arc and Mr Charles Dickens, to name a few.

    She shares her guidance by her mentor and the insights into many ‘mysterious’ unexplained events throughout history.

    Valérie and John came to earth as two of the 144,000 souls from the galaxy Andromeda M31, who are on this planet to assist with the raising of consciousness and its new birth into the Golden Age, and to speak of the reality of other races who exist in the Star Worlds.

    The Earth and human lives are not what they seem. Have you thought about why you are here, and where you came from? Life here on Earth can be magic if we make the right choices…

    Valérie is an experienced medium, an advanced meditation teacher, and has developed an understanding of how regression into our Soul’s Cosmic Conciousness can heal our soul and body.

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    The Awakening

    Born in 1951, Marion has had an extra ordinary life. In a short space of time she has experienced events that have fast-tracked her spiritual understanding and personal growth. She has shared these events with you to show how she coped, with the hope that what she learnt will help you as well.

    Raised on a back-country farm in New Zealand she had a traumatic life that left her with emotional problems, which created an unruly teenager with little or no self-love or respect for herself, and a marriage that only made this worse, leading to dark days and an attempted suicide.

    However, life had greater plans for Marion and she was set firmly on a path of spiritual discovery, fast-tracked through the tough times, and lessons that taught her there was much more to life than one can consciously see and hear. Her healing abilities and spiritual understanding flourished as her spirit guides taught her how to heal and most importantly, to understand possession and entities and how this is so prevalent yet feared in our society. Marion’s journey is one of enlightenment and awakening.

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    Walkabout to Wisdom

    Finalist 2019 International Book Awards – Best New Non-fiction; Spirituality General; Travel: Guides and Essays

    Finalist 2019 Book Excellent Awards – Travel category

    Honourable mention Readers Favourites 2019 International Books Awards – Non-fiction Environment category

    Walkabout to Wisdom, an inspiring, beguiling and evocative story from the Australian Outback, will leave you enthralled and enchanted so universal are its themes and so important is its message today.

    “Liberated” from his investment banking career in New York, after the September 11, 2001 attacks, Lachlan returned to his beloved Outback for a two year walkabout – a journey in which he came to intimately connect with Nature’s teaching and the life wisdom it makes available to all.

    From the majestic vastness of its deserts to the rugged beauty of the Kimberley, Lachlan’s soulful tale will take you to the most captivating places on the Australian continent. His love for the land, and respect for its capacity to heal and reawaken, will mesmerise you with its insight, honesty and humanity.

    Walkabout to Wisdom, quite simply, gives Nature the articulate voice we now need to hear more than ever.

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    Wheels of Mizfortunate

    On her way home that night disaster struck. Linda’s car slid on gravel – right into the path of a backhoe with its shovel sticking out sitting on the side of the road.

    The autobiography is her story – from the time she woke up in hospital after four months in a coma, to when she moved down to Florida to improve her health. Her struggle for survival, to live as normal as possible when confined to a wheelchair and with a brain injury, to how she overcomes the odds and goes back to work helping others.

    Linda’s story is a powerful documentary about the will to survive, the power of sheer determination and stubbornness never to give up. Reading her story could change the way you think about life and how you live it.

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