A Call for Calm

Oct 24

A Call for Calm

A Call for Calm A few weeks ago on my Sunday night radio program on Sydney Radio 2GB 873 I invited a philosopher to speak on the causes of Islamic radicalism. The effect it had on some listeners was truly electric.  It became obvious to me that amongst many listeners a “Team Australia” versus “Team Islam” mentality was developing. Some listeners called me a traitor...

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No money for Literacy – Inner West Courier Article – Tuesday, 7th October, 2014 by Sean Thompson

Oct 10

No money for Literacy – Inner West Courier Article – Tuesday, 7th October, 2014 by Sean Thompson

The Exodus Foundation has helped more than 1500 children from across Sydney go from never opening a book to reading Harry Potter in six months. But now the program is on its last legs. On September 30, the State Government stopped funding the foundation’s literacy program, forcing schools to set aside money in their own budgets to enroll students. Exodus Founder the...

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Let’s use this Mental Health Month to drive change.

Sep 30

  This month of October is designated Mental Health month. After 40 years of working with people in trouble I genuinely feel that support for people with mental health issues is today worse than ever. It seems to me that the 70’s and 80’s were times of great hope. It was then that the “new psychology” was highlighting lots of issues and beginning to understand...

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Anonymous no more – An important lesson I’ve learned

Sep 12

Anonymous no more – An important lesson I’ve learned

For over forty years I have been aware of Twelve Step programs.  Initially they began as Alcoholics Anonymous.  However, as the years went by they evolved into other types of anonymous programs.  In those early days I was intimately involved in AA and also Recovery.  A twelve step program, based on the AA model for people with mental illnesses. Today AA has morphed...

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The line between “homelessness” and “not homeless” children is blurred

Jul 29

The line between “homelessness” and “not homeless” children is blurred

At the opening of my radio program on Sunday night, July 20 I lit a candle in memory of the victims of  Malaysian flight MH17.   I invited listeners to, in solidarity with me and victims, light a candle too and post a photo, like mine on Facebook.   It was truly humbling to witness all the beautiful candles that were lit that night. The last couple of weeks have...

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For the homeless nothing ever changes in spite of all the rhetoric

Jul 10

For the homeless nothing ever changes in spite of all the rhetoric

Late last night, I found myself once again in the back blocks of Woolloomooloo, Sydney.  My memories of Woolloomooloo forty years ago are clouded by mental images of rotting terrace houses and slum dwellings.  I can vividly remember nightly walking through whole rows of these dwellings, many having been marked for demolition and coming across homeless people...

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Touching the Infinite – Saturday, 28th June 2014

Jul 02

Touching the Infinite – Saturday, 28th June 2014

This past week has been really hard.  I have been struggling.  Next week I am off to Cambodia to work with the trafficked and abused kids there.  I always come back after that with PTSD of a kind as what I come across over there is so traumatizing.  Not that I am a stranger to the abuse of children.  I have been working with them (or rather loving them) since...

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