May Challenge: Spectacular changes

Nature has decided to liven up my rides this past month. It may have been the same roads over and over in different combinations, but the autumn leaf show has more than made up for the mundane routes. It’s been truly spectacular this year. There have been some dandelions for Suzanne, too, whole fields of them, but never in the right spot for a photo. So the feature photo is the guys with some thigh-high dandelions.

Check out some pictures of all the leaf changes here:

Restrictions will ease here a teeny bit tomorrow. We will finally be able to visit friends and family in small numbers, as well as drive somewhere to recreate. No overnight trips allowed yet, but the weather for the coming weekend is looking good, so I’m already looking for some good rides a bit further from home. Petrol is cheap at the moment!

In my perpetual state of busyness, I have been reading a very harrowing book since around Christmas. But the good thing is that since the whole virus lockdowns started, and everybody started to despair about all the stuff they want to do but can’t, my perspective has been very well grounded by this book. Yes, I won’t get to see my parents this year at all – a significant thing when they are old. Yes, it is possible that I may never see them again – America is doing a horrible job with the virus – and if they were to die, I wouldn’t even be able to get home for their funeral(s). Yes, life is restricted and I am having to be very vigilant going out for groceries, etc, since I’m immno-compromised. BUT, nothing at all compares to what this author has been through. Not even close. It’s like my friend comparing current suffering to the horrors of World War II. I am sooo grateful for the life I have, even with the worry and the loss of ‘normal’.

I think the book should be required reading for all Australians, and for anyone with a country with questionable immigration policies. Check it out here:

And on that same theme of lockdown, here is a video that was produced by one of the members of Midnight Oil. Here is his description of the video:

I’m so proud of this man. Moz has been locked up indefinitely in the Mantra Hotel in Melbourne with 65 other refugees. If you think lockdown is bad, think of being locked up for 6 1/2 years on Manus Island and then here when there was no crime, and no sign of release due to the Australian Government’s inhumane policies. Moz displays incredible endurance to his, and his comrades’ desperate situation by responding with love for the people who are speaking out and coming to their aid.

We put together his song with his phone in the Mantra and some studio tinkering and mixing by me. The guitar was given to him by Jimmy and Jane Barnes and Moz plays it and sings on the record. Maryanne Slavich did backing vocals, Robert Hambling the film clip and Steve Smart at #studios301 mastering.

Please share this. It has to end now.

Jim Moginie

Nerdy chick in Australia who loves to ride and is accompanied by the crew: 'The Commander' Verne and the 'Mental Health Specialist' Kermit.

9 response to "May Challenge: Spectacular changes"

  1. By: Rocky Posted: May 12, 2020

    Thanks for sharing this. It’s very good to keep things in perspective.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: May 14, 2020

      Whenever I start feeling like a sook and feeling sorry for myself, I just have to remind myself that just having a safe place to be, freedom to make even the most basic choices and access to nutritious food and healthcare is soooo much more than many people. There is a record 68.5 million displaced people around the world at the moment… and not because of their choices or COVID!

  2. By: gregblood Posted: May 13, 2020

    So many injustices, not enough books like this. Looks like a good one.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: May 14, 2020

      It is important to bear witness. The book is harrowing. I cannot read it before bed or I have bad dreams.

  3. By: Suzanne Posted: May 13, 2020

    Thanks for the book recommendation. Indefinite detention – I didn’t know there was such a thing in Australia. I downloaded the book on my Kindle.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: May 14, 2020

      Indefinite detention has been a thing for at least 20 years here. Off-shore detention has been more recent. Oz has flagrantly been denying refugees basic human rights for a long time, and the UN frequently calls us out on it. The gov is very secretive about all of it and tries to make asylum seekers out as criminals. Both sides of politics are equally as guilty. Stupidly enough, the cost of the offshore detention centres is far higher than community detention (which wouldn’t destroy their health), processing and resettlement (where appropriate – and for those coming by boat, the proportion of genuine refugees is quite high). It’s a long and sad story over here for sure.

  4. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: May 14, 2020

    Beautiful autumn foliage. 🙂

  5. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: May 14, 2020

    I dislike hearing people echo the line that seeking asylum is illegal.

    Trying to reason with them is difficult as they follow the government and the Telegraph / Australian newspapers line which shout “illegal asylum seekers”. So there are some people who no longer talk to me. That’s OK – why would I want to talk to them! On the other hand, they need input from a source other than the government to get a broader perspective and think about an issue that isn’t as simple as they want it to be.

    I didn’t know about the people in detention in the Mantra Hotel. Will now go away and do some research.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: May 15, 2020

      I think the people at the Mantra came over on medevac – before that legislation was repealed. There were protesters who occupied the motel this past Tuesday. I don’t know if they were arrested or just fined. Some day, we’ll be paying compensation to all these people in a similar way to what the Catholic church is now having to do – we’ve denied their human rights and destroyed their mental and physical health and we should be held accountable. Yes, The Telegraph and the Australian spread fear for the politician’s gain 🙁

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