There once was a kid who loved Science And grew up to create an appliance* it’s science he said nature is ‘dead’ And to trust nature is medical defiance *This ‘appliance’ could be, for example, the constant monitoring equipment used in labour, very useful when indicated but not always necessary or beneficial. And it is … More When Science Communication is not science or communication.
I have heard the stories I listened with open heart My eyes with tears did glisten and this is just the start. Why is it bad to ask Questions? Why is bad to try to understand? Why does asking questions make you a bigot? Why must some things be accepted offhand? Why do … More Upping the Anti…or Why is it bad to ask Questions?
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There was a young woman name Eurydice, Who, by all accounts, was very nice. Funny and clever, Remembered forever, With the unassuming power of edelweiss. The Legacy of Eurydice is deeper than her death, and yet it is in her death that her voice is loudest. She is the 30th…
The following poem is based on this news article about lead levels in Mount Isa children and a community service ‘living with lead’ advert from the lead alliance. It is clear lead is a health risk, especially for small children and babies, and pregnant and breastfeeding women. Mount Isa mines zinc, lead, copper and silver. It … More Child of Mines
What is the difference between Support and Assistance? Do you know if you will meet resistance? Who is on your side and on your behalf can speak? Are you prepared if you end ‘up the creek’? Assistance is great, if you need it for sure. But without Support your prognosis is poor. In birthing … More Do you need Assistance or Support?
The parallels between birthing and dying are profound. It can be an awesome experience to observe and a great honour to be present in the moment. Or it can be a stressful, awkward experience. Following are two poems. The first is a medicalised experience, full of fear and uncertainty. The second could be a natural, … More Facing Birth Facing Death
“I can’t understand why you left him” a comment thrown away Perplexed I tried to grasp it, before it ruined my day, Why would you say something so thoughtless and malignant Surely common sense tells you – there is a reason in it. This comment not just rude, it was also factually incorrect It was … More Two Sides
Default as the standard choice It’s what you get if you don’t change the settings? It’s what you get if you want no frills? No enhancement. Basic. Impersonal. Or is default a failure? Not meeting obligation? ‘Male’ has long been considered the default human. It is the default in literature. If the gender … More Default
Can you make a shrewd assumption, If you have enough gumption? or would that be too assuming of you? Would it be oxymoronic to think you could? Or do you think it would be good to make a shrewd assumption on what to do. If someone is seeking your consent Are you sure you … More No Gumption in Assumption
“Me me me” my vocals warm up I take to my stage head held high My audience is there to adore me I am all that matters My performance replaces truth Superficial and materialistic Don’t question me Accept what I present Fragile in my spotlight I need you to play along I am the star … More Me me me