Back again

After a long hiatus, here I am back on the Web, sharing my thoughts for whoever wishes to read them.

A small introduction seems appropriate. I’m a 38 year old man, living in Rye – part of the Mornington Peninsula, in Victoria, Australia. I live with my partner, Peter, who is a remedial massage therapist, and our two dogs – Molly and Biff. By profession I’m a registered nurse, but I also work in educational consultancy, and am a sociologist and researcher with particular interests in the sociology of health, religion and masculinity. I belong to the Anglican Church of Australia and worship in the Parish of Sorrento with Rye, but it would be fair to say that ‘belonginess’ is rather tested at present – on both sides, I suspect. I am also an Oblate of St Benedict, and a member of the World Community for Christian Meditation. I’m very interested in monastic spirituality, and the linkages and continuities between Christianity and Buddhism (a path I followed for some time).

I’m very interested in spirituality, politics, reading (most things), writing, bush-walking, good movies, good food, friends and pondering the world. I’m committed to social justice, am a pacifist, and generally fairly left-wing liberal (please, no flaming critiques on that position from the US – they don’t apply where I live!).

In my life I’ve been faced with various challenges and set-backs. Some of the most significant of these come from my own failings, and it must be said that there are a number of my paths and actions that I regret. Some of the more significant challenges in my life at the moment come from my health – I have mantle cell lymphoma, for which I am receiving treatment at the very wonderful Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne. I also have bipolar affective disorder, for which I receive effective pharmacological and psychotherapeutic treatment.

My mother (Jenny) and my father (Richard) live in a small rural area of Victoria called Dumbalk North. My brother David is a research scientist in Toowoomba, Queensland, and my brother Scott is a supervisor in a government agency call-centre. My brother Brian died in June 2005.

One of the significant graces in my life has been my relationship with my partner, Peter. We have been together since 2000. While things have not always been easy for us, because of external and internal pressures, we have both grown and learn much. It would be difficult for me to walk the path I’m on without him, and I’m very grateful.

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