Gold in the Mountains

Broken Light: A Photography Collective

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Photo taken by contributor Don, a man in his fifties from the Western North Carolina Mountains. Throughout his teens and twenties spikes of grandeur, depression, and anxiety were the norm, although back then no one used those terms, at least not in his small town. He struggled throughout his twenties. Don continued to be plagued by episodes of mania and depression, until one day in his early thirties it all came crashing down. His anxiety turned to severe panic attacks. Fear and paranoia consumed him. It would take years to get a concrete diagnosis. Ultimately, after a full three-day medical work up at a military hospital in DC, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, general and social anxiety, and ADHD. It was around that time when he picked up the camera he had laid down some years back, and began to shoot again. He liked being behind the camera’s lens. He felt safe there…

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Lamb’s hearts — a tasty, affordable alternative to stir-fried steak

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Churchmouse Altarmousefinal copyEating animal hearts are not something we Westerners do much of nowadays.

Yet, there was a time when organ meats — called variety meats or offal, collectively — provided basic nutrients and protein for the poor and working classes. The offal tradition has been revived in Britain over the past few years, thanks to traditional cookery shows on television; our butcher has been surprised by his customers’ increasing requests for hearts, liver and kidneys.

You can prepare heart in one of two ways. You can boil it to death or you can stir-fry it. Those who favour low and slow cooking need to be adept at getting heart just right, because it can turn out tough and muscular. Another downside is that this type of cooking uses a lot of gas or electric, highly expensive these days.

On the other hand, stir-frying heart presents a quick, healthful, tender —…

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NACCHO Aboriginal Health : New #census release : Number of @IndigenousX has jumped by 18 per cent since 2011 to 649,171

NACCHO Aboriginal Health News Alerts

The first results of the 2016 Census of Population and Housing, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today, show that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples represented 2.8 per cent of the population counted in the 2016 Census – up from 2.5 per cent in 2011, and 2.3 per cent in 2006.

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Of the 649,200 people who reported being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin in 2016, 91 per cent were of Aboriginal origin, 5 per cent were of Torres Strait Islander origin, and 4.1 per cent reported being of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin.

While the Northern Territory has Australia’s highest proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (25.5 per cent of the NT population), New South Wales is home to the highest number, with more than 216,000 people…

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Hug a Father – Let Them Know They Are Appreciated

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Hug a Father – Let Them Know They Are Appreciated

Throughout my life my Dad was a very special man, not just to our family but so many.  The stories friends would tell me later in life about how my Dad made them feel part of our family when they felt lost and alone in their own family.

My Dad allowed us all to dream, supporting us to go after our goals, never doubting our capabilities.

Dad was quick with a smile and a joke.

He was always there to help a friend or stranger.

He cared for my Mother with dementia and lead by example.

Dad had strong family values to the end.

I so miss my Father, but yet the lessons he taught through kindness will forever be with me.

May ever child have a man like my Father in their life.

We must all respect and know…

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Hot Docs 2016 Review: “The Opposition” (2016) ★★★★★

All Australians must recognise and support the strong traditional bond between the Papuan people and Torres Strait Islanders that should never be forgotten or under-estimated

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How many times do you hear of a film that was held up in a court case and just recently released a censored version that was screened at the Documentary Film Festival? Not many. And when it happens, you know that you have to leave everything else and see exactly that film to know why the government did not want you to see it.

Imagine for a second, you live by the beach and enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature while you breathe fresh air. Even though you may not have enough money to enjoy a wealthy life, but you have a land where you were born that gives you more than any money in the world. One day, one development company demands not only you, but the entire community to free the area, as they plan to build a five-star hotel and marina.

Well, perhaps you’re a lucky person…

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NACCHO Aboriginal Health and Alcohol @FareAustralia 2017 annual alcohol poll report released #ALCpoll2017

NACCHO Aboriginal Health News Alerts

FARE has released its 2017 annual alcohol poll : Attitudes and behaviours today. The Poll is now in its eighth yearr of publication and explores Australia’s attitudes towards alcohol, drinking behaviours, awareness and experience of alcohol harms, and opinions on alcohol policies.

This year the results of the Poll have shown that Australians are concerned about and impacted by alcohol harm, and they are suspicious and deeply cynical about the alcohol industry.
Key findings include:

• 81% of Australians believe that more needs to be done to reduce the harm caused by alcohol-related illness, injury, death, and related issues (up from 78% in 2016).

• 44% of Australian drinkers (five million Australians) consume alcohol to get drunk (up from 37% in 2016).
• 92% of Australians think that there is a link between alcohol and family and domestic violence.
• 68% of Australians support a ban on alcohol advertising on television…

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Happy Birthday: James Hong

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Born: February 22, 1929 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Twenty years after losing the coveted role of Sulu on Star Trek (1966) to actor George Takei, James Hong’s and Takei’s characters faced off against one another in a scene on MacGyver: The Wish Child (1986).

Has starred in two completely different films with the same title, “China Girl” – 1975 X-rated film and the 1987 Abel Ferrara film. In the 1975 film, he was billed as James Young.

Has played a character named Lo Pan 3 times. Chuck (2007), The Chronicle (2001), and Big Trouble in Little China (1986).

 

 

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