Autumn 2023

Speaking the language of love

US researcher Gary Chapman realised that couples and families have different needs and wants around love. He understood that couples in love will support each other because they want their relationship to work. But there are times they don’t connect and can’t seem to get it quite right. This happens in all relationships.

The art of communicating well

Communicating well is the foundation of a strong relationship. There are a lot of pitfalls that go with communication, but there are also a lot of practical things that people can do that actually help. It’s important in every relationship, especially between partners and marriage, but also between parents and children.

Beatification for Spanish woman

Maypole dancing has been part of various European folk festivals for centuries.

The festivals usually occur on May 1 or at Pentecost, although in some countries the maypole is erected between June 20-26. In some places, the maypole is a permanent feature that is only used during the festival.

Playing their part for peace

The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is held each year on May 29. It is an opportunity to honour the contribution of the uniformed and civilian personnel who work for the organisation.

The festivals usually occur on May 1 or at Pentecost, although in some countries the maypole is erected between June 20-26. In some places, the maypole is a permanent feature that is only used during the festival.

Then and Now

There are family reunions, and then there are BIG family reunions. Thanks to Luisa Franchina from Coburg, Victoria (and her daughter Alexandra) for sending in a photo of their extended family (Sciuto) get together late last year. Far too many people to name personally but no doubt it was a grand affair and enjoyed by one and all.

Messy families matter

Cover me in sunshine! Shower me in good times!

They sing in unison and dance side-by-side like each other’s mirror reflection. It’s a very sweet, carefully choreographed number, performed by two very sweet, seven-year-old identical twins. The only problem is, this chorus seems to run on a loop for them and we are now entering the sixth movement.

Easter around the globe

Celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and representing hope and renewal, Easter is the most important event on the Christian calendar. Observed in many countries, Easter customs and traditions can vary significantly.