Bev Lee continued this theme in her ‘Right Here, Right Now’ story about hearing Archie Roach sing at the Labour Day Concert at the Melbourne Concert Hall in 1990. Jenny's reflective 'Here and Now' meditation followed. Michelle then suggested reading her ‘member's choice’ story, 'Summer of 77', to lighten the mood. Graeme's ‘Right Here, Right Now’ story humorously aligned anecdotes of the Machiavellian tendencies of a certain ex-Prime Minister with those of his teenage grandchildren as they try to wedge their parents on an issue! Ray reflected poignantly on a long life, while new to Benalla member, Graham, wrote movingly about what we move towards and what we leave behind.
In another ‘member’s choice’ story, 'How can I keep from singing’, Carmyl delightfully explored a lifetime of taking every possible opportunity to sing, a pattern which continues today with her involvement in our Singing for Fun group. Bev Morton’s story ‘Gap Year’, which described her memories of very eccentric school master at a one teacher school on Phillip Island, received a round of spontaneous applause. Barry's story 'Options' had a sting in the tale – the choice, avoiding a wife's potential wrath or facing down the potential wrath of a black snake! Heather's story 'Outback Adventure' also featured high drama.
Catch up stories shared included 'Ritual--Immortalized in film' (Michelle); 'Community--Community Radio’, (Neville); and 'Memories Treasure Chest' (Marg Nelson and Heather Hartland).
Next month’s topic is ‘Bucket List’ Most of us have a “bucket list” of things we’d like to achieve in life (e.g., ‘Seeing the Northern Lights’ or ‘Writing my memoirs’), a catch-all list of life goals, dreams, places and aspirations. Do you remember when something was first was added to your bucket list, the circumstances surrounding it? Which have you achieved, and which are you still on your list? Share your bucket list stories in 500 words.
The alternative topic is “It's never too late” Do you have an 'It's never too late story' about yourself or someone you know or knew? Share your story in 500 words.