Author Archives: Dina

About Dina

Love to draw, using pencil and digital art. Have some graphic design experience. Work in the disability field, mostly creating accessible publications.

This girl I just adored. She was just so beautifully herself. And Yes – she’s sulking. Which is why I called her Ms Sulky

I hadn’t really noticed Ms Sulky fooling around in the pool with (what appeared to be) her younger (and much thinner) sister. At the time I was blissfully content drinking beer and snorting hot chips, whilst spread(ing) on a beach chair.  I reckon Ms Sulky was about 10 years old – and her sister about 7 years old.

What did grab my attention was when the two girls started to argue. Great, I thought – some entertainment to go with my snacks. Ms Sulky was clearly outraged about something. So much so that she couldn’t bear to be in her sister’s company anymore and stomped out of the pool. And by stomp – I mean stomp – water flying everywhere – she really needed to get away from her – and very loudly at that. Then Ms Sulky found herself a spot on the edge of the pool, slapped her wet bottom on it (which sounded like it might have hurt) and with all her furry sank into her shoulders in protest – long enough for me to draw her.

I so admired her. How she expressed her emotions so openly and had little concern for disrupting (or in my case amuse) those around her. I recognised her. She’s a free and open spirit yet to be constrained by fear of other’s judgement. She hasn’t built herself a mask or set herself rules to conform to what is socially acceptable. I can’t imagine her to be a cunning person, not someone capable of plotting a murder that’s for sure. She simply cannot contain her emotions when an injustice has occurred. It also appeared that she’s unable to stay focused for very long. On anything I suspect. It wasn’t long before her body softened, she raised her head to find a way to re-engage with her sister. And before I knew it she very quietly entered the pool and started to fool around with her sister as though nothing happened.

Looking at that sketch always makes me smile. Here’s to those who show us their warts and all. You make it easier to know you and love you.

Australia: Confession & Canon Law

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In Australia, A Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was conducted over 5 years. Apart from highlighting major injustices that have occurred in our institutions it also made a number of recommendations.  One which was –  The ministry of churches (not just the Catholic Church) should not be exempt from reporting information discovered in religious confession.

References:
Royal commission: Celibacy and confessional overhaul proposed in child sex abuse findings http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-15/royal-commission-into-child-abuse-makes-almost-200-new-findings/9261286
Breaking the seal of confession could pit church against state http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-14/breaking-the-seal-of-confession-could-pit-church-against-state/8805126
15 recommendations from the royal commission into child sexual abuse you should know about http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-15/royal-commission-recommendations-you-should-know-about/9262758
Royal commission: Celibacy and confessional overhaul proposed in child sex abuse findings http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-15/royal-commission-into-child-abuse-makes-almost-200-new-findings/9261286

 

You know that rare morning, where you both wake up at the same time, and just chat away. No plans other than picking up your fav. book and sipping that first coffee of the day.

Even as I type this, I hear the voices of protests from others. “At least you can” – “You don’t have kids thats why I can do it” – “I would love to be able to do that just once” and on and on it goes.

And as I type away, I realise just how those comments have the ability to make me feel a little guilty to express those moments so instead I just draw them (and blog about them).

“Well you don’t know what it’s like to have kids”
“They are constantly demanding”
(can you hear that? that’s the constant eye role that comes with all the down sides to having kids).

 

AUSTRALIA: We say YES to marriage equality

A very proud day for Australia.

 

AUSTRALIA: RACIST ATTACK