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Quiet Achievers and Jono’s Wife Is One Of Them

My Son just sent me this this morning from Nepal. Congratulations Kerry. It is wonderful that you have been recognized for your work. You deserve it.

Quiet achievers and record breakers among 2019 Order of Australia winners

2019 OAM winners Wendy Moore (left), Kerry Pryor (center) and Paul Hameister (right) spoke to SBS Nepali. (Supplied)
Nepal continues to feature prominently within the list of achievements of half a dozen 2019 Order of Australia medal winners, with at least one recognised solely for their work in the Himalayan nation.

Paul Hameister – the first Australian to complete the Seven Summits and Polar Hat-trick, photographer Kerry Pryor, and polymer clay artist Wendy Moore have been awarded the 2019 Order of Australia medal by the outgoing Governor-General of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove.

They are among the 993 recipients in the general division of this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Australia’s former ambassador to Nepal, Crispin Conroy, nursing educator Professor Kerry Anne Reid–Searl, and Rotarian Colin Harding have also been included in the list.

The Quiet Achiever

Wendy Moore from the Australian Capital Territory maybe one such person known only to people she is helping.

The Ainslie resident has been awarded the Order of Australia medal for her service to the international community of Nepal.

The Polymer clay artist is the founder and director at Friends of Samunnat, an organization in eastern Nepali district of Jhapa, that supports female victims of violence in the country.

Since its inception in 2006, she has been providing local women with training and support to make and sell polymer jewellery.

“Because you can’t get polymer in Nepal, initially Friends of Samunnat were buying the clay for women to make the jewellery – and we help them distribute,” says Moore.

Those pieces of jewellery are sold in Australia and the funds raised from the sales help provide legal, accommodation, education, and health support for Nepali women,” she told SBS Nepali.

Wendy Moore OAM with Nepali women Sammunat
Wendy Moore OAM(1st right) at Sammunat’s office in Nepal.

Ms Moore has previously lived in Nepal for four years and now visits the country twice a year.

“I think I’ve had more than 40 trips to Nepal and that feeling I had the first time I visited the country in 1975 as a teenager, hasn’t left.

“It feels like one of my homes,” she says.

“My husband and I had felt we wanted to do some work over there in some capacity- when our kids left home. He got a job at BP Koirala hospital in Dharan. I had been working for many years in brain injury and I wanted to focus on arts – so at that stage, I was hoping that my art and my desire to work in Nepal would match.”

But for Wendy Moore, it’s not just about what she has given but what she has learnt from her experience in Nepal.

She thinks her work with Samunnat Nepal has provided meaning to her and her husband’s life.

Off the beaten track

Kerry Pryor is another Australian who had never thought about being included in the Order of Australia award.

The award-winning Melbourne photographer is currently in Nepal and described what she thought when she first found out about the recognition.

“I do get a lot of spams so I did have to read the email a few times to make sure,” Pryor told SBS Nepali.

“It wasn’t on my radar so it is an honour to be acknowledged,” she said.

Kerry Pryor OAM (2nd from left) in Nepal.
Kerry Pryor OAM (2nd from left) in Nepal.

Pryor’s first visit to Nepal was very different to many Australians who have visited the country.

In April 2015, when she was scheduled to travel to Kathmandu, a devastating earthquake rocked the country killing more than 8,000 people.

Two weeks later, in May, another quake took the lives of more than 1,900 people.

“The group I was meant to be meeting had a crisis to deal with after the first earthquake on April 25, so my trip got delayed.”

A month later, she arrived in the southern Nepali city of Birgunj.

Her visit to the city focused on seeing some of the local programs run by an Australian registered charity, called Beyond the Orphanage.

The group, she says, helps children rescued from child traffickers or housed at illegal orphanages.

Ms Pryor has been working as a Child Sponsorship Coordinator and Photographer for Beyond the Orphanage since 2011.

Along with Nepal, the organization also works in Kenya.

Kerry Pryor’s volunteer photography began about ten years ago when she was working for Eyes for Africa charitable foundation.

Among her roles in Nepal, she has to coordinate correspondence between sponsors and the children through the orphanage every six months.

Pryor says she likes to show hope through her photography.

“The kids are really resilient… I want to show those kids getting stronger.”

But she is also aware of the issues surrounding volunteer tourism or “voluntourism” where tourists can do more harm than good for the locals.

“It’s something we’re becoming more aware of. It can be difficult to regulate the world over. With the photography I do, I am very conscious of that – who I’m doing the photography for and do my due diligence.”

Like daughter, like father

Record making is turning into a family affair for another Order of Australia medal winner this year.

Mountaineer and entrepreneur Paul Hameister is another Victorian to be included in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

He has been recognized for his service to exploration and to business.

In 2018, he became the first Australian to successfully scale the seven tallest mountains in seven continents and complete the Polar hat trick by skiing through the South Pole, the North Pole and Greenland.

Paul Hameister OAM’s Everest summit in 2011.

Paul’s 17-year-old daughter Jade has also set her own world record by becoming the youngest person to ski through Greenland and the north and south poles.

He accompanied his daughter for the polar adventure.

Among Paul Hameister’s key achievements, Nepal has occupied a prominent space.

He reached the top of Mount Everest in 2011 and founded a charity, the same year, called Sunrise Children’s Association the same year to support children in Nepal.

“When I was privileged enough to reach the top of Everest, I felt very deep debt gratitude to the people of Nepal. Not just due to my experience there but I do not think there are many westerners who would be able to do that without the help of local people,” he says.

“The program I’ve been involved with through sunrise is the educational scholarship program where, rather than support the orphanages, they also run a program to try and stop children being abandoned into orphanages.”

Paul Hameister OAM with his daughter Jade, also an award winning adventurer and a record holder for Polar hattrick.

Paul Hameister OAM with his daughter Jade, also an award winning adventurer and a record holder for Polar hattrick.

In 2013, the Nepalese Association of Victoria recognized his work in Nepal with an excellence award.

Unlike Kerry Pryor, Mr Hameister’s first visit to Nepal was for trekking and white water rafting when he was 20-years-old.

He has also conducted research into the impact of tourism on developing countries and that has provided him with some insights on Nepal.

Two years after summiting Mount Everest in 2011, Paul brought his wife and two kids and trekked to the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain.

Jade, his daughter was 12 and his son was 10 years old.

With the current debate surrounding the number of mountaineers on Everest this season, Paul Hamister doesn’t think the number of climbers attempting to summit the mountain has changed significantly over the last decade.

“What has changed is the accuracy of weather forecasting,” he says.

The improvement in weather forecasting means people wanting to utilize the limited summit days available will increase and this he says can lead to the situation where people are seen queuing on the mountain.

“The teams at base camp see the forecast and decide what day to summit. But there’s no coordination between the teams at basecamp to try and spread themselves across various days. Each season there are days when you’re able to take photos like that,” says Hamister referring to the viral image of mountaineers in a long line.

According to him, the solution to such a situation is about coordination rather than reducing the number of permits issued for mountaineers.

Paul Hameister just below the summit of Everest 11 May 2011

Paul Hameister OAM just below the summit of Everest 11 May 2011.

With numerous mountaineering and business achievements under his name, Hameister wants to change his approach to life. He doesn’t shy away from accepting that his early days in expedition and business were driven by ego.

Now, he says, it’s about giving back and being less focused on goals.

“Acknowledging and recognizing what I gained from those expeditions – which are a deep appreciation of nature and the environment and its importance.”




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Wasted Money – Hard Earned Tax Money Disappears




This is a list of budget cuts I received by email. I personally thought it made very interesting reading. For some.



It was headed as Paul Ryan’s proposed budget cuts and savings in the next ten years. This is inaccurate. I checked Snopes to find this is article is only partially true.





The Spending Reduction Act of 2011 was sponsored by Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, not Paul Ryan.

Snopes summary.

‘ This itemized list of proposed budget cuts is real in the sense that it was encapsulated in a bill (H.R. 408) known as the Spending Reduction Act of 2011, a plan to reduce federal spending by $2.5 trillion through fiscal year 2021, and the specific amounts of savings to be gleaned by eliminating each item on the list come from a Republican Spending Committee report of January 2011. The Spending Reduction Act of 2011 was introduced to the House of Representatives in January 2011 and referred to committee, where it has remained ever since; it has not been passed or ever put to a vote.’

You can read more on this on the Snopes site


Now that I have got that out of the way, the thing that caught my eye was the list that was proposed for cutting the budget. 

Number 12 on the list was one. I mean they keeping shoving climate change down our throats and they are able to cut congressional printing and binding by 47 million. Hell that’s a lot of trees. Whats the matter with using technology to send information and save all that paper. Can they not read from an iPad?

Just look at this list and see what some of your hard-earned Tax money is going towards. It’s a laugh (sarcastic of course). No it’s not funny and we should keeping an eye on who ever proposes these ridiculous and stupid costs to the Tax Payer (you).

The List that is accurate.

* Corporation for Public Broadcasting Subsidy — $445 million annual savings.
* Save America’s Treasures Program — $25 million annual savings.
* International Fund for Ireland — $17 million annual savings.
* Legal Services Corporation —  $420 million annual savings.
* National Endowment for the Arts — $167.5 million annual savings.
* National Endowment for the Humanities — $167.5 million annual savings.
* Hope VI Program — $250 million annual savings.
* Amtrak Subsidies — $1.565 billion annual savings.
* Eliminate duplicative education programs — H.R. 2274 (in last Congress), authored by Rep. McKeon, eliminates 68 at a savings of $1.3 billion annually.
* U.S. Trade Development Agency — $55 million annual savings.
* Woodrow Wilson Center Subsidy — $20 million annual savings.
* Cut in half funding for congressional printing and binding — $47 million annual savings.
* John C. Stennis Center Subsidy — $430,000 annual savings.
* Community Development Fund — $4.5 billion annual savings.
* Heritage Area Grants and Statutory Aid — $24 million annual savings.
* Cut Federal Travel Budget in Half — $7.5 billion annual savings
* Trim Federal Vehicle Budget by 20% — $600 million annual savings.
* Essential Air Service — $150 million annual savings.
* Technology Innovation Program — $70 million annual savings.
* Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program —  $125 million annual savings.
* Department of Energy Grants to States for Weatherization — $530 million annual savings.
* Beach Replenishment — $95 million annual savings.
* New Starts Transit — $2 billion annual savings.
* Exchange Programs for Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Their Historical Trading Partners in Massachusetts — $9 million annual savings
* Intercity and High Speed Rail Grants — $2.5 billion annual savings.
* Title X Family Planning — $318 million annual savings.
* Appalachian Regional Commission — $76 million annual savings.
* Economic Development Administration — $293 million annual savings.
* Programs under the National and Community Services Act — $1.15 billion annual savings.
* Applied Research at Department of Energy — $1.27 billion annual savings.
* Freedom CAR and Fuel Partnership — $200 million annual savings.
* Energy Star Program — $52 million annual savings.
* Economic Assistance to Egypt — $250 million annually.
* U.S. Agency for International Development — $1.39 billion annual savings.
* General Assistance to District of Columbia — $210 million annual savings.
* Subsidy for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority — $150 million annual savings.
* Presidential Campaign Fund — $775 million savings over ten years.
* No funding for federal office space acquisition — $864 million annual savings.
* End prohibitions on competitive sourcing of government services.
* Repeal the Davis-Bacon Act — More than $1 billion annually.
* IRS Direct Deposit: Require the IRS to deposit fees for some services it offers (such as processing payment plans for taxpayers) to the Treasury, instead of allowing it to remain as part of its budget — $1.8 billion savings over ten years.
* Require collection of unpaid taxes by federal employees — $1 billion total savings.
* Prohibit taxpayer-funded union activities by federal employees — $1.2 billion savings over ten years.
* Sell excess federal properties the government does not make use of — $15 billion total savings.
* Eliminate death gratuity for Members of Congress. Untold savings could result from this.
* Eliminate Mohair Subsidies — $1 million annual savings.
* Eliminate taxpayer subsidies to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — $12.5 million annual savings
* Eliminate Market Access Program — $200 million annual savings.
* USDA Sugar Program — $14 million annual savings.
* Subsidy to Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) — $93 millionannual savings.
* Eliminate the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program — $56.2 million annual savings.
* Eliminate fund for Obamacare administrative costs — $900 million savings.
* Ready to Learn TV Program — $27 million savings.
* HUD Ph.D. Program.
* Deficit Reduction Check-Off Act.

* TOTAL SAVINGS: $2.5 Trillion over Ten Years

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Learn For Free

Here is a chance to learn something for free – No excuses now

Here is a list of websites that have ‘Free’ online courses

Khan Academy
Academic Earth
Stanford Online
MIT Open Courseware
Open Yale Courses
BBC Learning
Carnegie Mellon University OLI
University of Reddit

IDEAS, INSPIRATION & NEWS (websites which deliver educational content meant to entertain you and stimulate your brain)

Big Think
BBC Future
Seriously Amazing
How Stuff Works
Discovery News
National Geographic
Science News
Popular Science
YouTube Edu

DIY & HOW-TO’S (Don’t know how to do that? Want to learn how to do it yourself? Here are some great websites.)

Wonder How To
Do it yourself


OpenStax CNX
Open Textbooks
Textbook Revolution
E-books Directory
Books Should Be Free
Classic Reader
Read Print
Project Gutenberg
AudioBooks For Free
Poem Hunter
MIT Classics
Many Books
Open Textbooks BCcampus
Open Textbook Library


Directory of Open Access Journals
Wiley Open Access
Springer Open
Oxford Open
Elsevier Open Access
Open Access Library


BBC Languages
Learn A Language
Foreign Services Institute
My Languages
Surface Languages
OpenCulture’s Language links


GA Dash
Code Avengers
The Code Player
Code School
Programming Motherf*?$%#
Bucky’s room
Learn Code the Hard Way
Mozilla Developer Network
Microsoft Virtual Academy


Learning Yoga
Learn Meditation
Free Meditation
Online Meditation
Do Yoga With Me
Yoga Learning Center


Exposure Guide
The Bastards Book of Photography
Cambridge in Color
Best Photo Lessons
Photography Course
Production Now
Learn About Film
Film School Online


Google Cultural Institute


Music Theory
Music Theory Videos
Furmanczyk Academy of Music
Dave Conservatoire
Petrucci Music Library
Justin Guitar
Guitar Lessons
Piano Lessons
Zebra Keys
Play Bass Now


The Chess Website
First Aid for Free
First Aid Web
Wolfram Demonstrations Project


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Food Translations

This is an excellent idea. As an Australian in America I get some blank looks when I have a conversation, especially about food because our ‘lingo’ has words they have never heard of. Some of my American friends have no idea what I am talking about at times and my husband has to translate.

This list should help

British to American Food Translations 610×1,006 pixels

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Feeling Hungry? – Consider These.

I rather like this list. Maybe for the next 2 days we should probably reduce our calorie intake to make up for all we ate Christmas day. It is not a big list and certainly doable. If you are feeling hungry maybe you could make a conscious effort to stick to what is on this list.

Feeling hungry? 10 most filling calorie-light foods

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To Get Your Engine Purring!

When was the last time you actually sat down at a quiet place and answered questions about what you are doing, where are you going in life, and why? Looked at certain words and became aware of what that word means to you. If anything.

I am sure it has been sometime for most of us.

I found this article in a magazine called “Nature and Health“. It made me stop and think about some of the questions and how I would answer them. How would I continue a sentence starting with a certain word.

I have written the list down for ‘You’ to read and think about.

Here is the list of phrases and words that I believe will give your spirit something to think about and your answers hopefully make you feel renewed.

Find a quiet place and write this list down, then give yourself the answers when you feel the need.

  • What really matters
  • What I see
  • What is true
  • What I want the world to know
  • What if
  • In my strength
  • Finding my way
  • In the centre of myself
  • What changes everything
  • In the mirror
  • Sometimes
  • Underneath
  • Honouring myself
  • Going deep
  • What I remember
  • What I really want
  • Becoming me
  • Waking up
  • Who I used to be
  • What I am afraid of
  • Finding the key


Your answers may Jump Start your spirit.

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Poem Friday – Bucket list.


Bucket List
By Lesley Voth

Mika she is full of fun.
When she walks in the room, she shines like the sun.

In the evening I like a wine and cigar.
I enjoy this hour, I know its Bizzare.

One evening Mika walked in while enjoying my cigar and wine.
To tell me It was time to go and Dine.

Oh! she exclaimed with an accusing look and  stern tongue.
Nana you are going to get a black lung.

Then she looked at me like “Oh well” and she said,
Something so funny and came straight from her head.

Oh it doesn’t matter because you are old.
So certain, so sure, it was ok to be told.

As she walked away
She had a few more words to say.

Nana – have you done your bucket list yet.
I laughed till tears – Your grandchild hasn’t asked you that, I bet.

Mika My Grandaughter

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