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Alive and not Kicking (a sample from my memoir)

Alive and not Kicking (a sample from my memoir)

‘Alive and not Kicking’ memoir ‘Alive and not kicking’ is the name I choose for my memoir and shares my life from September 11, 2009. The ‘not kicking’ part of the book name is an attempt at humour, and laughing is vital when living with a disability. The ‘alive’ part celebrates the medical professionals’ efforts in SA Health and other people, including family and friends. Eighteen Point Five will publish the memoir on September 11, 2021, the twelfth anniversary of…

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Jasmine and Bailey’s Wedding

Jasmine and Bailey’s Wedding

The engagement Bailey asked for permission to marry Jasmine. There was no hesitation as I replied with a ‘Yes’, and I offered my home for an engagement party. The engaged couple organised the whole party, and their timing was perfect. We welcomed over a hundred guests, a few weeks before the COVID-19 restrictions commenced in March. Planning a wedding during the Coronavirus Planning a wedding during 2020 must have required prayer, hope and good luck. Leading up to the mid-October…

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Published my first book ‘The Eighteen Point Five’

Published my first book ‘The Eighteen Point Five’

The Eighteen Point Five starts. As I was thinking (and multitasking) on my toilet, I pondered the thought. ‘Why do only famous people get their memoir published?’ I read twenty-five memoirs about people living with a disability and found many to be boring. I wanted to publish a compilation of memoirs of 25 people who had interesting stories. The project I gathered a team of over 40 people from South Australia, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia, as well as international…

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Life Church Ingle Farm – An Inaccessible church if you use a wheelchair

Life Church Ingle Farm – An Inaccessible church if you use a wheelchair

Man Up 2016 – promising to help men The event ‘Man Up 2016’ at Life Church, Ingle Farm, promised to help men learn how to be a Christian man in today’s world. After parking my van, I jumped into my wheelchair and couldn’t find a suitable entrance. A church member opened a set of blinds, and I rolled up a ramp. ‘Does anyone in a wheelchair worship here?’ I asked, already knowing the answer. Locating an accessible toilet shouldn’t be…

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No More Christian Nice Guy – a book by Paul Coughlin.

No More Christian Nice Guy – a book by Paul Coughlin.

No More Christian Nice Guy – Introduction I feel that I’ve chosen to be nice, rather than good. In 2009, I was hit by a tree, and I didn’t have the energy, strength or time to be anything other than nice. This would change over time. The ‘no more christian nice guy’ book has been helpful. A definition of nice could be ‘pleasing and agreeable in nature’. On the surface, being nice sounds ok. However, nice people keep saying ‘yes’,…

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Tithing Then and Now – do we tithe like the Israelites?

Tithing Then and Now – do we tithe like the Israelites?

I’ve attended a variety of denominations of the Christian Church. They include the Methodist Church, the Uniting Church, the Salvation Army and Australia Christian Churches. All of them have a few common factors including Jesus, Protestantism and Tithing. This blog explores ‘Tithing then and now’. Definition of Tithing For a Christian, a tithe is giving back to God 1/10th of what you have received. The Salvation Army has a giving program named ‘planned giving’. They ask that all church members…

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Joni Eareckson Tada, your SCI is NOT a test by God

Joni Eareckson Tada, your SCI is NOT a test by God

Joni Eareckson Tada – the accident At the age of 18, Joni Eareckson Tada dove into Chesapeake Bay in the USA. She fractured the fourth and fifth cervical levels of her spine. Joni acquired an SCI (Spinal Cord Injury) and was paralysed from the shoulders down. The damage to my spine occurred at chest level, and I have full use of my shoulders, arms and fingers. I cannot imagine what it would be like to receive a higher level injury and be dependant…

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Forgiveness towards Cedar College and the future (part 7)

Forgiveness towards Cedar College and the future (part 7)

Recommending Cedar College before forgiveness. (This blog is part of a series of seven blogs. Please click here to commence reading at the first blog.) My cousin asked for my opinion of whether Cedar College would be suitable for her son. Although I hadn’t progressed towards forgiveness for the school, I had no hesitation in recommending the school.  I added ‘but watch out for the trees’! Given the school has grown from 34 to over 800 students in just over…

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Cedar College and my relationship issues & Public Liability lawsuit (part6)

Cedar College and my relationship issues & Public Liability lawsuit (part6)

Relationship Issues are the next problem. (This blog is part of a series of seven blogs. Please click here to commence reading at the first blog.) This blog is not covering the details relating to the separation and divorce from my wife. However, the relationship issues are a direct result of the accident at Cedar College  , although everyone is personally responsible for the decisions they make. I often quote ‘Bad things happen. What matters is how you respond’. In…

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Safework SA Prosecution finds Cedar College guilty (part5)

Safework SA Prosecution finds Cedar College guilty (part5)

Safework SA prosection continues. (This blog is part of a series of seven blogs. Please click here to commence reading at the first blog.) Once again, excessive pain prevented my attendance at the Safework SA prosecution. The school attempted to cry poor, as it had $4,000,000 in debt. However, the judge determined that the school was in a sound financial position and could afford to pay a fine.  The reporter wrote, ‘Faced with a hefty workplace safety fine, Baptist school Cedar College…

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