Margot Cairnes Blog

Oct

8

2012

Is pornography making you impotent?

. Norman Doidge in his fascinating book on neuroplasticity, asserts that there is a direct link between increasing violence and abnormal sexuality in pornography and a growing need for pharmaceuticals that increase virility and libido – even in the young. After telling us about the addictive nature of pornography and its impact on reshaping the brain maps around what men find sexually arousing he writes…

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Oct

6

2012

Is Tony Abbott sexist?

For over 10 years I lived in Tony Abbott‘s electorate.  At the time I ran a growing business.  My then husband worked for me in that business. Tony Abbott ran an invitation-only meeting for busienss people in our electorate. My husband was continually asked to join this group. I was never asked.  I rang and wrote to Mr Abbott and his people saying that I would…

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Oct

6

2012

Obama v. Romney – who really won?

As Mitt Romney kicked Obama around the floor in the Romney/Obama debate I felt very sad – not for either Obama or Romney but for the world. We are so impressed by strong men being rude. The general consensus is that Romney won because he out- attacked Obama. Obama acted like a gentleman so we think he lost. Yes Obama looked tired. Romney looked energetic…

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Sep

30

2012

US Generosity

I can’t remember going to a Broadway production and the audience not leaping to their feet in appreciation at the end. I can’t remember going to an Australian performance and having the audience do the same. I was at a hospital benefit in Australia when  a young sportswoman – another guest-  entered the room leading to a standing ovation (quite inappropriate I thought as we…

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Sep

26

2012

“Bring it on”- a musical change in values

“Bring It On” a teen story about Campbell who realises her dream of becoming captain of  Truman high’s cheerleading squad. A natural leader, she manages the teen politics of the team which involves putting her next door neighbour, Eva, in a trainee captain.. Then a series of co-incidents change Campbell’s life. She is rezoned into Jackson High (even though everybody else in her residential block…

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Sep

26

2012

We are all shaman

I just flew from LA to Sydney. I am now on the other side of the world. How quickly and easily we traverse this big old world of ours. I lost a whole day – it just disappeared in a sea of movies – as I passed from Autumn to Spring. In yoga we learn to stand on our head and do hand stands so…

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Sep

24

2012

I-phone 5

Walking around LA I keep finding long lines of people – in shopping malls, on the streets and at the Farmers’ Market. What are you waiting for I ask?” The new Apple iPhone5” -they tell me with a wide grin. This phenomenon is world wide. People sleeping out over night in order to be one of the first with the new iPhone. Congratulations Apple on…

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Sep

22

2012

Stand in my shoes

Recently in LA I attended the prelaunch (fund raising party) for a documentary (StandInMyShoes) on compassion and empathy.  The film makers are 3 women who noticed and researched “the empathy deficit” (we are becoming less compassionate &  less caring). Spiritual teacher Marianne Williamson told us that those who hate do so with conviction while those who love do so when it is convenient. She recommended…

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Sep

22

2012

Is the world out to get you?

Have you ever been through a time in your life when everywhere you turned it seemed that the cards were stacked against you? I have. I suffered from a long debilitating illness, trusted people who took advantage of my lack of strength and lost a lot of things that were valuable to me as a result. How easy it is in those times to feel…

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Sep

19

2012

Spirituality in Business

The terms “spirituality” and” business” are being put together more and more often. We hear of international conferences in places like Silicon Valley where the leaders in IT and business get together with spiritual teachers and discuss the role of spiritual wisdom in the world of work. A quick Google search on spirituality and business brings up literally thousands of entries. My Grandfather, a farmer,…

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