Robin Bee and Kuatarina Sandy
with a long term friend, Robin Bee.
Also the Singing Unicorn who attended all workshops from 1998
Lyn, a pal since childhood
Max and Dympna Helle and her boys
Lesley and her son Ben
Sandy and Catherine Quinlivan from Ireland
Hannah from Ireland and the wonderful Labyrinth she and Tony have
Poppy, Sandy and Cherry - Scotland
Jenny Rogers and her daughter Turquoise Sandy, Robin and Judy at Woodford Folk Festival QLD
Robin, Sandy and Talia Norma Milanovitch and John Ralph Mary and
her dad Noel - and Bill and Joy James
(all now ascended except Mary)
John - an
old flame and current great friend
Patti, a lovely friend from Alaska
Sandy, June, Shelley and Jo at the organic Woodbox Cafe Dec 2014
Megan, a co-worker and friend from
A TRIBUTE to my Mother, Esme´ (Pachina)
who passed on to the higher realms on 18th Nov. 2001. She ascended
3 weeks later.
THE PASSING OF AN ANGEL
Blessing us with her
presence on Earth
Death is not
extinguishing the light
but putting out the lamp
because the dawn has come.
(85) and Talia
Esme and Dennis
Esme Stevenson (Pachina) born on the
18th – and left on the 18th - 1 + 8 = 9
9 = The number of Christ
and the female aspect of the Buddha – Quan Yin.
Born on the
June 1916, and departing on the afternoon of
Sunday, 18th November, 2001, at an age of
85 years and 5 months old, in her own bed, with no pain,
suffering or illness, surrounded by family and people who
loved her holding her hand, aware and knowing everyone
present, she gave a quiet sigh and slipped away..
She leaves a family and
friends who thought the world of her. My brother Dennis,
her granddaughter Talia, and I, always knew how very
special our mother was and we loved her dearly.
Her life is a
celebration of all that was good. It reflected the very
best a human being can be. Her great love and dedication
in the raising alone of her two children - teaching us
independence and strength, always giving us total support
and encouragement to be and do whatever felt right for us,
her phenomenal endurance and courage in the face of
adversity, never complaining and never making demands of
others throughout her entire life, and her wonderful wit
and humour that stayed with her right to the end.
I will remember always
the strength of this great being and if I manage to take
even a small particle of her strength with me as I walk
the steps of life, I shall truly walk with angels.
The grace and presence
of this ancient and wise soul has enriched greatly the
lives of all who knew her. Even people who met her briefly
never forgot her.
Thank you, Mum.
You have been a tower of strength and support to me - all
You were the
greatest, most wonderful and special mother anyone could
Go forth with
your strength and love and peace in your heart. You are
the very best.
I will love you
NOTE: I have connected with my mother many times
since she moved on, beginning with a conversation minutes
after she left. At the time I was in the UK and she was in
Australia. Mum expressed the great freedom with no longer having
the restriction of a physical body and that she had
forgotten the level of freedom and power we naturally had.
She was very happy. 20 mins after our converation, my
brother rang from Australia to tell me that our mum had
I talked to her again about one hour later and
could barely believe the difference.
was now totally in her power and mastery and
She said 'Tell the others it's wonderful.'
Thank you Mum for all you
can shed tears that she is gone
you can smile because she has lived
can close your eyes and pray that she will come back
you can open your eyes and see all that she has left
heart can be emptybecause
you can't see her
you can be full of the love that you shared
can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday
can remember her and only that she is gone
you can cherish her memory and let it live on
can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
you can do what she would want; smile, open your eyes,
love and go on.
think of her as gone away …
journey’s just begun
holds so many facets
Earth is only one.
think of her as resting
a place of warmth
there are no days and years.
we could know today
really pass away.
think of her as living
those she touched ….
ever lost ….
she was loved so much.
not stand at my grave and weep
I am not
there, I do not sleep.
I am a
thousand winds that blow,
I am the
diamond glints on snow.
I am the
sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the
gentle autumn rain.
awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the
swift uplifting rush of
birds in circled flight.
I am the
soft stars that shine at night.
stand at my grave and cry.
I am not
there, I did not die.
my BROTHER Dennis, dedicated to helping
Dennis was a
parliamentary Member of the Australian Capital Territory
Legislative Assembly. He served two 3 year terms from 1989 to
1995, thereafter deciding to leave to be able to do more lecturing,
writing and training community groups in Australia and elsewhere,
in how to take effective action.
Dennis was a Dependent Member, a term he coined to show
that all elected representatives have simple and
binding obligations. Dennis was dependent on the
requirements of the Commonwealth Constitution and,
unless the matter was unconstitutional, he obeyed the
majority expressed will of his Canberra electorate
and, in parliament, voted as so instructed.
discovered the people's will by extensive public polling.
He used a new polling method he developed with like-minded individuals,
that was inexpensive, quick and accurate - being evaluated
by the Australia Bureau of Statistics as having at least 99%
During his two
parliamentary terms, Dennis rejected the use of a new car,
excessive superannuation deal and was the only Member to
vote against an exorbitant 40% pay rise.
1965 he served in the NSW Police Force, resigning in 1973
to travel overseas. During that same period he served
part-time in the Citizens Military Forces’ 19 Royal
NSW Regiment, coming first in both the Intelligence
and Sergeants' training courses. Most of his
seven years service involved training Intelligence
included the trans-Siberian train journey and some 30 other
parliamentary service, he was a Member of the ACT government
Fluoridation Inquiry (1989-91). The majority of Inquiry Members
would not include evidence from world-wide submissions proving
fluoridation to be harmful, undemocratic, ineffective and polluting.
Thereupon, Dennis compiled a 177 page Dissenting Report, being
the major part of the Inquiries Final Report of 296
introduced a proposed law to parliament for Binding
Citizen’s Initiated Referendums (BCIR). It was
similar to the long established Swiss model where
electors can, by way of initiating and voting at
a referendum, veto existing or proposed laws,
introduce new laws and recall (remove) public
servants who have lost public confidence.
campaigned against psychiatric abuse in Australia and
the UK, and
for a short time, was UK National Campaign Director of the
Citizen's Commission on Human Rights.
His first main
job was in the photographic section of an Aerial Survey
Company, involved in making maps. He studied philosophy,
was a Company Director, has operated health centres,
and trained people in sales, marketing, public
speaking and motivation. He has worked as a life
coach, business consultant, counsellor and labourer.
community training covers strategy, polling, creating and
running a group, disseminating your message, handling
media, running meetings and rallies, raising funds
and recruiting, training and motivating people.
He self-published ‘If you don’t look after your body,
where will you live?' and is working on four other
books; covering democracy, success, anti fluoridation
and life. His passion is helping people. For 15 years
he was the Master of Ceremonies at
Australia’s leading freedom conference - the
Dennis continues to
help people and to create ideas that inspire others. He
wanted to remind people of the real meaning of Christmas
as being a time for sharing, loving and
giving. He spent months collecting ‘as new'
stuff all around the place, from friends, etc. Then set
out to find an empty shop he could use, free of charge,
for the last week up to Xmas. The idea was to get presents
out to people who couldn't afford them and to
encourage people to give away things they don't use or
a local shop that go to
give away thousands of items he had collected. There were
lovely Xmas quotes all over the windows. A sign writer
offered to do a large sign for the shop front and Dennis
put it up.
taken a few weeks to find an owner willing to loan him an
empty shop, but he persisted and found one. The whole
project was a huge job; he loaded all the goods himself
with many car trips, found a church willing to lend him
some tables and spent some time cleaning them all. He also
cleaned the shop that had been up for lease and was
was full of goodies and as fast as people took things, it
was being replenished with lots of people bringing more
in. There were lots of wonderful things including two
lovely rocking horses, many new video and DVD players, TV
sets, new recent model Canon printer still in box, videos
and DVD's galore, good books, loads of children's books
and games, expensive cameras, tons of lovely soft toys,
jewellery, china, etc.
interviewed by four TV channels, 7, 9 Gold Coast, 9
Brisbane and Ch 10. Also on local community radio, other
radio stations and in local papers - talking about
Christmas spirit of giving. With constant radio coverage
and many peak TV news slots, the message reached many
thousands. We lost count of how many interviews he did but
I recorded 11 different interviews done by TV stations.
tears sometimes in the shop, families who couldn't afford
anything for their kids, old people, the works. We heard
tons of lovely stories. One 91 year crippled lady who
could only go a short distance using her walker, lived just
a few doors away from the shop. The previous day she been
given a present by her neighbour's children and was sad
she couldn't get out to get them anything to give back.
She prayed that night that she would be helped to give
them something. The next morning she saw a large crowd
outside her home and discovered the free
giveaway shop was about to open. She got some toys to give
to the neighbour's children. The TV cameras were all there
for the opening and she got herself interviewed on TV as
well - something for her to talk about at 91.
Another lady with 5
children had nothing to give her children. She left with
enough for all of them, including a full size guitar for
her son who had wanted one for 15 years but she could
never afford it. Another lady with little money and no TV
for her children to watch the children's movies on
over Christmas, left with a TV, a video player and tons of
children's videos. Some people were just crying with
their good fortune.
lovely young lady had gone home after seeing the shop and
found 100 things in her home that were new and unused. She
wrapped them all and started phoning charities to see who
wanted them. Most said they couldn’t take them as it was
too late but she persevered and found one who really
needed them. She took them over there. She came to tell us
about it on Christmas Eve as she wanted Dennis to know his
message had been heard.
It was a
blessing for many and made their Christmas a more joyful
occasion that perhaps it would have been. It's been a
total success. The doors closed finally at
on Xmas eve with only a few items left.
It didn’t end there.
Late in the day, someone
kindly donated a boxful of large, single cultured pearl
necklaces. Dennis had quite a few left over, so he went to
three local hospitals and asked the nurses of each ward to
point out patients who were alone or needed help. The
nurses were wonderful (as ever) and knew everyone on their
ward who needed a helping hand, especially the older
people who had no visitors. The necklaces were given. It
made a difference. It is lovely to know so many who were
alone at Christmas, were helped.
ever, Dennis is doing his usual thing, making sure that
anything he used or borrowed during that time. The shop;
the tables, etc. were returned in far better condition
than when he took them. He spent days bringing the entire
shop up to a high standard and has been actively helping
the shop owner to lease the shop. It had been up for lease
for 6 months with no takers.
is always helping people – all year, not ‘just for
Christmas.’ As he says, what else are we here for?
2010 He did it again!
the 'Spirit of Christmas' video of Dennis's free shop on
Channel 10, Sydney Australia. 20th December.2010
- And he's just done it all again!!
Christmas 2012 - And again! Brisbane QLD. About 11,000
free gifts given away to those in need.
Christmas 2013 - Dennis is helping others
to run their free Christmas shops
Christmas 2014 - Dennis doing media interviews
to encourage every town in Australia to have a
free Christmas shop.