Australian Croat And His Brilliant Legacies Since Port Arthur Massacre


Australia had one horrific mass murder and legislated gun controls. In America, we lost at least one a day and the National Rifle Association wants more latitude. The GOP wanted to be able to carry guns to the presidential convention. The Secret Service stepped in an said no! Seems like Australia has more on the ball than America does. Hugs, Barbara

Croatia, the War, and the Future

Walter Mikac and lost daughters: Alannah and Madeline Photo: Screenshot Alannah and Madeline Foundation https://www.amf.org.au/gun-violence-petition/Walter Mikac and
lost daughters: Alannah and Madeline
Photo: Screenshot
Alannah and Madeline Foundation
https://www.amf.org.au/gun-violence-petition/

April 2016 marks the month of the 20th anniversary of Australia’s worst massacre by a single gunman (at Port Arthur, Tasmania) – and the 20th anniversary when the son of Croatian immigrants in Australia, Walter Mikac, became widely known, a household name and the national symbol of the Port Arthur Massacre. Walter Mikac lost his wife and two daughters on that 28th day of April 1996 at Port Arthur when a deranged gunman (whose name I will not mention here out of respect for the victims and their loved ones) went on a killing spree armed with semi-automatic assault rifles and killed 35 people and wounded 18. Out of that tragedy, out of Walter Mikac’s profound grief arose giant and brilliant legacies of tight gun ownership control laws, of love and remembering through a charitable…

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Let Me Walk in Beauty


From Self Reliance Book

 

“What you believe you become.

Believe in beauty, for the Earth Mother is covered

with beauty.

Believe in love, for your Earth Mother and Sky Father love you.

Believe in magic and you release your soul from the prison

your mind tries to build around it.

Above all, don’t be afraid.

The Great Spirit provides all that is needed.”

—Sun Bear

 

Sun Bear, Chippewa Tribe

Sun Bear, Chippewa Tribe

 

 

Thy Sacred Dwelling

 

“Why have I two eyes if not to behold Thy glorious vision?

Why have I two ears if not to hear Thy gentle whisper?

Why have I the sense of smell if not to breathe the essence of Thy spirit?

Why have I two lips, Beloved, if not to kiss Thy beautiful countenance?

Why have I two hands if not to work in Thy divine cause?

Why have I two legs if not to walk in Thy spiritual path?

Why have I a voice if not to sing Thy celestial song?

Why have I a heart, Beloved< if not to make it Thy sacred dwelling?”

—Hazrat Inayat Khan

 

Weeping Cherry Tree Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2006

Weeping Cherry Tree Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2006

 

Global Peace

“Man Must first create peace within himself if he desires to see peace in the world;

for lacking peace within, no effort of his can bring any result.”

— Hazrat Inayat Khan

 

The Healing Heart

Sympathy—a china doll sheds a tear

and a piece of the Great Wall comes down.

 

Synchronicity—at the same time, in New Your City a lover’s heart mends a tear

and a flower breaks through the concrete.”

—Hadj Pearlman

 

Painted Sky Orchid. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2013

Painted Sky Orchid. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2013

 

Let Me Walk in Beauty

“O Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds,

and whose breath gives light to all the world,

Hear me—I come before you, one of your children,

I am small and weak.

I need your strength and wisdom.

Let me walk in beauty,

and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.

Make my hands respect the things that you have made,

my ears sharp to hear your voice.

Make me wise, so that I may know the things

you have taught my people,

and the lesson you have hidden in every rock and leaf.

I seek strength, not to be superior to my brothers and sisters,

but to be able to fight my greatest enemy, myself.

Make me ever ready to come to you,

with clean hands and straight eyes.

So when life fades as a fading sunset,

my spirit may come to you without shame.”

—Yellow Hawk Sioux Chief

 

Yellow Hawk, Sioux Chief

Yellow Hawk, Sioux Chief