Strengthening Family Bonds

My wonderful super computer won’t boot up. I turned it off the other evening and now it refuses to operate.

It’s rather difficult to blog and podcast without a computer. Actually, it’s impossible. That’s why I didn’t have a new podcast episode to post yesterday. But today I found a way around my computer problem and I do have something to publish.

This afternoon, I recorded this week’s episode with my little Zoom H1 recorder. Then my daughter Sophie lent me her computer so I could do a quick bit of editing before uploading the file to Podbean. The audio quality isn’t as good as usual, but at least I was able to make a podcast.

In this week’s episode, I talk about the importance of family and what we can do to strengthen family bonds. (My children helped me make a list of things that encourage close-knit families and I include some of their ideas.)

Last week my husband Andy, our four youngest girls and I worked on our family bonds. We spent some special time together while we were on a 3 day holiday. I tell a few stories of our time in the Blue Mountains, sharing some Australian history along the way. (I hope I get the facts right!)  I also reveal how silly the Elvises are and why being silly is quite okay.

There aren’t any podcast notes this week, but I do plan to share some resources on the theme of Australian history very soon: some books, DVD series,  websites… Please watch out for the post!

Music: 60’s Quiz Show by Podington Bear, (CC BY-NC 3.0)
Image: Echo Point and the Three Sisters by Greg Schechter (CC BY 2.0)
(My photos are locked inside my computer so I had to use someone else’s image of The Three Sisters!)

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    Hi Sue,
    I live in the Lower Blue Mountains, next time you are over this way perhaps we can meet up.

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      You live in a very beautiful part of the world! I'm sure we'll be returning to the Blue Mountains because we love this area very much. Thank you for your kind invitation to meet up. Yes, we'll do that. It would be wonderful to meet you!

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    Rest assured I noticed that there was no podcast on Monday! Your podcast is my favorite way to start my Monday morning! It was a nice surprise to listen this morning instead!

    I love what you shared about family bonds and jokes. I think that one of the best things about family culture is a set of inside jokes that everyone can share. It put me in mind of this quotation from Mansfield Park by Jane Austen: "Children of the same family, the same blood, with the same first associations and habits, have some means of enjoyment in their power, which no subsequent connexions can supply."

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      You noticed the absence of my podcast? Thank you for telling me! I was considering not making an episode this week because of my computer problem. I told myself no one would notice. So glad I made one after all!

      You understood what I was saying about family jokes! Oh, I do like that quote from Mansfield Park. Thank you for sharing it, and thank you for listening to this week's podcast and writing such a lovely comment.

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    I really enjoyed your podcast, I'm glad you didn't skip it!

    We have a range called the Blue Mountains, as well as mountains called "The Three Sisters" in Oregon state! I was looking at your picture thinking, "surely she didn't go to Oregon!" It all looks beautiful, I'm so glad you had a lovely time!

    Also, I thought the idea of the bird imitating trucks was very funny! I have a cousin who had a mockingbird living outside his bedroom, and the bird started imitating his alarm buzzer every morning, just before sunrise… which got earlier every morning! He could never get the bird to stop, so he ended up moving his bedroom.

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      No, I didn't go to Oregon, but I would like to! I think I shall take a virtual trip online and see the Three Sisters!

      Oh I do like your mockingbird story. I see we appreciate the same kind of funny stories.

      Thank you so much for listening to my podcast and for making me smile!

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