The image above is of a spring-fed dam whose aspect changes constantly. The waters were still and calm at the moment this photograph was taken, but at other times they show when the wind is up and the clouds are furious.
Depending on the time of day and type of day, the dam can be a picture of serenity or of turbulence. It is home to many species, and I generally don’t go too close at this time of year, as the big snakes like hanging out on the banks.
As Croakey contributors have made clear in the previous posts (warm thanks to Marie McInerney for compiling these #LongReads and to all those who made time at this pointy end of the year to contribute), many people are ending 2016 with heavy hearts and concerns for the future.
At Croakey, we wish our readers, contributors, supporters and all who engage with us – whether at this site or on Twitter and Facebook, or in IRL – some restorative time over the days and weeks ahead, including those of you who are unable to take a break from the usual routines.
We wish you time for reflection, for gathering energy, strength and focus for the year ahead. More than ever, it is important to focus on what matters most. We welcome your thoughts on how we at Croakey can best contribute.
Below are links to the first articles in our ongoing series of summer reading. We are taking a short break, but will be back with more reading next week.
- 2016 going on 2017: what were the standout events and what will they mean for our health?
- What is the most important thing you learnt in 2016?
- If 2016 left you grinchy and grim, here are some gifts to lift your spirits and sights
- Recommended reading, listening and viewing for your summer holidays