The World of Fabulous Fungi

 

The focus of this article is on the beneficial Fungi found in the bushlands, forests and other landscapes.

Please remember that most Fungi can be toxic and some edible Fungi can have look-a likes, this requires caution and professional identification.

I see Fungi as the quiet achievers, the angels of the environment; going about, doing good, bringing about homeostasis into the earth.  Fungi possess such a uniqueness and status in the plant kingdom that should be applauded; actually they should receive a standing ovation!

At the base level of the food chain, they are vital for the health of the vegetation around them.  Without Fungi all life is seriously affected.

Some facts about Fungi

  1. They are important recyclers for our planet; important for all life at all levels.
  2. They have chitin in their cell walls rather than cellulose. Chitin is the substance insects and crustaceans use to make their exoskeleton.
  3. They do not have chlorophyll, so they cannot synthesis their own food from the sun’s energy. Fungi must rely on dead or living matter to survive.
  4. Fungi reproduce by spores and not seeds. On germinating, the spore gives rise to  cells called hyphae, when two hyphae unite, they start to grow and form the mycelium.  The mycelium consists of a mass of hyphae which weaves throughout the soil, feeding on waste and rotting matter within the soil.
  5. The mycelium gives rise to the fruiting body, which exposes and identifies the fungi present. For example mushrooms.
  6. All ecosystems depend on the effective workings of the beneficial Fungi.
  7. Fungi are the invisible framework of all ecosystems. They have the important role of breaking dead or living organic matter into safe, reusable nutrients; sterilising, fertilising and stabilising.  This makes them healers of the land.
  8. They support plants to thrive; by giving them increased drought intolerance and disease resistance.
  9. Fungi are placed in three categories, observed by their feeding habits:
  • Symbiosis
  • Saprophytism
  • Parasitism

Symbiosis

A good example of this is when we see the Fungi fruit linked to a living plant, such as a tree. In this symbiosis relationship, the fungi entwines it’s delicate network of the many hyphae’s around the plants roots, called mycorrhiza’s. This mycorrhizal connection is how they feed and support one another.   The Fungi feeds by extracting sugars and in return the Fungi supply the plant with nutrients, like phosphorous and water.   This is vital for both the plant and the Fungi’s survival and health.

Studies have shown that this symbiotic relationship has demonstrated that plants grow ten times healthier.

Saprophytism

These Fungi are mainly seen on things like rotting logs, branches, leaf litter including animal waste.  They play the role of primary decomposes of the various organic matter, including other waste; returning healthy nutrients back into the soil.

The Fungi can be seen on lawns, even away from other plants; feeding on waste and toxins, enriching and healing the soil.  They do this by spreading and radiating their long filamentous threads under the ground as they search for food.  This process enables the nearby plants to have access to the new enriched soil.

There are specially categorised Fungi in this group, ‘special agents’ that have the potential to breakdown numerous types of waste, like paper, plastic and even some petroleum products into safe, clean nutrient soil.  Wow!

Parasitism Fungi

They too are important in the maintenance of a healthy ecosystem.  They can be seen on sick or mature trees, eating into the heart wood and making tree hollows, by rotting that one section.  There would be a number of animals that would not be able to survive if these hollows were not made.

Lack of tree hollows is known to threaten a number of animal species survival rates, providing habitat for birds, possums, reptiles and other marsupials.

More interesting facts

At present there are over 249,000 species of Fungi in Australia.

To date there are approximately 70 bio-luminescent mushrooms on the Earth.

Despite their abundance and the huge importance they are to the planet and our very existence, Fungi are the most poorly studied organism.

Conclusion

Without Fungi all life would be seriously affected.  No Fungi, means there would be no plant life, no animal life, no oxygen, no food, no humans.

There is a small poem I saw once, I don’t know who wrote it, but it said;

‘The sky, a tree, and man will survive, if man understands the tree.’

This could be said about the Fungi.

In my book, ‘Emily’, I love to share about nature; I developed a fictional wildlife park, ‘Green Coastal Wildlife Park’, to teach people about the wonders of the environment, aboriginal culture, the Australian bush and beach, native plants and animals and the connection of each, and the characters of the book, as well.

Emily the book is available from Amazon and Angus and Robertson

By M.A.Loveday  (Lecturer and Guide on Wildlife/ Lover of Nature)

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The Power of Love over Hate

About ten years ago, a woman in her mid-twenties, (we will call her Mary, to protect her identity) came to see me regarding her state of health. She had anorexia, she was but skin and bone; her condition was serious, I was very concerned.

I was surprised that she knew me; it was through several different people she had found me.  At our first meeting, I let her talk, so I could have an idea of why she had this condition, what was the root cause.

‘I have a condition called Anorexia, and I don’t know why I have it and how to get rid of it. No one knows how to help me, I really don’t feel well, I hate food and I can’t stand being around people.’  Mary looked at me, ‘I feel comfortable talking to you though.  There is something about you; do you think we could be friends?  Do you think you can help me?’

I really didn’t know what to say to that, but I had a sense that this girl needed someone to be a friend.  ‘I suppose we could be friends, yes.  How about we have a cuppa and we can have a chat.’ Mary was happy I said yes, and waited while I prepared a cup of tea for us both, I brought in a few small pieces of dark chocolate on a plate, so we could have together.

‘We sipped our tea, and I allowed Mary to talk about anything.

This was mainly very negative chatter, about friends, and how they had kept away from her, and about how she hated people looking at her.  I noticed that even though she had taken a small square of chocolate, she would only nibble on the edges, pretending to eat, ‘I feel guilty eating this, I … I can’t eat it.  Can you help me?’

An hour went by and I rose from my chair, ‘It has been lovely chatting with you today.’

‘Thank you for listening.  Can I see you tomorrow?’  She asked as she went to meet her mother who was in the car waiting for her.

I went to make some lunch in the kitchen, and I heard someone come in the front door, I went to see who it might be, it was Mary’s mother.  She had made up an excuse to go to the toilet while Mary was in the car. ‘Yes, can I help you?’

Mary’s mother spoke to me about her daughter, she was very concerned as she wanted her daughter to go to hospital, but her daughter didn’t want to go, Mary was becoming extremely stubborn and easily upset and even angry.  ‘My daughter is refusing any help; she is getting worse and worse.’

‘Why haven’t you called an ambulance, she is in a very weak and in a dangerous condition, I will call the ambulance if you don’t.’

‘No, please don’t, please.  I have already done that, but she refuses to go to the hospital, then she gets very upset and even more debilitated.  If you can find out what is causing this and help her.  Can we try tomorrow, please?’

‘I would rather she went to hospital, but I suppose if she wont, bring her tomorrow, but if there is any sign of deterioration, I will call an ambulance.’

That evening, I needed to spend time considering and praying about all that I had heard and learnt from my session with Mary.  I knew that she was in need of love and attention and I knew she had anger within her, but what had caused it?  Anger is usually produced from hate, but what had made her hate, and caused her to hurt herself.

Next day we sat and chatted again, Mary needed constant reassurance that I was her friend.  ‘As a friend I would like to share with you, what I believe is causing the anorexia.  Would you like me to tell you what I believe?’

‘Yes.’  Mary sat on the edge of her seat, and clasped her fingers together on her lap.

‘As your friend, I need to be truthful with you.  I am very concerned about the state of your well being and you do need proper assistance through this.  You are a talented lady; you told me you used to teach children at school, to sing sand play musical instruments, you must miss doing that, and the children would be missing you too.’  I could tell Mary was getting anxious.

‘Please don’t get upset with what I am about to share, I want you to know that everything we talk about is confidential, okay?’  Mary nodded her head.  ‘Someone, I believe to be a close family member has molested you on several occasions, when you were younger.  You have kept it to yourself, maybe because you are ashamed, or maybe because you have been threatened.  But I tell you right now that that man is a creep, what he has done is evil, and so wrong.’  Mary looked down to her hands, her face paler than before. She looked up and turned her face towards the wall and not at me.  I continued to talk to her, ‘It is alright for you to look at me and talk about this, I want you to be well and strong. I would like to put a question towards you.  Why give this creep the satisfaction of seeing you die slowly?  I want you to kick butt and get better!  Do you know he is getting some wicked pleasure out of seeing you die slowly?  How dare he continue to rape your life, like this! That is what you are allowing him to do, you know, by holding onto these toxic emotions.  Prove him wrong, be different and fight back!  You are a beautiful and talented lady, with great opportunities for a great and successful life.  Don’t let the evil win!’

Mary broke down and cried, ‘It is true, it is true.  How did you know?  No one knows, not my mum, no one!’  I stood beside her, my arm over her shaking shoulders, bones protruding; she was so tiny, so fragile and so broken.

‘You don’t have to talk anymore, this man has stuffed you around for long enough!  Get better and back to what you enjoy.  Get back to teaching those children, they need you and you need them.  Follow your heart and not his!’

‘Yes! Kick butt!  I hate him, I hate him! I will get better’  Mary cried.

There was an immediate turn around for Mary, the hate had produced the anger of the injustice, and this had been cemented in her subconsciousness, she was totally unaware of its evil driving force and its effect on her body.

The second step was to forgive this man, who had destroyed her life.  This did not mean for her to be in contact with him, but for the reason of freeing her completely of the hate and anger and learning to trust and love again.

Eventually she told me and her mother that it had been her dad.  Mary’s mother was unaware of this and it came as a great shock to her.  He was reported and kept away from their lives.

A year later Mary and her mother made contact again, and what a wonderful surprise it was to see them.  Mary was looking healthier and happier, she was back teaching at school, enjoying life; free from the anger and hate.  Mary is also helping others in similar circumstances, giving back what she had eventually found.

We sat together and chatted, while we had a cuppa, Mary handed me a block of chocolate!

‘So, please tell me, how did you know?’  Mary pleaded.

‘Love tells me all.’  I smiled and gave her a hug.

M. A. Loveday

What is the antidote to these destructive emotions?  It has to be pure love!

As I think on this powerful emotion I realise that it is a gift to all who would be willing to receive, and I am even more convinced that love can heal.  What do you think?

My book ‘Emily’, is full of the healing power of love, Emily’  is available from Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Angus and Robertsons/Bookworld and other online stores in paperback and ebook

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Merry Christmas 2016

My Christmas gift to you – an Aussie Christmas.

At Christmas most people, enjoy the presence that is in the atmosphere, as they celebrate with their loved ones.  This is the true gift of Christmas, it is about love, the most powerful force in the whole universe, and it has the power to heal the  brokenhearted.

However, if  you find it hard to celebrate Christmas or the holiday season, for whatever reason; if you have no family, have lost a loved one, are far from home, or struggle in some way … my hope is…that this little video will warm your heart, brighten your day and give you peace this Christmas.

Our motto for this coming year should also be, to pursue love, reaching out to one another with kindness, and in doing so, this world will be a better place. We will all live happier, more fulfilled lives; as we feel the love return to us, and grow in our hearts.

If you would like to read my book ‘Emily’, it will touch your heart, it is full of love, and hopefully, it will lift and inspire you.  It is available from , AmazonAngus & Robertson/Bookworld – Merry Christmas everyone!

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Common Ghost Crab (Ocypode Cordimanus)

Australia has six known species, of Ghost crabs.

These little crabs are so good at camouflaging with the sand, thus their name, making it difficult to see them during the day, if for whatever reason, they happen to leave their burrow.

Ghost crabs are found on open sandy beaches, where they live in their immaculate burrows, (some known to be more than 4 feet), near the intertidal zone, in the dry sand. They are nocturnal and remain in their burrows to keep cool during the day and warm during the winter.

They can hold oxygen in their air sacs for about six weeks, handy when you hide and live under the sand.

During the night, Ghost crabs, fix and repair their burrow and feed on a variety of plant and animal debris that has been washed ashore.  These omnivores can even catch insects in mid-air; due to their 360 degree vision, that allows them to see in any direction.

Ghost crabs breathe through gills, which they keep moist at all times, by various methods, such as taking the moisture out of damp sand.

An interesting thing to do whilst relaxing on a quiet beach is to listen for the Ghost crabs, very distinct, bubbling sounds! They use their gill chambers to produce bubbly sounds.

The female Ghost crab incubates 1000’s of eggs inside her flap, and once matured, these eggs become marine larvae.  Mum releases her offspring into the sea, where they remain for about two months before returning back to the shore.

Did you know that the Ghost crab’s burrows are regarded as valuable ecological indicators for quickly assessing the impact of human disturbance on beach habitats?  And, they can travel across the sand up to 10 to 15km/hr.  Yes, they are fast movers, and that is why they are so hard to catch.  Isn’t it interesting that their generic name is ocypode, which in Greek means, fast -foot.

I remember one day while I was drying off after a swim, I decided to read and relax, I saw movement in the corner of my eye, and I spied a tiny Ghost crab, well camouflaged with the sand, right next to a small burrow. I went to pick it up and it quickly fled into its hole. I started digging but there was no way in this dry sand that I could find it.  The crab had dug down so deep; apparently, they can construct long pathed tunnels, to who knows where… hence another reason for the name, Ghost crab.

Of course, afterward I realised I should not have dug into his home, all that work would have been destroyed.  I vowed not to do that again.  We need to be sensitive to the ecosystem that in some environments are quite sensitive, the softer our footprint is, in the natural environment,  the better for us all; flora, fauna, marine life, and us humans.

By M.A.Loveday  (Lecturer and Guide on Wildlife/ Lover of Nature)

References: PDF Brazilian Journal of Oceanography 57(2):149-152 / Coastal Habitat Awareness Program –OCCI / Ghost crab a tool for rapid assessment of human impacts on exposed sandy beaches. ELSEVIER. Biological Conservation. F.Barros 97 (2001) 399-404 / Personal observations.

 

 

 

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Wattle Day in Australia

Wattle Day is celebrated on the first of September

Wattle trees are in abundance by the first day of spring, throughout Australia, in the bush, in gardens, on the side of the road.  The much loved Wattle tree has a time of splendour, showing off, its green and yellow or golden glow.  Wattle is the national floral emblem. It was eventually decided that we should have a ‘Wattle Day’, on the 1st September, the beginning of spring.

  • Through history’s pages Wattle has been held in high esteem, but for the first Australians, ‘the original land owners’, they considered a number of species of Wattle to be sacred. It was an important source of food, fuel and medicine.  They would grind the pods to make bread; known to consist of protein, complex carbohydrates and good fats; the bark was used for skin irritations, and the wood was used for making certain wood-crafts, like utensils and boomerangs.
  • On the 17th Anniversary of the discovery of Tasmania, Hobart celebrated on the 19th November, 1838, with sprigs of Silver Wattle blossoms.
  • Later in 1899 a ‘Wattle Club’, in Victoria, headed by Mr A J Campbell, a field naturalist; decided on their second year, to do a bush-walk on the first day of spring.
  • However, the first official ‘Wattle Day’ was celebrated in 1910 in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide and in 1915, the National Wattle Day League, was established to organise the official celebration.
  • Gaining more significance during WWI as Wattle sprigs and Wattle badges were sold to raise money for the war effort by organisations like the Red Cross. Wattle became a commemorative symbol to remember the men and women who fought for our freedom in war.
  • It is also, I believe a symbol of the Australian nation and its people; the Aussie way, character, new life, common purpose, mateship, hope, working together towards a better future, courage, generosity, good humour and prosperity.
  • Wattle is on the Australian Coat of Arms, as our National floral emblem, and it was planted along the Remembrance Drive, 320 kilometres of highway from Sydney to Canberra, as a memorial to the Australian war heroes.
  • We see the essence of Wattle in the green and gold of our Australian athletes, and sports teams in their green and gold uniforms, the ‘Boxing Kangaroo’ flag, and anytime when Aussie’s wear their green and gold to show support to fellow Australians.
  • Only a small percentage of the community these days celebrate Wattle Day, though it is coming into a revival again. It is not only a wonderful way to celebrate spring; it represents all that we hold most dear as Australians.  Why not wear a sprig of Wattle, or dress in the green and gold, enjoy a walk in the bush and take in some wattle splendour, make a Wattle seed cake and have morning tea, but above all, take a moment to reflect and be thankful for all we have in this beautiful country we call home.

In my book, ‘Emily’, I love to share about nature; I developed a fictional wildlife park, ‘Green Coastal Wildlife Park’, to teach people about the wonders of the environment, aboriginal culture, the Australian bush and beach, native plants and animals and the connection of each, and the characters of the book, as well.

Emily the book is available from Amazon and other online stores.

by M.A.Loveday  (Lecturer and Guide on Wildlife. Lover of Nature, Author)

 

References: Personal, Wikipeadia, and www.wattleday.asn.au

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Magpie-Lark (Grallina cyanoleuca)

Also known as mudlark, Murray magpie and Peewee.

One of the most fascinating attractions of these Magpie-Larks, and something I enjoy the most, is to listen to them sing.

They sing in duet, each partner sings their notes about a second apart, one sings, ‘peewee’ and the other responds with, ‘wit’. This singing makes it difficult to know there are two birds singing, tricky.

Other interesting points 

  • When other birds enter their territory, they will stand side by side and sing out their melody (keep away).
  • Known to have a partner for life.
  • Diet is carnivorous, consisting of a variety of small creatures, e.g. insects, spiders, worms and lizards. See them as a natural insecticide, helping to reduce the numbers of unnecessary bugs.
  • Peewee’s find their food by walking through fine soft patches of ground/grass areas.
  • They build a very interesting nest, made out of mud, and lined with fine bits of grass matter.
  • Peewee’s have up to 5 chicks with an Incubation time of 18 days, and the young fledglings are ready to leave the nest within 3 weeks.

In my book, ‘Emily’, I love to share about nature; I developed a fictional wildlife park, ‘Green Coastal Wildlife Park’, to teach people about the wonders of the environment, aboriginal culture, the Australian bush and beach, native plants and animals and the connection of each, and the characters of the book, as well.

Emily the book is available from Amazon and other online stores.

by M.A.Loveday  (Lecturer and Guide on Wildlife. Lover of Nature)

 

Wikipeadia, BirdLife International (2012), Backyard buddies, Personal observations

 

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Australia’s most loved crab – the Soldier Crab

Australian Soldier Crab (Mictyris Longicarpus)

soldier crab 255They feed on detritus, any small organisms, such as diatoms, gastropod eggs or nematodes that are found in the sand, leaving rounded pellets of discarded sand behind them. They start to  feed within fifteen minutes of emerging from their sand holes… feeding may last from one to two and a half hours,  then they aggregate into armies, with the largest at the front.

Soldier crabs are mainly seen at low tide before the crabs dig into the sand to wait till the next tide. Much of their time is spend buried in the sand and only emerging to the surface a few hours before low tide, some stay submerged for the entire tidal cycle.

The number of crabs which can emerge at a time is influenced by temperature, wind and rainfall, with the different sexes responding differently. For example, one day, nearly all the males emerge for the day, then the next day, there will be a mixture of male and female crabs.

Upon emergence, the crab performs ‘the most aerobic grooming performance’… ‘In less than a second the crab falls onto its back, to remove any sand, then flips upright again in a half a somersault.’

They live in sandy estuaries, beaches and intertidal mangroves, where massive groups of crabs seem to emerge from nowhere all at the same time.

By M.A.Loveday  (Lecturer and Guide on Wildlife/ Lover of Nature)

References Wikipedia & personal observations.

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The Golden Orb Weaver Spider (Nephila.sp)

 

This spider is one of the largest spiders in Australia, it is well known for its very large well engineered, perfectly designed, beautiful golden web.  Sometimes over a metre in length this web can be found between trees or shrubs.

The chemistry of the web is interesting … said to be flexible, yet, stronger than steel.

These unique spiders help keep the insect population under control and in a very environmentally friendly way. Bringing awareness to their useful resourcefulness is valuable. An example of this is, relocating an orb spider to a pest ridden citrus tree this  can be a gardener’s best friend. The spider has been known to keep pest numbers controlled, keeping the tree healthier, chemical free.

They are not known to be aggressive, however, if threatened they have been known to bite. Please don’t kill them, just relocate them.

The Golden Orb Weaver spider has a security system, to give protection from birds and will even be hospitable to smaller spiders, which in turn pay their accommodation by cleaning up any debris from the web.

One of the spiders predators are the wasp, who will pretend to be caught in the web, deceiving the Golden Orb spider; a very sad end to a most talented spider.

M.A.Loveday  (Lecturer and Guide on Wildlife. Lover of Nature)

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Holiday Birds

The Common Koel (Eudynamys scolopacea), also called the Eastern Koel

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In my book, ‘Emily’, I love to share about nature; I developed a fictional wildlife park, ‘Green Coastal Wildlife Park’, to teach people about the wonders of the environment, aboriginal culture, the Australian bush and beach, native plants and animals and the connection of each, and the characters of the book, as well. It is amazing how the more I share, about these subjects; the more I learn, the more my passion grows.

One day, as I sat in my garden, sipping on my tea and watching the nature that surrounded me, a male Koel, which I had noticed for a few years, jumped onto my blueberry bush and ever so gently ate three of my choicest berries. When he had had his fill, he jumped onto the edge of the bird bath to have a drink, and that’s when he saw me, and that’s when I took his photo.

Two weeks later, I saw, and managed to take a photo of the female Koel; this experience made me curious to know more about these striking birds and about some of their amazing character traits!

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Here are some of my interesting facts; I thought might be nice to share.

The Koel is a member of the cuckoo family, it is also known as the rain bird or storm bird, as its call is usually more prevalent before or during a stormy weather.

The male has glossy black feathers and red eyes, where the female has glossy brown upperparts, heavily spotted with white, and a black crown. The upper parts of her body are generally buff-cream with numerous fine black bars, she has dark eyes; very pretty.

The young resemble the adult female.

Behaviour

 Like I said above they have some amazing traits, being migratory birds they fly into Australia from their northern winter homes, New Guinea, Indonesia and possibly the Philippines to breed in late September and October.

What they do then, is find a ready-made nest, then lay one single egg in the nest and leave.  Once the egg is hatched the chick forces the other eggs and hatchlings out of the nest.  The chicks then becomes very vocal and demanding, cheeping constantly, while the foster parents, who are usually natives, and smaller in size, desperately search for food.

These foster parents are usually the Red Wattlebird, Noisy Friarbirds, Large Honey Eaters, Maggie-Lark and the Fig Bird.

Numbers of the Koel are increasing due to the abundant increase of their host.  During the breeding season they are found in Northern & Eastern Australia, South to Nowra, New South Wales, and tend to leave southern Australia around March.

The Koel adult is usually a shy bird; they can be heard more than seen.

Habitat

They are found in tall forests, woodlands, plantations and seen also in suburban gardens.

Diet

They love their fruit meal, for example, berries, with a special preference for figs, taken directly from the tree.

I think they like grapes and they definitely like my blueberries.  I have a fig tree too, now I know who has been nibbling on these.

It is lovely having a garden that can be a haven for birds, and small animals. I always have the birdbath filled with water especially ready for the hot days; I never use chemicals like herbicides, pesticides or weed killers in my garden, it will only affect these beautiful animals that visit, and the environment, not good for them or me.

If you would like to read my book ‘Emily’, which is a story about Emily’s journey of love, it showcases the Australian beach and bush, and good clean concepts of relationships. It is available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Angus and Robertson/Bookworld, and other online stores.  It is available in paperback and ebook, so you can enjoy this beautiful story.

Love and Appreciate the Gift of Nature

By Margaret Ann Loveday   (Lecturer and Guide on Wildlife.  Lover of Nature)

References:

Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, Wikipedia

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The Tragedy of Gossip

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Let us not under-estimate the destructive power of gossip, it is not something to be taken lightly, it is is a form of verbal and emotional abuse.  One could go as far to say, it is a form of terrorism; using not an explosive or gun, but a negative tongue.

The definition of gossip

Some people call it being a tale bearer, and no, I don’t mean your cat or dog!

Some of the definitions I found include:

  • Unconstrained conversation or reports about people, typically involving details which are not true.
  • Idle talk or rumour, especially about private affairs of others
  • Exaggerated or fabrication of a story, regarding somebody other than the tale bearer
  • To spread rumours or secrets, speak about someone maliciously behind their back.

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Gossip leaves a trail of destruction

After the gossiper has done the deed, it can affect the life of the victim, of this malicious gossip, to devastating proportions, affecting health, relationships between family, friends, business, life … just like that.

Does anyone have the right to destroy another’s life with their tongue?

To what end, and for what purpose is it to the gossiper, to gossip? Is it to elevate themselves above the victim?

We see this in the ‘tall poppy syndrome’, many high profile people; presidents prime ministers, entertainers and business people have experienced this in their careers.

Look at the gossip magazines which feed the world with a diet of gossip, is it desensitising the act of gossip, justifying and teaching the young children and adults, that it’s okay to gossip?

Why gossipers gossip?

It stems from a lack of self-esteem, which stems from lack of love.  How important is Love then, for every person on this planet, to their health and the wellbeing of their lives?

What do we do if we are victim to gossip?

Be mindful who we share our private thoughts and lives with, and with whom we associate.

If we are a victim, then walking in the maturity of love, will be the only way we will be able to stop holding onto negative emotions like anger, and forgive.  Forgiving is important as it allows us to live free of its corrosive effects, love gives us this strength.

This doesn’t mean we have to associate with the gossiper, it is best to keep away, as they already have a talent to twist the truth and this will only add to more stress.

It is best not to talk about or read the gossip, keep your mind on good things.

The victim has a choice to hold onto the injustice mingled with anger or hold on to and press into a healthy emotion … Love!  It will deliver peace and joy back into your heart and mind.

Love is what heals the broken hearted it is the most powerful force in the whole universe

How do we grow in this love that we need?

  • Whenever you hear ugly gossip about someone, love will say, ‘I don’t like hearing this.’ Instead of telling everyone what you have heard, you will want to cover and hide it for that person’s sake.
  • Know that Pure love is in your heart and it has the power to heal, to dissolve all negativity.
  • Associate with family and friends that love you, receive their Love, they will find ways to comfort you. Have a cuppa and talk about good things, give them a hug, receive a hug.
  • Find someone in need and bless them, this is you giving love and it feels good.
  • Appreciate the simple things in life, keeps you positive and thankful.
  • Be thankful for all that you have, all that you have done, or going to do. If you are touched by reading this because you have been hurt, here is a hug from me … see love is chasing you!
  • Get up early in the morning and experience a majestic sunrise, see it as a personal gift to you, leaving you feeling uplifted and refreshed.
  • Read uplifting books, and the New Testament also contains a few gems that may be helpful.
  • Go for a walk to the park, bushland or the beach and experience the soothing effect of nature, the sounds of children playing, people smiling, the birds singing, and the sound of the wind through the trees. This list is endless.

You will experience a heart of gratitude, and anger will slip away if you choose to pursue love.

A person with a heart of appreciation and thankfulness is one that grows deeper into the understanding of the power of love and its potential to heal the broken heart.

Our motto should be this:

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A few last words

Let us all pursue love and in doing so, this world will be a better place and we will all live happier lives, and won’t need to entertain ourselves in negative things like gossip.

In my book ‘Emily’, Grandma Ruby took over the role of mother, when Emily was rejected as a baby. Ruby gave Emily the love she needed to grow and succeed in life.  Ruby also protected Emily from her negative parents, and taught her always to speak and walk in love.  Emily was shown how to respond to others with respect and never to speak with negativity or gossip of her parents or her circumstances.

A strong foundation of love and security was established for Emily, giving her a maturity beyond her years, the confidence to walk in love, follow her heart, and having a heart of appreciation and gratitude it propelled her towards her greatest hopes and dreams.

Margaret Ann Loveday

‘Emily’ is a story of love, love that will capture your heart, appreciate life and believe all things are possible.

when you have love you live in abundance c

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