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Ann Maree Bennett

Stories of Hope

Release Date: 09/30/2021

Bronwen Healy show art Bronwen Healy

Stories of Hope

Bronwen Healy grew up in a fairly loving home, but found herself addicted to drugs and funding her habit through prostitution by the time she was 21. Her story of transformation and consequent capacity to help others is heart warming and inspiring.

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Big Things show art Big Things

Stories of Hope

Australia has more big things like a giant lobster and a big pineapple than anywhere else in the world. We love to promote the good things our communities have to offer and, cheesy as it is, it's not a bad thing.

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Wind show art Wind

Stories of Hope

A kite without a good breeze is about as useful to me as ballet shoes, but when the wind blows, it's a lot of fun. We don't know where the wind of the Spirit will blow next or where it comes from, but it sure can make life interesting!

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Men's Walk and Talk show art Men's Walk and Talk

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Mitch and Jeff have been mates for 30 years. But when Mitch experienced a tragedy and started drinking, Jeff realized having a beer with him was not helpful, so they started walking. They now walk and talk every Sunday and 35 other guys join them.

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A Sunday morning at the Salvos show art A Sunday morning at the Salvos

Stories of Hope

Church life at Caboolture Salvos the other Sunday was simply delightful. We are a group of committed people who serve the local community and try to love and support each other. It's not perfect, but it is kinda nice.

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Earth show art Earth

Stories of Hope

Our relationship with the earth is important and the Aboriginal people of Australia have known this for thousands of years, but not so for many new Australians. The gift of the land and an appreciation for it, prompts a spirituality worth exploring.

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Mark Curtis show art Mark Curtis

Stories of Hope

Mark Curtis was an alcoholic and a drug addict for over 20 years. He ended up in jail and was mandated to do a Salvo rehab in Perth.

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Men's shed and the chisel. show art Men's shed and the chisel.

Stories of Hope

I have been attending a men's shed and I love it. They often restore old furniture and make things in slow old fashioned sorts of ways. I have been learning about leatherwork, but last week I restored a crusty old chisel. It's now my favourite thing.

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Martyrs show art Martyrs

Stories of Hope

Bill Violas depiction of 4 martyrs encountering the 4 elements of nature; earth, wind, fire and water; can stimulate our thinking about God and spirituality and the way we engage in our physical lives here on earth.

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A chat with Maryam Zafari about addiction show art A chat with Maryam Zafari about addiction

Stories of Hope

Maryam Zafari and I worked together for the Salvos in Villawood and helped lots of people who struggled with various addictions. Today we delve into some of the challenges and insights we have gained along the way

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Ann Maree attends my Rotary club and is working towards becoming a mid life mentor for women. "Women in their fifties suddenly become invisible" Ann Maree participates in a number of networking groups and is always growing. She is quite delightful.