A Cowboy downunder: a mystery and a romance

April 18, 2016 in Senior School

romance – westerns,  mystery, thriller and suspense – westerns,  contemporary romance – westerns,  western romance – mystery,



Meet Paul who’s already 15 and returning to the Kimberley after living in town when he was 10. He’s in the country now, learning to ride a horse, how to muster cattle and mend fences. There’s a murder mystery party with a twist and a bit of romance but how will they find time alone? Paul also has dreams of flying a helicopter and being a mounted policeman in his home state of Victoria. But all of this will be in jeopardy if he protests against the frackers on the next property. The government has given its permission but Paul’s manager is against the mining for gas as their water supply is in danger.

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Review by MA.

(This YA story) is set in the Kimberley, a Western Australian outback. It is a great adventurous book with romance and intrigue tossed in. Not oblivious to refugee condition either, the book takes into account Abdul’s plight, an Afghan refugee and his life in the detention centre of Nauru.

Paul, the protagonist is a sweet natured ambitious boy of 15 years of age with many dreams. But he must be careful if he is to fulfil those dreams.


Review byTony Parsons on May 23, 2016

Paul (15, narrator, cowboy) & Abdul (15, cowboy) were headed to work on a cattle ranch for a yr. in Kimberley (town), Australia.
Bill (Aborigine, trainee stockman) & Jack (Aborigine) met Abdul & Paul.
Genevieve (22, caterer), Marie (Genevieve’s sister, assistant) & Mick (30, station manager), were next introduced.

The Boss (40, Ray) would have everyone learn the Tertiary & Further Education (TAFE) techniques.
Other lessons will be Occupational Health & Safety & Environment Sustainability, animal husbandry (specifically cattle), Certificate II in a Agriculture course, horse riding, machinery & ranch maintenance, last but not least proper chemical handling & weed control.
Australian Helicopter Pilot School (Sydney) instructions on how to fly the Helicopter &
Professional Helicopter Services (PHS) teaches firefighting techniques.
Genevieve “Gen” & Mick seem to have something going on.

Gen is the organizer of the murder mystery party, which is like a play where all the help are given a fictitious identity.
Things didn’t turn out the way Gen planned it.
Ray was lifelined to Broome hospital
Inspector Thomas & D.C. Miller showed up at the ranch
Joanne was headed downtown with the 2 officers.
She was cleared of all charges.

A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A failry well written Romanctic Mystery and a book. It wasn’t always very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish, but never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great romantic mystery movie, or a mini TV series. It was just OK for me so I will rate it at 3/5 stars.


Review by Nexxuson

5.0 out of 5 starsA Delightful Story Set in a Mystical Land

ByNexxuson February 17, 2017

The narrative is written in first person by Paul, a fifteen year old adventurous boy who has decided to work on a cattle ranch in Kimberly, Western Australia. He quickly learns that the life of a cowboy can sometimes be a hard existence, but satisfying. He begins to fall for Marie, one of the workers on the ranch and fantasizes spending time with her. A Cowboy Downunder is a delightful young adult story set in a mystical land on the other side of the world.




Diary of a babydyke in transition

December 23, 2013 in Senior School

Diary of a babydyke in transition

RELEASE          2014

Dear Counsellor:

This is a fictitious blog to help newly coming-out lesbians to get a handle on being a lesbian. Kate’s morphing into James was another tale for newly coming-to-terms transgender guys. The people had real things happening to them as teenagers though the writer is not a teen but a retired teacher and counsellor.

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#1 by T.B. Markinson

This is a wonderful work to help readers understand the emotional turmoil of those born the wrong gender. This fictional diary handles the subject with care and respect and it may answer some questions that readers might have. 

…it would be a valuable resource for teachers and caregivers.

I wonder if the author will continue the story since it ends abruptly and there’s so much more to explore and explain. Readers will want to know what happens next in James’ s journey.

A follow-up is coming, maybe 2018.


#2 Review by P.S. Winn:

I felt this was an okay book and I think a lot of younger people trying to figure out their sexuality might find it interesting…I know a lot of kids go through rough time, figuring out what life is all about, even as adults we have a tough time with this. 

I think the author did a good job capturing what life is like for Kate, beginning in her 11th year in a Catholic school and ending a year later. 

I found myself sympathizing with Kate and I guess that is what the author was trying to accomplish.

#3 review

4.0 out of 5 starsHer cousin Joe seems to be her best support. I am a former crisis & school …

ByTony R. Parsonson March 7, 2015

Format: Kindle Edition

The Diary of a Babydyke is about Kate aka James Jones (17, narrator, Catholic, shoe sales clear, café waiter) transition from female lesbian to transsexual.
Her cousin Joe seems to be her best support.

I am a former crisis & school social worker (MSW). I am a male heterosexual. There is not to many type of clients I have not worked with that includes GLBT?, or medical; AIDS/HIV.

It has been DSM 5 for several yrs. now.

A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written personal diary (book). It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great lesbian/transsexual movie, or mini TV series. It was not as exciting as I was hoping it would be so I will rate it at 4/5 stars.

#4 review

4.0 out of 5 starsI enjoyed the narration of James’ tale

ByCheyenne Blueon January 4, 2015

Format: Kindle Edition

This book, written as the diary of someone questing their sexual identity, was originally published as a series of blog posts. It follows the journey of an Australian teenager as they journey through the transition from female to male. The writing is straightforward, simple, and heartfelt, and relates Kate’s transition to James in the context of school, family, work, and the new friends James makes in the trans community.

I enjoyed the narration of James’ tale, and the no-frills approach to the telling. I would have liked a bit more of an insight into how Kate arrived at the conclusion that she needed to become James. It all happened very quickly – Kate read a book on 10 March, decides this defines who he is and the next month he’s in Perth having hormone injections, without, it seems, having received any outside assistance in making and acting upon his decision.

That aside, James’ story is an interesting tale that will appeal to any one involved with transgender teens, or who wants to understand more about them.


The Diary of a Babydyke in Transition. excerpt:


Hi, my name is Kate and this is my diary from 2012 to 2013. I’m average height, average weight, have dark hair and blue eyes. I have a mother, step-father, sister and baby brother. I’m in Year 11 at school.

Oct 1

Claire of the moon.

Today was great and not so great. I am so close to telling my friends, it hurts. I am so scared they’ll reject me and make fun of me. I couldn’t stand it. I promised myself that I would see the counsellor next term. But I don’t want to tell the office lady who will want to know why I want to see her. I’ll have to be strong but I know I’m weak. At least I’ll get an idea of people’s reactions. But it could be so bad.

We all met up at the train station and travelled into the city to see Claire of the moon. It was on at one of those artsy cinemas and I hoped my friends would like it. When I chose it, they wanted to know what it was about. I said there’s a group of writers who meet up for a weekend workshop.

Well, it was that and more. Two women basically get together with a walk along the beach and getting wet. The supposedly straight woman (Claire) resists the overtures of her roommate. I could identify with her as I am resisting still.

After the movie we find a café and mull over what we’ve seen. My friends ask me if I knew that it was a film about lesbians what with the leaders of the workshop being ones too. I deny all knowledge of it but they don’t believe me. Rhiannon pipes up with the names of some girls at our school who are definitely lesbians. I ask her how she knows. She heard it from other girls so I asked them what they thought of lesbians. My heart was in my mouth as I listened to them talking disparagingly about them. Then they asked me. I said I didn’t know but weren’t there a lot of famous lesbians, like Ellen DeGeneres and Martina Navratilova. They’re not bad and are good role models. I don’t think they were convinced and added that the Church does not condone them.

I need to speak to someone soon. Maybe I’ll try the kidshelp.com.au site. This is too hard.

Style Manual (years 9-12)

April 3, 2013 in Blackline Masters, Senior School

C2008 updated 2013

Suitable for yrs 9-12 – prepares students for university.

Australian based, looks at most of the styles used in Universities around the country.

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An example: Lesson 5

Word search on Chicago style manual.

LOG ON to the Internet OR retrieve the Chicago Manual Style from Charles      Darwin University if you saved it and go to #6


2.        Search for Chicago Manual Style citation.

3. Click on Chicago Manual of Style Online: Chicago – Style Citation Quick Guide.

4. Save this information, adding the URL, the author, the year and the date you accessed it. Name it Chicago.

5. Add the URL to your Style Manual journal.

6. Read down to the first examples.

i. There are two documentation systems with Chicago: the humanities style (notes and bibliography) and the author-date system (literature, history, arts, physical, natural and social sciences).

ii. Can you make a rule out of it?

The first one is a note with the number 1, followed by the author with their first name first. This is followed by their surname then full stop. The title is the same in the three (3) examples, but the note uses parentheses with place, publisher and year inside, a comma outside and a page number, then full stop.

Over the page for information on Notes

Notes are a system that saves considerable space. However, it does not allow for changes or corrections without renumbering. It employs a numbered list of references cited in the text by number. Note reference numbers appear as superior figures. The list of references is arranged in order of the first appearance of each source in text or, sometimes, alphabetically.

(Source: #16.6: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/ch16/ch16_sec006.html)

iv. The second one is for the bibliography with the surname first comma, first name full stop. The title and the publication information are the same but with no brackets or parentheses.

[NB: a reference is a list of those references referred to in the text.]

v. Give an example of these two from your text books – in your

Style Manual journal.

7. i. The author-date system is similar to the APA. In text there is no comma separating author and year.

In the Reference section, the only difference from the APA style are

the parentheses around the year of publication  – Chicago doesn’t use them.

ii. Give an example of both text and reference using one of your books.

8. Give an example of both types (i.e. four (4) for more than one author.

. Give an example of both types for a Web site (four (4) again).

10.     Semi-colon:

(Source: 17.53: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/ch16/ch16_sec108.html)

11.      Practise other references, like a newspaper article.

12.   Double-check your answers, looking for the correct placement of

commas, full stops and parentheses.

13. Write out your own notes for future reference so you are not penalised later on when you hand in an assignment.

14.   There are other rules and you have your saved copy to refer to them.


15. i. Compare and contrast what you have learned in this lesson with the style your school uses.

ii. Divide a page in half in your Journal and write out a few references and ‘in text’ citations to see what may be the same and what is


16. Check your answers. Make your adjustments carefully as every mark counts.

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Psychology Walkabout (years 11-12)

April 3, 2013 in Blackline Masters, Senior School, Walkabout series

Psychology Walkabout


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Conventional English dictionaries won’t help you or even if they do, the help they offer won’t …be enough. Thanks to Mr. Mardel there is now a full(y)-fledged professional dictionary on the subject that I can keep handy and consult with whenever I want to!



Behaviour therapies:

based on CLASSICAL CONDITIONING—alters significance of                 various stimulus events e.g. fear of snakes.


emphasises relations between acts and consequences,

i.e. control behaviour through reinforcement.

+ saturation principle e.g. chain smoke until sick, and

token economies—rewards to reinforce.

Used: to treat phobias.




Belief perseverance (INDUCTIVE REASONING):

tendency to cling to our beliefs even in the face of contrary



Biological constraints:

1. natural predisposition.

2. instinctive drift—despite conditioning, return to past



Body temperature = X OSILATOR:

= most powerful clock we have:

when rises, we get up,

when falls, we are sleepy.