Bobbing Around!

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is Bob Rich's hopefully monthly rave about psychology, writing, conservation, ethics, sustainable living and whatever else may interest him at the time.


1. From Volume 13, Number 4 (November 2013), Bobbing Around is at a Wordpress site.

2. I have restarted this index as of January, 2019. The previous index is here, cataloguing a huge amount of interesting information.

3. Even older, but still useful, you can access Volumes 1 - 13 here.

   Click on the links below. Each will launch a new browser window containing an entire issue of Bobbing Around.


January, 2019
February, 2019
March, 2019
April, 2019
May, 2019
June, 2019

July, 2019
August, 2019

Volume 18, Number 7
Volume 18, Number 8
Volume 18, Number 9
Volume 18, Number 10
Volume 18, Number 11
Volume 18, Number 12

Volume 19, Number 1
Volume 19, Number 2

   Hopefully, more will appear at similar intervals, depending on Bob's workload, which is pretty horrendous as usual. Nowadays, they come out on the first of each month, but no guarantees.

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Have a good life.

Contributions are welcome, although I reserve the right to decline anything, or to request changes before acceptance. Welcome are:

* Announcements, but note that publication date is neither fixed nor guaranteed;
* Brags of achievements that may be of general interest, for example publication of your book;
* Poems or very short stories and essays that fit the philosophy and style of Bobbing Around;
* Above all, responses to items in past issues. I will not reject or censor such comments, even if I disagree with them.

Submission Guidelines

   It is a FALSE RUMOUR that you need to buy one of my books before your submission is accepted. Not that I cry when someone does so.

   Above all, contributions should be brief. I may shorten them if necessary.

   Content should be non-discriminatory, polite and relevant. Announcements should be 100 to 200 words, shorter if possible. Book reviews, essays and stories should be at the very most 500 words, poems up to 30 lines. Short stories can be longer.

   Author bios should be about 50 words, and if possible include a web address.

Subject Index

Conservation and Environment
Good News
Compassionate Action
People who Inspire
Counselling: answers to cries for help
Philosophy -- understanding our world and ourselves

   Each issue has announcements from several people or organisations. They are time-limited, therefore not listed in this index.

   You can now enjoy my 18th book, From Depression to Contentment: A self-therapy guide. This is the book that can change your life, whether you suffer from depression or not.

   My 17th book is published! Hit and Run is now available for your enjoyment. You can read Chapter 1, and several reviews.

   I have three contributions in Trevor Tucker's anthology, Aussie Anecdotes. Inspect it here. Several authors have combined to bring (a mostly older) Australia to life.

   My community, Moora Moora, is holding a Festival on 8th to 10th November. If you happen to be in Victoria, Australia at the time, you'll enjoy it.

   Food for the soul for publicity: Kim Robinson is offering publicity to other authors, only you need to submit a recipe. I have three there.

   Trump as God’s chosen??? Support Faithful America to counter false Christianity.

   Help plan to save our future. Every Wednesday, Andrew Gaines and his friends conduct a globally available Zoom conference for networking and brainstorming on environmental action.

   The FREE BOOK EDIT CONTEST is finished. You can still enjoy the contributions of the 10 finalists. The winner is Keith Manos with W is for Wrestling, a book about how to overcome bullying. target=_blank>Alternative Technology Association…: great prize to be won for members.

   Tas Readings: work on your aura, dream interpretations, etc.

   Tibetan refugees need our help

   One-day online meditation retreat

   I've finished renovating my house at Moora Moora. You may enjoy historical and current pictures.

   Owner Builder Magazine is available online, every two months.

   Climate Home News

   The Good Men project

   Medicins Sans Frontieres needs your support for their lifesaving work.

   Weekly Peace Salon is a phone call away in the USA, every Thursday.

   First aid for any problem can immediately help you. It is an essential, early part of my latest book, From Depression to Contentment: A self-therapy guide.

   Here is a new collection of answers to cries for help from people tortured by compulsions to kill people

   And a similar list about people suffering guilt and shame because they'd sexually abused a child while children themselves

   I am now posting free short stories at my blog at irregular intervals. Read and leave a comment. I am happy to consider stories submitted by others for inclusion.

   Check out Darrell Bain's occasional news releases

   Ask a scientist Conservation International can answer your questions.
   And Climate Reality has a free educational booklet about climate change.

   Essays on writing:
A great many can be accessed in the listing of my monthly contribution to Rhobin's Rounds
Dialogue Basics
Comma tips
How to avoid ungrammatical sentences: beware of the ug
Grabbing pics legally

   Interesting posts on my blog:
The resilient mindset, about an inspiring little old lady.
A beautiful stop smoking hypnotic script
A band-aid: Buddhist equanimity
Buddhism for Christians
Sin and guilt
Painting as if the planet mattered
What are the most important aspects to pay attention to that relate to sustainability?
Humanity at its best
A random act of kindness
A useful form of exercise
Difficult kids
The reason for all the craziness in our world: the work of John B. Calhoun
Where do souls of the population explosion come from?
We need courage, not hope, to face climate change
Amazon's new review policy: this affects every author and publisher
Cancer: the unacknowledged global epidemic

   Joe Zammit-Lucia invites you to help redesign society.

Sufficiency Thinking: Thailand’s gift to an unsustainable world

A free book you can request: You too can live in contentment.

Thoughtful essays about the state of our world by John Scales Avery

Conservation and Environment
Why do so many people still believe climate change is a myth?
Why have some US states banned plastic bags?
3 new studies: Global heating is real, and we are to blame
Antarctica lost as much sea ice in four years as the Arctic lost in 34 years
It’s gas or your life
We ARE in the Plasticoferous Era
Understanding why extinctions matter
What can we do about the environment: an answer at Quora
Going, going...
GM technology is dangerous
New York again leads the world
Quora question about building a better world
Winter fires in Britain
Habitat destruction is suicide
Rocketing toward apocalypse
The canary is dying
The polar vortex explained
Cork is out of the methane bubble: rain in the Arctic is speeding climate change.
Collapse is already here by Chris Martenson
A beautiful must-read: an essay by Dahr Jamail
Still a chance for survival?
Killing Gaia from the bottom up
Planet on fire
That word "unprecedented"
More on Monsanto: following tobacco and asbestos
Powerful post about climate change
Eco-flying tips
Reduce your shopping footprint
Fascinating essay on water
2018 and before

Good News
Plant trees to save the world
Higher education declares a climate emergency
Monash University’s Net Zero Initiative
6 on board, 44 to go: US states aiming to be carbon-free
BHP knows about climate science
Killer Big Oil is closer to being sued
New Zealand gets rid of an insane economic measure
Cars don’t turn on youngsters anymore
Whales and sea turtles have a chance in California
Fracking is unlawful because of climate change
Law gains sanity even in the USA
ACF is an excellent global resource
Japan blows coal away
Law catches up with science: An Australian court has refused permission for a coalmine on climate change grounds.
Cash in that empty
Free public transport in Luxembourg
Pressure protects rainforests
2018 and before

They dress the Devil in God’s clothes
Australia’s REAL opposition
Who should be a politician?
Sister of my spirit
Letter to all candidates in my electorate
Getting priorities right
Decency wins
One pic worth 1000 words
Hungarian PM in a hurry toward extinction: He wants Hungarians to breed, in order to keep refugees out.
Germans want sane agriculture
2018 and before

Compassionate Action
Compassion in practical action
Generosity defeats crime
2000 climate change victims saved
Only love can create peace
These sensitive, loving beasts should NOT be city pets
Radio host saves a life
2018 and before

People who Inspire
Happy birthday, Dalai Lama
A true world leader
Will my daughter inspire you?
The environmental shopping portal
Human nature being what it is…
A 76 year old Greta Thunberg
Meet the Oyster Wench
Join the kindness revolution
Thank you, Dayton, Ohio
I've interviewed an inspiring lady
Old ain't decrepit
Basketballer scores with “irredeemable” kids
8 women to admire
Brown is beautiful: a Kenyan monk to admire
Better than survival
British farmer gains enlightenment
What money is for
Action Nan
Inspiring quotes from Martin Luther King
How to grow from a terrible act
Trees to save the world
Refugee kid wins Rhodes Scholarship
2018 and before

Counselling: answers to cries for help
Should I stay or should I go?
Sexual abuse
I want to hurt/kill bad people
Tortured by guilt
I am raising my grandkids because my daughter is an addict
I’m so ashamed of my mistake!
I want to die so I can be with my father
I hurt because my sister is in an abusive relationship
Why am I still living?
My mother has become paranoid
Girls think I’m a little kid
I am suffering from my daughter’s BPD
Is there hope for a self-destructive guy?
2018 and before
Should I stay or go?

Happiness vs. contentment
Sad and grumpy
The Effects Death, Traumas And Disasters Have On Mental Health
“Grandsons” doing well
The psychology of denial
Magic mushrooms for depression
Support for people experiencing PTSD, by Doug Briscoe
The effects of sleep deprivation, by Kelly Patricci
Child raising for a better world
Trauma help from Dorothy Watson
Dope drags you down: Teenage smoking of marijuana leads to adult depression.
A beautiful essay about a brutal sport
The more you give, the more you get
2018 and before

Philosophy -- understanding our world and ourselves
Reducing suffering by one
Feeling down? Joan can help
How to improve your inner beauty
Wasps can do a Sherlock Holmes
Can we really save the environment?
Joan Edwards on acts of kindness
The farmer’s footsteps: why humanity needs to stop breeding
Why did I emphasise reincarnation in From Depression to Contentment?
Tolerance works
Better than survival
Why I wrote a book about living with a disability in Australia by Dr Peter Gibilisco
Nonhuman people
I agree with Avaaz
On being childfree
Saved by the long view
True Islam is service
Suicides and drug overdoses rise
Buddhist wisdom about climate despair
Wisdom from an economic philosopher
2018 and before

Leather from pineapple leaves
5 Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Using Appliances in the Home, by Emily Porter
Energy-free air conditioning
California in the 1970s generated the equivalent of two new nuclear power plants of energy, just by improving the efficiency of fridges
Bagging the plastic
Recycling people
Plastic-free gardening
Not nuclear
My beard is an environmental benefit
Bagging the plastic
Gently keep ants out
Hydrogen is not a fuel
Green renovation
An electric car epic to admire
Electricity-free refrigeration
Antibang dog home
Loop: Lock in the consumer
Better, cheaper, and uses up trash
Replace the avalanche of wrapping paper
Trash into road
2018 and before

Climate emergency is a health issue
We swim in a sea of poisons
6 days: the health effects of organic food
Water bottle hygiene
Glyphosate DOES worsen cancer risk: The evidence is in.
Reset your gut after the holidays
Know the pesticides in your food
2018 and before

Look over a writer's shoulder
Writing fun, July 2019
How not to self-publish
Real life in stories
Stuck for a name?
Kristin Johnson being thoughtful
What would you like to your readers to know about your novels and their purpose?
A great resource for writers
Brag: member of the week, NFAA
Seasons: the April post in Rhobin’s Rounds
Then I posted again, when I remembered an old poem of mine
March is National Reading Month but the post is still relevant.
How do you self-edit your books before submitting or publishing?
Helena Fairfax’s contribution to the March Rhobin’s Rounds: content editing
Sex in writing
School dragon at New Book Review
Interview with the winner of my free edit contest
Principles of good writing, condensed
Help with your grandma
Secondary characters for Rhobin
2018 and before
Dialogue basics
How to avoid ungrammatical sentences: beware of the ug


Please note: you will find a great many reviews of fine books I've read, and from other reviewers, in the index of the past several years.

My books, reviewed by others
Books I have reviewed
Reviews submitted by others

My books, reviewed by others
Ascending Spiral: Humanity's last chance
Anger and Anxiety: Be in charge of your emotions and control phobias
Anikó: The stranger who loved me
Bizarre Bipeds: What IS humanity's role in the universe?
Cancer: A personal challenge
The Doom Healer series
Earth Garden Building Book: Design and build your own house
From Depression to Contentment
Guardian Angel
Healing Scripts CD
Hit and Run
Personally Speaking: Single session email therapy with Dr Bob Rich
Sleeper, Awake
Striking Back from Down Under
The Making of a Forest Fighter
The Start of Magic
The Travels of First Horse: a trilogy
Through Other Eyes
Woodworking for Idiots Like Me

Ascending Spiral
2018 and before


Anger and Anxiety: Be in charge of your emotions and control phobias
2018 and before


Anikó: The stranger who loved me
2018 and before


Bizarre Bipeds
2018 and before


Cancer: A personal challenge
2018 and before


From Depression to Contentment: A self-therapy guide
Carol Anderson
Beth Burgess
Rhobin Courtright
Ian Ellis-Jones
Joan Edwards
Laurent Grenier
Kristin Johnson
Don Lubov
David Morawetz
Kevin Richardson
Dipa Sanatani
Nancy Wagaman
Florence Weinberg
2018 and before


The Doom Healer series (currently only available for beta read)
2018 and before


Earth Garden Building Book
Dr Murray Hollis


Guardian Angel
2018 and before


Healing Scripts CD
Janis Silverman


Hit and Run

   You will find many reviews on the book page.
Chynna Laird
Stan Skrabut
2018 and before


Personally Speaking
Comments from a reader
Victor Volkman


Sleeper, Awake
Stephanie Black
John Rosenman
2018 and before


Striking Back from Down Under
2018 and before


The Making of a Forest Fighter
Max Overton
Florence Weinberg
Margaret Tanner


The Start of Magic
Charlene Austin


The Travels of First Horse


Through Other Eyes
Georgiann Baldino
Alan Clay
Fiona Lemmon


Woodworking for Idiots Like Me
Woodworking for Idiots Like Me reviewed by Ron Peters.
A response to Ron Peters.

Books I have reviewed
The Old Testament Case for Nonviolence by Matthew Fleischer
David Savakerrva Book 1 by Lawrence Brown
No one is too small to make a difference, by Greta Thunberg
The Little Light by Dipa Sanatani
The Curious Dreamer’s Dream Essentials by Nancy Wagaman
Meditation Time by Laurent Grenier
Shaded by Stone, by Ari Schneider
Down and Back by Julia Novak
And then they were gone by Judy Bebelaar and Ron Cabral
Positive Paradox, by Kevin Richardson
An End to Stress: A Guru’s Guide to Inner Peace, by Don Lubov
This kind of silence, by Michele Susan Brown
The Forest Giant by Jennifer Poulter and Theda Mimilaki
Down to Dirt by Kevin Killiany
Instant Wisdom, by Beth Burger
My Nutritionary by Catherine Saxelby
Once a Copper by Vikki Petraitis
2018 and before

Reviews submitted by others
Six and a half years on a dunghill by Peter Gibilisco, reviewed by Susan Prior
2018 and before

The dunny prayer
The cause of rising CO2
Lament for the lost, by Veronica-Mae Soar
2018 and before

Puzzled or intrigued? The start of a science fiction story
I am now posting new stories directly to my blog.
2018 and before

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