I Won’t Forget September is Your Birthday

September 25, 2013

My grandma was like a warm spring breeze. So refreshing and always ready to caress you. She would greet you at her front door with a trademark ‘Hull-ooooh!’,  followed by a squeeze so tight you almost felt your lungs would never recover. I adored being swept up in that exuberant love. The day my grandma […]

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Early Morning

September 5, 2013

Early morning. His tiny hand finds mine across the bed. He holds it gently. “Mama”. I’d like more sleep, but we get up. Just me and him. Taking little steps downstairs. He hops on to my lap and cuddles in. I plunge my nose into his snowy hair and breathe it all in. He asks […]

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The Pancake Artist

September 1, 2013

I am married to a pancake artist. Like many dads, he likes to make pancakes for his kids on Saturday mornings. But lately he doesn’t make just your average pancake. All sorts of shapes have been adorning the plates. Cats, rabbits, dinosaurs, ninja turtles. Shapes designed to put smiles on our faces. A few weeks […]

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Digging

August 31, 2013

Today one of my favourite poets, Seamus Heaney, has died. This news may not ripple too far from Ireland, but the sadness has registered to my poetic heart all the way over here in Australia. He was a Nobel Prize winner. A poetic genius. He profoundly influenced a generation of Irish artists, musicians and writers. […]

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Home

August 29, 2013

I moved to Melbourne 11 years ago. In that time I have gotten married, survived leukaemia, given birth to 2 children, and tried most resolutely to make a home for myself. It looks nice. The people are nice. There’s some good things about it. It looks deceptively like home. But after all these years, it’s still […]

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The Girl and The Tree

August 12, 2013

My husband and my daughter planted a tree together last year. It was her tree. It was gnarly bare all winter long.  And then surprisingly on a late winter’s day, it blossomed. On her birthday. There was something about that girl and that tree. All synced in an intangible chord of nature. From then on […]

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Lover of the Light

July 15, 2013

The long walk took me into wildness. I meandered through the dark woods, lost my footing on slippery rocks, and tripped over sharp branches. I dragged my bruises and broken bones as far as I could. At the point when I thought I had no strength left, the sun found its way to me, sifting […]

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Softly

June 10, 2013

Where are you now, Grandma? I see you softly drifting on the brink, curling into the filmy line between this world and the next. Today I said good-bye to you for the last time. Inadequate and impossible.  How does anyone express the enormity of a lifetime of love? The vastness of gratitude? All whittled down […]

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Radiance

May 22, 2013

I’m a  lover of  sunlight. The way it illuminates the details. The way it heals a broken spirit. The way it arcs across the earth, into fields, into houses, into windows, into hearts. I never tire of observing it. Maybe that’s why I’m a writer and photo-taker. I’m on a neverending quest to capture the light. […]

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The Thing About Mother’s Day

May 12, 2013

The thing about Mother’s Day is that people get annoyed by all the hype and commercialism. I do too. But this doesn’t make me want to boycott it altogether. Because the idea of Mother’s Day is actually a lovely one when you think about it. One day a year to celebrate mothers in the world. […]

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