Motherhood and The Hardship Competition

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It’s no secret that being a mother can be tough. We’re all trying to nurture our children and do the best we can. Often the conditions are not ideal. It can be lonely, unrelenting and heartbreaking. (It can also be joyful, rewarding and rock you to the core... but more of that later). In my time of being a mother I have received a tonne of Continue Reading

And Christmas Was

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And Christmas was the sweet breath of sleeping children, and the hush of the Eve as presents were softly placed under the tree. Christmas was the knot of excitement upon waking, the sheer bliss on their faces, the squeals, and their joy being as complete as mine. Christmas was the chopping of potatoes, the stuffing of a bird, and the Continue Reading

Grace

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She carries a pearl In perfect condition What once was hurt What once was friction What left a mark No longer stings Because grace makes beauty Out of ugly things                                    - Grace, U2 I sway between hope and despair hourly. I wish I was a consistent person. I wish I was positive ALL THE TIME. But I feel Continue Reading

Peace Talks in the Mummy Wars

I’m not interested in who is right or wrong in the Mommy/Mummy Wars. I don’t think many of us are. Do you know what I’m most interested in? The big picture. The condition of our culture at this point in history. The social change percolating. The war is just a symptom of what’s going on. Where are we all going on this massive trip? Clearly Continue Reading

Beyond RU OK Day

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How can you help people who are not OK? * Do more than ask the question "RU OK?" today. Ask it every day. Follow it up. Actually listen to the answers. Be prepared for the answers. I’m a supporter of  RU OK day. Any time our world brings mental health issues into discussion, I think we’re all better for it. But it’s important to be consistent Continue Reading

He Touched The Sea

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be incarcerated for 12 years? Imagine also that you are innocent of committing any crime. In fact, you’re the victim. This is what happened to a friend of mine. If I then tell you that he is an asylum seeker, does that change how you're feeling? Last week my friend was released. When I found out Continue Reading

Hero Girl

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We curled in a ball. Like we do every night. Unravelling her day. Her favourite thing was the library. Nothing beats the library. Except the cinnamon donut she got on the way home from the library. Just as I turned out the light she said what she says every night. Mum, I’m going to dream about Superheros tonight. She can’t decide if she’ll be Continue Reading

Eating Elephants: Kony2012

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There is an old African saying: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. I came across this today while reading about the various sides to the Kony2012 debate. It was used to describe the enormity of Afica's political problems. The author pointed out that hunting down Kony is only one bite, but a good bite in the right Continue Reading

A Good Man

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My Dad. Unique doesn't even begin to explain him. Let me try again: Honourable. Humble. Generous. Gracious. Confident. Eccentric. Hilarious. Clever. Other words that describe my dad: Without vanity. Without ego. Full of integrity. A good man. I'm thinking about him because today is his 70th Birthday. :::::: When Dad was 29 he took Continue Reading

Advance Australia Fair?

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"I struggle with celebrating a day that a bunch of 'boat' people came and took over a land - sorry to our indigenous brothers and sisters - and then now won't let any other 'boat' people come ashore - sorry to our refugee/ asylum seeking brothers and sisters. I'm still very happy to be an Aussie, just not as proud of it today". The above is a Continue Reading