Talking Frankly is about everything from housework to human rights. It is a mixture of observation, commentary and opinions.

It also contains a lot of profanity along with the humanity.  And please don’t steal my work.  Somebody invariably dobs you in and it gets messy.

If you would like to support my writing please become a sweetheart, champion, fairy godparent or patron saint by clicking HERE.

 

Dear Jenny

Dear Jenny

Dear Jenny Do you know what I find a ‘bit disappointing’? I find it a ‘bit disappointing’ you have time to worry about the manners of one individual when your husband is gleeful about the inhumane incarceration without cause of refugees, some of whom came to us as...

The power of stories

The power of stories

I spend a lot of time thinking about stories.  A lot.  Some of that is because I’m a voracious reader.  Some of that is because I am a content creator and so I tell a lot of stories.  Some mine, some for clients, some to justify why the tooth fairy was such a stingy...

Just for the moment

Just for the moment

It seems like a minute ago my babies were tiny enough to be snuggled into my neck, 18 months ago their cheeks still bore the chubbiness of childhood, and now they stretch almost from my chin to my toes, transforming into young women even though they have had to learn...

Things to love in lockdown

Things to love in lockdown

Yes. Lockdown sucks. But you know what doesn’t suck?  Most people. So this is for them. The woman baking cookies and leaving them on the doorstep of her neighbours.  The people in their houses who have teddy bears shoved in the front window for you to smile at as you...

Unexplained

Unexplained

I’ve joked more than once recently that if I was to release a memoir it would have to be titled ‘Unexplained’. That’s the official medical diagnosis for the stroke I had two years ago today. It’s the official medical diagnosis for the weird butt thing I have which has...

It is time to be a better ally

It is time to be a better ally

Let me start by stating that I am a white cis heterosexual woman.  Since birth, I have benefited from the way the world works here in Australia (and most, if not all, other first world countries) Was I aware of this as a child? No. Am I aware of this as an adult? Yes....

Online platforms are not the devils work

Online platforms are not the devils work

Conversations with the two humans in our house aged eight and ten generally go something like this at the moment. “Harry Potter, Roblox, Minecraft, Anime, Manga, My Hero Academia, YouTube, TikTok, Fashion, Harry Potter, Roblox, Minecraft, Anime, Manga, My Hero...

Investing in mental health

Investing in mental health

The call to arms for 2020's World Mental Health Day is 'Invest in mental health'.  Trust me, as somebody who lives with depression and anxiety I've bloody invested in it.  Firstly, my time.... living with depression and anxiety is quite time consuming and secondly,...

Bullshit, you’re just scared

Bullshit, you’re just scared

​Change.  Supposedly as good as a holiday and takes just as much planning am I right? I've been working on this for quite some time, since before my stroke actually. That slowed things down.  Then a global pandemic changed how businesses were working.  And it took a...

Feelings are so UnAustralian

Feelings are so UnAustralian

The road to Hell I'm told is paved with good intentions, and I fear that R U OK day is going to be one of the pavestones. The premise is excellent. A call to arms once a year to get people talking about that most awkward of things 'FEELINGS'.  It's a beautiful legacy...

FUNeral

FUNeral

With all that has gone on in the last couple of years, I’ve spent more time than some thinking about my funeral. When I was at my lowest, I wondered if anybody would even show up and when I’m feeling particularly amused with myself, I draft hilarious opening lines for...