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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...

Wrong call better than no call

Wrong call better than no call

Yesterday afternoon a man collapsed outside our school on his way to pick up his son.  He was carrying his young daughter at the time. I didn’t see him fall, but when I crossed the road to see if I could assist, he was surrounded by some lovely, caring people who were...

Stop it. I don’t like it.

Stop it. I don’t like it.

Anybody that has a child will know this phrase. It's become the 'go-to' phrase we teach our children when they are on the receiving end of behaviour that is unacceptable. And sometimes, granted, it's the perfect phrase for toddlers. They are testing out their...