August 10, 2018
Family practice premium
This week, I joined three friends from my women’s Bible study group to be honorary aunties to the young son of another friend from our group. She had invited us to her son’s school assembly where he was to receive a special presentation from a senior chaplain in the Royal Australian Navy. We all knew […]
July 25, 2018
Daniel, the dentist and the TV news premium
Recently, I went to the dentist for a check-up. It’s not my favourite thing to do. Ever. I see dentistry as a necessary evil, probably due to some unhappy experiences in childhood, and so I usually put off any dentist visit for as long as possible. This time, the young dentist who cleaned and treated […]
July 14, 2018
Of predicaments and mysteries in time premium
Making progress, kinda, sorta: About six months ago, I shared with you my plans for this year. Back then, I planned to blog more often, preferably weekly, and to tell you more about my everyday writing life and my latest book project exploring the topic of Time. I also planned to be more active on social media, […]
What are you waiting for? premium
Do you find it hard to wait or do you draw on great reserves of patience? I’m not very good at waiting. I can go from calm to impatient in a few nanoseconds, especially if I’m stuck in a sea of brake lights and stationary vehicles. Especially if I have to be somewhere, pronto! It’s probably […]
March 9, 2018
Something honest and real #2 premium
This is the second part of a long-form post. You can find the first part HERE. In part one of this post I began with an old mahogany bench and an old-style stapler—one old thing and one old-style thing. I wanted to explore what I could learn from them. I know they’re only things, but it’s […]
February 23, 2018
Something honest and real #1 premium
This is the first part of a longer post—part two to follow. It definitely shows signs of use, lots of use. So I sometimes wonder what it would tell me if it could actually speak. Perhaps it would tell me about the time that dent first appeared, or why this bit is grooved and that […]
When sharing matters premium
It’s been seven years now, but the anniversary of my husband Paul’s death still has the potential to make me emotionally fragile for a while. Sometimes I get through it okay. But it only takes the heightened emotion of a happy event or someone else’s sadness to bring me undone. And last week I experienced […]
February 9, 2018
Remembering who I am premium
It’s Tuesday morning. Time for Pilates, a form of exercise designed to engage and, hopefully, synchronise my brain with my body. I lie on the Reformer bed lifting and lowering my legs. The familiar patterns of movement free my brain enough for me to ask my Tuesday instructor if she’d had a good weekend. Yes, […]
February 1, 2018
Photographs, memories and love premium
We sat there in the shade of the blue canvas umbrella, trying and failing to stay cool. Microscopic beads of perspiration formed on our skin in the heavy humid heat, giving each of us a certain glow we would gladly have done without. It was our national day—Australia Day—and we’d gathered to celebrate our friend’s […]