Fires they are a burning, churning, disconcerting, Mother Nature’s fury learning, earning the respect. Respect the big and little, one’s age-twelve, do not bear When they light a fire, bring in ire, make things dire, Bringing lost love close to the wire. May they walk with those burnt bodies, change their bands, hold their weeping … Continue reading Fires they are a burning
The life stories of celebrities are often well known. It's finding the untold, 'essence' of the person which makes the story interesting - and it's no different when writing the life story of the every day, non-supermodel person in our midst. "Five minutes and she'll be there...." says one of Naomi Campbell's three security guards … Continue reading Nice Naomi Campbell
Well, neither did I till I went to the Woodstock Memorial Show. It’s LOADS of fun, really, something you’d never see unless you went to a country show. You’ll find yourself cheering and holding your breath as if it were a neck and neck Holden-Ford Grand Prix. You must do it. And there is the … Continue reading Do you know what a tractor pull is?
They say there’s a story inside us all. Preserving our story in beautiful words is important, for posterity, to have a voice, so family histories are not lost forever, for healing and for helping others. Or, simply because you want to – it clears the path forward and is fun. See the Life Stories page … Continue reading Special offer!
Once there was a place, Australia was its name And being the Lucky Country, was its claim to fame. It was girt by sparkling sea, golden soil across the Isle, Land of opportunity, wealth for toil, an easy smile. This land abounded in nature’s gifts, beautiful, rich and rare, But as I stand here and … Continue reading Is this The Lucky Country?
My firstborn chokes and wheezes. Watching her, my soul is strangling inside, like a twisting, sucking drain. We sit on the sand at Shelley Beach, in the heart of God’s Country. With us, is my twin sister, Sky - the two of us born on The Second Day. And, our younger brother, ‘Man, born on … Continue reading Soulwater
Once you go through that whole process of the growing and the getting out of a baby, you’re then expected to rear it. Oh, look, I’m what’s called a mother…! Amidst copious other advice, you will hear, often, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Usually at this point in the diatribe I was … Continue reading My Villagio
The marvellous mammogram, I had one today Here's my assessment, which way will YOU sway? It squashes a boob, this way and that To stop The Big C from having a crack I'd heard that it's painful and awful and crude That your nipple is pinched, you're stark bollucky nude No wait - that is … Continue reading The Marvellous Mammogram
Renovating: Along with death and divorce it is touted as one of the most stressful things you can do. I think I agree. Here are some things I’ve learnt over the last 8 years of renovating our house: We survived. Like Stuart Diver, buried under 3,500 tonnes of rock and mud, we survived. We … Continue reading Renovator’s Dream
If you ask me would I like to trap four whingeing children in a long car trip, my answer would be “Thank you, but I’ll take the Chinese water torture”. However, last weekend we did just that. As we left Sydney it didn’t take long for apparent third world-type starvation and cries of persecution about … Continue reading Curing the Kids: The Woodstock Country Show