Fairy Sparkle

  There is a woman walking around in this world, and specifically on our great barbequed continent, who has earned herself an Order of Australia Medal for making people feel happy.  In this day and age of the overwhelming sadness which is a suicide epidemic, of people with their faces stuck to the unreal, animatedContinue reading “Fairy Sparkle”

A Wise Man and a Bright Star

The day began with the usual unsatisfying vomit; a dribble of bile in the cup of my hand and some in the loo. Not even Christmas Day, with all its miracles, could offer up a reprieve. I wandered out of our guest bedroom to see a quartet of teenage cousins slothing out of theirs.  FourContinue reading “A Wise Man and a Bright Star”

Hung Household

  Not to be out done by our country’s not-so-Prime Minister, I find myself this week sitting constantly in a Hung Household. Also known as school holidays. As the Speaker of the House it is my principal duty to preside over the House and maintain order in the House, uphold the rules of procedure, ruleContinue reading “Hung Household”

Tales from a Soccer Sideline #2

“It’s just really important to Sam,” enthuses Marsha with a look of utter distress on her face about the whole situation, whilst simultaneously checking Facebook. “Soccer is a huge passion for him and he really looks up to the coach, sees him as the most important thing in his life during the soccer season –Continue reading “Tales from a Soccer Sideline #2”

School Camp

Ahhh, school camp. It’s a challenge for a parent, is it not? Firstly the packing list.  ‘Old t–shirts and shorts’.  Read: Complete and Utter Fashion Dilemma, might as well have written ‘pressure mum and dad to buy you the latest Nike gold plated futsal sneakers and scuff appropriately so it looks like you always wearContinue reading “School Camp”

Tales from a Soccer Sideline #1

“I DIDN’T GET THE AWARD FOR SPORTSMANSHIP!” he spits at his mother, devil-red in the face, smoke pistonning from his nostrils. The 9 year old striker’s fists begin to crack closed forcefully, his tiny brain struggling to makes sense of it all, teeth grinding in fury. “Yes, I was watching the award ceremony,” responds hisContinue reading “Tales from a Soccer Sideline #1”

Two Funerals and a Brain Scan 

Last year was one of those years – I couldn’t go to Coles without catching pneumonia. At one point I just took my sick-after-sick-after-sick kids out of school and we ran away up the coast to a big wide open space with no snot in it.  Add to this a brain scan for me, twoContinue reading “Two Funerals and a Brain Scan “

Month of Mini-Motivation

  I sit here, looking at our sudden deep water frontage and a river knocking at my back door after rain so voluminous who knew the world could produce such a thing. I have four kids on school holidays jailed inside the house and never enough food.  Opposing this, I also have that New YearContinue reading “Month of Mini-Motivation”

Hope v Fear

Hope is the only thing stronger than fear. These words bring so forceful a feeling, an image, a time from the past, into my mind that I am reliving it as if it were now. It’s a time when our family was holding on to hope as if it were the stairway to heaven. WhenContinue reading “Hope v Fear”

The smell of safety

It’s enough to singe the nose hair. Or at least relieve my nasal spray of it’s duties. Is it alcohol?  My wine definitely doesn’t smell like that. Thank goodness, the old glass of patience. Astringent might be how one would describe it.  The AK47 of germ terminator’s, might be another good description. I’m talking aboutContinue reading “The smell of safety”