Staging a #Fexit

I’ve staged a #Fexit. That’s a Facebook exit.  Unlike the #Brexit I did not consult a whole country. I did however let my ‘friends’ know I was outta there, lest I miss something vital, like a baby, engagement, or self-tan gone hilariously wrong.  I asked them to pick up the good old dog and bone.Continue reading “Staging a #Fexit”

My crappy new look

The other week I pictured myself stepping back into the glamorous, highly strung world of fashion, as a fashion editor sitting in the front row at Australian Fashion Week. Result: Grey roots, a pink shell tracksuit and lack of understanding of the uses for handcuffs, did not serve me well.  So I decided to stickContinue reading “My crappy new look”

Notice

Ah, holidays, they’re so good for the soul aren’t they?  Warmth in your bones, cocktails in your belly and pictures of your red toenails against a blue sea on your Facebook account. Or not – as was the case for our most recent holiday. Yes, we did have warmth – but only for a fewContinue reading “Notice”

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 “

Friendship

The narrative of my book is about expat friendships in Romania. The importance of friends is glaringly apparent in an expatriate situation.  All manner of different people are thrown together in a cultural pot, stirred and shaken, heated up under pressure, then presented on a plate as a beautiful and life-giving friendship.  In fact, inContinue reading “Friendship”

Main character: Glorious in leopardprint

I found myself buying all sorts of patterned clothes with the gift vouchers I received for my 41st birthday the other day. And I thought, Is a shell suit coming next? “Stand back and look at your characters.” This advice, received in a writing course in the lead up to this birthday, rang in myContinue reading “Main character: Glorious in leopardprint”

Enriching experiences

 Travel writing. Possibly the best job ever. I love reliving the whole experience when writing travel – every tiny step taken, all the people watching, the inevitable funny mishaps…    Once upon a time, I lived in Croatia. Yes, yes, I hear you – the beautiful Adriatic coast, the islands, the seafood. Where we livedContinue reading “Enriching experiences”

#ProjectChristmasFair

I chatted with the Asian owner of our corner store the other day, about what she thought of last week’s ABC story on slavery in Australia. It showed workers underpaid by $30,000 each while the company made $3 million, migrants who couldn’t speak English crammed into sublet flats, women subject to assault, and people operatingContinue reading “#ProjectChristmasFair”

Kicking goals

In this big wide world, there was once a little boy who was crippled with shyness all the early years of his life. While his friends were climbing trees and playing on swings, this little boy would cry behind my legs, with an intense fear of being social. In later years, it would be suggestedContinue reading “Kicking goals”