A writer is like a dog. You live in an eternal present.
FEBRUARY 6, 2012 8:09PM

Dirty weddings, done dirt cheap

The  average cost of a wedding is going up. An article in the Sydney Morning Herald ( reports that the average amount spent on a wedding these days in Australia is $35,000. And that/… Read full post »

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AUGUST 19, 2011 4:33PM

The Leopard Print Luggage




I walked past this shop nearly every day on my way to my favourite cafe. It was called 'She Loves Feathers', and the window display was always beautiful. I never went in, though. Shopping drains me, from chatting to the assistant, to trying on the clothes. I love… Read full post »

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MAY 27, 2011 11:11PM

My Huge Hypocrisies

I don't have tiny ones, or if I do they are drowned out by the big ones. So large I can hardly take myself seriously on these issues any more. I worry about the planet as I swim with my son in our heated pool in the middle of winter. I watch… Read full post »

I feel hot and bothered just looking at the titles of most people's responses to this topic. It's all about each person's special reasons for hanging on to old things. They're not just things, of course, they have special memories and meanings attached.

Well, I am all for throwing stuff… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 28, 2011 9:24PM

Oscar's Biggest Losers

Compare Margot Fonteyn's 'effortless' grace

  compare Margot Fonteyn's projection of effortless grace ....

On learning who won Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor at last night's Academy Awards Ceremony, I couldn't help but notice: both Christian Bale and Natalie Portman's Oscar winning roles required them to lose a… Read full post »



My son had his first ever day of school this week. Here in Australia we've just had our summer break, and now it's the beginning of the new school year. As I made his lunch and packed his school bag I was filled with self doubt. I always seemRead full post »

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JANUARY 28, 2011 1:22AM

Protests in Cairo: The Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted

Cairo demonstration

Tahrir Square, closed off today in Cairo. Photo by Ahmed Moor.

As waves of protests sweep across the Arab world, social networking and other online technologies will be central to their activities. As in Tunis recently and Teheran in 2009, not to mention London in the recent student fees protRead full post »

JANUARY 20, 2011 9:42PM

Finding Walden


As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.


I've called this blog Walden because I've been fascinated, from an early age, by the idea of living an intentional life, as Thoreau, the author of 'Walden' did. Of defining success on my own terms, of living experimentall

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JANUARY 13, 2011 10:48PM

Queensland floods: A Disaster of Biblical Proportions


 'We've got to get ready!' said my friend on the phone on tuesday morning. 'There's a flood warning for the Brunswick River!' That's the river I live beside, on the flood plain that our town was settled in a century ago. 'The river will peak at noon.' But the rain… Read full post »