Awkward town names

Intercourse Pennsylvania

I recently drove over Awkward Gully, then Purgatory Creek. A while later came Skeleton Creek. The names made me laugh (what can I say, there wasn’t much else around to keep me amused). Once upon a time, they must have been called those for a reason. But why? For the former, I’d like to think […]

Happy places

We all have them. It could be your childhood bedroom, the Old Masters section of an art gallery or a patch of grass under a giant Moreton Bay Fig. My happy places, in no particular order, are: My current home in Marrickville, NSW Eating lunch on Taquile Island in Lake Titicaca, Peru Floating on my […]

Life and stuff

What would you do if a new path presented itself; a path you didn’t even realise existed? Would you venture off the reservation? Consider this: maybe you were on the wrong path all along? How can you ever know if you’re heading in the right direction? Do you believe in fate, destiny, circumstance or dumb […]

Life and stuff: Chairman Sleep vs Insomnia Woman


I have a long history of insomnia. Seriously. I have suffered from it ever since I was seven (coincidentally, the year my parents separated). Yes, Parents, it is Your Fault. The slightest whisper of anxiety will keep me awake counting incomplete tasks, petty grievances and, when truly desperate, the amount of people I have slept with […]

Life and stuff: How to save time


I never thought mopping would inspire me to do anything but here I am, writing a story about a mop – or to be specific – the best mop in the world. I have been slopping away at my polished board floors for years with a straggly-ass thing that eventually snapped in half because the handle rusted […]

Life and stuff: Choose life!


Where you live affects every aspect of your daily life. It influences what you do for a living, who you spend your time with and how you express yourself and critical health factors like weather, access to fresh food and community services. It’s one of the biggest decisions you will ever make and yet so many […]

Life and Stuff: Energy management


I am becoming increasingly aware of my energy levels; especially what makes me feel zingy and what makes me feel crap. In the morning, I find it very hard to sit still so it’s a great time for coffee meetings and phone calls where I can prance around the office playing, ‘Grown-Ups Talking About Important […]

Life and stuff: Overcommitted and overwhelmed


I have always had a problem with the word yes. ‘Would you like to work on this new project?’ Yes. ‘Wanna catch up for a drink?’ Yep. ‘Can you help me out on this job?’ Sure can. No is not a word I use very often. The problem is that I have said yes to […]

Life and stuff: The (trip) not taken by Louisa Deasey


This is a story about a trip I never took. It would have been quite ridiculous if it had come off, really. Lady Luck smiled on me one grey Melbourne Wednesday when I was absentmindedly checked Facebook to find that: A: A luxury travel PR had a free spot on an international famil B: I […]

Life and stuff: What to do when you royally f*ck up


I really f*cked something up at work today. It was an innocent mistake but the outcome was epic. It got me thinking about making mistakes in general. I have made loads of mistakes across just about every category of life. I was the one who left the duck’s cage open. I was the idiot who told the […]