• Ideal growing conditions

    Thursday, February 22, 2018

    I believe that the real work of life is trying to figure out what kind of person you are, and what your ideal growing conditions are. We’re not always born in the right climate. Just like a plant, we all have basic requirements: soil, sun, water, temperature, nutrients. Have you ever seen a frangipani trying […]

    Read More
  • Phone-a-phobia

    Wednesday, February 21, 2018

      I have a confession. I hate mobile phones. I like being able to check my email and social media accounts. I use the banking app. I love Spotify. But the actual phone that rings? I HATE IT. 15 years working in the media has made me allergic to the sound of a ringing phone. I […]

    Read More
  • The circuit

    Wednesday, February 14, 2018

    I have a theory. It’s nothing new but I thought I would share it with you anyway. I believe that love is a circuit. You only get out what you put in. I am fortunate in the sense that I have an abundance of love and support around me. Subsequently, I believe that it is […]

    Read More
  • Why I need retreats

    Monday, February 12, 2018

    I recently returned from a two night stay at Billabong Retreat and – wow – what a difference. The 48 hours I spent there shifted something. The past month has been really tough and I’ve felt it in my body. My stomach has been sore – in both the muscles and digestive system – and sleep […]

    Read More
  • What happens when you damage a rental car

    Sunday, January 14, 2018

    Have you ever wondered what will happen if you damage your rental car? Well, friends, you can rely on ol’ spatially challenged Castle here to deliver. On my recent East Coast road trip adventure, my friend Michael and I hired a car from Avis. To our great delight, when we went to pick it up […]

    Read More

Jan
28

Holiday ideas for any couple to get lost in

Holiday ideas for any couple to get lost in Couples’ holidays can be enjoyed whatever your age, and however long you’ve been together. Getting lost can be a wonderful way to get to know one another, regardless of how long you’ve actually been together, and there are some fantastic destinations just begging to be explored […]

Read More
Jan
21

Nigella Lawson: A review

I saw Nigella Lawson in conversation with Annabel Crabb last night and HOLY FAN GIRL, it was amazing. The tittering, besotted energy in the room was as tangible as clotted cream on a scone. She is everything she purports to be and more. It was such a thrill to hear the mellifluous voice of one of my feminist […]

Read More
Jan
15

Dear Aunty Em: Abusive dad

‘When I was 12 I witnessed my dad physically abuse my mother in front of my younger siblings and two closest cousins. I ran to the neighbours for help, they called the police. My mum, siblings and I spent three weeks staying with friends and family. Mum went back after dad promised to never do […]

Read More
Jan
14

Getting old

It’s sneaking up on me. A few grey hairs have become hundreds. A few kilos have become fifteen. My knee hurts and old injuries ache. And yet … I am no longer freaked out about my appearance. I don’t wear make up everyday and I don’t care what I look like in exercise gear. I laugh about […]

Read More
Jan
14

Sydney’s best eats for >$20

I am no food blogger but I didn’t get this fat sitting around eating salad. I have lived in Sydney for over 12 years now (with a little tree change in the middle) and this is the greatest eating city in the world. Melbourne can suck my shashlik. Read on to reach Sydney food nirvana for […]

Read More
Jan
13

Smashed: A review

Glebe St Vincent de Paul is the next best thing to a library. My suburb is full of nerds; students, teachers, activists and thinkers. Hence, the Vinnies here is a gold mine for second-hand books. That’s how, for a mere $3, I wound up with Koren Zailckas’ 2005 memoir ‘Smashed’. This is like Bridget Jones’ […]

Read More
Jan
11

Scoot: A review

Low-cost airlines are something I have a lot of time for ever since I went back to being a journo (see: financial destitution). Subsequently, I have concertinaed myself into every kind of cheap seat for a short-haul flight to Asia and I am here to tell you, there is a big difference between carriers. In the same way that […]

Read More
Jan
8

The thing about resolutions

You won’t act on them until you’re ready. No arbitrary date will make you lose weight, no fireworks display will help you quit smoking, and you won’t get out of debt simply because you decided that this is the year. Change can be glacially slow or hummingbird rapid. Why? Because something needs to change in your chemistry, […]

Read More
Jan
7

Before we forget Christmas

I went to the shops on January 1 and there were Easter buns on the shelves. EASTER BUNS. But before we digress into chocolate ovum and spicy bakery treats, let’s first debrief on the Christmas that was. Mine was semi-traumatic. How was yours? I have spent a great deal of time pondering why I found the failure of my Christmas […]

Read More
Jan
5

Living with disapproval

I recently experienced a big dose of disapproval, and wow, it hurt. It came from the place where I would most expect it: my family. I recently got engaged in a fairly fuss-free way. No ring. No proposal. A simple agreement between adults to marry. In keeping with the theme of simplicity, and in light […]

Read More