• 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 […]

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  • Stillness

    Wednesday, December 20, 2017

    As the year winds up and many of us look forward to a break, consider this simple concept. Stillness. Think of water in nature. Movement stirs up sediment and it becomes murky. Remove that turbulence and the sediment sinks. Clarity returns. Over the next few weeks, find time to be still. Stop thinking. Stop doing. […]

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  • Summer holiday viewing/reading

    Thursday, December 14, 2017

    I’m at the point in the year where I am ready to lie down for about a month. On the upside, this is also the exciting time when I plan what I am going to binge watch/read over the holidays. Let’s face it: no one has ever described me as ‘athletic’. As a recently new […]

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  • Christmas survival guide

    Monday, December 11, 2017

    Most of us approach Christmas with genuine goodwill and positive intentions but that doesn’t mean that things always work out. Exhaustion, financial stress, heat, alcohol and lots of togetherness can lead to interpersonal friction that can ruin your whole festive season. With this in mind, psychotherapist and relationship specialist Melissa Ferrari says it’s important to be […]

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  • Too busy? Just stop

    Wednesday, December 6, 2017

    This time of year should be called Crabbymas: the festival of exhaustion that takes place before Christmas. Lots of us turn ourselves inside out getting to parties, end of year catch-ups, and hitting the shops to stock up on gift boxed pretzels and fruit mince pies. Some of us start to feel like our glass […]

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This article is about how to make friends and include 10 tips to forge better relationships
Jun
8

How to make friends

I am lucky enough to know some very socially gifted people. From observing them, I have learnt some key things about how to make friends, and also how to be a great friend. Do you want to make new friends? Or have better relationships with your existing friends? Read on for 10 tips to ace […]

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Jun
6

Friendship mosaic

I have a theory that we are all more beautiful when you put us together. Groups form patterns, and viewed from outside, the unified form becomes much more interesting than a single unit. Friendship groups have energy. They grow and breathe, like a forest with a complex web of interconnected root and soil structures forming […]

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Robert Robertson art teacher Tamworth High
Jun
1

Levity

I had an art teacher named Robbie Robertson who was born on February 29th. He was a master of levity. Being a head teacher is a responsible position but he made it seem like a rock and roll adventure. Being around him always made you feel like you were up to no good; mischievous, irresponsible […]

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May
29

Memories

What kind of memories are you handing out? It’s worth asking yourself this because they are the sum total of your life. They could be the result of the smallest interaction or a lifelong relationship but, upon death, they are the only thing that lives on. Consider this: you have millions of little avatars running around in other […]

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May
18

Poop

There is nothing quite like a good poop to make you feel better. The strange thing – even with all the talk of fermented foods, gut health, and probiotics – is that no one really talks about the end game. The Poop. I was shocked and delighted when a colleague of mine casually mentioned that she […]

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May
17

Joy

A few weeks back I read a wonderful post by Elizabeth Gilbert about how your soul is always guiding you towards joy (click here to read it). The basic premise is that the further you move away from what makes you joyful, the louder your soul will protest. Joy, not to be confused with pleasure, is […]

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May
10

Six things I didn’t know before I became a mum

It doesn’t matter how much time you have spent Googling and talking to people. There’s still a bunch of stuff that will surprise you – and, at times, blindside you – when you become a mum for the first time. Here are the main things that blew my mind. Sex is painful I had a […]

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May
8

Cockroaches

Our apartment in Glebe is the epicentre of cockroach society. Every tier is represented. Every species. I have never known such activity as what happens in our kitchen after dark. Even when I opened my laptop (my laptop!), a tiny cockroach ran out. A couple of weeks ago I was feeding the baby in bed and […]

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May
4

Couples viewing

Is this a new phenomenon? The mutual pleasure of loving a TV show so much that it becomes central to your relationship? The Spark and I have enjoyed many box sets and, in an alarmingly truthful moment, he once said that watching TV together is what we do best. That sounds kinda lame, right? That […]

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May
3

Vulnerability

  I have been thinking about vulnerability, and the various types of social armour we develop, a lot lately. Since becoming a mum, I feel lot more vulnerable (it’s uncomfortable to even write that). I have spent decades building up a protective shell around my wildly over-sensitive heart; built up hulking independence muscles out of […]

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