• Christmas gifts for people you hate

    Wednesday, November 7, 2018

    In keeping with my current Christmas gift-buying obsession, here’s my fail-proof guide to gifts for people you loathe: A leaf blower: You hate them. Soon, everyone else will too. A chutney gift pack: Has anyone ever used a Christmas chutney? This will live in their pantry and/or fridge and be moved from house to house, […]

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  • Christmas presents for people like me

    Tuesday, November 6, 2018

    It’s around this time of year that I do terrible things to my credit card. I love Christmas and I love buying presents. If you are looking for gift ideas for middle-aged women who love Marimekko but wear K-Mart, here’s some things that I can personally recommend as being both ethical and excellent. Original artworks Art […]

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  • Love your skin suit

    Thursday, October 25, 2018

    Silence of the Lambs has made the concept of a skin suit a little bit too literal but stay with me folks. We are all born into a skin suit that is composed of pretty much the same stuff as everyone else’s. Our genes dominate what it will look like. Some people get an Armani, […]

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  • Losing babies

    Wednesday, October 24, 2018

    The Spark and I have lost three babies this year – one in January and two in the past week. Without going into the excruciating details, all I can say is that this is a very common experience. Every second person I speak to shares their story of loss. One of the midwives who looked […]

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  • Woo-Oahu! My stay at Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki

    Thursday, October 4, 2018

    Most of the time I am a suburban mum covered in toddler snot but occasionally – almost magically – I get yanked out of my leggings and sent spinning into a world of luxury. That’s what happened recently when I wound up at the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Waikiki. When I was dropped off at the […]

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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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