Awkward town names

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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 […]

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

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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: Choose life!

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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: The (trip) not taken by Louisa Deasey

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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: The etiquette of crying in public

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Please blame Twitter for the fact that you are getting two back-to-back doses of my amateur philosophy this week. I asked whether I should blog about a) boobs, b) wine, or c) crying in public and the Twitterverse came back with a unanimous c). Crying in public. We have all done it at some point. I […]

Life and Stuff: Why it’s OK to be OK

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I have read a lot of motivational books that encourage you to be the best you can be. I can dig that. I’m no slouch. But here’s the thing: since when did everyone have to be the ‘best’ at everything? Can’t we just try to be OK? There are lots of things that I would […]

Life and stuff: The peach principle of beauty

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There is nothing more disappointing than biting into a perfect looking peach only to discover that it’s floury, underripe and flavourless. Contrast this with biting into perfect looking peach that is bursting with flavour, juicy and squishy-licious. Ohhhh yeah. People are like that too. There is nothing more disappointing than meeting someone who looks like […]

Life and stuff: Do you have a ‘city’ persona?

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I realised something really weird on the weekend. I have a Sydney persona that is quite different to my quieter country self. Sydney Emma is way more defensive than Country Emma. She swears, she trash talks and she’s a bit of a smart ass. She is louder than the Country version and has better grooming […]

Life and stuff: Time vs money vs happiness

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Money. Those numbers in your bank account, that clink in your purse. Tool or tyrant? Friend or foe? I can’t quite decide at the moment. I’ve changed my working life in order to be happier but as my bank balance dwindles, I am starting to question my decision. Was it really a good idea to […]