A day of rest??

  It’s 9.30am on a Sunday morning. Many people are still in bed, savouring this Spring morning. The clocks changed last night and robbed us all of an hour of sleep. Spring forward. Fall back. I am not in bed. I was up before most of the city, packing my car, driving to the markets... Continue Reading →

Families of choice

I wanted a sister when I was a kid. I had a brother who I was close to but I dreamed of having a sister. I really wanted a big sister who had great clothes and would let me borrow them and a little sister who I could boss about but secretly love. I never... Continue Reading →

Thanking ourselves

A few months ago a friend came to me with a dilemma. She felt she should resign from a position she held with a local organisation as she believed she was carrying professional risk by being associated with this organisation. The decision to do so was difficult. It was an organisation she believed in, but... Continue Reading →

The green eyed monster

As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post, I was recently traveling around the US for a month. While I was away, a friend of mine who is a fellow blogger, posted a number of pieces on her blog. Each time she posted, I received an email with her latest post. I watched these emails come... Continue Reading →

Seeing things differently

My two teenage daughters and I recently spent a month in the United States having a huge adventure. One week was spent in Grand Marais, Michigan with my parents and brother. One week, hiking and going on wild moose chases on Isle Royale National Park, a wilderness area in Lake Superior. One week in Seattle... Continue Reading →

The first step

Today is the first of October. All around me here in Australia are signs of Spring while my family and friends in the northern hemisphere are starting to see the signs of autumn. Same date, different point in a cycle. For some of us, this cycle of seasons is just starting. The trees begin to... Continue Reading →

Finding a balance

"The work of a mature person is to carry grief in one hand and gratitude in the other and to be stretched large by them. How much sorrow can I hold? That’s how much gratitude I can give. If I carry only grief, I’ll bend toward cynicism and despair. If I have only gratitude, I’ll... Continue Reading →


I am emerging. Emerging and rejoining the world. I spent a lot of time in the past five years shrinking my world. Shedding things and ideas that no longer served me. I shrunk my huge circle of acquaintances around the world and focused on spending time with people who brought joy to my life. My... Continue Reading →

Being Brave

With two girls in our household there is no way we could avoid the Disney princesses. I would watch the various movies with the girls and grit my teeth as time and time again, princess after princess waited around like some limpet to be ‘rescued’ by a prince. When the movie Brave came out, I... Continue Reading →

It takes a village…

In some countries of the world, including here in Australia, today is Mother’s Day. This is my 18th Mother’s Day. What a different day today is from the first one. At that time my eldest was only a few days old (Mother’s Day is the first Sunday in March in England where we were living... Continue Reading →

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