Follow Nomad for long enough and you will come across me wax lyrical about the beach. I’ve said it before. There is something about the sand on your toes, the fresh wind in your hair that makes you forget about your cares for a moment. Turns out that a lot of others feel the same way too. Last year, I came across a surfing group in Sydney’s eastern and southern suburbs that is changing people’s lives. They provide an eight week […]
I came across Zuri this time last year. I was checking my phone one day and their story popped into my Facebook feed. It was this story in the New York Times. I fell in love with their dresses and as I read on, I loved their story and what the company set out to achieve. Before I knew it I was punching in my credit card details and buying one of their fabulous dresses. It was a story about […]
On any given night in Australia there are more than 116,000 people experiencing homelessness. They are couch surfing in other people’s homes or sleeping rough on the streets. I once met a woman who said she was lucky enough to have a gym membership and a car when she became homeless. Her husband played the stock market and lost badly. The bank took their house. She came home from work one day and found they had changed all the locks. […]
She was married for six months when her husband got the call. He was offered a job in Australia and he was going to take it. It was 1957 and Australia was half a world a way from Suffolk, the place where M was raised. “I don’t think I would have come to Australia if my husband didn’t get a job here,” she mentions in passing. For more than 25 years, she has been volunteering her time to teach English […]
I went to an Open Mic Night in Fairfield a few weeks ago. It was organised by a local church in South West Sydney to support people who have fled persecution and conflict. It was an encouraging evening and I enjoyed my souvenir from the night. Thank you Debbie for your Six Word Saturday!
It’s a four year old conversation. Our boy was in Grade 2. His teacher was asking the class to prepare a short talk every two weeks. “So,” I ask. “What are you going to do for your school topic talk this week?” “What I would do if I ruled the world,” he responds. “Oh, I see.” It’s a big job and he had never, until then, shown an interest in taking on grand projects. Thinking he’d provide free chocolate to […]