It was our boy’s birthday. I made him cupcakes with his favourite icing. I sang him happy birthday and watched him smile. “Mum, you are a terrible singer,” he said. He didn’t want a party this year. He said it seemed a little childish. He is now twelve years old and already too grown up […]
I was at a writing course a few weeks ago at the Australian Writers’ Centre. I was lucky to be there and grateful for the opportunity to learn more about the craft. It was there I met Ria — a classically trained singer who also worked as a Braille specialist, transcribing information for the blind. […]
The image was taken four years ago. It was fun to capture the crowd on one side looking at a sculpture of a man looking at them. For Debbie’s Six Word Saturday and Su Leslie!
We finally went to watch Crazy Rich Asians a few weeks ago. We bundled our protesting son into the car and drove to a cinema a couple of suburbs away to watch it. For those who have yet to see the hit movie, it is based on the book by Kevin Kwan. It’s a love […]
I met a friend at work many years ago. She was and is a remarkable woman who had endured much to see better days. She came to Australia from Sudan, as it was back then, before the split. She shares just a little of what it was like running from one place to the next, […]
For the Joy came in the mail two weeks ago. A friend, Miriam Chan, who once took me on a mission trip to Thailand, compiled 21 stories from Australian missionary mothers about their experiences “on the field” with co-editor Sophia Russell and published a book. “It took four years,” Miriam tells me over the phone. After receiving rejection […]
Sometime this year a boutique confectioner, Bakedown Cakery, and data visualisation specialists Small Multiples put their heads together to tell the story of multicultural Sydney in a box of chocolates. Using 2016 Census data as inspiration, they explored the relationship between ethnicity, population and taste in an Australian-first collaboration project. It sounded fascinating. And delicious. […]
Found on a bush walk some time ago down in Tassie. I liked the grey and green. It is my entry for Debbie’s Six Word Saturday this week.
I was recovering from a cold earlier this month. I had gone into work but discovered my body wasn’t ready to get back to it. Wilting fast, I drove to the doctors and ducked into a Malaysian place for lunch. I ordered and tried not to hack up a lung as I waited for the […]
It was a beautiful night. A warm night. A friend and I bought cheap-ish tickets to the Opera on the harbour. I left my husband and young son at home, and we saw fireworks and betrayal play out over the water. The giant orange ball was supposed to represent the rising sun. Alas for poor […]
It was just a little posy. But it was pretty. For Debbie’s Six Word Saturday!
I haven’t watched Nanette. I want to watch Nanette. I should watch Nanette. From the trailers, it seems like a soul-searing look at one woman’s story. Someone who is, in her own words, “gender not-normal”. “I don’t identify as transgender. But I’m clearly gender not-normal. I don’t think even lesbian is the right identity for […]