Don’t Live in Fear

On Friday night, we were waiting for our Uber, when we noticed the police helicopter circling above the centre of Melbourne, only two hundred or so metres away. The television in the hotel lobby showed aerial shots of a crashed car, multiple police vehicles, and patches of blood on the ground. Clearly something dreadful had … Continue reading Don’t Live in Fear

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A Message to Scott Morrison

This week, Médecins Sans Frontiers, or Doctors Without Borders, was ordered to remove their mental health team from Nauru, where about 800 refugees, including 90 or so children, are being kept in offshore detention, at the behest of the Australian Government. There have been repeated, independent reports of the appalling conditions that these, already traumatised, … Continue reading A Message to Scott Morrison

The Resilience of People

We've just arrived home from a two week holiday in New Zealand. It's been a few years since we've been there, and this time we went back for a family wedding, and then took off in a camper van (Wilderness Motorhomes are the best!) for nine days. We headed off to Hanmer Springs, and then … Continue reading The Resilience of People

Drought and Spiders

Yesterday morning I got up and went outside to check the rain gauge. We'd had some rain forecast, and there had been a light sprinkle when we went to bed. It's been dry - really dry here. Total rain for 2018 - 120.8mm, compared to an average at this time of year of 395.6mm. Even … Continue reading Drought and Spiders

Asking the Big Questions

I'm currently doing a very hefty rewrite of the second book in a series. The first one will come out later this year, and I've seen some absolutely marvellous concept cover art from Jade at Steam Power Studios.  I really can't wait to see the finished thing, but back to what I was wrestling with … Continue reading Asking the Big Questions

Drought, Governments, and City-Centric Focus

I live in rural NSW. Although I'm not a farmer, I know quite a number who are, both in my personal life and my professional life. As a town dweller, I can bemoan how dry the countryside is, but it doesn't have quite the same impact on me that it does on my farmer contacts. … Continue reading Drought, Governments, and City-Centric Focus

Comparisons

Over the last few weeks I've watched a number of movies and series. They include Jessica Jones (Netflix), Annihilation (Netflix), Red Sparrow (at the cinema), and Black Panther (at the cinema) I've been struck by the differences and similarities between them, and the way women are represented in each of them. The character of Jessica … Continue reading Comparisons

#MeToo

I thought long and hard about whether I'd join in on this hashtag, but in the end, I thought it was too important to let the opportunity pass by. Most of the time the header goes something like: "Me too... If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote 'Me too' as … Continue reading #MeToo

Interconnectedness

The world can be a complicated place. Now in my fifties, I often think this.  I suppose we all do to some extent. It's not thinking about 'the good old days' as such, but contemplating just how much our world has changed since I was born. Quite a few things have happened when I think … Continue reading Interconnectedness

Why?

My phone has an app attached to our national broadcaster, the ABC (or Australian Broadcasting Corporation), which sounded its familiar ABC breaking news music this morning. As normal, I looked down to see what was happening, to discover that there had been an explosion at a concert in the UK. We now know that over … Continue reading Why?