A Letter To Our City Brethren

This morning I had the weirdest shopping experience of my life. We were out of cat litter (we have three cats), and we needed both cat and dog (two dogs) food. Cat and dog spam below.... Boots Socks (Yes I know, but it wasn't deliberate.) Nosey Diva (small dog in big bed) and Jace (bigger … Continue reading A Letter To Our City Brethren

Surely We Can Be Better Than This?

Everything's in flux. Things are currently changing daily, seemingly hour by hour. We're being slammed with all kinds of information, via media, government releases, and of course the Facebook meme. People are frightened, I understand that. This is the unknown menace, a fearful spectre of history, or a fanciful movie theme, and now it's here, … Continue reading Surely We Can Be Better Than This?

How to Respond?

A few months ago, Australia was burning. We saw incredible scenes, from dramatic escapes and heroic actions by firefighters and other emergency services personnel to walls of flame moving faster than anyone could ever believe. We also saw incredible generosity - of finances, goods, and more than anything else, of spirit. We banded together as … Continue reading How to Respond?

Countdown to New Book, and the Great Toilet Paper Crisis

The 17th of April now is only about six weeks away. That's when Amethyst Pledge will be officially launched. It's been up for a few weeks on Netgalley as an ARC with some pleasing reviews. The launch will be held at one of our local cafes, Double Picc, where part of the story was written, … Continue reading Countdown to New Book, and the Great Toilet Paper Crisis

Back Again and Other Stuff

Well, after several months hiatus, here I am, putting fingertips to keyboard once again. Once again, the busyness of life has managed to get in the way of blogging. I enjoy blogging, but it's the thing I don't do when other stuff takes over. This time around it's been a combination of things. We arrived … Continue reading Back Again and Other Stuff

Learning to Think Through Health Claims

A friend posted this link on Facebook recently. It's entitled 'Our world is awash in bullshit (sorry about the language) health claims. These scientists want to train kids to spot them.' As someone who works part time in health, and has done for thirty years (doesn't that sound a dreadfully long time!) now, it's something I'm … Continue reading Learning to Think Through Health Claims

Natural

This afternoon I decided to bake a loaf of bread. We often bake bread, so it's nothing particularly unusual, but as I was tipping in the flax seeds and the sunflower seeds, I was struck by the label on the sunflower seed packet. It said (in big letters) Natural Sunflower Kernels. It struck me as hilarious, and … Continue reading Natural

The Stigma of Mental Health Issues

Recently I saw a post on Facebook that said "When cancer takes a life we blame cancer. Depression is a disease. Don't blame the victim for losing the fight." I've been thinking about it quite a bit. Partly because mental illness has touched our family, and partly because I've just submitted a story to the … Continue reading The Stigma of Mental Health Issues

Stuff On The Internet

Like myself, you've probably spent the last few years being bombarded with all kinds of online information. As a writer, I've wandered through free sites that have offered some excellent tips on improving my writing skills, and I've also been offered the 'opportunity' to purchase all kinds of revolutionary marketing services and all of the … Continue reading Stuff On The Internet