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
I'm sitting here listening to the rain. It's cool, and we've already had over 20mm. Why is this so significant? This is the driest February for many years, and it's been constantly hot and dry nearly all summer. We do expect to be hot, here in Australia, but in this region (The Upper Hunter) we … Continue reading It’s Raining!
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
For the last few weeks I've been playing with a variety of topics to blog about. I've been a bit consumed by Song Contest: Almost Eurovision, which is a musical our local theatrical society's about to begin performing, as I'm part of the musical direction team. I've toyed with all kinds of subjects - our … Continue reading Thoughts and Prayers vs Deeds and Actions
I'm sitting here with one leg up, recovering from the wide local excision I had a couple of days ago. A month ago, I had a melanoma in situ removed. Now I've had the extra excision so that it doesn't come back and to ensure that the area is clear. Yesterday was a bit of an … Continue reading Cats and Recovery
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
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
I was at the movies a couple of days ago, and the new Transformer's trailer popped up. Now, I'm not really a Transformers fan - they were tolerable at one point, but I stopped watching after seeing whichever one it was that had a gratuitous up the skirt shot at the beginning, and no real … Continue reading Fight Like a Girl
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?
I'm writing again with much sadness in my heart. I've blogged several times about MND, or Motor Neurone Disease. You can read those posts here and here. Our friend, Graham, who has fought with MND for many years, passed away on Good Friday. Graham defied the odds in many ways. He had the ALS form … Continue reading Sadness