When a Volunteer Dies

This morning, we in Australia woke up to the news that two firefighters have died. Their truck was hit by a falling tree and rolled, injuring three others. You can read the whole story here. They were volunteers, members of the Horsely Park rural fire services brigade. I'm deeply saddened by this. Our fire emergency … Continue reading When a Volunteer Dies

Remembering

Tomorrow is Remembrance Day. At 11am, we pause to Remember. From its beginnings as Armistice Day in memory of the First World War, to a time when we remember the both the dead and all of those who have fought, and still fight in conflicts across the globe. Yesterday was also a significant day for … Continue reading Remembering

Terry Pratchett

If you've been living under a rock, you might have missed the announcement that one of the world's most loved authors passed away last week. I was never going to do a post like this - probably like many others - but here I am, reflecting on the life and work of Terry Pratchett. I … Continue reading Terry Pratchett

Reading Through Life and Death

A few posts ago I wrote about Life and Death and Easter. Since then, I've attended a funeral. It was while I was at the funeral, listening to the beautiful eulogies, that I began to think about the role of a writer in effecting change, and becoming a part of peoples' lives. Why was my attention … Continue reading Reading Through Life and Death

Life and Death and Easter

It's been a weekend of mixed feelings, topping off a couple of weeks of sadness and tiredness. In my non-writing life, I'm a physiotherapist. I spend three days a week working with injured and unwell people. I often work with people in pain, but it's most commonly physical pain. Most of them get better, which … Continue reading Life and Death and Easter