This year, I was going to the 2020 World Science Fiction Convention, in New Zealand. (ConZealand) At one of the first cons I went to - Continuum in Melbourne - I became a voter in the site selection ballot, and hoped to attend the Con if NZ won. Being an Australian, I knew it would … Continue reading ConZealand is Coming!
It has rained. Not everywhere, but in many places across this dry and dusty continent. In some places, they've gone from drought-dry, fire-scorched landscape to flooded. It's a rain event to provide much hope across at least parts of Eastern Australia. Here, in my home town, it has rained. Not nearly enough to break the … Continue reading It Rained – on Both Sides of the Continent!
It's the day after the Federal election, here in Australia, and, like many Australian, I'm sitting here with very mixed feelings. Voting this time around has had me thinking pretty hard. Years ago, I would have voted without too much thought. My political opinions were much less nuanced than they are now and I like … Continue reading Election Reflection
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
As I sit here, buried under the cat (The cat MUST sit on me every time I write, and because it's hot he's extra cuddly) typing away, I'm pondering the past year. I'm sure nearly every blogger in the world will write a retrospective post, and to a certain extent, so am I this year. … Continue reading The End of 2014 and the Writing Year Ahead
Legs outstretched, Belly is full, Lying here, Cat is purring, It’s Christmas. Carols are sung, Story is read, Shepherds there, And wisemen too, It’s Christmas. Rain falls softly, Frog in the drainpipe, Echoes all round, Kettle is on. It’s Christmas. Gifts are given, Child is born, Paper on floor And Peace abounds. It’s Christmas.
Yesterday morning the news spoke of another shooting at a school in the US. Several hours later, I watched a video about one of the children killed in the Sandy Hook massacre last year. I shed tears as I watched and as I thought about the loss suffered by her parents. The video ends on … Continue reading Ponderings
When I'm not writing, I'm a physiotherapist. Physiotherapists work with people to assist their recovery from injury and illness. I'm a physio in a private practice. In private practice I treat post surgical patients, those with musculoskeletal injuries, neurological injuries, auto-immune disease, continence and womens health issues. Some days I make splints and plaster limbs. It's … Continue reading Tireless Research
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8qE4Fes5G8&feature=youtu.be Our young friend, Jordan, says "This video was made to share awareness of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) a disease that affects many people around the world. It is also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Lou Gehrig's Disease. I have watched this disease that has no cure slowly take my father's independence from him … Continue reading MND Awareness – by Jordan Gageler