Fake news

It’s so difficult to sort the fake news from the real stuff these days … and I don’t mean it in the delusional Trump sense of the word. It disturbs me that social media can so easily spread lies, with people taking them at face value. I overheard two women discussing why Labor lost the […]

I hope he’s loved

I was sitting in a CRM presentation yesterday when I saw the date on the computer screen and realised Oh! It’s my wedding anniversary! Forgetting your wedding anniversary is no biggie when your husband walked out five years ago. But I couldn’t help doing the maths and noting it was our 19th wedding anniversary … […]

Can’t take a joke

You know you’re getting sensitive about your age when … You think a comedian is making fun of you for being old … when he’s actually dissing you for being in love. I went to the Sydney Comedy Festival Gala on Saturday night with DD and a group of friends. DD unwittingly booked tickets that […]

Party in my pocket

I spent all my birthday gift cards yesterday. It was such delirious fun for a woman looking down the barrel of a $12,000 bill for her child’s nasal surgery and braces. Free money that can only be spent at Westfield! The cards were sacrificed at the altar of Witchery. I’m now a Silver Member, which […]

Raise a democracy sausage to him

I cried when DD told me Bob Hawke had died. We’re on different sides of the political fence, but DD agreed Bob was an amazing man. Bob predicted in December that Labor would win the next election, but didn’t think he would be around to see it. “I’ve had my time,” the former prime minister said. […]

If you really cared

I am very disappointed with certain American middle-aged men right now. Twenty-five of them in Alabama’s state senate – which only has three women – have just passed a bill that outlaws abortion, making it a crime to perform the procedure at any stage of pregnancy. The measure contains no exception for rape and incest […]

Come on let’s play

You yearn for a few moments of peace each night when your kids are little. When you have teenagers the nights feel a little too quiet. You kinda miss being pestered. I’ve been having a “Cat’s in the Cradle” moment about it. And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon Little boy blue […]

Moving on

Broken marriages are bloody awful things. Telling your kids that mum and dad are separating is a terrible grenade to throw into their lives. And then there’s the toll it takes on you. It’s a shocker all round. But you know what helps? Damage control. And moving on. Damage control means not slagging off your […]

Mother lode

I was terrified when I discovered I was pregnant 16 years ago. I’d given myself until I turned 35 to decide whether I wanted children. I still wasn’t sure, but thought I’d better give it a go before my fertility packed it in. When I was about six weeks pregnant, my boss announced – over […]

Yeah, nah, REALLY?

I took the youngest to the ear, nose and throat specialist yesterday. I felt like crying as his assistant ran me through how much it was going to cost to fix her breathing problems. She has a deviated septum and horribly swollen adenoids. Her tonsils are also pretty bad, but the surgeon is going to […]