Therapeutic yelling

I indulged in a little foot-stomping activism this week. There was a public meeting at my local community hall about the NSW Government making both sides of my street a seven-day-a-week clearway. People are very, very upset about the clearway idea, even the ones who don’t live on my street because they still want to […]

There are ghosts in my house

Every Monday night there are ghosts in my house. I wake each Monday morning to silence … well, aside from the garbage trucks smashed their way down the street at 5am. The kids stay at their dad’s place from Sunday night until Tuesday morning. There’s no before-school band rehearsal, no lunches to prepare. I unpack […]

I hope its not broken

I was going to take the week off from blogging as I’m feeling a little mojo low. But I woke up this morning and there was so much I needed to tell you. It’s only been a few days since I’ve talked at you, but it feels like an eternity and I wanted to fill […]

So I cried. And I gave up

It feels very lonely being a single mum sometimes. So much responsibility rests entirely on your shoulders. And sometimes the smallest of those responsibilities can be a tipping point. I had one of those moments yesterday. My stupid new car has been flashing messages at me for weeks about needing more oil. As far as […]

Subbing out the heart

I was sad to learn yesterday that Pacific Magazines is retrenching most of its sub-editors. In an email addressed to staff obtained by Mumbrella, CEO Gereurd Roberts (who I remember as a young whippersnapper at NW … I’m constantly startled to see the word “CEO” in front of his name) said the company was considering […]

Hairy subjects

I adore my hairdresser. And not just because he cuts my hair so well. Mark and I have been “together” for about 20 years. What I’ve grown to love more than anything is that I’ve become what you might call my “true self” with him in recent times. I’m not quite sure what it is […]

I almost made him cry

I was having trouble thinking of a blog topic for today when DD suggested Channel 10. Not sexy, but a preferable diversion from the other topic on my mind – Mia Freedman being ripped a new one. I don’t believe in attacking people on social media. That’s an ugly sport. But I’ve been voraciously reading […]

Get me out of here

What’s happened to the city girl in me? My favourite adventures were always set in the concrete jungles of New York or Los Angeles or Singapore. I dreamed about retiring to Kirribilli or North Sydney so I could be closer to the local action. Now I fantasise about buying one of the houses perched on […]

What an amazing woman!

There’s a famous quote by Fred Rogers that’s repeated when times get tough: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember […]

I wish I could bottle that joy

It took months of nagging, but the youngest finally got her dental appointment last weekend. I’ve never seen a child so intent on having their teeth checked and slathered with flouride. Weirdo. She gets obsessed with the funniest things  –  there’s also been an extended campaign for new pyjamas. Not just any pyjamas, only a […]