Christmas and Stress


I recently lost a young friend, unexpectedly and in the most shocking of ways. It shook everyone to their core, including those whom never had the pleasure of knowing her. There seemed to be a collective sigh as masks fell, revealing the truth behind the smiling Instagram pics and depictions of lives filled to the... Continue Reading →

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Rotorua, Sulphur, Mini Golf and Flemish Rabbits!


My daughter and I travelled to Auckland airport from Sydney to attend a wedding in Rotorua. It was our first international flight, so we were excited! We left home at 5am, and got to our lodgings after 8pm. Fortunately, I had prepared my spine -full of arthritis, spondylosis, etc- for this epic adventure, and after... Continue Reading →

Old Magazines and Time Travel (part 2)


March 9th, 1987 Elton John was married to Renate Blauel and Michael Crawford was on stage in Phantom of the Opera. March 12th, 1984 There was a feature on Celebrity Homes, with pictures of Liberace, Rock Hudson and others. Joan Collins had started seeing Peter Holm. In good news, stress increases your metabolic rate! A... Continue Reading →

Old Magazines-A Time Capsule


I stopped in at The Bower, a darling little shop in Parramatta that sells everything from pre-loved tea sets to furniture. To my joy, I found magazines for 30 cents each, some dating back thirty years. It was extraordinary, the information on the pages. So much has changed regarding everything from medical advice to technology. Here is... Continue Reading →

Bad News, Strength, Kindness and Saying Yes


Two years ago, I met a lovely lady from England. Her voice redolent with a gentle lilt, her energy soft and assuring. We talked briefly, and then I didn't see her again. Last school holidays, she organized a picnic, sending out an open invitation. I took my daughter, and we had the best time! We... Continue Reading →

SistaCare 2017


My daughter, her friend and myself were invited to SistaCare 2017, held at the Exodus Foundation. Rev. Bridget Perkins-Ocean organized the day, along with a bevy of helpers. Students and teachers from Ultimo Tafe did hair and makeup for the ladies in the church. It was a delight to see the women and girls see themselves... Continue Reading →

Mocktail Parties and Kindness


  My daughter's friends invited us over to their place the other day. It was around 44 degrees inland, and they live near the water, so it was a fortuitous offer! We were invited into their flat and handed a menu! Hawaiian music softly played, and when I looked around at the decorations, I almost... Continue Reading →

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