Fifty shades of emotion

I heard myself speak one of the saddest sentences. ‘My Dad died today’.  For me, the world shifted a little more to the left of centre. These four little words, punched holes into the psyches of everyone who heard me speak them. To those that know me, words of comfort, reassurance and love were given …

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The slow burn of destruction

While there are no longer any doubts that domestic violence is truly 'in play' when physical evidence is apparent, many of us, still maintain 'false truths' about the breadth and depth of this type of violence. There is a deep sadness and an overwhelming fear, that all women harbour, when confronted with a 'sister' who is …

Twisted Twine – Part Two

I believe that we can never truly appreciate the depth of the impact that we have on each other.  Our interactions can leave the softest of footprints and sometimes the deepest of wounds. As humans, our lives are inextricably interwoven. I like to think of everyone, as coloured twine. The length of the twine determined by …

Embracing the state of being uncomfortable – part one

I am committed to 'doing the work'. Sometimes this means a metaphorical barefoot stroll on manicured lawn, other times I am body slammed against the sheer cliff face of my own stubbornness. The roundabout of unresolved anger and disappointment willingly revisited is like agreeing to a daily paint ball session, blindfolded while wearing a mankini. Seriously, …

Clearing the road on the way to clarity

Four months or so, have passed since I committed to declutter. I have been chipping away at drawers, piles of paper, cupboards and shelves.  There is a renewed feeling that the battle waged is being won incrementally. Before you start envisaging me, trapped in a room between towers of newspapers, empty food containers and a …

The slow march of humanity

As we age we can skirt sheepishly against the edges of once vibrant and inclusive lives. Like half-ghosts, our former selves begin to disappear. Our conversations are peppered with an apology for our thinning hair, sagging flesh and declining mental acuity. Ageing in full view is exposing and humiliating in a society that promotes youth and beauty. Doctors …

Embracing the winds of change

Saturday last was a pleasantly warm but a persistently windy Perth day. The Australian salute was in full swing, at the arrival of the spring flies. We Australians are born with a coping mechanism to deal with these annoying insects. We accept them, along with our diverse oceans, pristine sands and majestic gums. In our hotter climes like Western Australia, flies dance …

Clearing the Clutter

There is an implied obligation that accompanies our possessions. Ideally each one should serve a specific purpose, bring joy through beauty, reflect our individual identity, link us to our heritage, confirm our allegiance to tribe, culture and/or team and collectively represent our living experience. But can they all claim to be doing so? How much stuff do you …