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He is rather extraordinary, and not just for his good looks and charm. There is so much more beneath his sweet exterior. In meeting him you will find a wonderfully polite and interested conversationalist. He will smile, nod and delight the socks off just about anyone. Company well worth keeping. For some unidentified reason there […]
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My A Game.

April 21st, 2014
It will be fun I say. Have a go, just try it. Get out there, and have a bit of fun I say, more than once. Join a team I say, audition for the musical, try an art class, cooking class, robotics class, learn to surf, debating, why not? Go on, just give it a […]
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An Introvert Comes out.

April 13th, 2014
Some of you may be surprised by what I am about to share. Contrary to popular belief I am in fact an introvert. My loud laughter, story- telling, and almost always sincere interest in your life are clever cover up skills I’ve developed to put you off the scent. You see, I’ve had this feeling […]
She leads me to the top of the headland, to the highest point. If we just go over this way you will see it she urges. What? I ask. See what? All of life, she answers, hurrying me along. Come on come on! So I do, hurry- for how can I possibly miss all of […]
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If The Shoe Fits.

March 31st, 2014
The story I am about to tell you is all completely true, profound and stays with me to this day. A lesson I’m still learning, a lesson a child is still teaching. It is about a boy and a pair of old wooden clogs. Take a seat, put your feet up. He was 4. He […]
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Daydream Believer

March 24th, 2014
I am well aware that what I’m about to say will make me sound like a crotchety old woman. But, I’ve been called worse, so I’ll continue. Perhaps it’s because I feel left out, a little jealous or have an unhealthy need to be the center of everyone’s attention- but I have absolutely no idea […]
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The Cutter.

March 16th, 2014
Girls, boys, just kids bleeding themselves of the pain within their veins, within their hearts, minds, and lives. Words don’t help- they mean nothing, pointless noise skimming over the surface of self-loathing. Those fawarway sounds don’t even begin to touch, what’s deeper within the shadows where words will never reach. Ahh, but a cut, a […]
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Brutally Honest.

March 10th, 2014
Damn straight parenting is a tough gig. I think we can all agree that the long nights, second guesses, picky eaters, let goings, endless questions, toilet trainings, unknown futures, total meltdowns, stressful schedules, teenage prickles, emotional challenges, lonely moments, toddler tantrums, exhausting mindgames, sibling rivalries, hurtful comments, falling overs, and power struggles, really just aren’t […]
I hear it throughout my day at random times. I’ll be hanging the washing, writing an article, sipping tea. Making a call, working, running out the door, being important, or simply staring. And there she suddenly is, right there- in my head when I wasn’t thinking of her at all. A connection waiting for my […]
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Don’t Make Me Say It

December 10th, 2013
I’m ok at a few things. I can cook a decent curry, make babies smile in boring grocery lines, and put up with endless Seinfeld repeats. I’m also generally good at knowing when to stop drinking, hunting down a bargain, and sleeping in. But I am not good at goodbyes. Whether at funerals or airports, […]