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I don’t have a lot of parenting tips- mostly I muddle along trying to get from one end of the day to the other without tripping anyone up. If we all go to bed alive and kind of happy I call it a job well done. If nobody has lost an eye, and we have […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]
   1.  Check your kid’s hands. Do they have opposable thumbs? Yes? Well don’t make their lunches. They can spread their own peanut butter on their own 2 slices of bread, or go hungry. I mean, how hard is it to put an apple in a lunch box? You buy good healthy food, they make […]

Mother Energy

October 3rd, 2013
  Mother Energy has crept back into my life again—that fiercely protective, “Worrier-Warrior”, who is certain my children aren’t quite ready for the natural progression of life and can’t handle the next steps without my continual guidance and loving, hands-on approach. No, my Mother Energy is not an actual person. She’s within me.  (And no, […]

Holding On and Letting Go

August 12th, 2013
19th century British author, Havelock Ellis, said All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on. This is to true. Yesterday we sent our oldest son off to College for his second year. We’re experienced at letting him go, but this year is different, seeing as we’re moving […]

The Mother Load

May 13th, 2013
We had a yard sale last week. A grandmother bought a bunch of furniture from us as she had family moving in. She said she would be back to haul it away. We were surprised to see her turn up in a two door convertible and even more surprised when she crammed computer tables and […]

Birthing A New You

May 11th, 2013
Marianne Williamson said- “When a woman gives birth, two are born; a baby from the womb of its mother and a woman from the womb of her former existence.” Being a mother, in all its humanity, joy and frustration, is ultimately a celebration of a new you. You will never be the same after all […]

The Disconnect

April 2nd, 2013
I go through my day pretty much convinced I’m in my 20’s. I am not. It appears my mind seems a little stubborn, hiding in timeless fantasies, too busy frolicking in fountains of eternal youth, to remember what year it actually is. My body thinks this is an odd thing for my mind to think, […]


November 27th, 2012
Bit different? Speak with a lisp, or like to read? Long nose, big lips, small ears, weird name, wrong shoes, no dad, no fun, too serious, too dumb, too tall, too short too, too, too- just too something. There is always Something. too loud, too popular, too shy too, too healthy. Can you sing? Shut […]

Hanging onto Hope

November 13th, 2012
Pick kids up from school- Check. Race over to health shop to get lemons, chia seeds, random health stuff and an afterschool on-the-run snack. Check. Hot-foot it to another school a few kilometers away, wander about an empty school trying to find the gym to sign up for a sport program that was in fact […]
Author and creativity expert, Julia Cameron, said, The face of love is variable. I am able to love without demanding that my relationships assume the structures and forms I might choose for them. My love is fluid, flexible, committed, creative. My love allows people and events to unfold as they need. My love is not […]


October 2nd, 2012
Simple really. Just notes. Notes tucked into books. His idea, all his. An afternoon of errands. Dull, boring, mindless endless jobs “Just running in” He waited in the car with his thoughts. “Right, library next’ I bustle checking things off. Not quite done. He sat with scraps of paper on his lap. Notes to somebody. […]