the magic bullet and the reluctant princess

It seems we are always searching for ‘magic bullet’ solutions to our biggest issues and fears. The most complex issues defy simple, linear solutions – yet we continue to put our faith in ‘research’ and ‘technology’ and those clever ‘experts’, to come up with something almost magical, like waving a wand to make it all…

Less than

If you’re black, you’re less than me. If you’re a woman, you’re less than me. If you’re gay, you’re less than me. If you’re fat, you’re less than me. If you’re poor, you’re less than me. If you’re not from here, you’re less than me. If you don’t speak English, you’re less than me. If…

Simplify, Steward, Serve…

It’s a new year (already 6 weeks in!) and once again I am reminding myself of my basic ‘mantra’ for sustainability… When we talk about sustainability, it’s not just about ‘the environment’ – it’s about people too. We are inseparable and totally dependent on the natural world. But more than that, without social justice and…

Australia Day – no celebration here

This Australia day, I implore you: let’s stop and think about what we really believe in, what we would like being ‘Australian’ to really mean… And then let this inform how we speak, what behaviour and speech we tolerate around us, how we vote, how we raise our children… Australia day is a few days…

Fear is the real enemy

A few years ago I realised that since my childhood I had believed I would not live past my 30s or 40s. This unquestioned assumption was not actually a morbid belief that I would die ‘before my time’ though – it was a product of growing up in the 80s, when media/ music industry campaigns like…

‘Ogres are like onions’

That little phrase is from Shrek of course – and together with the following quote, pretty much summarises what I am about to say in this post: ‘Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle’ – John Watson (aka Ian MacLaren) People can be terribly irritating, frustrating and just plain annoying. Yes,…

Mind the (gender) gap

Boys and girls are different. From the start. Certain biological differences cannot be denied, and these certainly guide our development, our perception of the world, and our identities. But current gender stereotypes are restrictive, limiting, one-dimensional, boring… and even in some cases harmful. My main point here is that parents (and society in general) go…