One train may hide another…

“There are two ways to slide easily through life; to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking.” – Alfred Korzybski So we have been in self isolation for roughly two weeks already. Husband working from home now, the girls and I actually just carrying on with our usual rhythms- they…

“doomsday prepping”

Wasabi*!!! It has been a somewhat anxiety-inducing few months, hasn’t it? In Australia especially – we have gone from unprecedented bush fires, to extreme storms and floods – and now this: Coronavirus. Coming soon to a city near you! Well, it’s in Sydney now but hopefully not about in the community as such – yet……

loaded words

Declutter Sanitise Homogenise Conform Obey Streamline Plan Develop Manage Educate Socialise Stand in line Keep inside the lines Shorten Neutralise Pastel Vanilla Monoculture Naturalise Good citizen March Parade Order Herd Be quiet Don’t argue Look away Wave the flag (written 2019)

just a woman…

(warning: yes, this post is -intentionally- inflammatory, shocking, in-your-face…as is the world, encountered by most women…if you are easily offended, read it anyway!) Just a woman What can we do with you? Just a woman Look at that pretty face Just a woman Now just keep quiet darling Just a woman Don’t have opinions babe…

Privacy matters

You don’t need to worry about internet privacy and security if you are not doing anything “wrong”, right? Err, wrong. So wrong. This is everyone’s concern, and we should all take the time to rexamine our internet / smartphone/ social media practices and platforms. Recently I was prompted to look into Internet security, and electronic…

silence please…

   can we have a minute of silence for the thousands of drowned refugees – yes, all of them – not just the toddler whose body washed up on a beach and captured the attention of many… for a few days… also, a minute of silence for all of those thousands who will continue to make the crossing,…

Dulce et decorum est…

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs And towards our distant rest began to trudge. Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind; Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to…

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…

less talk!

…ever tried to have a conversation with closed minded people- who ironically believe THEY are the ones thinking, the ones who have it ‘right’? don’t bother- can’t get a sentence in before their self-righteous over-reaction clouds all polite conversation… If this is what you call conversation, you can keep it! maybe talking is the issue-…

Remembering our shared humanity

refugees just need a home – and we have so much to share… the mamas cry for their sick children – just like we do… the elderly need patience and care – we will all be old some day… the ‘others’ are afraid of our ‘foreign-ness’ too… when will we learn to see our shared…

Nation-building, community-building…or pulling down statues?

On Mandela day…each year, I wonder what that strong, determined, visionary and unifying leader would have to say about our country now? South Africa has no strong, easily discernible or well-articulated Nation-building myths left for the disparate communities to gather around for much flag-waving and cheering… And from what I am hearing of late, they…

census…consensus?

I am shocked. They somehow managed to pass a law in Australia (without any of us noticing) making it compulsory to comply with the upcoming census – and you can be fined outrageously if you don’t fill it in ‘correctly‘. Where, rights to privacy, freedom, democracy, yadda yadda…??!!    Still reeling from the discovery that…