I'll Ride with You

Goodbye 2014

The tragic events of the Sydney siege earlier in the week has sent a potent reminder to not only myself, but I think the rest of the country, about the important things in life: to not take it for granted, to tell our family and friends how much we love them, to not close our hearts at such times, but to keep them open. How compassion is a powerful … [Read More...]

5 books for Older Readers For Christmas

5 Books for Older Readers for Christmas 2014

I know this says 'older readers', but I'm also aware of the range of reading skills that children can have. What might be deemed appropriate, either in level of difficulty or thematically, for … [Read More...]

5 Picture Books for Christmas

5 Picture Books for Christmas 2014

While the days of my reading picture books with the kids are on the way out (*sniff*), as they now prefer to find and read books of their own choosing, I remain passionate about, and committed to, the … [Read More...]

5 Nonfiction Books

5 Non-Fiction Books for Christmas 2014

Not My Father's Son by Alan Cumming, $34.25 I can remember the first time I saw Alan Cumming - Goldeneye was on TV the other week and as I was watching it, there he was, as 'Boris', and it all came … [Read More...]

5 fiction books for Christmas

5 Fiction Books for Christmas 2014

This is it! The annual week in November that I turn over to looking at what books are available for Christmas, gushing - as ever - at the sheer amount of goodies on offer. Here are my fiction … [Read More...]

Love #nanowrimoprompt

6. Love #nanowrimoprompt

  My birthday is next month and I'll be 36 years old. Adam and I have been together since I was 18. Pretty soon - I won't calculate the timing, although I could try - there will be a silent, … [Read More...]


MND Ice Bucket Challenge & the Melbourne Marathon

I sent around the links to this video on social media, but neglected to do so here. Here I am, a couple of weekends ago, getting ice 'dunked' as promised after the marathon. (You might have to … [Read More...]

you are not so kind

#miscpoetry Project – Complete!

Friday was the final day of my #miscpoetry project when the last poem was posted to Instagram and Facebook. In case you're not aware of what the project was, it project began back mid-July as a way of … [Read More...]


2. Contentment #nanowrimoprompt

Sunday is not for rushing. Minecraft totems, protectors against the night, are cast aside; the blinds are up, and comics are for reading. I crawl into his bed for cuddles - finding … [Read More...]

Groot flower

1. Gratitude #nanowrimoprompt

The driveway was full of dressed up children, with faces white and bloodied. Some, barely old enough to walk, tottered around with their plastic pumpkins, reaching out to the shuddering skeletons in … [Read More...]

Fresh Promotions President Metal Pen

Fresh Promotions President Metal Pens {Giveaway}

If you have a business or a project that could do with some additional promotional power, then read on – today’s post could end up being an early Christmas present! New website sponsor, Fresh … [Read More...]


Family Vignettes

  Adam is away visiting his sick mother this week. The kids and I are here, performing our usual daily tasks – routines so often provide a kind of buffer or safety zone, at least until someone … [Read More...]

Tim Minchin

Dear Kids, Here’s What Tim Minchin Can (Help) Teach You About Life

I've got a crush on Tim Minchin. I'm a bit shy about admitting my crushes on here anymore, as if some part of me thinks that I ought to have outgrown that kind, or level, of admiration. Luckily that … [Read More...]