The beauty of dates, numbers and cherry blossoms.

The day I drafted this post, over two weeks ago,  was Saturday September 3. The day before Father's Day... I think back to this exact day, Saturday, September 3, 11 years ago. The day I was married. Today would've been my 11th wedding anniversary. Eleven years! I'm divorced now. I always remember my wedding anniversary,…

A rainbow of compassion after the storm.

The lead up to Christmas is always a flurry of shopping, social events and school-break-up activities. But Last Monday December 15, Sydney stood still and held it's breath. What I thought and felt over the next 24 hours as the Sydney siege unfolded and came to it's brutal conclusion has been echoed in countless blogs, websites and…

Hot new hangout: the community garden… and cake.

Imagine suburban neighbours in straw hats, digging garden beds, sharing anecdotes and gossip over a flask of tea while swapping organic cucumbers for carrots and fresh basil for baby tomatoes? This scene is now a reality for many urban communities in Sydney, and is now on my neighbourhood's horizon. Last Saturday our community garden officially opened in…

Trapped in a tube with breakfast radio and a jackhammer

    There's nothing like being in pain to make you appreciate feeling normal. Finally, after an injury and six weeks of pain, I am better. The whole experience has been a lesson in taking better care of myself. In the middle of August I lifted something heavy (it was the straw that broke the camel's back) and…

A week in the life of Spider Boy: a journey in Tanka

I have long been a fan of Haiku, a poetry form that adheres to three lines of five, seven and five syllables.  This week, The Daily Post writing challenge has taught me about Tanka, which has two extra lines of seven syllables each! As much as I admire Haiku's bite-sized brevity, it's a wonderful luxury…

Edited highlights: skating, sledding and good craft gone bad

The school holidays are over and life is back to its routine, although I'm still working on Spider Boy getting to sleep earlier after a few late nights during the holidays. We didn't do any "Mathletics" on the computer like we really should have, but did play Monopoly (the junior version) and there's maths in that, right? Spider Boy…