In Australia 26th January is … what?

Today dawned bleak.  Overcast skies.  Dampening long weekend camping plans.  I lay in bed this morning and pondered the controversy surround today’s celebrations and its significance to everyone who calls Australia home, as I have since 2003. Indigenous Australians,  whose heritage predated the arrival of the first fleet in 1788, were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.…

Weekly Photo Challenge: H2O

So many words, images and meanings swung across my mind when I read this week’s photo challenge.  From Sister Mary Margaret who taught us the periodic table and unwittingly injected humour into exploding experiments in the science lab. to every religion’s spiritual attributions to the properties encompassed in the chemical makeup of H20. The first…

Good Enough

We spend a quarter of our lives in childhood and three quarters getting over it.  There is no milestone to which I can pin the underlying sense of not being good enough.  Our father ran my brother and I like we were part of a platoon; just the two of for goodness sake, I mean…

The Games We Played

At this point in my education school was about besting personal scores in a range of playground games and get involved in the hum of recess activities.  The games we played required neither electricity nor batteries,  just wide open spaces, and a few basic props. At the beginning of every term my mother packed school uniforms,…

Music and Drama

My love of music and drama were nurtured and encouraged at home initially and when I attended St Andrews school the curriculum carried my interest forward.  The gramophone in its lacquered cabinet held pride of place in the lounge at home and it was a rare day that it was not used, if not by…

On Being Heard

Do you find it difficult to be heard?  I am not a person who enjoys loud noise, parties or loud people, nor for that matter neither am I person who has brilliant ideas at a moment’s notice.  Sometimes I find myself being a little envious of those people who seem to pop with brilliance given a moment’s notice.  It’s not that…