2018

Word for 2018: COMMUNICATION With God and with you guys, the readers. Erwin McManus says…. “The only way you’re going to get to be a good writer is by being willing to be a bad writer. You cannot write a good sentence if you do not write a bad sentence. In fact, you have to write a…

How to (intentionally) care for a grieving friend

true friends are burning stars they shine brightest on those darkest nights – atticus Grief n. keen mental suffering or distress over affliction or loss; sharp sorrow; painful regret. It’s hard watching someone grieve. We can feel helpless, unable to take away their pain and suffering. But let me encourage you that this is a…

December

December. It’s that magical time when the frantic of the year peaks and then finally ebbs. It’s a time of carols and tinsel and shopping centre santas. December. There’s a comfort and familiarity here. It’s precious and rare and oh so fragile. It’s so delicate that I find myself anxious to savour it, to make…

Sydney’s Grand Welcome

Image via http://blog.patternbank.com/   Remember when it was our turn to host the Olympics? Wasn’t it fun? National pride was high and everyone was a mad-keen athlete for at least as long as it took for the Opening Ceremony to get underway. It was the moment we put our nation on show for the world and we felt pretty…

Unashamed of the mess

  The only things which enable us to contribute goodness to the world are the messy, unfinished parts of our lives and the way in which we walk through them. If we deny these parts of our story, we are left WITHOUT a story, a deny the POWER of our story. We LEARN, GROW, become…

A story of hope

When different cultures live and move and breathe in the same space, it can be hard. Because what do you do when there are so many memories of so many lost? When both sides are raw? When both sides are chaffing hurt and it’s the other who caused it – or at least someone who looks like the other? How do you face this every day, going about your daily life? A person or situation or culture which reminds you of that time you were hurt, of that day when you lost everything and you were never again the same? What do you do when it’s always in your face?

Join me on the adventure?

It’s always exciting when you have a project on the boil. Especially when it’s something you’re passionate about. In the perfect combination of two of my great passions – people and their stories – I have an exciting project happening right now. I’m writing a book! It’s exciting and scary and exhausting and exhilarating. Most of all,…

Thoughts on elusive dreams

  Our dreams are not dead, they’re surely alive. Sometimes a dream seems dead. It’s like all those ideas/plans/hopes we’ve held onto for so long have been beaten by the mallot of life, til heart beat quiets, ebbs, eventually stops. Every turn of excitement leads to disappointment, every door seems closed, every opportunity thwarted. All hope…

Girl Rising: FILM REVIEW

Is it possible to tell the story of suppression without laying blame? Or a story of child marriage? What about a story of rape? A team of documentary-film makers have proven that yes, it is possible and that it can be incredibly powerful. Produced by Richard E. Robbins and released in 2013, Girl Rising is a 101…

Thoughts on the power of the pen

Edward Bulwer-Lytton said it and we all know it’s true. “The pen is mightier than the sword.” A pen may not be the weapon to take into battle but as far as effecting lasting changing on the earth, it’s an ample tool. With debates raging on whether or not or how many asylum seekers and refugees should be granted a…

When the stars tell the story behind the shine

After I read Vanity Fair’s interview with Jennifer Garner , I couldn’t stop thinking about it. It wasn’t that I had a morbid curiosity with the demise of a Hollywood golden couple (quite the opposite, I was really sad about the whole thing!) it was her honesty which got me. It was the beautiful, ‘perfect life-living’, Hollywood actress…

Vulnerability hangover, anyone?

There’s a vulnerability to sharing parts of your story. And it can be crippling. One morning this week I shared parts of my story. They were the pared-back, safer to share versions of parts of my story. I shared them with a beautiful, trusted friend but because these parts were the ones not yet sorted,…