Christmas is just around the corner – again! Finding a suitable gift can be challenging. The commercial hype that pushes for ever more extravagant, expensive ‘stuff’ seems to have become the norm. I don’t like it. Not one bit. As much as possible I avoid the mad rush of December when the shops are full … More Gifting


Oakden is just down the road from where I live. It is was a state run mental health facility for the elderly. I worked there many decades ago. It was not such a bad place back then. It got worse. A whole lot worse. People died. Distressed relatives raised concern after concern. It seemed to fall … More Whistleblowing

A Riveting Read

I’m not a great fan of sci fi or horror novels. However, on our recent roadtrip to Darwin himself bought a Dean Ray Koontz Jane Hawk thriller. We were both hooked and ploughed through The Silent Corner, The Whispering Room, The Crooked Staircase. Turns out we had started reading a five book series, only three of … More A Riveting Read

Born to be Me

Each one of us is unique. We all have our foibles. Some things we’re good at. Others not so much. And some we’re still learning about. This video of Tiny Tim delightfully reminded me just how important it is to have someone in our corner, pushing us at those times when we have run out … More Born to be Me

I Locked Myself Out

TRH (The Retired Husband) was away visiting the olds in Queensland a couple of weeks ago. My neighbour knew I was home alone with the fourlegged little girl. She kindly invited me to join her family for dinner.  About twenty minutes before I was due to go over, one of my other neighbours popped in.  … More I Locked Myself Out

Christmas Lights 2017

As darkness falls and Uluru is thrown into silhouette, Field of Light illuminates. As far as the eye can see gentle rhythms of colour light up the desert. The exhibition, aptly named Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku or ‘looking at lots of beautiful lights’ in local Pitjantjatjara is Munro’s largest work to date, with more than … More Christmas Lights 2017

Bouncing back

Flexibility, pliability, suppleness, plasticity, springiness, spring, give. Resilience = the ability of a substance to spring back into shape; elasticity; the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. I guess the notion of springiness or elasticity can be applied to people. I can think of quite a few I know who seem to have an … More Bouncing back