Fierce Conversations

Apr 212014
 
The Sunflower Project

Australia’s political solutions to the asylum seeker ‘problem’ are despicable. On this not enough of us agree, but we have mass enough that we ought to be able to make a difference. We march in the streets, we light candles, we share on Facebook, we sign petitions, we express our dismay when this or that [read more ...]

 April 21, 2014  Tagged with: , ,  Comments Off
Feb 132014
 
The Beautiful Mountain

Something precious has been returned to me – and I hadn’t noticed it was missing. And with the finding come tears for a safe world, an honest world, a world I trusted with no thought for trust, long forgotten, decades past. I first met Diane in our second-last year of primary school. I have no [read more ...]

Dec 232013
 
The Sound of One Heart Breaking

My friend has torn up the house. I have offended his righteous sense of place in his private universe. In truth I trod no path with him that we had not travelled before – yet this time I tripped a hair trigger of emotional chaos I had no idea rumbled beneath the surface of his [read more ...]

 December 23, 2013  Tagged with: , , ,  Comments Off
Dec 032013
 
TRUTH

For human beings, truth is a shadow. It is the underside of the leaves playing in the light. It is the coals that warm the fire and burn the flesh. It is the path that humours no choice. It is benign and terrible and when it can no longer be contained, it is the earthquake, [read more ...]

 December 3, 2013  Tagged with: ,  Comments Off
Nov 302013
 
TRUST: IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT 'THEM': No Fibs 2013 election coverage

The other day a smart, savvy, engaged woman I know told me she plans to vote informal on September 7 – her decision has as much to do with media coverage as it does with politics. In short: ” Can’t bring myself to vote for Tony Abbott, can’t forgive Kevin Rudd his asylum seeker policy, [read more ...]

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Jul 112013
 

I am exceptionally hard on myself. Astrologers have told me this, psychics have told me this. The message is always the same: there is no need to be so hard on yourself. Yet I am unforgiving, just the same. Relentless in my evaluation of self, just the same. Merciless in my attacks, just the same. [read more ...]

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Sep 292012
 
LETTER TO A FRIEND

There is a letter I long to write, to a woman who is not my friend, not really, although both of us, when speaking to others, each of the other, would claim friendship. This woman is one for whom I have held deep admiration, for the courage with which she has met life’s challenges and [read more ...]

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Sep 282012
 
BARCELONA IS A WOMAN'S TOWN

Barcelona is a woman’s town. I noticed this on my first visit there, 15 years ago. The women glowed. They shone. They were worshipped by the men on their arms. Young, old, of middle age. Beautiful, plain. Just the same, all unequivocally adored, all sharing the same informal, confident grace. All unambiguously empowered, as women. [read more ...]