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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 …]






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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 …]






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Dec 032013
 
LESSONS OF THE ROAD: El Camino tips

  People are often surprised, reeeeally surprised, when I tell them most people walking the mystical road across Spain – El Camino – are over 50. And even more surprised when I tell them most of those are women. The exception is during peak summer, when university students take their holidays. No surprises there is [read more …]






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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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Oct 032012
 
BLUE SURPRISE

I did not know of Chefchaouen’s existence until a week ago, when I googled ’10 best things to do in Morocco’. For all my longing to visit Morocco, in truth I have known nothing at all about its reality, drawn instead to imaginings conjured by words: desert wind, Aladdin, magic carpets, Sheherezade, Bedouin, dates, mint, [read more …]






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Oct 012012
 
ALONE IN TANGIER

It was always going to end this way, missing my bus, being befriended by Muhammed Couscous and spending the night in the one city everyone who has ever said anything at all about Morocco has said: ‘land in Tangiers and get out of the city as quickly as you can’. The young Australian woman I [read more …]






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Sep 302012
 
ALHAMBRA

I am a child; I am standing in the corner of the courtyard; it is dark; I am leaning into the shadow cast by one of two dozen stone columns; my eyes cast upwards; I am watching. I am watching the window above and across the courtyard . . . . . . for whom [read more …]






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Sep 292012
 
GATHERING

What is tourism but a gathering of selves from the dust of time? The pyramids. Uluru. Machu Picchu. Stonehenge. Places of attraction on Planet Earth that draw thousands daily and millions annually . . . for what, if not to awaken memories cast in stone, tune into vibrations of times past, steady modern lives with [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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