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Escaping the Modern Loop

Have you ever wanted to throw in the towel and just go? To quit your job, buy a one way ticket and pack your swimmers? To most of us, this is a 2pm workday fantasy that mostly involves a winning lottery ticket and white sandy beaches free of colleagues and responsibilities. Then reality comes crashing […]

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Introducing the 2017 Lifeline Women of Spirit

Inspirational women are all around us.  This includes a senior executive who suffered a long and silent road of depression who now speaks out and inspires and mentor others daily, while managing her mental illness; and a mother who devotes her time to providing positive experiences for children diagnosed with serious long-term illness, following the […]

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Alzheimer’s: It is what it is

I was attempting to get this article written before Sunday’s fundraising Memory Walk and Jog for Alzheimer’s awareness, but didn’t have a hope. Dad has been in hospital for surgery, so my sister and I (and our young children) have been taking it in turns staying with mum 24/7. Mum has Alzheimer’s, and would not […]

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Seven ways to help the YES vote

It’s no secret that here at HerCanberra we’re behind the YES campaign for marriage equality.  We’re hoping that our readership is too, especially as postal ballots are beginning to appear in Canberra letterboxes. We’ve certainly seen some wonderful rainbow statements on social media recently – but as we all know from earlier this year (ahem, Trump) […]

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Run To Paradise

Australians are spoilt.  We live in one of the safest, diverse and physically spectacular countries in the world. We have rainforests that meet vast oceans lined with white sands, red deserts with a human history spanning thousands of years and wildlife so unique that our animals are iconic the world over. But I don’t need […]

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Why can’t we?

“What if making things happen lies on the other side of just a little bit of investigation, or work, or just beyond a request for help?” At a recent rehearsal for our upcoming musical, based on my teen novel, Unrequited (which hits the shops in a couple of weeks) our composer, Sally Whitwell, said to […]

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Canberrans to step into the light tomorrow

The Canberra community will walk united tomorrow on World Suicide Prevention Day, 10 September, to remember those who have lost their lives to suicide, and to openly discuss suicide prevention in a supportive environment. Inviting the Canberra community to walk Out of the Shadows and into the Light, Lifeline Canberra CEO, Carrie Leeson said suicide […]

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Sustainable Life: Eight gifts that are easy to make

I’ve forgotten another important birthday again. Help! I’ve just got time to get to the shops and grab a bottle of wine or some chocolate. There’ll be a gift, a token. Mass produced. At least I remembered something! Gifts are my way of letting friends know that they’re special to me. They say thank you […]

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Why you should know what the word Penda means

Earlier this week in Parliament House, an innovative new phone app was launched in Canberra which has the potential to save a life. Penda is an app that helps women to navigate their way through the scenario of domestic violence. It provides safety, financial and legal information and referrals for women at risk and includes a safety […]

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Monday Moment: Perspective is everything

We had the great pleasure of going to a performance yesterday from the “Alchemy Choir”. It’s Australia’s first dementia-friendly choir, for people with dementia and their carers. Because all the songs are from ‘yesteryear’, everyone ‘gets it’ — so much so that, in many cases, it was impossible to tell just watching which member of the couple had dementia and which didn’t. […]

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