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Tackling women’s ageing with the subtlety of a sledgehammer

If you’re uncomfortable discussing sex for the over seventies, read on. Netflix hit Grace and Frankie starring Jane Fonda (Grace) and Lily Tomlin (Frankie) is tackling this subject head on, and there’s nothing subtle in its approach. Vaginal dryness, homemade ‘natural’ lube, dating sites, steamy flings, sex aids, divorce and same-sex marriage – this series […]

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Do you ever just want to pack up and leave?

Yesterday I met a man from a picturesque Irish village, who has a son and two teenage daughters (who have exactly the same names as my teenage daughters), who is looking to house-swap to Canberra with his wife. Before my husband died, we were dreaming of a move to Ireland. I’ve never been, despite a […]

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Modern Dating: A Table for Six

More of a dinner club less of a match making club… Do you find yourself sitting at home after your separation, not sure who to meet and where to go? Your friends may be married and have children who need their undivided attention and with that, perhaps you’re feeling lost in a singles world. Apps might not […]

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The missing link in the treatment of your depression

Depression can affect anyone.  Transcending gender, race and socioeconomic status, it’s estimated that in any one year, over one million Australian adults have depression. When it comes to treatment options for depression, we often think of two things: therapy and medication. Regular sessions with a qualified therapist can help us change unhelpful thought patterns and also learn […]

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Sustainable Life: Just rubbish?

One week = one shopping bag full of rubbish. There are two adults and three children in the house. Our challenge has been set. Impossible! I hear you say. Well, here’s how we did it. Recycling food scraps at home We like to eat lots of fruit and vegetables, so our home produces a bucket […]

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The playground that love built

Dear Canberra, Thank you doesn’t seem like enough, but that’s where I’ll start. Thank you. Annabelle and I played in her Princess Playground over the weekend. A playground that was built with love by complete strangers in less than five days. If you haven’t heard about little Annabelle Potts, she has a tumour in her […]

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Shaping tomorrow’s female leaders

Canberran Ritu Clementi is creating the city’s first female leadership program tailored for senior high school students. Through the YWCA’s Great Ydeas Grants Program, Ritu has established The Girls Leadership Network. Starting this month, Ritu says the network is designed to “empower girls to dream, believe, achieve – and reach their leadership potential.” Previously, Ritu […]

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Nine words I miss the most

It’s an art form: allowing people to help. A colleague of my late husband’s told me a story about him this week. She’d been unwell and put on bed rest towards the end of her pregnancy and some other colleagues had suggested she take work home with her. She went to Jeff for advice and his response was, […]

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Is Valentine’s Day overrated?

I recently watched the movie I Hate Valentine’s Day with Nia Vardalos and John Corbett. It’s an oldie but a goodie. The character Nia plays doesn’t believe in love but loves romance. Five dates she says, five dates where you feel the butterflies and excitement, five dates for the romance, five dates and it’s over. […]

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Rallying for a longer, better life

When Dash was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, we were told that the news wasn’t all bad. You see Dash has a gene mutation (thanks to his Dad) that isn’t as bad as the stinky mutation he got from his Mum. This mutation is called a gating mutation. Basically, it means that the problems with his cells aren’t […]

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