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That Offspring Episode

A friend sent me a text last night to tell me to watch Offspring. I had missed the first half of the show so I didn’t appreciate fully why she’d called me until the closing scenes. Like many women, I have had the experience of the death of a baby before his birth. I am […]

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Marriage equality or Human Rights?

Historically, women have always been disadvantaged by the institution of marriage. I can attest to the fact that I was financially and emotionally disadvantaged by my marriage and then my subsequent divorce. My gorgeous children and amazing family aside – the institution of marriage is not my friend. Marriage is deeply rooted in patriarchy and […]

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Why these might be Canberra’s most important houses

Like many of my Millenial peers, I worry about getting my foot on the property ladder.  It’s what the media tells me to be worried about, as the spotlight of the housing affordability crisis seemed fixated on those with a love of travel, expensive university degree and a fascination with avocado on toast. But after […]

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The Funding Network: Grassroots growth

We’re sure you’re already a fan of investment pitch program Shark Tank. You know, the show where brave individuals pitch to millionaire entrepreneurs who may choose to invest in their venture? Well, The Funding Network is pretty much Canberra grass-roots equivalent of Shark Tank, but with nicer sharks and pledges of support rather than investments. The […]

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Out with the old

“Letting go of ‘the old’ — not just physically but emotionally and mentally — helps us breathe. It opens a void, into which we could pour something new, or pour nothing at all.” We’ll be downsizing into a smaller house next year, and for months I’ve been having an on-again, off-again declutter at home. It’s a big task, and an emotional […]

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Book to The Future

Visit worlds beyond your wildest dreams with this handpicked list of futuristic fiction. NEW YORK 2140 Kim Stanley Robinson 2140 NYC—the city is submerged by rising sea levels. This book follows the lives of the occupants of a single apartment—a market trader, a detective, an internet celebrity, a lawyer, the building manager, two boys with […]

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What it takes to Flourish

Bronwen Stead is never still. Over the five years I’ve known her she’s been a professional Samba dancer, bodybuilding champion, HerCanberra writer, cheerleader, women’s Gridiron player…phew! She’s a woman who never hesitates to seize opportunities, and she says this attitude has taught her a basic simple truth. “It is our mindset that will ultimately determine […]

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Katharine Boland: Hippy Days, Arabian Nights

‘I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life—and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.’ – Georgia O’Keeffe. Taking such inspiration, Katharine Boland has lived a full life, facing her fears and following her heart. Dubbed an Australian Eat, Pray, Love, Katharine’s memoir, Hippy Days, Arabian […]

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Five steps to the perfect corporate gift

Corporate gifts are a reflection on your business; no one is going to be impressed with a standard ho-hum present. With only 143 days until Christmas, it’s time to start shopping! Follow these five steps to make sure your business is perfectly represented. Keep it local Nothing say’s ‘we care about where we do business’ […]

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A funny thing happened on the way to my hysterectomy

Well, not so much ‘funny’ as ‘unusual’. My surgeon phoned, apologetic: she’d injured her hand and couldn’t perform the operation because she had to have surgery herself. What do you do when your fridge and freezer are stacked, you’ve made enough school lunches for three weeks and your schedule is completely clear…all for a period […]

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