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Three mini-road trips for a rainy weekend

Feeling disappointed about the miserable weather forecast for the long weekend? If your plans of exploring the outdoors have been dashed, then worry not because there are plenty of ways you can utilise the three day weekend gifted to us – and it doesn’t mean you have to ditch your sense of adventure, either! A […]

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Are your breasts OK?

I do not have breast cancer. But I recently descended into a nightmarish world in which I discovered I most definitely did have a lump. As it turns out, that lump would be deemed to be harmless but would lead to the discovery of an even more ominous dark spot on an ultrasound in my other […]

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FASHFEST: One girl’s walk from despair to happiness

Often, the catwalk is blamed for dismantling the delicate confidence of teenage girls. But for 19-year-old Canberra girl Tanisha Chinanai, the catwalk has been the one thing to lift her out of the shock and heartbreak of losing her beloved big brother Lucas. After Lucas took his own life last year, Tanisha found it hard […]

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The Suitcase

Trigger warning: this post deals with domestic and family violence and may be disturbing for some readers. The annual ritual often ends with a text shared between sisters, “Did you have a piece of cake today?” In about two weeks’ time, our family will once again commemorate that terrible day, 15 years ago, when our Mum’s […]

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What have I done?

I turned 43 yesterday. Another year older, and what have I done? Co-written a musical. Co-written a book. Lost my husband. Brought myself and my children through the darkest days of our lives without losing our faith in love and beauty and humanity. I’ve said ‘yes’ a lot: To risk. To potential failure. To help […]

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Are you respectfully falling out of your relationship?

I recently saw a post on an online forum from a young adult whose parents divorced when he was not quite a teenager. He shared how he felt during his parents’ divorce. He felt like he was in the middle of their divorce that seemed to drag on for years and years. His parents fought […]

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Fall in love with Yass

If you’re finding yourself overwhelmed by the hustle of city living, or daydreaming of wide open spaces, perhaps it’s time to broaden your horizons and take a look at Yass. After feeling a little cramped in their house in Casey, Lauren Kerkin, Residential Account Manager at, and her partner Sam began their search for […]

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Sustainable life: Nuts for Almond milk

Silky smooth and creamy. Fresh and light. Local. Home made almond milk.  But wait, there’s more. Homemade almond milk is packed with fibre – good for your digestion. Almond milk also contains no cholesterol or saturated fat, but instead is high in healthy fats like omega acids that help to prevent heart disease. Almond milk […]

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Ten things that are more fun than drinking

‘Friday afternoon drinks’ is a staple of many Canberrans’ working week. To be honest, until recently, it’s been the HerCanberra team’s habit — popping the top off a cold beer or a bottle of something fizzy has been a way for us to debrief and unwind together after a hectic week. But times they are […]

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NaturePlay photo shoot at The Pinnacles Nature Reserve, Sunday 26 June 2016.

Children and Play: Back to the future? 

Nature Play. I was excited to read Her Canberra’s article on this new ACT government program. For some years now, I’ve been pondering the difference in our children’s childhood, and that of our forebears. For me, the contrasts in child play were most clearly illustrated through some classic stories that I read to my children. […]

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