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It’s a year since my husband died

One year living with his absence as an enormous, conspicuous, ever-present backdrop behind our ‘show must go on’ performance. One year with a physical ache in my chest. One year with unused shaving gear on his side of our bathroom vanity. A year with his jeans slung over a chair in our bedroom — his […]

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Compassion, kindness and a cure for Freyja

“When I sit back and put it all together, I’m amazed.” Since her daughter, Freyja’s diagnosis with Clear Cell Sarcoma, an extremely rare form of cancer, Elizabeth Christiansen Young has been amazed by the compassion of the Canberra community. Five-year-old Freyja’s diagnosis isn’t optimistic, but it is the hope that through the A Cure for […]

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Escape Trails: Cooma and the Monaro

Long regarded by ski tourists as a stopover on their journey to the snow, Cooma and the Monaro region have their own charms and treasures to invite the long and winding traffic to stay a little longer. Play Raglan Gallery Located on Cooma’s Historic Lambie Street, the Raglan Gallery holds an array of pieces from […]

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Sustainable life: How to grow your own fruit in every season

Home grown fruit tastes better.  Juicy, crunchy, sun-kissed… Yum. Yes, there is a reason. It’s about the way your fruit ripens. Fruit ripens for longer on your trees at home, creating a sweeter and more complex flavour. Commercially grown fruit is picked early, so that it can ripen as it’s transported to cold storage, warehouses […]

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What to do if you or a family member is sick in Canberra

Help if you or a family member is sick in Canberra – including the kids, no matter what time it is. 24/7 HELP Healthdirect: 1800 022 222, 24/7 health advice from a Registered Nurse Home Doctor Service: 13 74 25, in home, out of hours, bulk billed doctor service Poisons Information Line: 13 11 26, […]

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Poems from Parenthood: Get Off Me

space I love you. I LOVE you. I promise I do. But I WILL have to kill you right now unless you Stop hugging me. Stop it right now. ~ Here’s a hint. When I’m struggling upstairs with the shopping I’m really not keen on the idea of stopping. So I know that you love […]

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The Law and You: Domestic Violence and superannuation

Trigger warning: Family violence. Studies show that women are three times more likely than men to experience violence from a partner or former partner. Statistics show that more than 70 women a year die in Australia from violence inflicted upon them by an abusive partner. We shake our heads in disbelief. Why don’t these victims […]

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The Master of Mocktails: Misconceptions and mocktologists

For Australians, and Canberrans in particular, Dry July comes at a difficult time. Difficult, because if it’s a big deal for you to give up alcohol for a month, you probably enjoy a warming glass of wine on a winter’s evening. You might also be one of those connoisseurs who would rather stick pins in […]

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Baking for a better future for Canberra’s babies

Canberra winters are notorious for homes frosted with glittering ice and windscreens glazed smooth in the mornings. And sometimes, the best thing to combat the Canberra winter blues is also glazed… a glazed donut, that is. But imagine if your winter cravings could contribute to something bigger, something even more heart-warming than that first bite […]

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Confessions of a single mum

Single parent noun. a parent who has a dependent child or dependent children and who is, divorced, widowed or unmarried.* Single mum. When we hear these two words we think ‘struggle, amazing, hard work, lonely, strong’. It’s a yoyo world for us. We are up one minute and then down the next. One thing can put us […]

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