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Declutter and chill

Want to slow down and simplify? Last year, two of the five most borrowed books from ACT Libraries were Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing and Spark Joy: A Master Class on the Art of Organising and Tidying Up. Clearly, we have a ‘thing’ for decluttering. […]

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Budget 2017: What’s in it for Canberra women?

Last night’s Federal Budget included a mix of funding announcements for programs to encourage paid work, discourage use of welfare support payments, and rename a few existing programs. So what does it mean for women living in Canberra? Housing and homelessness A new housing and homelessness agreement replaces the previous National Affordable Housing Agreement and […]

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Dismantling gender myths in Cordelia Fine’s latest book, Testosterone Rex

As a woman, and, moreover, a feminist one, it has always been one of my major bugbears that boys and girls, men and women, are treated differently in so many realms of social, educational, and professional life. Social expectations of acceptable behaviour are so inherently bound up in our socially ascribed gender that if, as […]

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The Simple Life: From Little Things…

For our latest Magazine, people who have gone back to basics – a homeschooler, a tiny house dweller and a kitchen garden cook – explain their lifestyle choices.  It is small – tiny in fact. But it is perfectly formed. And Lachlan Richardson and his girlfriend Paung Khaing fit well in their “Tiny House” in […]

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Probing Modes of Stability and Identity in The Permanent Resident

How do you reconcile who you are with who you want to be? How do you adopt a new nation, without losing your own cultural identity? How, in a world where our self-concepts are constructed within the context of social media, do we develop and express an ‘authentic’ self? These are some of the complex […]

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Five ways to simplify your life

Even if you don’t suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, sometimes the change to cooler weather can get you down.  If the prospect of grey mornings and cold weather are getting you down, here are a few ways to simplify your life and feel more in control. ASK FOR HELP Playing the martyr, people pleasing, thinking […]

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Girls’ night at the footy

When planning a girls’ night, a few options stand out. Cocktails at a new bar, dinner at a nice restaurant, or a night at the movies always top my list. The footy? Not so much. Until recently, that is. My friend (and nutritionist extraordinaire) Kate Freeman and I catch up for a walk every weekend, […]

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Future living

Welcome to the future. There are solar panels on every roof. Bike paths and public transport for everyone. Productive community gardens and edible plants on the streets. Instead of concrete drains, there are wetlands. When we were young, this was the future we had imagined. A future where our environmental ‘footprint’ doesn’t take up five […]

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Sustainable Life: Eco holiday in winter

Life’s busy. Work’s demanding, the kids want more and friends… who are they again? I need a holiday. Something to look forward to in a life that feels out of control. I like to tread lightly on our planet earth. So, I’m looking for a holiday that will be good for me and the planet. […]

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Screenagers coming to a screen near you

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Now is the time to stop and unpack how to negotiate parenting in a digital world with a special screening of a film devoted to the issue and a Questions and Answer session with experts at Dendy Cinema next […]

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