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Leaning in to life

“There can be plenty of life left, no matter how much more of our lives there is left.” Audrey Thomas and I were keynote speakers at a packed fundraising event in Adelaide over the weekend, speaking about our book, I Don’t  Have Time. The MC was best-selling author and internationally-renowned chef, Dorinda Hafner. She was incredibly vibrant and full […]

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Clare Warwick feature

Hitting a high: Clare’s journey to the top

Claire Warwick is on a path to something extraordinary. Where to, exactly? The name of Clare’s blog, Blood, Sweat and Diamonds, Diary of an Australian Softballer, provides the first hint. Reading through her blog updates, which document her team’s victories and losses, makes it even clearer what the national softball player is all about. Named […]

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little girl reading feature

How ‘A Slow Childhood’ made housework fun

Helen Hayward’s philosophy on family has completely changed my life, and in ways I never expected it would. Many of my friends and family members would be stunned to learn, for example, that I now actually enjoy the housework. One quote from Helen’s new book, A Slow Childhood: Notes on thoughtful parenting, found its way onto the bedroom […]

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Poems from Parenthood: Ode to Droplets Yellow

space Across the seat, and on the wall, Wheresoever droplets fall, These teeny, tiny drips of wee Proclaim you now stand up to pee. ~ No nappy, wipes or pull-up pants. Just that hurried little dance Which shows to all your mastery Of that small bladder, now you’re three. ~ This yellow splash, this joyous […]

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When it all flashes before your eyes

I have a ludicrously enormous inbox, going back about three years, not backed up — and last week it disappeared! I was devastated, mainly because that meant I had lost all of the recent emails between my husband and I which, since his death last July, have become more precious to me than gold. The […]

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Tim Robards: Wellbeing, not comfort

It may not be 2013 and we’re not holding our breath to see which contestant The Bachelor gives the final rose to, but Tim Robards is still the name on everyone’s lips. Aside from being newly engaged to the woman who did receive that final rose (congrats Anna and Tim!) Tim’s (let’s be honest) ridiculous […]

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Françoise Frenkel’s iconic story comes to Canberra

‘The poet moves from life to language, the translator moves from language to life; both like the immigrant, try to identify the invisible, what’s between the lines, the mysterious implications.’ So says Anne Michaels in the wonderful Fugitive Pieces. But what of a real translator, faced with the true history of a mostly unknown woman, […]

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Recipe: Choc Chia Bliss Balls

Bliss balls! They’ve been a super popular ‘healthy’ snack for the past few years now. We often get asked to analyse bliss ball recipes and sometimes, they’re just as high in fat, sugar and energy as a Mars Bar! So, we thought we’d put together a combination of our own! Healthy Eating Hub style! Do […]

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Negotiating group house living in five steps

The process of committing to a group house can be daunting, exciting and challenging to say the least. Here are our top tips to help you smoothly negotiate this sometimes volatile process. Choose Your Housemates Wisely Constant fun, communal cooking, movie nights and raging parties. These preconceived ideas are a magical, yet brief phase of […]

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The statistics on bullying and suicide are alarming. According to statistics reported by ABC News*, nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day due to fear of bullying. Bully victims are between two to nine times more likely to consider suicide than […]

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