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Why writing a letter helps after your break up

I was recently going over some of my journaling from the early days of my separation.  At times, my head was all over the place and I can tell you, there was all the wishing, the hoping and the feelings that come with a break-up. Looking back over the last few years and to where I […]

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The seven bad food habits of toddlers

Have a think about the last time you sat down to dinner with your fussy toddler. Was it a pleasant experience? I’d hedge a bet that in many of your households, it wasn’t. Feeding one to four-year-old children is hard work, but it’s worth the effort to start building some healthy habits around food for […]

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Making Magic in Hackett

In a large and shady deck off a humble family home in Hackett, Antonia Basic and her husband Sasa are growing vegetables and cooking for a living. On any given Sunday you may find the deck full of people enjoying Antonia’s crêpes, cooked then and there in the front yard. Otherwise, you may take home […]

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Speaking up to protect women

Sexist jokes reflect and reinforce sexist attitudes. They excuse and perpetuate the gender stereotyping and discrimination against women that underpins violence. And if no one speaks up when a sexist comment or joke is made, it sends the message that this behaviour is ok. Thankfully, Canberra is continuing to show leadership with a commitment to […]

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We must NOT catch up for coffee

You know how it is. You bump into someone you know a little, or used to work with, or haven’t seen in a while, and before long one of you is gushing, ‘We MUST catch up for coffee!’ The other agrees, fervently. Neither of you actually wants to do it. Harsh, or a little bit […]

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A Giant weekend of women’s sport

It’s an exciting time to be involved in women’s sports – particularly in Canberra, where this weekend the Giants national super netball and women’s AFL sides will have their first home games in the ACT. Just ask Jessica Bibby or Ellie Brush, two of the local GWS Giants players set to play in a history […]

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Her car was a write-off: here’s what she learnt

My 18-year-old daughter wrote her car off last Monday, driving to work. She didn’t notice the cars having stopped in front of her, and rear-ended one at low speed, which was still enough speed to destroy her little Fiesta. She and the driver of the other car were both unharmed.  If you must crash into someone and […]

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Celebrating 200 Years of Jane Austen

It is a truth universally acknowledged… that the writings of Jane Austen have left an indelible mark on the face of literature, constituting some of the greatest and best-loved works of fiction in the English language. Never has this truth been more important than now, 200 years after the death of this wonderful author. Ok, […]

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Gaming and kids: Upskilling or time wasting?

Having worked with children for some time now it never ceases to amaze me how obsessed they are with Minecraft. The game has exploded in popularity recently and much to the puzzlement of older generations it continues to do so. But really, it isn’t so confusing if you think about it. It’s basically a digital […]

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Stop Weighing Yourself!

If you’ve ever dieted and weighed yourself regularly before you’ll know the drill.  Wake up Do a wee Get naked Stand on scales What happens next has a lot to do with what number comes up on those scales. Scenario 1: The number is significantly less than the previous weigh-in You fist pump, yell “Woo!” […]

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