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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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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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Escape reads for a cosy autumn

Sometimes we all need a little escape. As it well and truly sinks in that we’re heading towards colder months, we look forward to snuggling into the couch on a cool day with a blanket, tea and a good book to escape with. Here are five great choices, handpicked by the experts at Paperchain Bookstore […]

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Do you ever just want to pack up and leave?

Yesterday I met a man from a picturesque Irish village, who has a son and two teenage daughters (who have exactly the same names as my teenage daughters), who is looking to house-swap to Canberra with his wife. Before my husband died, we were dreaming of a move to Ireland. I’ve never been, despite a […]

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Modern Dating: A Table for Six

More of a dinner club less of a match making club… Do you find yourself sitting at home after your separation, not sure who to meet and where to go? Your friends may be married and have children who need their undivided attention and with that, perhaps you’re feeling lost in a singles world. Apps might not […]

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Wanderlust: Amy O’Dell

AMY O’DELL, 35, LEFT HER MARKETING MANAGER JOB, SOLD HER BELONGINGS AND STARTED A BACKPACKING ADVENTURE (TWICE!). We meet the women who gave in to their Wanderlust and did something a little crazy, a lot brave and ultimately life-affirming when they packed up their ordinary lives and took the plunge. WHAT SPARKED YOUR DECISION? I’d […]

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Sustainable Life: Just rubbish?

One week = one shopping bag full of rubbish. There are two adults and three children in the house. Our challenge has been set. Impossible! I hear you say. Well, here’s how we did it. Recycling food scraps at home We like to eat lots of fruit and vegetables, so our home produces a bucket […]

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Capturing Romance in Nineteenth Century Paris

To Capture What We Cannot Keep is the latest novel from Scottish writer Beatrice Colin. It is marketed as a generic historical romance – this, I feel, is something of a disservice to the book, as it offers more than typical period piece love story. The novel centres on Caitriona Wallace, a young widow who […]

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Press Play: Four TV Shows to Escape Reality

Sad that you’re no longer at the beach and faced with the reality of working again? Avoid it, by cuddling up on the couch and entering four new realities… A Series of Unfortunate Events If you’re looking for a reality to make you feel like your working world isn’t that grim, then don’t go past […]

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Sustainable Life: Summer’s cool in your home

I like my home to be a sanctuary, no matter what’s going on in the world.  I like to beat the heat by taking the kids to the pool… or the National Museum of Australia for some strong air conditioning. When it’s really hot, I wistfully imagine myself living in a beach house and make […]

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