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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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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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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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Two tips before I turn 50

Many people say they are going to do things and then never do them. I am guilty of this as much as the next entrepreneur. However, I am about to turn fifty so I have written a large list of things I need to do before I get there. Decisions, intentions, choices and resolutions – […]

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Sustainable life: Less is more

Big houses, big cars and new shiny things. We love progress. It wasn’t so long ago that the average family home had two rooms, no electricity and travel was by horse and cart. Wow. Life was tough back then. Right now things are pretty comfortable. But, do we really need everything to be shiny, new […]

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What you need to know about the ACT’s 2017-18 Budget

There were no big surprises in Tuesday’s Budget as the ACT Labor Government ploughed further investment into extending the light rail to Woden and diverted the bulk of its commitments to health and education. Chief Minister Andrew Barr looked decidedly upbeat as he spoke to the media lock-up on Tuesday morning, saying we had survived […]

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Mapping Family Ties in Tracy Farr’s The Hope Fault.

Tracy Farr’s second novel, The Hope Fault, traces the intricacies of emotional interiority and personal relationships across space, time, and the permeable boundaries that define blended families. Iris Golden’s extended family – her son, her niece, sister-in-law, her ex-husband, his new wife, and their infant child – all come together for a final weekend in […]

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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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