Dear Finley: 2020 was the year we turned things around

Dear Finley, I have been thinking a lot about what to say to you when you are old enough to ask about the climate crisis. I imagine that, shortly after asking about the climate crisis, you will ask the inevitable question: why did the grown-ups let this happen to the earth? I imagine you will…

Our Amazing Fragile (?) Home

Photo: Seedlings in my garden   “I wonder what it would be like to love the world again so much that we are unable to ignore climate change because the world is crying out for us to love her again” – Sarah Bessey (from her latest newsletter) Environmental destruction is often talked about in terms of taking…

So this is the new year

This is the new year. And I don’t feel like celebrating. Canberra is engulfed in smoke. I feel like I am suffocating. My eyes sting and my throat hurts. I feel an uneasy, helpless protectiveness towards my son, who is also breathing into young lungs air that is literally classified as ‘hazardous‘. I am considering…

Have you considered boycotting Coles?

I have lived in several remote places in which deciding where to do your grocery shopping is not so much a choice but a default. Because there is only one option, whether that is Woolworths or a local store. Even for people who live in urban or rural environments, options can be limited due to…

My Reading Life: Quarterly Review (April, May, June)

I was getting ready to write my quarterly review of my reading life for the third quarter of the year, and I realised I hadn’t published the second quarter. Later, I found it hiding erroneously in the “published” folder of my “blog” folder on my computer. Very strange. I am posting it now with only…