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…

Money Talks #1: Three Books About Money

Lately my special interest has been personal finance. This has been sparked by going from ‘just getting by’, to having a reasonable household income. My aims are 1) to get rid of toxic beliefs and heal my relationship with money and 2) to manage our money responsibly so we are working towards achieving our financial…

The Circle of Milk

My breastfeeding journey started when I was a child. When I was four, my mother gave birth to my younger sister, and breastfed her until she was one. My mother has always been an advocate for breastfeeding, and was never shy about breastfeeding in front of anyone, in any setting. My first memory of seeing…