Who Blows Out the Candles on Jesus’ Birthday?

When I was growing up, I was told that the reason we give presents at Christmas is because it is a celebration of Jesus’ birth, and because Jesus is no longer here in the flesh to give presents to – like we do on people’s birthdays – we give them to each other. Since I…

The Pixie

She walked into the house one day like she had always lived here. Which I suppose was true. “Um, hello?” I said to her as she busied herself making coffee. “Hey,” she said, flashing me a brilliant smile and then turning back to the manual grinder. “Uhh, who are you?” “You know who I am.”…

Wake up and smell the votes, major parties

So we have woken up the day after election day with no clear result. Neither parties have enough seats to form a majority government, and the Coalition looks only set to be able to form a minority government. Back in 2010, before the election, I didn’t even know what a ‘minority government’ or a ‘hung…

The value of writing

If you are still waiting for part two of my previous blog post, “Fear of Marriage: Part One”, don’t worry! It is coming. (Just like Christmas.) Yesterday, I went to the library to edit my thesis*, but while I was walking to the library I started thinking about an idea, and as I was thinking, my…

Fear of Marriage: Part One

  Trigger warning: Domestic violence, rape. One day last year, I got involved in a furious Facebook debate on a friend’s page about marriage. The debate started off being about same-sex marriage, and quickly slipped to a discussion of how marriage is a patriarchal institution. My friend whose page it was on is a married man…

Not Yet Grey Nomads

I was full of good intentions to blog throughout the course of the road trip from Canberra to Cairns with The Pilot. Road-tripping was far more draining and time-consuming than I anticipated, even when we were only doing 300-400km per day. We did the whole trip in 14 days, and drove 3819.8kms in total. I…