The Rate of Growth

Soon after I found out I was pregnant, I got frustrated at how far away the due date was. So far it seemed impossible that I had to wait that long. In her book Expecting: The Inner Life of Pregnancy, Chitra Ramaswamy writes about how pregnancy is a process so long that you actually can’t…

50-word book reviews from 2017 – Part One

January Mother Zen – Jacinta Tynan, non-fiction, 3/5 This book frustrated me because it was too long and had too much unacknowledged privilege. But it stuck with me and I still think about it frequently. It is written by a woman who learns to meditate when she is pregnant, but it is all about her…

Spring

Today felt like Spring. It’s the 23rd of September. I have decided that Spring is my favourite season. It probably always has been, but I was fooled into thinking it was Summer, and that I only liked Spring because it meant Summer was coming. I remember Spring of 2009. I was going through a mental…

100 words

I have been going crazy* from not writing so I just spontaneously decided I am going to post 100 words in a blog post. I am not even going to allow myself the distraction of checking my blog to see when the last time I posted a blog post was. Today it is Saturday but…

Three Tents in Weipa

Past Tents: Camping We had not been camping in about two months. Not overnight camping. We had been on day trips a couple of times to a sweet place called Jacob’s Hole (by white people; I don’t know what the traditional owners call it). But The Pilot kept getting rostered to work on weekends. And…

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…