The earth off the path is straightaway soft. Behind, the town. Entirely familiar, bitumen, brick and built for purpose. Ahead, the lagoon. Unknown, an ancient waterhole with towering paperbarks as silent, alert sentinels. It flows bone and ligament with the sea. A watercourse protected, like a dead king’s tomb, guarded by sea one way and … More Town, Lagoon
A beautiful book glanced my way last weekend at the gallery, sidled up to me quietly, all gilt-edge and bookmarker ribbon, whispered something quite beautiful in red and gold, then hijacked me with glossy white paper and such high-fallootin’ class that I fell in love – completely and absolutely … Now, I’m a sucker for … More Because its remarkable ….
Ok! Ok! Its just a border!!! It’ll close tomorrow, and I’ve snuck in, back to home, back to work, back to my husband … leaving my children “on the other side” – they are apprehensive, and their worlds are changing quickly – all our worlds are changing quickly – and I am content to know … More waving a bloody big hankie!
From the very beginning, man has tried to take hold of time – to manipulate it, to control it, to get the better of it … seeking always to beat it, own it, master it. We never have. We never will. A little while rabbit heads down a rabbit hole – “I’m late! I’m late! For … More … at the stroke of midnight … a bit from a speech … Year 12 Formal 2019
Here is time stood still. Sorted, labelled, numbered and dated, bundled in an order determined by distance and purpose – letters between my mother, Jacqueline and my father, Patrick. They span just a little more than a decade – from 1955 until 1966. Yes, they chronicle a love that has endured until today – the beginnings … More tied up with string – a life in letters
us … at an art exhibition opening night in steamy Darwin! Firstly, it was about the rolling pins … beautifully crafted and just lovely enough to gain a place in NTs tribute to its end of school visual artists … there they were – stunningly lit, nicely placed, loudly, proudly shouting out that yes, you … More It was so many things …
It’s the night before the night before – it’s raucous outside – boys and beer, boys and snooker , boys and banter, boys and red cups filled right up with loaded coke, boys with bags of chips … “no, ta, we don’t need a bowl – the bag’s fine” boys … loud banter getting louder … More Linger a moment
whodathought … Truth is, I’ve led a pretty sedentary life. Physical work makes me nauseous and creates higher than desirable levels of anxiety – so I avoid it – always have! I teach, I read, I cook, eat, parent and socialise from a pretty static physical base. So, why, on the eve of my … More time and space …
Some bits from a speech … published here by request … longer than usual, more local than usual, more personal than usual … but it got some laughs … and that bottle of pink bolly raised $2500.00! … with my finest compliments to the women of Nhulunbuy, North East Arnhemland, Northern Territory, Australia … enduring despite … More “… a little bit dinted ….”
Striding and confident towards the departure gate – back to the books, back to the city, back to the joy of new friends, old friends, unfriends, back to negotiate that unexpected fork in the academic road … totally, completely, utterly unaware of the joy that she brought with her on this quicker than quick overnight … More … And then she was gone …