In the scale of life’s problems, the sound of someone sniffing might not seem a big issue. But, now that fingernails running down a blackboard is no longer a thing (thank you, whiteboards, projectors and new technology), loud and persistent sniffing is probably the sound I find most grating (followed closely by a whining call … More Public transport dilemmas in a head-cold ridden city
‘Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.’ Ah, Ferris Bueller. Your movie is full of quotable quotes but to me, this one sums the movie so well. And given I’m all for noticing the world around me (see last week’s post here), it seemed … More Lessons from a teen classic: remembering to stop and look around once in a while
““Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here” said Alice. “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to”, said the Cat. “I don’t much care where”, said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go”, said the Cat.” Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland ‘How can you … More Want to make the world a better place? Allow time and space to notice and care
It’s great the federal government and opposition parties have finally acknowledged the cost of housing is too high – and in fact, many Australians cannot find housing to buy or rent anyway. It raises hope, when the government says the federal budget will be a ‘housing budget’ . It’s reassuring to see state strategies that have recently been … More To fix the housing affordability problem, we need to agree on what the problem is
My name is Helen, and it’s been three weeks since I’ve written my last blog post. Sigh. I know that’s not the end of the world. But I do have a clearer purpose behind why I’m blogging, and where I want to take it. And letting my writing slide doesn’t help me get there. So it’s something I need … More Kindness in a ‘Post-Truth’ world
Hello to you all, from our home in Melbourne (which, no, doesn’t quite look like this, although how cute is it???) We’ve been back in town for a couple of days, having spent a week in our home on the Mornington Peninsula, and are taking off by the weekend in another home, this time to … More Back to basics – What makes a home?
The USA has a new president elect – Donald Trump. In the political arena, this is one of a number of outcomes across the world this year, many of which came as surprises: The UK voted to exist from the European Union There is an increasing push throughout Europe, from Hungary, Italy to Finland, to … More After a year of political surprises, is it time to pause and listen?
Source: I’ve recently bought ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers. This is the first new picture book I’ve bought our family for a very long time. It is one of the most beautiful books I think I’ve ever read, and I am besotted with it! If you haven’t read it, it revolves around a … More Colouring my world with The Day the Crayons Quit
Source: Have you noticed the tendency for an increasing number of us to become outraged if someone dares say or write something we don’t agree with? Maybe I’m more attuned to it, but it seems as though every possible scenario provides an opportunity for people to get worked up. And we don’t just get worked … More Sharing Opinions in an Age of Outrage
Bringing two of my passions together, this is the first in what I hope will be an occasional series of posts based on novels (and sometimes non fiction books) I’ve been reading. This series won’t provide you with a book review – although I’ll give a quick snapshot. Instead, I’ll focus on an issue raised within the … More A Novel Perspective on places – Kate Norton’s The Lake House