nonfiction Category

Lo! Another birthday cometh.

The imminent approach of September birthdays got me thinking about the woo-woo that happens in life. So here’s some woo-woo from my life. Our Marriage:  The CEO and I got married on April 6th (incidentally the birthday of two of my friends… now three of my friends!). Two days before our wedding, my father-in-law tells us that that’s […]

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No More Streamers

No more streamers littering the floor. No more shining cachous skittering across counters. The fairies have packed up their bread and departed. Saggy, flaccid balloons leer lecherously at disemboweled party poppers, as football and pirate cupcake wrappers tango in mismatched pairs.

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Writing Love Letters

There’s a wonderful initiative in Melbourne’s central business district to map the trees.  It was started by the city council in an attempt to manage the decline through drought of the urban forest.  Each tree in the city was assigned an individual identity code, and along with that code, came an individual email address.  The […]

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Who’s The Boss: On being a mother in the house when your mother is visiting

It’s summer holidays, and my mother recently flew from Australia to spend two months with us.  It’s disconcerting to be the adult child in my house when my parent comes to stay.

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Where’s Home?

About 18 months after I move anywhere new, I start getting itchy feet.  I magically forget the painful process of packing everything we own, of readying a house for sale, rent, or return to landlord, of organising schools, animals, and our own travel.  I put on my rose-tinted glasses and look around for the next […]

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Mother Emanuel

Today, the U.S. woke to the news of a terrorist attack in South Carolina.  A single white man was welcomed into a Bible study and prayer circle at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina, an historically black church.  He sat with the other churchgoers for an hour.  Then he deliberately, calculatedly shot those around […]

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A Tale of Familiars

In January of 2012, my my mother’s younger sister, my small mother, my Cheriamma went kicking and flailing out of this world. The end of her life was as she had always lived it, full of fight, and on her own terms. Cheriamma was a brilliant, beautiful, eccentric woman who encountered academic failure for the […]

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In Which I Deal with Death Doubled

This week my essay on grief was published on Modern Loss, an online journal containing resources and personal accounts about death, loss, and grief.  It’s a piece I’m proud of, and I’m delighted it was published, but it’s also a piece that causes such turmoil in me.

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Dear Lydia, Please Stop The Mommy Wars

Dear Lydia, I just finished reading your letter to your daughter.  It raises so many troubling concerns for me. You say in your letter that you’re a “stay-at-home mommy” and yet you go on to list all that you had achieved prior to having your daughter.  Why do you feel it’s necessary to detail these […]

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In the throes of a migraine

My eyes close unwillingly.  Closed or open, the pain comes.  The waves of nausea and ache crash over me, and I hold my breath waiting for them to pass, waiting to breath again.  My fingers fly across the keys, thank you Mrs Hardy for the typing skills you bestowed in high school that serve me […]

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