It starts before I even get up. Earlier these days, as the days get longer. Damn, I really must remember to buy thicker curtains for the kids’ rooms. Sometimes they don’t even really want much. They’re pretty content, they just want to check if I’m awake. Yes, I am awake. You just woke me up, … Continue reading The Night Hours
I sat down this morning to write an angry blog post about politics. It’s been the week from hell on the Australian political scene. Scott Morrison has won this round of musical chairs, and he’s the current serving PM. He’s also a Pentecostal Christian. I was all fired up this morning to write about how … Continue reading Wrecking Ball Politics
This is what I’ve done today instead of writing: I’ve swept the floor, done two loads of washing, put away approximately 57348 things. I’ve done an exercise DVD, gone for a run, scrolled aimlessly on Facebook, eaten more than I should have. I’ve done two lots of dishes. There are still more on the sink. … Continue reading Why Write?
If you could go back in time and kill Hitler, would you do it? This is a question that I looked at recently while teaching a unit on legal and ethical issues. The point was to illustrate that sometimes people may disagree on what is ethically the right thing to do. Of course, the more … Continue reading How much does leadership matter in a democracy? And if you had the chance, would you go back and kill Hitler?
This is a tongue-firmly-in-cheek article that I did recently for the Esperance Tide, our lovely local magazine. If you want to read the whole edition, it's available online. You may have heard the word ‘foodie’ being used a lot lately. What is a foodie? Well, I’m so glad you asked. The dictionary may tell you … Continue reading How to be a Foodie
Please, please, check before you post! You may be surprised to discover that just because something appears on the internet, or on social media of some description, it doesn’t mean that it’s true. Let me give you an example. Recently, a meme has been circulating on social media. This meme, over a picture of a … Continue reading Please think before you post
This week, I’ve been feeling angry. This is not the kind of world that I want my kids growing up in - where a young woman like Eurydice Dixon might be killed just because of the audacious crime of walking home alone. A world where another refugee, who came to Australia to escape God knows … Continue reading What to do when the world seems terrible?
Some time ago, I had an argument with a guy who was complaining about Aboriginal people being given free cars by the government. I’m not joking - he was adamant that this was happening, despite me telling him in no uncertain terms that this was utter nonsense. Indigenous folks, it must be really tough, hey? … Continue reading White Australia still has a Black History
Salim, picture from the Guardian This week, an asylum seeker died on Manus Island, in an apparent suicide. The Rohingya man, Salim, was a member of one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. Salim, who had a history of both medical issues and mental health concerns, had been on Manus Island for more … Continue reading Refugees, flowers, and loving our neighbors.
So the Federal budget has been announced. Of course, within hours, the memes and the hashtags had appeared. And within a day or two, I’d had the online argument that I’ve had a few times before. Should we be spending more on foreign aid? Or less? One of my Facebook friends insists that we as … Continue reading Foreign Aid-Why Should We Care?