ANZAC Day at Gallipoli was the topic of the last conversation I had with my Dad. Dad was a veteran of World War II. His years of service in the Royal Air Force, both in the United Kingdom and in the jungles of Burma, became a topic of endless conversation as my siblings and I … Continue reading An ANZAC Centenary tribute to my Dad
When ‘selfie’ was announced by Oxford Dictionary last week as its word of the year for 2013, I smiled… just quietly to myself, not down the lens of my smartphone. Yes, I hear the sighs about newly-made-up words going into the dictionary. I hear the cries of narcissism and cultural decline that have been debated … Continue reading Can’t help my selfie, bad habits?
Visiting the Victorian high country where parts of the iconic Australian movie ‘The Man from Snowy River’ were filmed was always going to be a special day with one of my big sisters. There’s a timber cabin on top of Mount Stirling called Craig’s Hut, which was the childhood home of the movie’s lead character … Continue reading A stunning Man from Snowy River moment with my sister
There’s something about spectacular scenes in nature that can leave you lost for words. That’s particularly the case in an age where adjectives are thrown around in everyday life with an abandon that renders them impotent when you really need them. Words like awesome, amazing, incredible, wonderful. The Blue Mountains near Sydney is a place … Continue reading Mountain beauty finds simple expression
On my last full day in Cambodia, I had a little moment. I had left the house in a tuk tuk to get some final gifts and we had to weave our way through a busy market street in Phnom Penh. It was bustling with local shoppers and stalls offering everything from lush tropical fruit … Continue reading A moment before we said goodbye