Bush Christmas took me back, New Year has me looking forward

New beginnings entice us to look back as well as to turn our minds to the future. As New Year messages from friends and connections have flowed out across social media in the past 24 hours, it's easy to see that pattern. People want to recap what they’ve accomplished and experienced in the year they've … Continue reading Bush Christmas took me back, New Year has me looking forward

A stunning Man from Snowy River moment with my sister

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

Enough treasured stories of Dad to fill a book

My Dad did many things in his life but there’s one thing he did that to me, feels like he achieved the impossible. He managed to leave me and each of my sisters with the quiet belief that we were his favourite girl. That wasn't a word Dad would have used, nor was it something … Continue reading Enough treasured stories of Dad to fill a book

Chance encounters, lasting impacts

People love to remember where they were when big events in history took place. Depending on your age, you might have a well-worn story about what you were doing when you heard about the death of JFK or Princess Diana, about the September 11 terrorist attacks or the Boxing Day tsunami? It connects our lives … Continue reading Chance encounters, lasting impacts

Finding strength in adversity

After four previous visits to Cambodia over the past five years, I often get asked what it is that keeps drawing me back. When people ask me, I do talk about the ancient history, the natural beauty, the lovely people. These things are also true of many other countries, including neighbouring Vietnam, yet I haven't … Continue reading Finding strength in adversity