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Writing Spirit
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Interests: Food, family & stories
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‘The first person to see snow gets $5,’ says my husband. It’s a cheap shot to raise the energy levels in the car, but it works. The kids perk up, start paying attention. It’s grey and misty up on the mountain; even the denuded trees look cold. Our 14-year-old would... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Tribal Tomato
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What happens when five internationally-recognised street artists, an Ethiopian cafe owner, a truckload of helpers and a volunteer with an extraordinary vision get together? Read this article I wrote for the City of Maribyrnong to find out. Mural image courtesy of David Russell Photography. Image of Brian MacManus (left) by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at The Tribal Tomato
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Want to write but don’t know where to start? Are you lost in a mess of notes and half-started pieces? Or are you holding onto your manuscript because it just might not be good enough? Join the other procrastinators and get on the road to redemption. Part bookish boot camp,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at The Tribal Tomato
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A vintage unicycle, a rare 1960s Giorgio Armani Crocodile skin handbag, a 1950s wooden skateboard, a 1970s handmade white velvet drinks bar and a full glomesh vintage dress... These are some of the things Danielle Hazen has collected over the years. And now she's finally got the space to house... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2015 at The Tribal Tomato
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It’s hard going working out what to eat most days. The weather, what’s seasonal, and what’s at hand in the fridge and pantry all play their part. Today, it’s cold outside – rain threatens. It's the last day of autumn and we're talking about lighting the fireplace for the first... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2015 at The Tribal Tomato
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Pink-eared Ducks, Stilts and Raptors: Amateur birdwatchers Ros and Thomas Nataprawira wax lyrical about the thriving feathered bird life in Melbourne's inner-western suburb of Footscray. Check out their story in this post I wrote for the City of Maribyrnong News. Image by Thomas Nataprawira Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at The Tribal Tomato
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I live with a very clever photographer. He takes most of the photographs for this blog. He does it all very quietly. He doesn't get paid. And he doesn't complain. But now, he's gone and done it again. This time, he is one of the finalists for the Head On... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at The Tribal Tomato
It's a long way from Burma to Braybrook. Recently, I had the honour of meeting Jacob Thang, an enterprising refugee from the Chin State who has set up his own business in a bid to help himself and others from his community find work. Read about it in this post... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2015 at The Tribal Tomato
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For weeks. tomatoes from our garden had been sitting in a large glass salad bowl, ripe and fulsome. As I used each one of them up, and my husband George stopped bringing more in, I put them in progressively smaller bowls. Finally, there weren't enough to fill a bowl -... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at The Tribal Tomato
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I love stories. And more and more, my work involves hearing them, recording them and sharing them. Does my work help pay the mortgage? It's getting there. No one said it's easy running your own business. The perks? Being home when my kids come back from school. Hearing rosellas from... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at The Tribal Tomato
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I remember crusty just baked bread, rubbed with juicy tomato flesh, swimming in a puddle of thick green olive oil…. So you want to write about your life, or that of a loved one, but you’re not sure where to start? Maybe you have a few ideas, a bunch of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at The Tribal Tomato
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Some years ago, I took my mother away for the weekend. It was hard work getting her to agree to come – the idea of putting her needs over those of my husband and children was anathema. Still, once I’d booked the accommodation, she begrudgingly agreed. I’d planned all sorts... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at The Tribal Tomato
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'I could make some pizza dough,' says neighbour Joe. 'I think George will take care of that. He's become quite the expert on making large quantities of pizza dough. You know, what with having a wood-fired oven and all...' I'm inviting Joe and his family to what is fast becoming... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at The Tribal Tomato
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Some weeks ago I visited a number of op shops in Melbourne's west - what I found there surprised even this seasoned op shopper - if you want to know what treasures I found, and who Wendy the Wonderful is, just click on the links. Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at The Tribal Tomato
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It’s been two and a half years since my lovely friend Katerina passed away. It seems less, and more, than that. I miss her ready laugh, her wit, her cheeky spirit. But, selfishly, most of all I miss our easy friendship. Often she comes to mind unexpectedly – when I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at The Tribal Tomato
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The smell of Marlborough cigarettes; the din of soccer finals on TV; the sound of dice against a backgammon board - my lover and I let it all wash over us as we drink cognac in the little seaside café. Outside, the rain pelts the muddy pot holes of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at The Tribal Tomato
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Our lives are so big. Where does one start in making sense of and recording one’s life story? Digging up memories and stories, and finding the overarching theme or themes of your memoir, is like digging into soil – you never know what you will find. I believe you need... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at The Tribal Tomato
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Footscray resident Lyndon Fenlon of Urban Honey Co. is a man on a mission – to encourage locals to keep bees. For someone who is allergic to bees, he’s done a lot for the local bee population over the past decade. Check out this story I wrote for Maribyrnong City... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at The Tribal Tomato
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Most of us know that organic food is good for us – what’s there not to like about food that has been grown without chemicals, in a way that is friendly to the environment and to our bodies? But many of us are hindered by the prohibitive cost. Recently, I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2014 at The Tribal Tomato
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When it comes to food and exercise, I take my inspiration from the ancient Greek saying 'pan metron ariston' – everything in moderation. Admittedly, I exercise more moderately than I eat. So when my local gym offered a chance for members to participate in our very own Tour de France... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at The Tribal Tomato
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For any budding writers out there, I will be running my popular 12-step program for procrastinating writers in the leafy surrounds of my studio in Box Hill on Sunday 14 September. Part bookish boot camp, part self-help group for writing procrastinators, this workshop will help you get over the most... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at The Tribal Tomato
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I swore every year I wouldn’t do it again. Why? Because weeks afterwards, I would find crusted chocolate icing underneath the bench top. Electric blue fingerprints on a corner kitchen tile. And dried butter cake residue stuck fast to the blender that I had been too tired to clean up... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2014 at The Tribal Tomato
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In Melbourne's West Footscray, there are 15 Indian restaurants within a one-kilometre radius, earning this spicy strip the moniker 'Little India'. Check it out in this blog post I wrote for the City of Maribyrnong. Images by George Mifsud Related articles Ten dollars. Ten minutes. Ten countries. Eating cheap in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at The Tribal Tomato
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What to cook for dinner? Getting something on the table that is tasty, nutritious and tempts each of the different palates in our house is quite the task. Sadly there are no accolades or medals for achieving this superhuman feat on most nights of the week – the best I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at The Tribal Tomato
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One fine summer’s day this food-obsessed writer and a hungry photographer were looking for meal in Footscray for $10 or under, be it breakfast, lunch or dinner. Just to make it more fun, we decided that the eateries had to be within a ten-minute walk from the Footscray Railway Station.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at The Tribal Tomato