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It's the rain! In the plain! Have a listen Turns out that she does indeed "got it" - a full time position that is. And I'm pleased. Not only because it's a job and I'm thankful that the interviewing process is over (although I am). Not only because I was... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2018 at Moving on up
A very dear family friend recently died very suddenly. Mother nature was at least kind, in that she didn't suffer; dying in the arms of the husband that she loved so very dearly and that it was quick. As in within moments of complaining of a terrible, terrible headache. It's... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2018 at Moving on up
It's such a delight to come across words that I don’t know. And to muse to myself ... “but what does it mean?” And by extension ... “how am I going to use this in a sentence?”. My new word is Thalassophile See?? Isn’t it beautiful? It conjures old world... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at Moving on up
Heartbeats in me ... Listening to my own heartbeat. Feeling it's regularity. It's strength. It's life-giving rhythm. It's back with me again - not that I could lose it, but I'm more aware that it's there and of my presence in the world. I'm a part of it, it's a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2018 at Moving on up
They say that things come in threes, don't they? Well, I've hit my quota now and I'm ready to move on from this time. I'd like a couple of wins to bolster my confidence again if you don't mind though. If anyone sees some wins lying around on the ground,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at Moving on up
Ah, sleep. My most inconsistent bedfellow. At a time where I have naught to do but rest I am awake, alive with thoughts, restless with energy, listening to the sounds of the world in stereo. Frogs chirp harmoniously, the house creaks gently, the wind buffets the heavy blinds. My head... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2018 at Moving on up
He's a singular fellow that I have a sneaking suspicion you thought I had made up for the purposes of my writing. I arrived to work to find him in excellent form again ... Download Video-1513284169 Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2017 at Moving on up
I've been struck by people lately. Listening as they've been generous enough to share their stories with me. Watching as they've gone about their business without them knowing I was seeing them. And thinking about how simultaneously common our experiences are. A shared consciousness. I spoke with one of the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2017 at Moving on up
Yesterday was a day rife with mansplaining. It hasn't played out like that in a while and so when it happened three times in quick succession I was insulted, then angry, then bemused. Just like that. Let me set the scene for you ... 1. The cleaner guy In moving... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at Moving on up
“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.” Frank Herbert Life's a complex beast. There's endings. There's beginnings. Happiness. Sadness. Obscurity. Enlightenment. Layers. Linearity. It blends into a continuum that keeps on keeping on regardless of where you stop telling the story. And when... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2017 at Moving on up
X-rays are simultaneously wonderful and terrifying technologies and until relatively recently (1895ish), we viewed our physical selves as complete packages. Allowing you to peer into a person, x-rays let you see the body as a series of connected but discrete parts. Examine each organ's contribution to "what's going on" inside... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at Moving on up
Beautiful morning weather. Riding? Yes please! Dressed and ready ... Bike pants backwards! (1) Not to worry. Who will notice? Hopefully only me ... Which direction ... left? Left sounds great. Where am I? I went right!!!! (2) Lovely ride anyway. Putting bike away ... Bracket is falling! (3) On... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Moving on up
The tree and I have had a bit of a chat ... sorted things out. I apologised for running into it. It said nothing in support of my apology. I think we're good now. Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at Moving on up
I was in Sydney for nearly 10 days last week, teaching at the new CDU campus at Broadway. Smooshed in between UTS, Endeavour College, Sydney Uni, Uni of Tasmania, James An College, the Institute of Fitness ... and any other educational provider you can think of just to be wanky... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at Moving on up
I'm quite partial to a bike ride around the place of late. Darwin is pretty flat and so one can self propel one's self around with surprising speed should you be so inclined. As it turns out, I was that way inclined yesterday and I pushed myself hard along Dick... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at Moving on up
Breathing. In … out … in … out … in … out. I start this blog with a reminder to breathe because simply put, if I don’t, I’ll forget to do it. I am absolutely exhausted having had a massive time that I’m simultaneously pleased to see the back of,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at Moving on up
What a beautiful bike ride this morning. It was blustery and raining and hot and cold and messy all in one 40 minute experience. My legs hurt, my face is a little wind kissed and I stepped out of my wet clothes into a wet shower to wash off. As... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Moving on up
And so the new year has begun ... begun to slip away already I hear you say given the lateness in January already! I remember working in nursing homes as an undergrad student and listening to the ladies and gents say wistfully "time goes very fast!". I'd nod and continue... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at Moving on up
I'm a transplant nurse by trade. Livers. Kidneys. Good messy surgical stuff. Wounds and stitches and staples and incisions. Small scars, big scars, evidence of having "really lived" - at least in a medical sense. Pain management strategies and talking through the implications of what life will be like when... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2016 at Moving on up
If Pervy Pete has taught me anything, it's that Darwin is a singular place with a singular type of person in it. You would have thought that he was enough of a "character" for the likes of Hickory Street and yet a new sort has arrived on the scene and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2016 at Moving on up
Even I think my last post is pretty funny. Pervy Pete is relentless in the oblivion of his "beauty", ability to bare all to the world and wordsmith capabilities. The seeming "up yours" approach to living his life and capacity to fang around in his own (albeit liquid) skin that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at Moving on up
This is a story about a man named Pete. Actually, I'm not sure that that's his name but my friend Vicky and I have dubbed him Pete. To be specific "Pervy Pete" because of his pervy nature. Or maybe that's our pervy nature but I'll let you decide that as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Moving on up
And so I've passed the three month mark of being away from the relative stability of Brisbane and into the new frontier that is Darwin. I knew that it was going to be a busy time and one that would challenge me. What I wasn't prepared for however, is that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at Moving on up
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Apr 9, 2016
It certainly sounds like I've had a religious experience of some sort but unless you call one of the local fellows at the markets seeing the face of "A" god (he wasn't quite sure which one) in his watermelon a miracle, this is just a regular post about being more... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at Moving on up