Date : 13/09/2022

Tailor made for success

As a vertically challenged female, clothes shopping is a struggle. Modern clothes, especially jeans, are made for people built like a giraffe, with impossibly long arms and legs. I have to imagine every outfit with 10 cm shaved off somewhere. ...
Date : 05/09/2022

Start small, but get started

When you get started on something new you become aware of all the people that are already brilliant at it. At my first tap dancing lesson I felt like I was wearing lead boots compared to the Fred Astaire level ...
Date : 22/08/2022

Candid conversations

Kids are the most brutal critics. Perhaps that’s why so many people prefer dogs; they don’t care if you’re dressed badly or haven’t cleaned the house, you’ll still get a warm welcome and undying love. My daughter is training to ...
Date : 15/08/2022

Letter to my younger self

I grew up before the internet, when kids played in the street until it got dark and came home when dinner was ready. Thankfully, the absence of smartphone cameras and social media means that my teen years were undocumented and ...
Date : 02/08/2022

The trap of playing favourites

When you open your wardrobe do you have your favourites? I find myself reaching for things that I know are predictable, comfortable and safe. When Sharon moved house recently, she discovered a treasure trove of items that had languished unnoticed ...
Date : 25/07/2022

Measure for measure

Last Mother’s Day my family treated me to a dinner at a swish Melbourne restaurant. It had an impressive 4- star rating from the critics and looked just like a real Parisian bistro. But despite the lovely setting and friendly ...
Date : 19/07/2022

Keeping the wheels turning

“Life is like a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving” Albert Einstein. It’s midwinter and getting out of bed on a cold morning is a struggle. Even my border collie, a hardy soul, put one paw outside ...
Date : 11/07/2022

Avoiding the trap of complacency

Our world is in a turbulent phase, like an oyster writhing to resist the grain of sand before it creates a pearl. Things we took for granted are no longer a given. Think about reproductive rights, home ownership, democracy or ...