At the Rugby with Ben

At the Rugby with Ben

What I learnt from taking my autistic friend to a sport I know nothing about He’s standing in his West Tigers jersey, track pants and cap with an orange over-sized foam fist. Waiting. We’re catching a bus to the ANZ stadium in Homebush.  ‘Hey Ben! Ready to watch...
We Are All Made of Stars

We Are All Made of Stars

On embracing solitude  The year is 2016. I’m a teacher’s aide sitting in a year seven science class. The grey-haired teacher with kind eyes leans over the bench eyeing the girls.  “There’s no new water on earth. The water your body is made of is billions of years...
Why Third Places Will Save Us All

Why Third Places Will Save Us All

How I discovered the lifeblood of community In 2011, I was living and working in Chengdu, China. I was rocked to my core with culture shock the first few months and sought out familiarity from the hutongs, the streams of scooters and smog at ‘Peter’s Tex Mex Grill’, a...
In Search of Awe

In Search of Awe

Consumption is a progressive disease* One benefit of pregnancy which counters the joys of lightning crotch (Google it, I dare you) is the guilt-less freedom to say no.  At first, I felt like a wing-clipped bird but now it’s as though those secret fantasies of...

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