Snippets, anecdotes & musings from my various personas…

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    It’s All About Perspective…

    “I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.” ~ Og Mandino On the weekend I had what I like to refer to as a…

  • LAUGHING AT THE DARKNESS

    “Sometimes I just think depression’s one way of coping with the world. Like, some people get drunk, some people do drugs, some people get depressed. Because there’s…

  • RADIO SILENCE

    “Listen to the people who love you. Believe that they are worth living for even when you don’t believe it. Seek out the memories depression takes away and project them…

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    Flux…

    “Sit still with me in the shade of these green trees, which have no weightier thought than the withering of their leaves when autumn arrives, or the stretching of their many…

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    Putting Up a Fight, Not a Front…

    “If you know someone who’s depressed, please resolve never to ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the…

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    Life Lessons from an Americas Adventure

    1. Canadians and Australians laugh at the same shit 2. Poutine looks disgusting, but tastes delicious 3. Canadian men are manly men – and therefore very attractive 4.…

  • N’Awlins

    So for the last major leg of my trip, I’m in New Orleans – or N’Awlins as everybody around here seems to say. I’m not going to lie, it’s as eclectic…

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    Austin: Embrace the Wanderlust

    So I’m writing this from a little coffee shop out in the boondocks of Austin – not because I am staying anywhere nearby, but because I heard about this place from all…

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    A Dalliance With Dallas

    “The greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds.” ~ John F. Kennedy So for the past few days I’ve been in Dallas, Texas, home to a wealth of…

  • Here I Go Again On My Own

    An’ here I go again on my own, Going down the only road I’ve ever known Like a hobo I was born to walk alone An’ I’ve made up my mind I ain’t wasting…

  • There’s More Than One Way to Break a Heart…

    “As time went on, we learned to arm ourselves in our different ways. Some of us with real guns, some of us with more ephemeral weapons, an idea or improbable plan or some sort…

  • Sin City

    Some old lady just went batshit mental at me in Starbucks. Now before you yell at me for frequenting the coffee giant – I’ll remind you that I’m in Las Vegas and…

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    Finding Utopia

    For the past few years I’ve consciously adopted a hobby and tried my best to keep up with it. In 2012 I started blogging and – to everyone’s surprise,…

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    When In Rome

    Ernest Hemingway once wrote, “Write drunk, edit sober”. At least, I think it was Hemingway. Today, I’m taking half of his advice. With my recently adopted…

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    Beyond the $hit & Glitter

    “There’s no way that Michael Jackson or whoever Jackson should have a million thousand droople billion dollars and then there’s people starving. There’s no way! There’s…

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    A New York Love Affair

    “One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.” ― Tom Wolfe Tomorrow is my last full day in New York. I’m an emotional…

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    Haloed Ground

    In my travels thus far, I have been to a number of moving historical sites, including Auschwitz, Gallipoli, the ground where the battle of the Last Highlanders took place (in…

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    Lost in Translation

    Kez and I were in a positively chipper mood yesterday. Sure, the wind was so bracing we contemplated what we’d do if our noses slid right off our faces, but other than that…

  • Alone, Together…

    “Love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you. For those who are near you are far away… and this shows that the space around you is beginning to grow…

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    Zoo York

    As a general rule, I loathe New Year’s Eve. It’s chaotic, it’s boisterous, it’s the one day of the year when everybody is expected to party and love every…

  • I Will Be Bold and I Will Be Happy…

    “You’ll learn, as you get older, that rules are made to be broken. Be bold enough to live life on your terms, and never, ever apologise for it. Go against the grain, refuse to…

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    Worry Lines…

    It’s too easy knowin’ nothing blowing off the rest And the riddles in the pages leave at too much to guess And the worry cracks a fracture from your hip to your chest…

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    Dreaming Dreams

    Last night I had a trippy dream. I won’t bore you with the specific details, but essentially it left me wondering if the dream happened because I’m jet-lagged and not…

  • Musing on Fixations

    “I’m not a concept. Too many guys think I’m a concept or I complete them or I’m going to make them alive, but I’m just a fucked up girl who is…

  • “Trust That the Dots Will Somehow Connect…”

    In the past few months, I’ve made a conscious decision to overhaul my life. That’s not to say that my life was miserable or unsatisfying in most respects, but it was stagnant.…

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    Facebook: The Hidden Narrative

    I have a complex relationship with Facebook. I feel compelled to retain my account so that I can keep up with the goings-on of the people in my world – near and abroad – but…

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    The Travel Bug

    “Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall happily be infected until the end of my life.” ~ Michael Palin. I am grateful to my parents for…

  • Eighteen Again…

    “Life is painful and messed up. It gets complicated at the worst of times, and sometimes you have no idea where to go or what to do. Lots of times people just let themselves get…

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    Pondering Sonder

    Cause you are a single grain A mere molecule Mistaken for a king You’re only a simple fool ~ Take Care, Dallas Green  A few weeks ago, one of my students sent me a link to…

  • Fat Pigs and Thinkers…

    “One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast….a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of…

  • Black Dog II

    Down, down, down…

    It isn’t that hard boy to like you or love you I’d follow you down down down, You’re unbelievable If you’re going crazy just grab me and take me I’d…

  • The Class of 2013…

    “Go for it now.  The future is promised to no one.” ~ Wayne Dyer I’m feeling nostalgic today; contemplative, a little melancholy maybe, but mostly nostalgic.  The…

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    The People Pleaser

    “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” ~ Bill Cosby I deserve an Academy Award, I reckon.  I’ve been fooling people…

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    Kindred Spirits

    “There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.” ~ Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey I’ve…

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    Calamitous Cupid

    Old blokes love me.  Not like, leave-their- wife-to-run-away-with-me love me, but they see me as a catch for their sons or nephews or whatever.  How do I know this?  They tell…

  • Streaming

    I wrote today’s post in about fifteen minutes.  It has been punctuated, but other than that, this is exactly what I produced when I turned off the filter in my thoughts. …

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    To Fetch a Memory from the Vault

    “Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they…

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    Mottos & Mantras

    “If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.” ~ Dr Seuss Yesterday, as I was walking down the street – minding my own business – a bloke in a…

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    Life Changers

    “In the middle of winter I at last discovered that there was in me an invincible summer.” ~ Albert Camus One of my favourite boys read Albert Camus’ The Stranger…

  • Ruffians and Predators and Danger

    Today I suffered a serious case of DOH (Delayed Onset Hangover), which is not to be confused with Homer Simpson’s, “DOH!”, although the two do share elements of remorse. I…

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    Put it on the List!

    “Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” ~ Unknown As you may or may not be aware, I’m a big…

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    The Ineligible Bachelor

    “When I was a little girl I used to read fairy tales. In fairy tales you meet Prince Charming and he’s everything you ever wanted. In fairy tales the bad guy is very easy…

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    That’s (Australian) Politics…

    “He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything.  That points clearly to a political career.” ~ George Bernard Shaw Politics.  The only thing I loathe more than…

  • Foreshadowing Goodbyes

    “What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and…

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    The Black Dog

    “That’s the thing about depression: A human being can survive anything, as long as she sees the end in sight.  But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that…

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    Foster Kid

    I’ve been a runner my whole life.  Not in the traditional sense, obviously – because I’m built like a Shetland pony and have the agility of a newborn calf – but…

  • Writer’s Block or Bottleneck?

    “Writing is hard.  Not as hard as not writing.  Not writing is torturous, bloody, chaotic and a gruesome winless battle.  A writer who writes knows peace, lives connected to…

  • Chopping and Changing

    “Always bear in mind that your resolution to succeed is more than any one thing.” ~ Abraham Lincoln. Like my Dad, I’m a “Gunna Ginna”; I have grand plans – which I…

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    Pawns and Players…

    “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” ~ William Shakespeare It’s difficult to write this post without sounding like a bitter, twisted…

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    In Another Lifetime

    My mate, Pseudo, can quote great chunks from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner, because she studied it to death at high school and it has permanently…

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    Swoon Songs…

    “Music is the strongest form of magic.” ~ Marilyn Manson The fingers on my left hand are dinted and tingling.  I’ve been trying to learn the basic chords on guitar – and…

  • BOTTLE UP AND EXPLODE

    Bottle up and explode over and over Keep the troublemaker below Put it away and check out for the day ~ Elliot Smith My head has been contemplating grief and love – in all their…

  • Compulsive Writing

    “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to fashion.  Rather, follow your most intense obsessions…

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    Gratitude…

    “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero I should be doing other things, so of course I’m writing instead. …

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    The Dating Game…

    “Maybe our girlfriends are our soulmates and guys are just people to have fun with.” ~ Candace Bushnell, Sex and the City. I’ve been single longer than I’ve been in all my…

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    Planning Spontaneity

    “Spontaneity is a meticulously prepared art.” ~ Oscar Wilde A kid asked me today how I come up with enough ideas to write about.  My short answer was a shrug and an “I just…

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    There’s a Punch On!

    As I was crossing the yard this afternoon, two Year 7s stood in my midst – their fists clenching each other’s shirt fronts.  Their faces were very serious and I thought it…

  • The Cathartic Meltdown

     “I should have seen it glow, but everybody knows that a broken heart is blind.” ~ The Black Keys, Little Black Submarines In my naivety, I didn’t see this coming. Somehow,…

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    Love Ain’t So Lovely…

    “The best love is the kind that awakens the soul; that makes us reach for more, that plants the fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds.” ~ Nicholas Sparks, The…

  • To Be Productive Or To Procrastinate?

    “The sooner I fall behind, the more time I have to catch up.” ~ Anonymous Alright, alright.  I admit it.  I jumped the gun.  In verbalising my preparedness and anticipation…

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    Musical Musings on ‘Merica

    “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things…

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    Travel Itineraries and Unbidden Memories

     “Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean, Tears from the depths of some divine despair Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes, In looking on the happy autumn fields,…

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    TAKE A BOW…

    “Rock’n’roll is a teenage sport, meant to be played by teenagers of all ages–they could be 15, 25 or 35. It all boils down to whether they’ve got the…

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    Dove with a Broken Wing

    “I hear there are people who actually enjoy moving. Sounds like a disease to me – they must be unstable. Though it does have it’s poetry, I’ll allow that. When an old…

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    The Wanderings of a Racing Mind…

    I went to see the Hollywood Costume Exhibition at Federation Square last night.  Despite the umpteen small children standing on my toes and screeching “Look DAD! It’s…

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    It’s All Just Hoochie Coochie, Man…

    My dad has always poo-pooed Eastern medicine; I think it’s because he’s old-school.  He dismisses my tales of miracle cures from naturopaths and acupuncturists and…

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    Turning the Page

    “There comes a day when you realise turning the page is the best feeling in the world, because you realise there’s so much more to the book than the page you were…

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    Who Am I? No, Really…

    “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” ~ Dr Seuss This morning I read a blog post about the identity we project into…

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    Not So Straight Kate…

    In terms of my family, I am Straight Kate; sometimes too much so. Whilst Ames and Josh have been known to thrive in environs that make me whimper with anxiety, I have always been…

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    My Ugly Duckling…

    Last Thursday, our Year 12s had their formal or ball or prom or whatever you call it in your ‘hood.  It was a fitting end to a term so monstrously long that I don’t recall it…

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    LUCKY…

    Yesterday, Barry Heard came to speak to our Year 12s.  Barry is a Vietnam Veteran who is vehemently anti-war as a result of his experiences of conscription, armed combat and the…

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    FIT BALL FAUX PAS

    Last night, I was sitting on one of those foam roller things physios prescribe to people with messed up backs. I wasn’t using said roller for therapeutic purposes – more…

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    Ageing with Grace…

    “It’s like gambling somehow. You go out for a night of drinking and you don’t know where you’re going to end up the next day. It could work out good or it could be…

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    Pucker Up, Hockey-Boys…

    “Why is a puck called a puck? Because dirty little bastard was taken.” —Martin Brodeur I’ve been excited about ice hockey ever since I saw Emilio Estevez and co.…

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    Too Cool For School

    “The cool thing about being famous is travelling. I have always wanted to travel across seas, like to Canada and stuff.” ~ Britney Spears I was sitting in the library…

  • Keep Moving Forward…

    For those of you who don’t know me, or don’t read my blog, the long story short is that it’s been a horribly heartbreaking month.  I have done much soul-searching and…

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    Never Too Late…

    Hoping I can run today and get away faster Than ever from here Another night and who can say if leaving is better Than living in fear Here’s to all the broken hearts tonight…

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    And They Reckon Australia Has Weird Animals…

    I just booked a flight to go see Ames for Christmas in Canada. A fortnight ago, the plan to get on a plane would have excited me, but seemed preposterous. Now? I am cooped up at…

  • Writing III

    Exorcize, Breathe and Release…

    “My therapist listens silently to my most sinister darkness, my most bizarre fantasy, my most cherished dream. And I can scream, whimper, thrash, rage, exult, foam, celebrate. I…

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    An Ode to Dallas Green

    I have a penchant for three types of men, in no particular order of preference: Canadian; bearded; and tattooed. Dallas Green is all of these things, but the reason I hero-worship…

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    A Little Soldier…

    “Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.” ~ William Shakespeare, Macbeth. I consider myself to be a fairly…

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    To Zig or to Zag…

    “Here I am at these crossroads again, wondering what will never become of me. Now and then, I’ll take one on the chin Because I wear my heart upon my sleeve.” ~ Jerod…

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    Kids, Don’t Watch This With Your Parents…

    I’ve been holed up at home this week, recuperating.  What that means is a lot of time on the couch in my pyjamas, watching television and ringing a metaphorical bell so that…

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    Wit-Wew Doshua!

    “What strange creatures brothers are!” ~ Jane Austen I spent the weekend at Port Macquarie, with the parentals, my little brother and his family.  We were gathered for…

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    Come Fly With Me…

    I’m writing this in transit between Melbourne and Sydney. I love airports. Sure, they are often sterile, with flickering, unflattering fluorescent lights and bland, soulless…

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    Gnashing Teeth…

    Considering the run-ins I’ve had with canines, it is surprising that I am so enthusiastic about them. When it comes to dogs, I am a ridiculous person. I become that person –…

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    Murdered Music…

    As a kid, I unintentionally murdered my dad’s favourite song.  He listened to Canned Heat’s On the Road Again so much that I knew all the words by the time I was four.  I…

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    Stuck Song Syndrome, Stockholm Syndrome and Everywhere in Between

    “We are attracted to repetition, even as adults; we want the stimulus and the reward again and again, and in music we get it. Perhaps, therefore, we should not be surprised,…

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    My Sister…

    “Sister. She is your mirror, shining back at you with a world of possibilities. She is your witness, who sees you at your worst and best, and loves you anyway. She is your…

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    HURRY AND WAIT…

    “When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable.  But to grow up is to accept vulnerability…To be alive is to be…

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    Quote of the Day, Hip Hip Hooray!

    I’ve said it in previous posts, my “thing” is to record the oftentimes hilarious comments of my students and friends and family. I use these quotes as my Facebook status…

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    Little Girl Lost…

    Last weekend I spent a very leisurely Sunday morning with my great mate Gleese and her nearly-two-year-old, Bumblebee.  We chucked Bee in the pusher and meandered through the…

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    The Domino Effect of Small Talk…

     “Be careful of entertaining the small talk of cancerous people, it will eat away at you and your joy.” ~ Unknown. I had Parent/Teacher Interviews last week. I wasn’t at…

  • Good Old Greners…

    “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” Abraham Lincoln My mum cops a lot of shit. She’s a good sport and she takes it well, but she does get more than…

  • INTERCEPTED MAIL…

    A few weeks ago, I stumbled across a letter I wrote back in 2007. I had returned from London a year earlier and I was still pining for a city that I could never call home again…

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    Classroom Gaffs: Part IV

    “Dentopedalogy is the science of opening your mouth and putting your foot in it. I’ve been practising it for years.” ~ Prince Philip I’m known in my circles for my…

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    THOSE ZEALOUS FANS YOU JUST WANT TO PUNCH…

    Last weekend I went to the footy with my family.  St. Kilda got slaughtered by a faster, superior Essendon, but that is not the reason I was angry and ready to punch on.  I pay…

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    With Regret…

    “The mistakes I’ve made are dead to me. But I can’t take back the things I never did.” Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I was completely…

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    The Fictional Bucket List

    Like many (most?) people, I have a real-life bucket list that seems to keep growing with each passing day.  I also have a separate bucket list I would love to fulfil, but each…

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    Bravo for Beards!

     “Don’t go shaving, fellas.” ~ Alexander Antebi For a long time I didn’t think I had a type. Sure, I had a basic one-word preference (TALL!), but other than that I…

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    Blasted Bombings…

    When I woke up yesterday morning, I flicked on the news while I made my coffee, like I always do.  Except yesterday morning, the media was all wound up about the unfolding events…

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    Dead-Ringers & Doppelgangers…

    “Over time, we all become our own doppelgangers. These completely different people who just happen to look like us. Five years ago? That girl was pretty great. But doppelganger…

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    Pinups versus Porn Stars

    After Adele won an Oscar for Best Original Song (Skyfall), she was heckled about her weight by 79 year-old “comedian” – and I use that term loosely – Joan Rivers.…

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    Lost Siblings…

    “Sibling relationships outlast marriages, survive the death of parents, resurface after quarrels that would sink any friendship. They flourish in a thousand incarnations of…

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    Footy’s Back. EFF YES!

    “The ball laughs, radiant, in the air. He brings her down, puts her to sleep, showers her with compliments, dances with her, and seeing such things never before seen his…

  • FICTIONAL FEAR…

    “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And…

  • The Worst Enemy

    “I am glad it cannot happen twice, the fever of first love. For it is a fever, and a burden, too, whatever the poets may say.” Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca I really am my own…

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    YESTERDAY…

    “I can’t go back to yesterday – because I was a different person then.” Lewis Carroll To say that I was exhausted last Friday night would be an understatement. I was so…

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    Epilepsy Awareness Day

    Everyone has a “thing” these days. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying that they don’t have a thing, when in fact they clearly do – it’s just that the older I…

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    What’s in a Name?

    “Nicknames stick to people, and the most ridiculous are the most adhesive.” Thomas Chandler Haliburton Nicknames really are a double-edged sword. They can inflate…

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    Ah, the Irish…

    “The great Gaels of Ireland are the men that God made mad, For all their wars are merry, and all their songs are sad.”  G.K. Chesteron, The Ballad of the White Horse. I went…

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    Sticks and Stones…

    I was bored on Monday night.  Actually that’s not true.  I was marinating in my own juices in my hot-box of a flat and despite being tired, I knew I wouldn’t sleep if I…

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    YOLO, HASHBAG, SWAG…

    If I am perfectly honest, I don’t understand a lot of what kids are saying these days.  Yeah, yeah, I’m an English teacher and all, but it is as if the next generation have…

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    Classroom Gaffs: Part III

    The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men Gang aft agley From To A Mouse, by Robert Burns The best part about being a teacher – other than the priceless relationships…

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    The Lively Blakes

    I think Blake Lively is exquisite.  If you let me, I could go on and on about her classic beauty and her fan-frickin-amazing hair and her fab Boston accent in The Town, but I…

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    MACCAMACCAMACCA! OI! OI! OI!

    “I think all of us are looking for that which does not admit of bullshit . . . If you tell me you can bench press 450, hell, we’ll load up the bar and put you under it.…

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    Lemon Cannons and Bomb Squads

    Weapons were all the rage in my little backwater town when I was a teen. From BB guns to shot guns, spud guns to lemon cannons – if it could project a missile, it was totally in…

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    A White-Hot White Night…

    This Saturday night just gone, Melbourne hosted the first of what I assume (hope!) will be an annual event – White Night. Whilst my city has its drawbacks – archaic public…

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    Gutless Online Bullies…

    Today I had my first experience with cyber bullying, at age 32 and ¾.  In truth, it made me feel like shit – which is probably exactly what was intended.  I got the shakes,…

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    Bitch-Fights and Slap Downs…

    I have mentioned in previous posts that I went to a teeny-tiny high school in comparison to the one I work at now.  There were less than forty of us in Year 12 and many of us had…

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    The Love List: Part I

    I’ve written two previous posts about the things I cannot stand (aptly titled The Hate List – Parts I and II).  What I don’t like, says so much about the sort of person I…

  • Classroom Gaffs: Part II

    When I started teaching at my current school – after a five year hiatus abroad and in a rural community – I hated it.  In truth, I had been offered a teaching position in an…

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    Classroom Gaffs: Part I

    Without intentionally sounding like a know-it-all, I maintain that I didn’t really learn anything of value in my double-degree until I was put on the frontline.  I walked out…

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    The Hate List: Part II

    I wrote a blog post a few weeks back (entitled ‘The Hate List’, as it turns out), about the things that shit me to tears and beyond belief.  A few mates commented that I’d…

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    Favourite Females on Screen…

    I’m reading Tina Fey’s Bossypants at the moment.  I saw her hosting gig at the Golden Globes and remembered how much I like her – even if I haven’t seen 30 Rock for…

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    The Triggers…

    When I drove past Monash University in Clayton last week – my educational home for four years in my formative years – I expected a rush of memories, because that is just how…

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    Australians All Let Us Rejoice…

    There’s a lot to say for being Australian.  It seems like the older I get, the more patriotic I become.  Not so much so that I’m prepared to don an Aussie flag as a cape and…

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    Lyrics for the Ages

    I was reading The Age on the iPad this morning. Loving The Age online; loving the iPad. Anyway, in the Technology section – which I normally flick past lest I slip into a coma…

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    The Hate List

    Truth be told, I’m feeling somewhat sorry for myself.  In waving goodbye to dairy, I’ve waved goodbye to half my diet.  The upside of that is that I may wake up looking more…

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    Tall Tales from the London Jungle: Part I

    Pardon the cliché, but even though this incident occurred nine years ago – almost to the day, I’m guessing – I recall it with the clarity of yesterday.  When my boys get…

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    Ginno’s Bucket List

    Everyone has a bucket list, I imagine – a mish-mashed collection of must dos before death.  Places they must see, people they must meet, experiences they must have.  From the…

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    Dairy: Farewell, My Love

    For my last supper, be it on death row or death’s door for some other ambiguous reason, the menu would consist predominantly of all things dairy.  Be it blue cheese (Blue…

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    Sixto Rodriguez Versus Paul Kelly

    Last week I went to the Astor Theatre to see a double.  Two recently released films for $10. Yes, that’s right – TEN DOLLARS.  Considering it costs twice that to see any…

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