June 5, 2017

The sudden death of a close friend has blind-sighted my family and me.

Tara Hunt was a strong and inspirational woman. She was only 54 and leaves behind a husband, three children and a gaping hole in the lives of many of her friends.

The more than 500 mourners who came t...

April 7, 2017

These are dark days for Australia's dying print media. This week Fairfax (SMH, The Age, Australian Financial Review) announced it will sack 125 journalists. In protest, Fairfax editorial staff will strike and not report on the up-coming federal budget.

This latest round...

March 27, 2017

In 2013, a 17-year-old Jehovah’s Witness boy from New South Wales made headlines when he lost his court appeal to refuse a life-saving blood transfusion.

The religious teenager, who was being treated for Hodgkin’s lymphoma at Sydney Children’s Hospital, threatened to ri...

February 21, 2017

I applaud the new HSC changes which will teach grammar and improve students' writing skills. 

Some of my journalism students yearn to write stories, yet can't construct proper sentences. Their written communication skills have been gagged through a lack of education....

November 24, 2016

When I was 8-years-old I declared I would write stories when I grew up. But as I didn’t know any authors, I suspected they might be mythical creatures, who lived in faraway lands. In any case, they definitely didn’t live in the suburbs of Adelaide.

Instead I followed th...

November 9, 2016

I recently sent out invitations to my 50th birthday party – a Sunday ladies’ lunch.

While most people replied with great gusto – ‘Yes, I’ll be there with bells on – I can’t wait. There were at least a couple who replied – ‘Wow, you are brave!’

Brave?  I didn’t understand...

October 28, 2016

This week I had the privilege of media training a group of women in Canberra who work for Anglicare. 

These hardworking, courageous women are on the front of line of Anglicare’s many valuable social justice programs, such as: finding emergency foster care for traumatise...

September 28, 2016

My nine-year-old daughter asked me a grammar question the other day that stopped me in my tracks: "When do you use 'in spite of' and 'despite'?

I honestly had to stop and think about it. Despite being an author, corporate trainer and former-journalist no-one has ever as...

December 15, 2014

In the late afternoon sunshine, a crowd of about 400 people gathered near the cordoned-off area in Martin Place. The mood in the crowd was relaxed, almost festive.

In fact, if you didn’t know any better, you could be forgiven for thinking there wasn’t an unfolding hosta...

December 15, 2014

In the streets and churches, Sydneysiders are united in preserving their peaceful way of life despite the shock they experienced during the deadly Lindt café siege and the sorrow they feel after it.

A steady procession of mourners laid tributes of flowers, cards and cho...

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