9 books I’d give my 12-year-old self

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Yesterday I came across an article on Bookriot, in which the author talks about the 12 books he’d give his 12-year-old self (assuming he had a time machine, of course). This got me thinking about myself at that age. I, like the article’s author, was a voracious reader. Most of my friends would beg their parents for video games or CDs or clothes, but I almost always asked for books. (more…)

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2016 – I’m out


Of all the celebrities we lost this year, three hit me the hardest: David Bowie, Prince, and Carrie Fisher. Each were a part of my childhood and adolescence, introducing me to musical and visual worlds that continue to capture my imagination, fuel my creativity, and get me through some of my worst moments.

Their passing in 2016 feels especially poignant. Bowie and Prince showed the world that there’s no right way to be a man. They both embraced femininity and were unafraid to surround themselves with strong, talented women. Fisher was an unapologetic feminist. She was outspoken and fearless in her criticisms of Hollywood and sharing her own struggles with mental illness. In a year that’s come to be dominated by toxic masculinity and bullies, it’s a shame to lose three voices well poised to fight these forces.

But maybe this just means that it’s time for others to find their voices and fill the void.

just keep moving: lessons learned completing my first City2Surf

Completing the City2Surf has been on my ‘Sydney bucket list’ since moving here six years ago. For those who are unfamiliar, the City2Surf is an annual 14 kilometer run/walk starting in the city center at Hyde Park and finishing on Bondi Beach. It seems like everyone in the Sydney area has participated in this event at least once. The 80,000-some participants at each year’s event certainly attest to its popularity and status as a Sydneysider right of passage. (more…)

7 things I learned at the All About Women festival

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After discovering the Sydney Writers’ Festival and Graphic last year, I’ve been on the lookout for similar events. All About Women, with its feminist bent, sounded right up my alley. Instead of dabbling with a single talk like I did during SWF and Graphic, I opted to jump right in and attend three AAW talks to get a real feel for the event. (more…)