Family, Fiction, Melbourne, Relationship and marriage, Writing

Going on a Date

I wait for Derek with increasing anticipation. 'Harriet,' Mum calls. 'Fresh banana bread, straight outta the oven.' I'm so tempted. I have an insatiable appetite for hot banana bread, lathered with butter or jam, or sometimes, even a smattering of peanut butter. But I don't want to ruin my plans for pizza in the park… Continue reading Going on a Date

Family, Fiction, Melbourne, Parenting, Relationship and marriage, Writing

Grief

Closing the door behind me as I leave the empty room, a sob catches in my throat. I splutter and cough. 'Mindy? You OK?' asks Charles, calling from the breakfast bar. It's pertinent that he should check on me. Even in my medicated haze, I can tell he's keeping a close watch, in case I… Continue reading Grief

Fiction, Health and wellbeing, Relationship and marriage, Writing

Freedom Fighters

'I'll need you to disseminate this information quickly, Bruce,' I said. He lifted his gaze to meet my own. We both knew the implications behind the message. My people had become restless; when I toured the provinces, the feeling emanating from them was almost tangible, visible, like rustling leaves in a tree. I could hear… Continue reading Freedom Fighters

Fiction, Health and wellbeing, Melbourne, Relationship and marriage, Writing

Battle Within

It's been over a week since I last spoke with her. My last words were shocking, unforgivable. No wonder I've not heard a peep. I have left numerous---I've lost count---messages on her voicemail, pleading clemency, stupidity. Ignorance. White male privilege, even. Making a cup of tea, I wonder how much longer this can go on.… Continue reading Battle Within

Health and wellbeing, Melbourne, Opinion, Writing

News

Finally! From midnight tonight retail, hospitality and other businesses can reopen. The invisible Ring of Steel that cuts a swath around metropolitan Melbourne is gone---well, sometime early next month we'll be allowed to travel into regional Victoria without fear of a drone following to catch and subsequently deliver fines. I wonder if there'll be any… Continue reading News