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

Brooke’s outing

Brooke grabs her car keys and closes the front door. Her heart flutters, like a butterfly has been released behind her ribs. She pauses on the verandah and draws breath. Her body sways; she presses her hand against the wall to steady herself. It's the belligerent nature of others that causes her to feel untethered.… Continue reading Brooke’s outing

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

My choice

The door bell tinkles. I am in the back, filling the kettle with water. Desperate for a cup of tea and a biscuit. I leave the kettle on the bench and fling the curtain wide. She stands, somewhat stooped, in the room. Her eyes downcast. The aura from this girl is forceful, yet stilted. Blocked,… Continue reading My choice

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

Harriet and Rosa

Harriet has always been a delicate flower. At least that's what Rosa thinks, as she watches her twin sister sleeping in the hospital bed. Rosa strokes Harriet's forehead, then rests her head on the bed. 'Oh, Harry. How did this happen?' Tears slip down Rosa's cheeks. She lets the tears seep onto the bed sheets;… Continue reading Harriet and Rosa

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

Party time

'I'll pass, thanks.' The voice is sharp, cutting. Jackie glances up, shocked. The woman's eyes are dark, her jaw clenched. Somehow, Jackie has offended her. 'Of course,' Jackie responds. She gives the woman a smile and begins to move on. 'To be honest,' the woman continues. 'I think you're wrong even hosting this. In these… Continue reading Party time

Family, Health and wellbeing, Melbourne, Opinion, Writing

Sleepless in Melbourne

My mind is busy, filled with concerns: universal, individual, shared and guarded. I wish I could sweep it clean, dust out the corners, so that I can rest. But I close my eyes and my brain flickers to life. A movie reel playing out scenes of what-if, and repeats of what-was. After retiring for the… Continue reading Sleepless in Melbourne