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

Nelly and Paul

It strikes Nelly anew that trust is built over minutes, hours, years. Decades even, if you get that far. She sips her chamomile tea; its calming aroma does its job. She sighs, and dries her eyes. When Paul came home last night, she knew immediately that something was amiss. 'You right?' she asked, looking up… Continue reading Nelly and Paul

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

Lesson for Me

You know what I'm discovering, more and more, as my children grow older? I bet you can guess the usual suspects...the unconditional love, the pride, the awe as they learn new things, the fact that parenting is a balancing act and that, as parents, there's only so much that you can do for your child.… Continue reading Lesson for Me

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

Joy in the Park

Joy has been named incorrectly. For her, happiness has always been skimpy. There's been fleeting moments, of course. That time when she experienced her first kiss, buying her apartment, the warmth of Sadie when she curls on her lap. But implosion always threatened, like troops on the border making a stealthy advance. Even those times… Continue reading Joy in the Park

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

Tea and Cake

Harriet lowers herself into her arm chair. Everything hurts: over the past few years, Harriet's been feeling every day of her age. She's noticed back ache, her legs are shaky and sore, her shoulders hunched. She is old; born in the previous century. And while that seems like an eye-blink ago, it's really not. The… Continue reading Tea and Cake

Fiction, Health and wellbeing, Melbourne, Writing

Elle’s Demise

The heat saps strength, leaving Elle desperately tired. Her muscles ache, a gentle throbbing in her hips and thighs. Her shoulders are ropy. She'd like to retire. But it's still years away. Five if she's lucky, if she's done her sums correctly. More like twenty, if the conspiracy theorists are right. Elle heaves herself out… Continue reading Elle’s Demise