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

Health and wellbeing, Opinion, Poems, Writing

The value in friendship

  The heart is empty, A soul cries, devoid Of hope. Anxiety traps   And holds. A gasp of breath, A whimper escapes. She speaks, And in confession somehow,   Hope renews. Through trust built Over time, an intimacy Fostered, by disclosing concerns,   Recounting moments of joy, The value in friendship Is immense, immeasurable.… Continue reading The value in friendship

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

Family, Fiction, Health and wellbeing, Melbourne, Parenting, Writing

Gifted

'Look!' Millie squeals. She jumps up and down, her legs kicking backwards. Her eyes are sparkling; the blue of her iris seems brighter, glossy even. 'What is it Millsy?' I ask. She's a wonder this kid. Only five, yet off-the-chart intelligent. Actually, she's been off the charts for everything since birth. Apgar, length, weight, for… Continue reading Gifted