Melbourne, Opinion, Writing

End of

The trail of happiness and freedom has ended. In forty minutes (as I write these words) I begin work again, after a wonderful three-week break. I've got the end-of-holidays jitters, my belly feels like mush, liquid sloshing about, my head corralling thoughts and ideas for topics and content. I am grateful to have a job,… Continue reading End of

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

Visiting Dad

'What's with all the ruckus?' Dad's angry, I can tell. His face is red and if he was a cartoon character, there'd be steam coming out his ears. He pushes back his chair with such force it tips over and leaves me in the kitchen to investigate. My younger brothers are fighting in their room.… Continue reading Visiting Dad

Family, Melbourne, Movies, Parenting, TV shows, Writing

Today

Last night, Our Girl asked if we could watch a movie together sometime today. I quickly said yes; I have completed all my current contract work, and Tuesdays are a non-work day in my permanent part-time role. Perfect! I caught a glimpse of a lazy, fun-filled day, wearing trackies and slippers, snuggled under a blanket… Continue reading Today

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

Alexa

'Make sure those quarterly reports are on my desk by 5,' Alexa says. She frowns slightly at Maxine, who skulks out of the office. Alexa swivels in her chair to face the floor-to-ceiling window, from which she is afforded uninhibited views of the city's skyline, and the sea beyond. She loves her office; the spacious… Continue reading Alexa

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

The unravelling of Arabella

'Get dressed,' Arabella yells to her family. 'We've got to be out of here in ten minutes. No dilly dallying!' Footsteps thump from the kitchen to the bedrooms as Arabella's two teens follow her instructions. She smiles to herself; it's just the way she likes it. She hums to herself while she tidies the kitchen,… Continue reading The unravelling of Arabella