It amazes me how difficult it is to be a really decent human being and how little time and energy we put into trying to achieve it. If you want to be a good plumber or lawyer, you’ll spend years and dollars perfecting your trade under the watchful eye of your superiors, start at the … More Who wants to be a really decent human?
If you ask B why she goes to church, up until pretty recently morning tea will have figured high on the list. Memorable moment – our three year old clinking communion glasses with her father and declaring loudly: “Cheers.” J would probably tell you she goes because her two best friends from Primary School are there, along … More Why I’m chuffed our daughters are still part of church – and why we haven’t invited you to come.
I was chatting with a friend the other day about being content. “I’m reading this book and it says something about it…” she told me. “Here we go… ‘God wants you to be content….’ That’s helpful isn’t it?” We both started laughing. I’m sure the book said other stuff too, but it struck me as … More How to be completely content in three easy steps
In the lead up to what should have been Hugh’s eleventh birthday, I find myself thinking about the barbed wire and the paddock. That’s the image that’s grown with me since Hugh’s birth and death, eight hours apart, October 29 2004. His bare little chest, strong, rising and falling with the respirator. Inside, a pair … More One more wish on Hugh’s eleventh birthday
Come on, you seriously needed to click on a headline to figure this out? It’s never, ever okay… Except when it is. Like this afternoon, when I read that the wang in question was breaking the internet. A wang? But I thought everyone called it a peen these days? Okay, click… Thirty-second browse gives me … More When is it okay to click on a headline about Justin Bieber’s wang?
“He looks really sad. I hope he’s got someone looking after him.” Brydie is nine and about the most empathic person I’ve ever met. She feels the pain of both man and beast, and also creatures that are stuffed. Tony Abbott probably feels like he falls into that last category. Browsing the Guardian online over my shoulder, … More Tony’s sad-face – a lesson in life from my nine year old.
Growing up, there were a lot of things I thought were pretty bad. Swearing, not inviting Jesus to live in your heart, running with scissors and being gay were probably among them. These days, I’ve changed my views on some of this (I still try not to run with scissors. I mean hey, that’s very … More I’m a Christian who believes in marriage equality: because it’s okay to be gay.
Like the rest of the internet, I’ve been thinking a lot about Cecil the lion the last week or two. Lured from the safety of his wilderness sanctuary and shot with a bow and arrow, his majestic head paraded on Facebook by a dentist who should have been back home harmlessly drilling someone’s cavities, Cecil’s … More What Cecil the lion reminds me about setting the mood, homework and arguing with my spouse
I’ve fallen out of love. I’m probably the last person I expected this to happen to and it’s particularly embarrassing given all the things I’ve posted here over the last few years – passionate and committed stuff that made it sound like I have it all together. But here’s the truth: I no longer love … More Fallen out of love and looking for a new way to change the world
As the Indian Doctor murmurs over my collapsed and invisible arm vein in an attempt to get in a line, I find myself hanging onto Doug’s hand. I’m not really a clinger. Throughout the deliveries of three beautiful children I felt like I stayed pretty much in the driver’s seat – excruciating in parts, yes, … More Six hours in an Emergency Ward: why I won’t protect my children from suffering at all costs