“What makes you happy?” I ask the question of an old woman on a green mountainside beyond the remote village of Same, five hours inland from Dili, Timor Leste. Every line on her face tells a story. “Being here with these people – my family and friends – makes me happy. We look after each … More Give me the simple life
“Rough day at work, hey?” says my fifteen year old with a grin when she comes home and notices the first draft for our upcoming UnitingWorld campaign. “We don’t believe in charity,” declares my scrawl on a large sheet of paper, folded in two. It’s a tagline probably worthy of the raised eyebrow. For years … More Time to give up charity?
There are probably dents in my forehead from pressing it up against the window pane as Fiji’s coastline sneaks into view beneath us – I’ll never tire of watching the land creep up under the wing tip of a plane as we tilt away from the sun. There’s something about seeing the earth from the … More Smokin! How to set the world aflame from the pages of the bible.
The moment I spot the mobile phone I flash an eyebrow at our photographer. It says “Damn it, can we get that out of there? If not physically, then at least out of the shot? I totally forgot about mobile phones…” Then I continue to forget about mobiles because #otherfishtofry and clearly Alex just thinks … More Yep, poor people have mobiles. Please give them more money.
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
I’m heartened to be reminded, once again, that contrary to pop-psychology, we don’t use only 10% of our brainpower after all. Not so great for the recent film release, Lucy, which apparently uses this non-fact as the premise for most of its plot, but good for the rest of us, who’ve probably been feeling guilty … More Don’t make up your mind til you’ve read it
I’m asking you to hear my story because I’ve heard that you care. I’ve heard that you listen when others will not. I’ve heard that you will act. And unless my story is heard, nothing will change. When I speak – on talk-back radio, in the pub, in quiet words to friends – this is … More Creating change for asylum seekers: the stories we must hear
There. I said it. Yes, we’re hearing reports of people traumatised by lack of access to drinking water, injured in riots, held in detention with nothing to do and little hope of a future reunited with their families. And yes, I’ve seen the graphic novel on the Immigration Department website – the one depicting despairing … More Asylum seekers: at least no more lives are being lost at sea
It’s probably not safe but it feels great. Brydie and I have somehow managed to jam a foot each onto her scooter and are hurtling down the path beside the ocean, chatting about the reasons why we won’t be flying an Australian flag outside our caravan tomorrow. “It’s a bit sad,” I tell her, dodging … More Why we’re not flying the flag on Australia Day but…