When is it okay to click on a headline about Justin Bieber’s wang?

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?

Tony’s sad-face – a lesson in life from my nine year old.

“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.

I’m a Christian who believes in marriage equality: because it’s okay to be gay.

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.

What Cecil the lion reminds me about setting the mood, homework and arguing with my spouse

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

Fallen out of love and looking for a new way to change the world

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

Six hours in an Emergency Ward: why I won’t protect my children from suffering at all costs

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

Don’t make up your mind til you’ve read it

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

A post about why you haven’t done that thing. You know. The one you want to do and haven’t.

Will power.  Exceptionally unappealing in the two-year-old who has her shoe in your face and refuses to leave the carseat, but pretty damn admirable in just about every other situation. Most of us define will power as determination, stamina, drive or stubbornness (as in the case of your two year old).  Psychologists have a couple … More A post about why you haven’t done that thing. You know. The one you want to do and haven’t.

How God answered my prayers for a hot husband, a fulfilling job and outstanding financial security… and how he’ll answer yours as well

The other day I disappeared down a rabbit hole into a biblical cyber-wonderland where I stumbled upon an intriguing website.  It promised to harness the power of thousands of global prayer warriors, all bending their earnest heads over prayer requests submitted online with the click of a button. “The internet has allowed us to create … More How God answered my prayers for a hot husband, a fulfilling job and outstanding financial security… and how he’ll answer yours as well