Letter to Lucinda

Dear LeeLoo, At some point we’ll have to start calling you by your actual name, instead of reserving it for times when you’ve done something wrong (which, admittedly, is quite often, at the moment). You’re not even two yet, but your mother swears you said my name the other day, and you’re running around the […]

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We Are Not ‘Girls’

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day – and today marks the start of the inaugural Queensland Women’s Week. I am very fortunate to be living in an age and a country that allows for the celebration and discussion of such issues, even if they are, at times, drowned out in a sea of other, ‘more important’ […]

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Dearest 20 year old me:

*Before I start – I know that there are a whole heap of other things that have happened in the past couple of weeks that probably warrant more of my time, but I’m also trying to teach myself that self-care is important too, no matter what else is going on. I’m not going to lie. […]

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International Celebration of Women in STEM

As a species, we seem to love proclaiming international days for particular things, or events – whether it is for pancakes, peace, friendship, or to combat desertification and drought. Most of these pass us by without a second thought (unless you really, really like pancakes), but there are some that I think deserve more recognition […]

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Review: Brooklyn

I’ve never been a big movie person. Maybe it’s because I didn’t really go to the cinema much when I was young, but I’ve always preferred to sit down and ruin my eyes by staring at words on pages instead of at a giant screen in the dark. That being said, I do always end […]

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Young and Free?

I went to a primary school named after a Scottish clan, MacGregor State Primary School, and this tradition was perpetuated by the theme of red tartan that ran through all our uniforms and official documentation. Our performing arts uniform came complete with long white socks pulled up to our knees, and garters that fluttered whenever […]

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What Do You Do With a B. A. in English?

At some point in their lives, everyone has come across the quip that arts students will complete their studies only to become cashiers at McDonald’s. Usually I just get a little annoyed before moving on, but sometimes it genuinely hits a nerve. It’s a multi-layered insult – there’s the insinuation that one of my degrees is […]

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Women: What are we good for?

*This post is at risk of being edited when more of my brain is awake and fully functioning. It is six hours into the sixth day of the year, and I really should still be asleep. But the sun is up, which usually means I am as well – and if I’m being perfectly honest […]

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Happy 2016: Part 1

I write this while keeping an eye on my cat, because I think she’s scared by all the popping noises that are happening outside. Or maybe she’s just annoyed that I told her to get off the keyboard so I could log in and play computer games. In any case, I’m spending tonight in relative […]

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