Most of us tend to surround ourselves with people that are similar to us in certain ways. We drift towards people with similar morals and personal ethics. When we discuss things like politics or current events, we are often discussing them with people who feel similarly to us.

So when things happen that going against what we believe, it comes as a bit of a shock to the system to know that many people feel the opposite. I know a fair few Queenslanders would have felt this way seeing Pauline Hanson winning seats in the senate. Did people actually vote for the woman who makes no secret of her intolerance for Muslims, who is pandering to so-called men’s rights groups and who is publicly stating that vaccines are linked to autism, a claim that has been disproved hundreds of times? They sure did.

Continue Reading

Like it? Share it!

The Girls on the Train.

On a Sydney train, I stood close to two young women. On a Sydney train, standing close is pretty luxurious; I wasn’t actually pressed up against anyone or competing for something to hang on to. These two young women were headed in to town to meet their friend for a bit of shopping. They were buying accessories to wear as part of the friend’s bridal party. (Yes, I was close enough to hear their whole conversation, whether I wanted to or not.)

This means they were most likely close friends of the bride to be, I imagine. Close friends or not, it didn’t stop them from saying some pretty unkind things about her. Not about her character. They seemed to agree that she was a lovely person, but… Could she not wear something different? Why is she always wearing those short skirts? She has great calves, everyone knows that, but her thighs? God! She needs something at least knee length to hide those dimples. She actually needs to be careful, because remember Cherie? She used to be so pretty until she got fat.

Continue Reading

Like it? Share it!

We’ve been playing Pokémon Go for a couple days now, and my 3.5-year-old loves it. I can’t help but wonder if she likes it because, on some level, she’s somehow identifying with the game. She knows what it’s like to not necessarily want to be found (even if her version of hide-and-seek always sees her “hiding” in the same place), she never wants to get caught (much better to blame the cat for all crayon and wall related incidents), battle is second nature, especially when she’s tired.

I might not need an augmented reality app to find my toddler, but in some ways she kind of reminds me of a Pokémon. I mean, she didn’t look like a Bulbasaur at birth or anything, but she did eventually spend a fair while getting around on all fours.

Pokémon bulbasaur

If she’s the Pokémon, that makes me one of her Pokémon trainers, which means I have to be really good at the whole capture, training and battle stuff. I won’t get any stardust for my efforts and any candy I score will be self-provided (and medicinal) and may or may not need to be shared.

Continue Reading

Like it? Share it!

Do you think all lives matter?

I’m going to take  a hopeful stab in the dark and say yes. I would hope that most people do. So much so that it should go without saying. Every life is important. And not because they are someone else’s partner, parent or relative; people matter in their own right, not just for who they are in relation to someone else. But the #AllLivesMatter “movement” that keeps popping up is not actually about that, since it never existed before the #BlackLivesMatter movement. So is it really about “equality”, or is it more of a derailing tactic?

Continue Reading

Like it? Share it!