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Setting An Intention For 2017

I stepped into 2017 as gingerly as I could manage. Usually, I’m the one bursting with optimism and hope for the year ahead, but as 2016 drew down, I spent New Year’s Eve day on the verge of tears, feeling that…

2016’s Greatest Hits – What You Lot Read This Year

Ah, 2016. You were a real bugger, ya know? If for no other reason than you took away Alan Rickman, and then you left Donald Trump in charge. What the hell is that about? Personally, though, 2016 was a perfectly fine…

“Aussie As” Gifts to Send Home from Australia

I always think it’s a bit special to be able to send people at home gifts from Australia. Gifts from our home away from home are totally unique, a great reminder of the sender, and something you can be sure the…

Sydney Expat Interview Series Part 17: Australian Slang

I have to admit, I resisted picking up Australian slang for ages. But over the years, it’s just crept its sneaky way right into my life to the point where, these days, I literally write messages like this:  “Cheeky coffee this…

5 Things American Elections Can Learn From Australia

Election day is upon the U.S. once again, and this one ought to be the dooziest of all doozies. Buckle in. Though I haven’t physically cast a ballot in the U.S. in several years, I’ve done so many times in…

Sydney Expat Interview Series: The Weekend Getaway

I don’t know about you, but this warming Spring weather we’ve been having in Sydney lately has turned my mind right onto “road trip”. Map out the places one can drive to from Sydney on a weekend getaway, and we…

In This Election, We Chose Our Words With Care

This post has positive things to say about President Obama. If this angers you for any reason, I invite you to scroll along to another article that will bring you joy.  This American Presidential election season is a month away from completion,…

Sydney Expat Interview Series Part 15: The Huntsman

This post is brought to you by the Tourism Board of Australia. Just kidding! You know that old chestnut about how every critter in Australia is out to kill you? Well, the Hunstman spider is not one of those things….