In getting married we aren’t leaving behind something “not good” or fixing a problem. The Bible doesn’t talk about singleness as a problem, in fact it says it’s good and that’s been my experience for 35 years… Continue reading One single grief
This post sits firmly in the ‘highly privileged’ category of Covid 19 experience, as demonstrated by the following caveats: I haven’t lost any family or friends to this virus, I live in a territory without community transmission, in a country which does indeed appear to be flattening the curve, I don’t have any children to suddenly figure out how to home-school, My financial security is … Continue reading Pride in the time of pandemic
So begins the one hymn I remember singing at my sister’s funeral, as a 3 year old with guitar-shaped ties on my pigtails. This post isn’t about that though. It’s about the way those words have echoed through the passages of my life, and how, 31 years later, they are truer than ever. I don’t know how to begin to write about 2019. Or rather … Continue reading God holds the key of all unknown and I am glad.
I was 13 when it came on TV, back when there were 4 channels and David Wenham wasn’t famous yet. We used to sit around as a family watching it, though Mum and Dad dropped off when Diver Dan did. A couple of episodes were on VHS, specifically the law ball and Karen’s parent’s wedding. I used to re-wind them until I knew lines of … Continue reading Beyond the sea(change)
Today is my NT anniversary, and what strikes me first is that one year isn’t enough to hold what the last has. I read a book about time perception a few years ago, and why summer holidays seem to last forever when you’re a kid. Apparently it’s got something to do with creating and storing new memories, and the space they take up in your … Continue reading My second monsoon: 12 months in
A fair bit of my week is spent trying to simplify the Bible, to teach it to kids. Simplifying doesn’t mean glossing over hard stuff, but breaking it down to understand it. When it comes to the postal survey, I don’t think it’s remotely simple, but here is what I keep coming back to. I believe that there is a God who made the world … Continue reading What if my truth says yours is a lie?
The first thing I noticed was that it began almost exactly 10 years ago, minus 6 days. The second is that I don’t remember being the person who wrote it.
I bashed my not-quite 3 month old car into a gate today, and my first instinct was to pretend it didn’t happen. When the crunch stopped, and the gate closed behind me, I continued on my less-than-merry way. It took 4km for me to pull over and look at the damage, 4km to reject the voice telling me that what I don’t know can’t hurt me. … Continue reading For one time you were darkness…
There’s a running gag in Rosehaven, a gem of an Aussie tv show I iviewed last year. The main character has returned to Tassie after working on ‘the mainland’ for a number of years, and every time someone asks him about it, they interrupt his explanations with a droll ‘Couldn’t hack it?’. Snortingly good. Anyway, I’m not sure when I started viewing my life in … Continue reading Couldn’t hack it?
It’s my 5th full day here in Darwin, and I’m throwing back to my first blog post to share some pictures of life here so far. After a hair-raising dash to the airport on Tuesday morning and a bittersweet goodbye to my folks, I flew out of Sydney at 9.40 and arrived in Darwin half an hour earlier than expected at 1.45. I also gained an hour … Continue reading My first monsoon