• Whose Gift Is It? Oct 20, 2010

    Relationships are, to use my friend Janie’s vernacular, slippery little suckers. Most of the time the people in our life are loving, supportive and a source of joy. Sometimes our relationships go awry. And sometimes we have no idea why, what or where it all went south.

  • Believe It Or Not Oct 9, 2010

    I’m back in the old US of A again, hence my tardiness with this blog. I always take awhile to settle after travelling - sorry about that.

  • Pay Attention Oct 2, 2010

    Oh, the irony. After writing my blog this week, with this title, I then inadvertently wiped it while I was mucking about on my iphone!! So now I’ve rewritten it - sorry for the delay.

  • Just Do It Sep 21, 2010

    Last night I attended a play at the National Theatre in which a friend of ours was performing. The cast was young, brimming with enthusiasm and filled with the desire to just act. Money was not part of their motivation (at least, not in the short term). They were onlythere because of their love of acting.

  • Funny, Clever and Kind Sep 16, 2010

    A column in one of the Melbourne weekend magazines recently offered advice about how to write a wedding speech. After listing some of the obvious do’s and don’ts the advice boiled down to five words: be funny, clever and kind.

  • Freedom For and Freedom From Sep 10, 2010

    I apologise to all my regular readers for failing to post a blog last week. I was incommunicado on a self-imposed retreat in Bali. Whilst there I attended a couple of talks about karma and destiny, where a thought provoking and interesting point about freedom was made.

  • What We Need, When We Need It Aug 25, 2010

    My great teacher - the wise old soul that is my still young daughter - recently helped set me right, yet again. I’ve recently become embroiled in a situation that seems unfair. It seems that I will be denied something that I feel I deserve and have a right to receive and I was railing about this great injustice, singing the ‘woe is me’ song loudly.

  • What I Would Tell Tatum O'Neal Aug 20, 2010

    Tatum O’Neal was on Oprah yesterday (here in Australia) and I just had to write about it. She was telling of her recent headline-making arrest for possession of cocaine. Some months ago she said on a previous Oprah show that she was attending a twelve step program to help her beat her addictions and this latest arrest broke a ten month period of abstinence.

  • The Trick of Life Aug 18, 2010

    How do you feel when you hear blokes urge their mates and colleagues on by calling them “a big girl’ when they fail to achieve a certain - usually physical - target. Or when someone who expresses their true feelings or opinions and it is met with a joshing “you’re so gay!”

  • Acknowledge Me Aug 12, 2010

    There is a new song on the radio about the desire to be rich and famous. The song is about becoming famous enough to be on the Oprah show, and the general craving for acknowledgment and recognition. The final line of the chorus is “I want to be a billionaire, real frickin’ bad” suggesting that all our dreams turn on enormous amounts of money.

  • Judge Knot Aug 5, 2010

    I am finally back in my home town. After twelve weeks in the land of the free and the brave I have now been thrust unceremoniously into the land of the cold, the wet and the grey. Undeterred by the low temperatures however, I walked my daughter into the city yesterday, a bright and cheerful mecca for this city of incorrigible coffee drinkers.

  • Drama:Who Needs It? Jul 28, 2010

    The road inland from Santa Cruz, where I’m staying, is a winding highway through a mountain range. I’m getting to know both the road, and the habits of the local drivers, well.

  • The Thorn In Our Side Jul 21, 2010

    I met up yesterday with an old friend who I haven’t seen for 10 years. We used to live in Singapore together. We would spend our time with our kids round the pool, chatting and enjoying being with people from a whole range of different countries but funnily enough, all having the same problems.

  • All Is Not As It Seems Jul 15, 2010

    I just went to see The Karate Kid last night. It was a beautiful story of one child’s journey into spirit. He thought he was mastering kung fu as a form of self-defence, but he soon realised that was just the beginning of what he was really learning.

  • Truth That Sets You Free Jul 7, 2010

    It is not often you come across a truly profound idea but recently I read this passage in a book called The End of Your World by Adyashanti and it has stayed with me since. It deals with what it really means when we tell the ‘truth’ :