The storm bird sounds in the distance. Iโ€™m not sure of its botanical name but I know this bird well from living in the sub-tropics. It heralds a halt in the heat. For days, the storm bird might sing out its long melancholic call, echoing the yearning everyone feels for the rain to arrive and relieve the humidity. She calls, she calls. This bird that I have never seen yet heard all… Read More

The holiday season is here. The beaches are filling up with people who would normally be working or studying, and children who would usually be at school. Conversations start or close with โ€œwhat are you doing for Christmas?โ€ or โ€œwill you be at home or are you going away?โ€ The air-conditioned shopping centres are filling with people escaping the heat and buying gifts for their friends, relatives and loved ones. Yes, the… Read More

This week I was asked if I’m enjoying the experiment. My immediate response then, and now, is a resounding Yes! I feel itโ€™s giving me a focus that is quite healthy for me at present. You see a couple of months ago I was told my teaching contract wouldnโ€™t be renewed. It was a casual part-time contract for teaching academic writing at Southern Cross University. Iโ€™d been teaching there for three years… Read More