• I’ve been having the wrong conversation about feminism When I first started writing opinion columns for newspapers – about 16 years ago, for the Herald Sun in Melbourne, sharing a page with The Human Bolt (Andrew)  – I idolised the writing of Zoe Williams and studied her prose to grow my own style. She wrote a smart column for the Guardian on Saturdays called more
  • How to dine (blissfully) on your own I was prompted to jot down some thoughts on this subject when I recently found myself once again causing a stir among those around me for there I was, a 40-year-old woman in a restaurant very happily dining on her own. Oh, the sideways glances! I was up at Bells at Killcare, a little over more
  • Beet and Turmeric Kvass Tonic You read it first here: The next chapter in my health explorations is the microbiome. Yep, I’m all about healing the gut right now. I’ll touch on this in more detail shortly; meantime I’m just working on recipes that get my gut gunning with gas (or without it, as preferred case may be). Kvass is more
  • Fermented Turmeric Tonic recipe Turmeric is a sweet salve for an inflamed, auto-immune, gut-compromised soul, or so say the studies. But a bunch of other studies show it has poor bioavailability and requires pretty good gut health from the get-go to be able to convert the active ingredient (the yellow pigment, curcurmin) into a form that kicks into gear more
  • How to heal Autoimmune disease: tips from Dr Terry Wahls When I don’t know stuff about stuff that I care about, I like to call a “friend” and have a bit of an audio interview with them. When I do, I get you guys to take part and invite you to post questions to ask on your behalf. My latest such friendly chat about stuff more
  • What to look for in your cleaning products. Plus a giveaway! If you’ve been following the My Simple Home series, you’ll know I’m really rather committed to keeping my home ecologically and ergonomically minimal and sustainable. I’ve shared on toxic hazards you should avoid and how to detox your kitchen. Oh, and how to buy a sustainable couch. Which I did finally do! Today, I’ll touch on a few tips more
  • If you feel at odds with the world, you are a deviant. Be proud. Have you encountered George Monbiot? He’s my favourite columnist in the whole wide world. He delves in under the wounds, undeterred by the defensive scab. Then he goes in another layer, and another, and finds the root cause of the pain. Last week he wrote about how the values of neoliberalism have cheated us.  And more
  • 19 extra tips for fixing constipation A few weeks ago, I ran a post by Dana from Hypothyroidmom.com on how she reversed her constipation. Boy, a lot of us are blocked up, hey!? (I’m really tempted to drop some poo puns in here…like how the response created a sh*t storm… but will hold it in… I mean refrain.) I’ve since put together more
  • Hey, a Wool and The Gang knitting kit…give it a purl! When I was a kid and complained to Mum I was borrrrred it would elicit precisely one of two responses. “I’ve got something you can do – here’s a basket of nappies you can hang out.” “Sarah, you need a hobby”. Poor Mum was always on my case to do things with my time that more
  • Can you sit and do nothing (no phone included) for 15 minutes? Last week my phone died and I paid a visit to – deep breath – the Apple store to have an over-pierced kid sort out my life. After diagnosing my issue, The Kid (Him: “In my former life I was a piercing technician.” Me: “But you’re 21, you don’t have a former life!”) had to more