• An open letter to my friends: Your perfume is killing me! Dearest Loved Ones, Your perfume is killing me. I mean it almost literally. It’s also affecting our friendship. I can’t hug you, and so you might have noticed my stepping back when we meet up. I can’t risk dining with you in a confined space and so you might have noticed I’ve been suggesting we more
  • My number one wellness secret (not what you expect!) I won’t keep you in suspense. I’m not a clickbait-y type. The answer I always give when asked for the most effective trick for being well is… to learn to cook. When you cook you get empowered and mindful. By necessity, you cut out processed food and all the guff Big Food foists upon us. more
  • Excitedly seeking web designer! Hello. The look of this site is, well, tired. And I’m doing a call out to you all to see if you have ideas for a design overhaul. Are you a clever web designer with ideas who’d like to come into the office and work with me on this project? I always like to put these more
  • Buy my soup in a jar. Help the homeless (my new project!) I have recently hooked up with the The Inside Out Organic Soup Kitchen charity. A little while back I gave away artwork to raise money for one of their projects teaching disadvantaged young mums how to cook. Now, we’ve joined forces to provide you with some of my soup. As well as the homeless folk more
  • Too much attention, not distraction, is the issue Blimey, we’re all very focused on the Distraction Problem, aren’t we. Our electronic devices ruin dinner, corrupt young minds. Our frenetic toggling is reshaping our brains in disconcerting ways. I don’t disagree with the concerns. An inability to sit soundly and in flow with ourselves and life (or a culture that drags us from this more
  • Nietzsche on haste Nietzsche was known for a few utterances. And for being a prolific walker. (When he lived in Eze, France, he made a daily habit of scaling a steep 1,400-foot mountain to reach a medieval village perched above his home.) It’s in this context of walking he shared this: “Haste is universal because everyone is in more
  • Another benefit of doing nothing for four weeks On my recent post in which I announced I was off on a break (to India) to try the art of doing nothing, reader Leonie shared the below quote in the comment section (thx Leonie!). “You will be civilized on the day you can spend a long period doing nothing, learning nothing, and improving nothing, without more
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo I think this says it all: I thought this confronting tale of life in a Mumbai slum in the early 2000s was fiction (such was the “unrealness” of it) until I got to the end and read the epilogue where the The New Yorker poverty correspondent Katherine Boo explains that every single detail is true. And that she spent more
  • Two funny stories from my time in India Funny moments, like sad songs, say so much. But really only when you’re still enough to notice the wonderful connect. In fact, humour, wryness, irony and calamitous coincidence are mostly joyful by virtue of the fact that we’re ensconced in stillness when we notice it (and can only notice it when still). Here’s two you more
  • The Aboriginal healing gift Australians need right now There’s an indigenous practice called dadirri for healing trauma. It also brings wisdom and wholeness. Dadirri means inner, deep listening and quiet, still awareness. It’s a “tuning in” experience (best done outdoors) with the specific aim of reflecting on nature to find, and connect with, our inner selves. It entails going bush. It’s something everyone more