• My new book! This One Wild and Precious Life   She’s here. At last. My next book. And that above is her cover. The book arrives in bookstores August 25 in Australia and New Zealand and in the US and Canada December 8. But you can preorder now and get it a touch earlier. Plus, via the link (when you press the button below, more
  • I pull apart the Covid “bliss bubble” I feel cautious around all the “Covid-19 is a beautiful corrective experience”-speak. Not because I don’t wish that such a sentiment was signifying a substantive shift in the Zeitgeist. I want it more than anything else on this poor, bedraggled planet. But is the point. We want a correction. We want more of the stuff more
  • Yep, you can use a ‘keep cup’ during Covid-19. Here’s the facts. In the scheme of things you might deem the tragic uptick in single-use coffee cups a trifle concern. UPDATE (20 June 2020): Nearly 130 scientists, academics, and doctors from 19 countries signed onto a statement today reassuring retailers and consumers that reusable systems can be utilized safely during the pandemic by employing basic hygiene. You more
  • A Charles Bukowski wisdom on finding peace in iso-ordinariness Sometimes reading another’s words regarding a mindset that we are aching for, or are ready for, can take us to that mindset. In mere pithy paragraphs. In the considered placement of phrases of care by the writer we can be drawn down into peace, stillness, mindfulness, what matters. The act of considered care from the more
  • Some happy news from that $60K we raised together! Ah, right, then. Some happy, albeit belated news, amid the coronachaos. Remember how you helped me raise $60,000 for World Bicycle Relief  and we provided TWO WHOLE VILLAGES in Africa a bunch of bikes? Well, the bikes arrived in the villages recently and they held ceremonies for the schools (the Munyati Primary School in the more
  • My reading and listening list to beat climate crisis overwhelm This dilemma might be familiar to you. You might recognise it in yourself or in someone, or others, around you. This week I had a very interesting chat with my friend Frank (not his real name) off the back of my “What can I do?” My answer to global climate crises overwhelm post. He told me, frankly, more
  • “What can I do?” My answer to global climate crises overwhelm. Right. I said I’d do this: give an answer to how we can best do something in the face of the devastating, overwhelming climate crises we are living in, particularly in Australia where the latest wildlife toll is over 1 billion. Can I be honest? I am overwhelmed, exhausted and bewildered, and have been grieving more
  • Why Australians must rage at Prime Minister ScoMo I’ve been asked to write this post by strangers and friends. But I wanted to solidify my own thoughts, too. Please note: This post has been continuously updated to 11 January 2020. I don’t want to fling outrage and insults in an unhelpful manner. And I don’t want to merely continue to share the dramatic more
  • Charity project #1 success: two African schools have $60K of bikes! I have news on the first charity project I committed to after I shut my business and decided to us the funds  working with charities where I match your donations dollar for dollar. My first project was with World Bicycle Relief and we set out to raise funds for an entire school. The update: We raised more
  • Charity project #2 success. $113,000 raised for homeless women This is what I do now. I create charity projects where I raise money, raise awareness and then kick in my cash. I think you know the gist of how and why I do it. No? You can read about it here. My second project was a series of marino wool blankets that I designed more
  • Go all the way. It’s the only good fight there is. Do you go all the way? Want to? Want to know the formula? I hand it over to Charles Bukowski and continue below…. If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. If you’re going to try, go all the way. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives, jobs and maybe even more
  • A beautiful story that just happened (the world is beautiful) Did you guys happen to see an Instagram post I ran a few weeks back of a kid in a running race stopping mid-race to comfort another competitor who was crying? The caption read, “The adults in the room are being twats. Politics is despairing. A hopeful reminder from the kids this #fridaysforfuture (please maintain the rage more
  • A how to #voteclimate guide I’m going to keep things very simple. First thing first. This is a climate election. No bones. It is vital we #voteclimate. The UN has given us less than 12 years to change. The change must be dramatic. The change must happen now. The scale of the issue is so gargantuan that governments must do more
  • My next charity project: A merino wool throw (and a big dose of #giveashit) So, here’s the background It goes like this. I closed my business, I gave my $$$ to charity and now I make up fun shit that can get us giving. I’ll be honest, though. This whole caper relies on you guys wanting to #giveashit about giving and going to the edge of our care with me. The more
  • Stellar Magazine supports my #giveashit campaign Some of you asked this to be posted here. Happy to oblige. It’s the feature Stellar magazine ran to support my Two Good Co project in partnership with Waverley Mills. You can read the details of the project here and buy a blanket here. Now, I want to acknowledge something raw and awkward. A year more
  • “But global warming has happened before! The planet survived!” Yeah, and that’s the most horrific bit… I’ve been doing a series of Cheat Sheets geared at getting us engaged fully in the very real truth of global warming. You can catch up on the other rants here. In this post I’m simply going to share the most startling rebuttal to A Denier that I have in my arsenal. It’s essence, however, is more
  • 8 Global Warming Factlets to get your friends woke This is Part 3 in a series of Cheat Sheets geared at getting us engaged fully in the very real truth of global warming. This post deposits factlets that I’ve found tend to get people woke, scared, hopeful and engaged.  A Woke to Climate Cheat Sheet This list isn’t comprehensive, I just tend to find more
  • The earth is in a death spiral. What should we be doing? This is Part 2 in my Cheat Sheet series of global warming posts. You can read the rest here. Here I outline what I feel is the path forward. There are five things I feel we need to be doing. And I will add this caveat…we must do them all fast. Like, now. Get scared Get more
  • A bike charity project I’m doing. Wanna help? So, I closed my IQuitSugar.com business and gave my $$ to charity and I said I was hereby going to work on good projects. Just reporting back… The past month I’ve been working with World Bicycle Relief to get their Buffalo Bicycle project off the ground. I’m the Australian ambassador and my duty forthwith is to get more
  • I’ve condensed the IPCC report into a cheat sheet. It’s more terrifying than you can imagine This is Part 1 in an occasional series of Cheat Sheet posts geared at getting us engaged fully in global warming. Many around me are struggling to absorb the information and to grasp the immediacy of the catastrophe we face. So I said I’d write this series as the pertinent information rolls in.  Part 1 more
  • Nike just made life a bit less boring and ugly. You know how Nike just launched it’s new billboard campaign with Colin Kaepernick and the line “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything”? Yes, as in Colin Kaepernick the American football quarterback who protested in support of Black Lives Matter and against racial injustice and police brutality by kneeling during the US national more
  • The real cost of your coke. Time to get real. I have spent half a career highlighting how bad junk food is for your health. But, TBH, sometimes this focus gets on my goat. It’s all me, me, me. My guts, my skin, my weight, etc. Me, I feel the environmental impact of our horrible humanoid habits is the far bigger harm that we should more
  • A noble case for sorting your anger, soonest Frank Bruni in the New York Times the other day, in response to Yet More Sad Trump Guff: Today’s partisans have made anger into an industry — using it to run up the number of listeners, viewers and hits. Our language is growing coarser. Our images, too…Madonna fantasizes about blowing up the White House. Kathy Griffin more
  • Doubt and certainty comes with giving a shit. True dat. One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision. – Mathematician Bertrand Russell A somewhat elitist  statement, but one I’ve been quoting to a lot of mates lately as they worry about the fact that they think they more
  • Fire the f*ck up! There is a piquancy in the air. A sense we’re on the precipice of something. That we can no longer afford to be complacent. And yet. We’re sitting back. Aren’t we. Waiting. For the right moment? For the red carpet to be rolled out? For someone else to take the lead? To that I say, more
  • You know how I only put forward charity ideas when they’re really good…? Well, this one is a cracker from every angle. And it will solve your Mother’s Day situation. And do two lots of good. Read on… Some of you have been following my involvement with Two Good Co social enterprise. It work likes this: you buy one of their hearty soups or “jar salad” (in Summer) for more
  • Let’s find an anxiety charity to support My book first, we make the beast beautiful is selling better than I thought. Which makes me very… relieved. And fulfilled. Off the back of this interest and the wonderful deep conversations it’s spawning, I’m being asked to speak at a number of corporate events, and I’ll also be organising a speaking tour shortly.  I want more
  • If you’re not in the arena getting your ass kicked, I’m not interested We all love Brene Brown, right? Her vulnerability polemic strikes deep, meaningful chords. I’ve met and chatted to her and learned that we both do the “three strikes and we act” thing. I also share her tips for getting real with yourself. I share also share a bunch of her insights from our chats in my more
  • My political opinions are annoying you??? I posted this image, above, on the socials a little while back. It voiced my thoughts perfectly. You see, somewhere out there in The World there is an Authority speaking from some Almighty Tome that tells us that if you’re a woman, and if you enjoy some level of fame, and if you are known in a more
  • The Adele anomaly I love anomalies. They keep us on our toes and from descending into clichés and ruts and expectations. Adele is an anomaly. In 2011, 2012 and 2016, she was named Artist of the Year. Time magazine named her one of the most influential people in the world in 2012 and 2016. With sales of more than 100 million records, more
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