The Things My Mother Never Taught Me

My mother never taught me to arrange flowers

There are times as I have grown older when I’ve suddenly realised I don’t know something that everyone else seems to know. Does that happen to you? These bits and pieces of information have been many and varied throughout my life. But they cropped up constantly when I was a young adult. Usually it was…

The Secret to Long Life and Happiness

Rose Garden

The last few weeks were like a roller coaster for me as the year rolled on past significant birthdays and anniversaries. First . . . The date of my mother’s birthday in late January – a quiet day which rarely rates a mention, but is always silently remembered by us four sisters. Soon after .…

Not on My Watch!

It was unusual for the time. As a toddler, I had my own special car seat complete with toy steering wheel. I would watch Dad as he drove, and copy him. It's just as well he didn’t copy me, or we would have been doing donuts and wheelies! A few years later, before there was…

Never The Same

The day of my 16th birthday dawned hot and clear. The bright Melbourne sky seared impossibly blue outside my bedroom window. It was the first day of the school year. Year 11 beckoned. I could hear some commotion in Mum and Dad’s room, next to mine. Small noises, sighs and groans as they moved around…

Treasured Memories

Newborn baby

Mary the Mother of Jesus can be credited for the Christmas story that will be told in churches around the globe over the next few days. It was Mary who gave Luke the Apostle the details of Jesus’ birth – from her startling visit by the angel Gabriel, to Jesus’ arrival in the unlikely town…

Slowing Down

Slow down - Things happen! I finished working with Samaritan's Purse as the State Manager of Operation Christmas Child only a few days ago and I suddenly came down with the worst cold I've had in years. It is making me go slow . . . really slow. It's probably not the best way, but…