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Coming of Age and The Joshua Tree

January 1989. I boarded a Greyhound Coach on my own for a 12-hour trip up the coast to Lismore, a country town in Australia, to spend a week of my summer break with my friend, Sarah. I was 14. Sarah, the daughter of my tennis coach, would come down to visit her dad during school holidays.…

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When Facebook Memories is a Double-Edged Sword

And there it was again. As I opened up Facebook Memories that picture stared back at me, sending a shockwave of stress and anguish through my core. 3 years on, the feelings were as fresh as the day the photo had been posted. To anyone else looking at it, this is a lovely photo. I…

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The year the internet broke us

Technology got the better of us this year. We were not prepared for the speed with which new apps were introduced. Before we could really grasp all this new technology, it had consumed us in addiction. We looked down and we did not look up. If we had looked up, we would seen the pain, destruction…

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“How Are You?”

“How Are You?” I received this simple message from a friend today and it paralysed me. It suddenly felt like a very loaded question. I delayed responding. I did not want to answer because I did not know how to. I wrote back a little while later, “I kind of feel these days that it depends…

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10 Things That Make Me Truly, Madly, Deeply Happy

Truly, Madly, Deeply Happy. Is it possible? I posted a hilarious video (below) from John Oliver last week about just how calamitous 2016 seems to have been in so many ways. When I posted it, a dear friend of mine, who practises gratitude daily, challenged me by saying that there are in fact millions of…

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