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The Black Dog Parade

A few weeks back an old friend posted a status update on her Facebook page noting this wasn’t going to be a happy, joyful or upbeat post and acknowledging she was feeling ‘blah’.  She made a public call out to her friends and family for hugs and the offer of a chat, for anyone who may...

It’s not OK

It’s not ok.  It’s never ok. I started a blog last week.  My first two paragraphs: I have just read yet another news article about a 24 year old mum of one, found dead in her home with her 5 year old daughter asleep in the next room, presumably (and hopefully) unaware of the terror and...

A New Normal

Nothing can prepare you for the death of a parent.  We all know it is going to happen ~ some day, but you don’t tend to dwell on how that might feel, what that empty space will actually feel like.  Well I didn’t anyway. My Dad passed away on August 30th.  Feels weird writing that to be...

A Celebration of Friend...

I have a recollection from when I was about 24 years old … my mother made a comment that she had been friends with her bridesmaid for over 30 years.  At that time I remember thinking “oh my god – imagine that, that’s FOREVER” … Fast forward 20 years and I have recently returned from a...

Respect All ~ Fear None

I love nothing more than the value I receive as a parent, by simply having a conversation with my kids.  It may be a deep and meaningful discussion around a story that has hit news headlines … or chatting about what happened at school or work that day, it might be sharing a series of...