End of an era

This evening we did a really hard thing. We took the family dog to the vet for the very last time – we came home without him and he is now at peace and no longer suffering from anything. It’s been a surreal couple of weeks leading up to this. We’ve known he’s been on…

What a difference a year makes

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness month again and today it is 12 months since my breast cancer diagnosis. In some ways it’s been a long year but in many other ways it seems to have just flown by.  In the whirl of appointments, panic, tears, laughter, fear and hope that followed that day I clearly remember…

Wish you were here

Dear Ed I thought of you today. I usually do when I’m in Kogarah, we spent so much time there together (and I spent so much time there visiting you in hospital!). I still find myself glancing over to Gloria Jeans to see if you’re sitting in the sun, or at the ramp entrance to…

Dragonflies in January

Today it’s 5 years since a very dear friend of mine lost her 9 year old son to a brain tumour. I have blogged about this event before, from the perspective of being involved in a community that pulls together in the face of adversity. (As an aside, it seems to me that with the…

The power of community

In October this year I attended TEDx Canberra and had a wonderful day listening to many inspirational speakers on a whole range of topics, loosely fitted into the four themes of society, knowing, empowerment and change.  I blogged about my general thoughts from the day here, but the purpose of this post is to explore…

Old friends

I think it’s called ‘serendipity‘ – well, maybe not quite, but along those lines. Yesterday afternoon (around 5pm) I ran into an old friend at my local fruit and veg shop.  She said “I knew I’d run into you today!” and the reason this was serendipitous is: I had left work early yesterday and so…

Life and death

A brief post, acknowledging the passing of a legend within our family.  Vale Edward John Campbell, 1945-2010. Ed was my uncle, my dad’s brother.  He never married and had no children.  In spite of having 7 brothers and sisters and 15 nieces and nephews, he and I ended up as the only ones rubbing along…

Nice day for a White Wedding

The kids have gone off this weekend to Queensland with their dad and (soon to be) stepmother for their wedding.  I’m not sure how I feel about all that – other than that the whole thing does seem a bit silly in your mid forties. However, I do hope the kids have a good time…