Category Archives: Personal

A blogging milestone

After I had been blogging for a little while, I remember Tricia from Little Echo Footprints (who now micro-blogs at triciaeco) telling me that she averaged around 500 views/day. At the time (2012) I was averaging around 20 views/day and I … Continue reading

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Two girls and a tiny house

Jasmine (my 15-year old daughter) and a friend Larni (16) are building a Tiny House out of second-hand, discarded and waste material for the Fair Share Festival next month. As the theme of the Festival is over-consumption, waste and upcyling, … Continue reading

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Learning to love ParkRun

I’m not a runner. I don’t particularly enjoy pushing myself physically and I prefer walking to running. But I’ve joined the ranks of our local ParkRun at the University of Newcastle (Callaghan ParkRun).  A couple of years ago, Jasmine and … Continue reading

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Don’t call me doctor!

In a recent article I wrote with some colleagues on engaging Aboriginal fathers, two of us (Chris and me) were called Dr and our colleague (Craig) wasn’t. What message does this give? I suspect the differentiation gives the two of … Continue reading

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Cathy, upcycling and raising children

Cathy (my partner) has just been featured in Textile Beat, a website about slow clothing, dressing with conscience and natural fibres. The associated story discusses Cathy’s passion for upcycling as a way of challenging consumerism and over-consumption, our approach to … Continue reading

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Beware of the Magic Seven Travel scam

Dad just won $180,000! It must be true because, out of the blue, he received two scratch cards  only one of which won anything. The scratch cards included assurances of privacy, rules, and details of how to claim a prize. … Continue reading

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Looking forward to 2016

The last post looked back at my blog in 2015, so it’s time to look forward to 2016 – not just in terms of blogging but also other aspects of my work. My position (4 days/week) at the Family Action … Continue reading

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Straight to the pool room!

I’m not into bragging about our kids in public (OK, I’m into it, but try not to do it too much) but a class award “For outstanding insights into bias, stereotyping, propaganda and censorship” was too good not to share. … Continue reading

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The joys of a community cinema

On the weekend we went to see the Australian movie Paper Planes at the Regal Cinema in Birmingham Gardens (a western suburb in Newcastle) with my brother and two of the girls’ cousins. Besides being a fun movie (see the … Continue reading

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Blogging – not just a popularity contest

As part of Blogging 101 I’ve looked back over my posts, and thought about my audience and which posts are my favourite. There is no doubt which has been my most popular post. What is the Strengths Perspective? (published May … Continue reading

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