STORIES

Hush. I’m mourning.

I see your woolen jumper folded neatly in the corner of my wardrobe. So soft to touch and still fragrant with your scent. The bitterness of coffee meets the salty flavor of an ocean breeze. My eyes tell the tale of longing and missing your every word, your every embrace. Where have you gone? Where Read More

I Got You Babe

We were strangers when we met. You so tiny and vulnerable. Me so open, exposed and responsible. But then your blue eyes locked with mine, and our worlds collided and morphed into one. There was no distinction of where you started and where I ended. No way of telling whose heart rested in whose hands Read More

Dear Dad

When I think of you Dad, I’m overwhelmed with love, but not just any kind of love. A pure love that is forgiving, limitless, unconditional and shared with no expectation of return or exchange, because simply put, you loved us and you loved life like no other. As a little girl, people would remark that Read More

Cutting Outlawed in Kenya – Not Eradicated

Italo folds her legs and covers them with her long skirt. Her bare feet are charred and rough. Her skin looks dry and cracked. Her running nose shows how she braved the chilly morning to make it to school. Nareiyo, the school cook, pushes some pieces of wood around in the open fireplace. They both Read More

The Rural Blind of Maharashtra See Hope For The Future

It had been one of those mornings.   I had woken up in some mundane hotel behind the bus station in the rural town of Latur in eastern Maharashtra in India. The water was out. The power was out. I had lost my favourite necklace the previous day in the commotion that is Indian train Read More

Year 12 Graduation Speech: From School to the World

I remember when I was at high school, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to past graduates returning to share their stories of how they had shaped their lives after leaving school. I remember feeling excited at the possibility of all that awaited me. Some 15 years later, I was invited to return to my high school Read More

To travel or not to travel?

My friends are often jealous because they think I travel a lot. I have pinned 314 cities in 40 countries on my travel map, marking the cities that I have visited. But still, some people are travelling more than me. I don’t feel that I travel that much, so I keep travelling. I just can Read More

Death Enchantment for Life Enhancement

Rose Sexton is a death doula who lives in Mount Beauty in Victoria. She supports those who are dying and those who are living to live a more conscious life. Carolyn: Hi Rose. Can you tell me about what a death doula is and why you were drawn to this role?   Rose: Death doulas Read More

Mothering The Body

Motherhood. It wasn't something that I had ever really pictured for myself. When I was a little girl, I didn't dream of a big white wedding or of having my own brood. I was probably too absorbed in my own world - first, running around imagining the ghosts and witches that inhabited the farm where Read More

Pakistani Boy A Long Way From Home

It had been a long day of translating and photographing in Idomeni in Greece, which was at the time the largest refugee camp in Europe. As usual, every single inch of the waiting room of the nearby hotel was filled. Volunteers littered every surface they could find. I was headed to Athens that night. I Read More

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