Confessions from the gyno’s chair: What it’s really like to start maternity leave in Germany…2 weeks before Christmas

Whoever said maternity leave was easy obviously did not start their 36th week of pregnancy in soupy 5° C, surrounded by Stollen, ‘evenings’ that commence at 3:45pm, the heady scent of Bratwurst and Gebrannte Mandel wafting through the air at the Christmas markets and itchy wool stockings. And so it begins. Mutterschutz. This is the official period 6…

Darkness and Light. Time and Place in the life of a refugee

His body, lying flat. His arms and limbs, lifeless. This was the picture of that little boy whose life was taken by the sea, a little boy who compelled the world to sit up and take not just notice. But action. He was not just a photo. He was and always will be, a boy. His name was Aylan. His older brother Galip and his mama, they too were taken by the sea, for all the world to see.  I was wondering how to approach this blog post, as I had started it a few days before the little boy’s death when news emerged of the plight of the Syrian refugees who perished in a truck at the hands of human traffickers .And now I have added in some other parts to reflect my anger, hope and pride not just as a writer, but also as a mama, at what is happening in Berlin and Germany with the tide of new refugee arrivals.

After 6 years of living in Berlin, these are the 31 things I’ve learned so far

“What are you going to do about a job”, she asked “You can’t even speak German”.

This was the repetitive, daily conversation I had with my mum about six years ago once we had arrived  in Berlin. You see the thing is, we never really planned to stay. And I mean really. We had a round the world ticket that was supposed to bring us back to Sydney in January of 2011.

It is now mid-August 2016.

A post sharing a non-exhaustive, randomised list featuring what I have learned about life in Berlin and Germany as well as the deutsch along the way.

On Tito, Real Love and Andre Rieu: Why our parents are the best reminders about our past and present selves

My parents just visited my husband,my son and me in Berlin for three weeks. It wasn’t really a ‘holiday’ for me in the literal sense of the word. It was more of a 21st century obscure job description soon to exist on Linkedin but one that people probably are already posting on craigslist. A job wavering at the fault…

Up in the Air: Feature in blue wings magazine on the new wave of Social Entrepreneurs

Happy 2015! 2014 was a fulfilling, inspiring and unpredictable year for me in many ways: re-connecting with colleagues and editors, brainstorming new ideas and projects, dusting off the creative cobwebs after 18 months of maternity leave, stepping out of my comfort zone in reaching out to new and interesting people, travelling to exotic and crazy places and completing a…

New work – Cover Story in Renegade Collective Magazine “Lean In/Getty Images Collaboration to remove se*ist portrayals of women in media”

Here is the full text of my cover story from the November edition of the Renegade Collective magazine on Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In collaboration with Getty Images to stamp out sexist portrayals of women in media.

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It’s available in hard copy all over Australia, at Barnes & Nobel in the US, lots of other places around the world (including oddly, Mauritius). Or via magshop or zinio for ipad.

Cover Story- Lean In and Getty Images