• How to manage Covid… 12 months on

    Well, here we are in Victoria, Australia, once again in quite a strict lockdown with initially a 5km travel limit (lifting to 10 in the second week) and only 5 reasons to leave home (purchasing food and necessities, exercise, essential work, care visits only and medical appointments including, most importantly COVID vaccinations). Once again the […]

  • Praying for our Brothers and Sisters During Covid

    I’m reading and listening attentively at the moment to the discussion about when the COVID 19 vaccination will commence its rollout in Australia. Especially as the European Union (EU) as one of our suppliers is muttering about limits and tariffs in delivering promised doses of the vaccines. It’s a fascinating conversation, and one through which […]

  • Learning to live again…

    Well, here we are in Melbourne, Australia, after 112+ days of living through Stages 3 and 4 lockdown and as restrictions are gradually lifting, we can now emerge and begin to live again. Sounds rather dramatic, does it not? Quite possibly, for what we all need to realize is that we have not lived through […]

  • It’s time to reflect on another Father’s Day

    2020 marks a centenary for me. It is 100 years since my father’s birth. Such a milestone reminds me that it is also a long time (27 years) since his passing. So, in the run-up to Father’s Day, I’ve thought a lot about fathers and fatherhood and more importantly, of the enormous need for good, […]

  • “There but for the grace of God go you…”

    It seems that in times of greater Melbourne Australia’s period of isolation as we live through a second wave of COVID 19 infections, it has become fashionable to ‘kick-a-Vic!” Yes, while we all laugh at being (affectionately) called ‘Mexicans’, I am bemused, astounded and in the end, disappointed with another round of rhetoric being thrown […]

  • When you’re shut down by Covid-19 – again!

    Today (Thursday 9th July 2020) marks the beginning of another period of shut down, or return to Level 3 restrictions for the population of greater Melbourne (Australia) and the Mitchell Shire (a local government area which stretches north of Melbourne up the Hume Highway). Once again, we are being directed to stay home, only to […]

  • Stop the Blame Game – Please!

    I don’t usually get involved in making political – and public – comments about governments and the current state of play, but two events in the last two days across our two most populous states in Australia (Vic and NSW), have catapulted me into offering this plea. The first was a Facebook comment (c.21st June) […]

  • A wedding in isolation

    While not for one moment disparaging an ongoing need for personal care in social and physical isolating, I will confess to having just enjoyed the best weekend ever! Our family has a tradition of going away together every year on the Queen’s Birthday weekend. And despite our venue having been booked some time ago (and […]

  • Living in isolation: is this really like living through a time of war?

    As our days of living in isolation have stretched into weeks and months, three events have occurred, prompting me to think about if and/or how our current situation may be analogous to living through a time of war. And, and how we will remember this time in the future? But for today, how can we […]

  • A Mother’s Day Reflection

    Mother’s Day 2020 will be remarkable for me in more ways than living in isolation and not being able to celebrate this year with my family. This is the first year in my life in which my mother is no longer with us. She passed away late last year just fifteen (15) days before her […]