5 days of Unpacking: Reflections on Love, Loss and the Art of Becoming.

The streets of Brisbane are awash with purple!  It’s a beautiful time of year in this part of the world. The Jacarandas are blooming and their fallen flowers have created a magnificent carpet of colour on the footpaths of my new neighbourhood.  Yes, I’ve moved and my essay – 5 days of Unpacking: Reflections on […]

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Creativity, a Pathway to Hope.

  I’m a huge fan of Maria Popova, the well-known Brain Pickings writer and self described ‘interestingness hunter-gatherer’.  I read one of her articles the other day where she explores ‘how drawing trains you to see the world more clearly and to live with a deeper sense of presence.’     Drawing, indeed, transforms the […]

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Book launch! “Who Cares – Help for Those Caring for Seriously Ill Loved Ones at Home”

It’s been a while since I said hello. Truth is I’m not much of a blogger and seem to do my writing and arty creating off line. However, there’s an In-Conversation event coming up in Brisbane on June 19th and it would be lovely to see you there in person. I’ll be chatting with Joan Wilson-Jones […]

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Another Green Vanilla Tea Review – Jessie Street National Women’s Library

The Jessie Street National Women’s Library is an absolutely wonderful Australian resource.  I hope to drop in for a visit the next time I’m in Sydney.   It is a unique specialist library dedicated to the preservation of Australian women’s work, words and history. The Library was established in 1989 and is named after Jessie […]

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Cambodia

I recently returned home to Brisbane after volunteering in Cambodia for a few weeks. I’m still digesting my experiences in this exotic kingdom, there is so much to take in:  the beauty, the gentle spirits of the people I met, and sadness, too. The poverty, the scars of genocide, the trusting smile of a child, […]

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Love and Hope

What a heart-warming weekend! I so enjoyed speaking with the community at St Mary’s in Exile, South Brisbane – such an incredibly warm and engaged community – thank you everyone!   If you would like to hear the podcast, you can have a listen here.  I share our family stories of love and hope in […]

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Chatting at St Mary’s in Exile

For those of you who can get along to St Mary’s in Exile this weekend – I’ve been invited to share stories from Green Vanilla Tea at all the community gatherings.  Books will be available at the drop shop with proceeds going to Micah Projects – have a browse on their website to see the […]

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Talking with SA People

For those of you who haven’t seen this already – enjoy! It was a treat talking to SAPeople.  We chatted about all sorts of things… “love, loss, green goblins and discovering what makes your heart sing.”   We talked about Green Vanilla Tea, ideas of perfect Sundays and dreams of walking The Camino in Spain! You […]

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Green Vanilla Tea – ‘Behind the Book’

Good Reading is a great Australian magazine (and website) dedicated to ‘everything about books’.  They published an article I wrote, along with a ‘book bite’, in their July issue and I’ve posted it here for you to have a read. (Just click on the image to make it bigger.) Hope you enjoy! Marie  

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A couple of upcoming events

Hi there, this is just a quick hello with the dates of two upcoming events.   Writers @ Stanton. 26 July 2013. I’ll be chatting about Green Vanilla Tea at the ‘Writers @ Stanton’ program at Stanton Library in North Sydney on Friday 26th of July.   This event has been organised in conjunction with […]

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