- When life gives you melons, you’re dyslexic… Saturday, September 24th, 2016
We are the original improvisers, problem solvers and lateral thinkers: Proud member of the D-Squad Catherine Deveny explains why being identified as dyslexic can be liberating, and shares some advice for parents of dyslexic kids.
Growing up, I heard these things over and over again. The way my teachers, parents, classmates — everyone — told me ...
- When you don’t know what to do, do anything. Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016
Not only does it take a village to raise a child, I’ve come to the conclusion that it also takes a village to raise an adult. We never stop growing up. We’re never finished. We’re all works in progress just trying to do our best and not always succeeding. We’re human. And that’s what humans ...
- Just Keep Going. A tribute to everyday heroes. Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016
Let’s give a cheer to those who are the embodiment of the human spirit.
Every morning I sit on the front deck and drink my coffee, watching people propelling themselves through life. And I’m in awe of how people can keep going. What a wonder the human spirit is.
I watch office workers, jolted out of their ...
- On Depression. And magnolias Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016
This time two years ago I was in the middle of a three month depression. I think it may have been adrenal fatigue. Whatever it was it sucked the enthusiasm, the enjoyment and the energy out of me. I was a husk.
The first half of the year had been full on in the best and worst ...
- Pigs In Suits Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
Published in The Age May 7 2008.
Sam Newman’s latest demeaning stunt is the tip of an ugly but lucrative iceberg.
SAM Newman insults and undermines women once again. Not news, I know, more a day in the life of a serial misogynist. He fondled a mannequin with the face of a respected female football commentator and then, ...
- I’m anti-feedback. And, no, I don’t give a fuck what you think. Monday, May 30th, 2016
I’m passionately against feedback. I know, it’s an unfashionable opinion. If your voice is not strong, your project not solid or the feedback is coming from someone you consider an ‘expert’, feedback can pull you off track. The earlier in the writing process feedback is given, the less constructive and the more harmful the feedback is because the work isn’t ...
- Got a creative kid? Here’s my advice. Back the fuck off. Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
People often ask when I’m going to run a Gunnas Writing Masterclass for teenagers because their special snowflake is a really keen writer and would ‘love something like this’.
I say, ‘I ran a couple of Gunnas for teenagers. I am not running another. Almost all the kids said they were only at the workshop because ...
- A Feminist Wedding? No Such Thing. Monday, May 2nd, 2016
Strap yourself in. This article is one of the most muddled and terrifying things I have ever read. It sounds like it’s a satirical piece from The Onion. There is so much cognitive dissonance, so much Stockholm Syndrome, so much sucking up to the patriarchy and such proud assertion of so little insight. This article ...
- ANZAC Day 2016 Monday, April 25th, 2016
Anzac day makes me physically ill.
Always has. Nausea. Anger. Headache. Sadness. Confusion.
When I was young I didn’t understand what this volcanic feeling of about to explode was.
I’m so glad more people are seeing Anzac for what it is, what it’s always been. And so relieved people are saying it.
I don’t understand why people kicking ...
- Insurance Is A Health Hazard Friday, April 1st, 2016
Insurance is a health hazard.
I’m deeply opposed to insurance (apart from home and car).
Life insurance, health insurance, disability insurance, income protection insurance… the list is endless.
The culture of insurance quashes people’s innovation, resilience, creativity and self-reliance. It gives people an illusion of safety and certainty. It stops people thinking. And risk taking. It stops people living ...