Current Mantra - courtesy Caren Baginski

Finding the pieces which fit

I love jigsaw puzzles. Always have, probably always will. I love jigsaws probably for the same reason I like maths or chemical formulas – there’s always an answer. It’s either correct or it’s not. It either fits or it doesn’t. For someone… (READ MORE)

On becoming a yoga teacher

On becoming a yoga teacher

My Level 1 Yoga Teacher Training journey started one Saturday in winter – June 21, 2014 to be precise – amongst a roomful of strangers in a studio on Brisbane’s southside. A date which coincided with the Winter Solstice, the shortest… (READ MORE)

Vegan Parmesan Cheese

I am a golden (parmesan) god

Remember that scene in Almost Famous where Stillwater’s lead singer Russell (Billy Crudup) ends up on the roof and before he jumps, proclaims to his adoring fans, ‘I am a golden god’? Well I do, and whipping up a batch of… (READ MORE)

A gorgeous print to welcome dogs, foxes, people and other lovely folk (Mr & Mrs Fox by Doug Holgate ... I adore it!).

So it’s been a while …

Is there a phrase to describe an awkward silence which goes on for so long that it’s no longer considered awkward? … A comfortable lull? … Or maybe in the manner of dogs, who are thought to perceive time in… (READ MORE)

Burial Rites

Book Review: Burial Rites

Some authors unwittingly struggle to let their story take centre stage, with a balance between the writer’s natural voice and the content of the narrative remaining tantalisingly out of reach. When this happens, with one element continually threatening to overshadow… (READ MORE)

Buttery toast ... mmm

Excuse me while I read

Things have been busy at work of late, which means that spare time normally dedicated to writing has been spent in mindless exhaustion. But I haven’t been completely unproductive. I finally watched 30 Rock (after abandoning it years before), the… (READ MORE)

Pretty Kyoto Garden

Five Days in Kyoto (Japan Part 3)

Originally my itinerary for this trip included several day trips (to Nara, Hiroshima and Miyajima), but once we arrived in Kyoto we decided that we’d rather stay put and just explore this city. It’s my preferred way to travel anyway… (READ MORE)

By the sea

To the Sea

Lately I’ve been feeling out of sorts, and I’m not sure of the cause. Perhaps it’s the unseasonably warm start to spring. Or maybe the sight of blooming Jacaranda trees shedding purple throughout Queensland streets. Possibly it’s due to the… (READ MORE)

The Light Between Oceans

Book Review: The Light Between Oceans

In my semi-regular wanderings through the crowded shelves of bookstores, I’d noticed this book many times, but for some curious reason I never bothered to take a closer look. All that changed recently when a friend recommended I read ‘The… (READ MORE)

Ryokan Koto No Yume

Three days in Takayama (Japan Part 2)

Offering a perfect contrast to the urban landscape of Tokyo, a visit to Takayama provided a wonderful interlude before we made our way towards Kyoto. The trip on the bullet train was a lovely experience in itself, with many of… (READ MORE)