What do we want?

poinsettiaAnyone who grew up in Queensland during the Bjelke-Petersen era will instinctively answer that question with ‘the right to march’, followed quickly by, ‘When do we want it? Now!’  As worthy a want as it is, I’m sorry to say ‘the right to march’ hasn’t ever made my top ten. Recently, however, I did get something I want very badly (but thought I would never get) and I am currently basking in a post-want fruition glow.

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Vegetarian Vampires – the book!

VV-FRONT-COVERMy life was very different eight years ago, long before the Big Breast Adventure. I was working 10 to 12 hour days in-house with a huge, complex and demanding client who shall remain nameless (OK, it was Qantas). My mother-in-law had just passed away very suddenly sending shock waves through the family, my daughter was progressing through those challenging pubescent high school years and my son was struggling with an as yet unidentified learning difficulty. To say life was busy and stressed would be the understatement of the millennium.

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Fifth Business

Fifth Business_snowballMore years ago now than I care to count I was a 17 year old Rotary Exchange student to Brampton, Ontario, Canada. I flew from a 30 plus degrees Celsius summer in Brisbane to -4 degrees with wind chill at Toronto airport. I went from a pigtailed, uniform-wearing, private school girl to the new kid at a North American high school in the middle of their year, straddling grades 12 and 13 as it then existed in Ontario. Culture shock doesn’t quite cover it. It was more like being sucked through a vortex into another dimension, a strange parallel universe where there was a lot of cold white stuff on the ground and I could see people’s lips moving but had no idea what they were talking about. Continue Reading

For Pity Sake!

FPS Logo-Keith face-500x500I mentioned in my last post how setting up a publishing company while being treated for breast cancer had proven itself to be a very helpful therapy – unconventional but effective! Today I’m taking a break from the Big Breast Adventure to bring you a post that’s very dear to my heart – the launch blog for our brand new  For Pity Sake Publishing website that went live last week. It explains how we came up with the name, courtesy of my dear Dad, and how we’ve fashioned our publisher’s stamp (see opposite) on one of our favourite pictures of him, looking out at the world over his glasses as many people saw him do countless times.  Please enjoy and, as always, I’d love to hear what you think.

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