Interview with my children


Two  years ago, I brought you Interview with a toddler. Last year, I shook things up with Interview with a pre-schooler (the dad edition). This year, I interviewed both of my children. At the same time. There were laughs. There was lots of talk of going to the movies. (I may or may not have ...

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I thought a thought


I thought a thought, an interesting thought, So I put it out into the world. I nodded my head, and turned away, And the nastiness unfurled.   Someone else thought a thought about my thought, And put it out into the world. They ...

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Top web reads of September


September was huge in the Hawker household. HUGE! The Bupa Blog Awards. The ProBlogger conference. A skiing trip. School holidays. My six-year-old's third foray into styling. Movie trips. Days at the park. Job interviews. Lots of stuff. Lots of ...

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The week my six-year-old was my stylist


My daughter is a little fashionista. She constantly asks to choose my outfits. I have let her do so before, in January of this year and in August of last year. So after weeks (months) of saying, "Soon, soon," I had to let her at it again. Last ...

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The Fence – Meredith Jaffe (book review)


I was in a bit of a book-reading funk earlier this year. I'm not sure what put me there. Perhaps I read a few stinkers in a row; perhaps I was in a funk myself, and therefore any task to which I turned my hand (or eyes) became funky by ...

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Top web reads of August


August. Bendigo Writers Festival. Birthday parties. 100 days of prep celebration. School fundraising event. Writing course. Writing competitions. Writing opportunities. And even a job opportunity. Decisions, decisions. What else? Reading, of ...

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Why I blog


Why do I blog? Why do I type my thoughts on a screen, then press publish and send them out into the wide, wide world of the world wide web? That's a big question. It's too hard to answer that question in that form. So I'm going to simplify ...

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O Australia Fair


Image source (used with permission)   Australia O Australia The country fair In which a white man Took the lectern Faced a national audience And called for silence and respect To tell an innocent black man that he was not that ...

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Amazing Daddy – Rachel Bright (book review)


Community service announcement: there are just two weeks and two days until Father's Day. (In Australia.) Earlier this week, I shared some of the presents we've already gotten my husband. (It's okay. No spoiler alert. He already knows.) But ...

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