How to be brave

As brave as Wonder Woman

How to be brave? How to have grace? How to pay tribute to an angel? What words to use when it has been a year? These are the questions I was asking myself while running up and down the biggest hills I’ve ever run up or down tonight. How, when you’re running towards a hill … Continue reading

Electric Dreams


So as I think I’ve said before, Lozzie and I didn’t mind a bit of a dance off to some questionable ’80’s music (oh and “Hi!”  I know it’s been the longest possible time ever between posts… sorry [or not, depending how you feel] about that). We cut our teeth on it at *cough* Twister … Continue reading


Ms Maddie with her hand on her Daddy's knee

Maddie… there’s a lot of me that wants to spend today writing about how much we have all missed you over the past six months, since you became an Angel.  And a lot of me that wants to explain to everyone how sad and unfair I sometimes think life is, especially when I think of your … Continue reading

Back to normal

Hello strangers! Yes, it has been a while… first my back-end broke (well, not my back-end, the back-end of the blog… the admin-y area… I’m not techy I don’t know how else to describe it, but my butt’s fine) for about a month.  Then work got crazy busy and I kept thinking “When things get … Continue reading

Magic turtles

Mine and Leah's Magic Turtle

No, I’m not high.  I really do want to talk about magic turtles. And, believe me or not, I’m not making them up.  I have come to believe, over the past six months or so, that there are turtles who are indeed magical.  My darling friend Katherine has even given me a beautiful silver one … Continue reading

Happy Birthday, Maddie

At Saturday's dedication ceremony for the Maddie James Seaside Learning Centre

What did you get for your sixth birthday? I don’t remember what I got for mine (sorry Mum and Dad!) but I do remember that I had an awesome dress up party.  I went as Princess Leia, complete with full side buns.  Jamie Smithson came as a bee, so did Carla.  I also don’t remember … Continue reading

Fox News

Happy Birthday Mr J

There are certain things in your life that are fleeting.  There are others that are more permanent and reliable. I don’t presume to know whether one is necessarily better than the other,  there can, for example, be untold happiness in fleeting moments.  But, the older I get, the more I see the value in those parts … Continue reading

Feeling like a million bucks

Maddie and her Daddy

Did you know that if a goldfish bowl was large enough to hold a million goldfish, it could hold a whale? Or that if a million children climbed on each other’s shoulders, they would go higher into the sky than aeroplanes do? Or that one million minutes ago was – 1 year, 329 days, 10 hours … Continue reading

The importance of biscuits

A lot of my childhood memories come from sitting on the bar stool in Nana’s kitchen and jabbering away with her while she cooked (sometimes she’d even let me “help”). There’s a million of these little snippets that I’d love to share with you, today’s little snippet is ANZAC biscuits (if you’re reading from America, these … Continue reading

Caving in


“Sometimes there’s so much beauty in the world I feel like I can’t take it, like my heart’s going to cave in.” That’s a quote from American Beauty.  It came to me while I was running on the beach in Sorrento this weekend.  Which also leads me to an apology – sorry I’ve been out … Continue reading

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  • My Marathons for Maddie in 2011

    Run for the Kids: 17 April - 14.38km
    Mothers' Day Classic: 8 May - 4km
    Run Melbourne: 17 July – half marathon
    Sandy Point Half: 21 August - half marathon
    Sydney Running Festival: 18 September – half marathon
    Melbourne Marathon: 9 October – marathon