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Another year. New or now?

by Sarah Tolmie My favourite public holiday is New Years Day. It’s like the Universe gifts me a clean slate. A fresh unblemished diary. A new start. Yes, I am one of those dreamers – waking up for the first day of the year for a sunrise ocean plunge. I love writing gratitudes in a new journal, reflecting on the …

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First things first – What to do when you get a new phone

by Christine David Did Santa bring you a new smart phone for Christmas? Or maybe you treated yourself to a new handset while everyone else was in queue for the January sales? Now that you have your shiny new toy – I mean, phone – you need to work your way through the initial setup and login process so you …

Drug proofing our kids

Drug-proofing our kids

by Toni-Lee Phillips High on the list of parent’s concerns, is whether their teenagers, and even younger children, will get into trouble with drugs and alcohol. This concern sits alongside those about bullying, and mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and suicide. Sadly, for many young people, these issues are all linked in a complex way. And if the …

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Growing pains OMG, it really does happen… your children do grow up

by Sarah Tolmie As I write this week our family has had more than its fair share of life changing moments. My first born son finished his HSC, turned 18 and got a University offer. And it looks like he may also have a job too. My second born son also got his first job at ‘Maccas’. These were all …

Kindness – the unforgotten gift

by Catherine Schasser Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with a woman who was reminiscing about finding photos of her 25th wedding anniversary, which was 26 years ago.  Enthralled by relationships, I could not pass up the opportunity to seek her advice and opinions on the topic of marriage. Having been with my husband for twenty-seven years, more than …

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Teaching our sons to respect the word ‘no’

by Katharine Duck We hear all the time to teach our daughters to be careful when they go out. We talk with our girls to be vigilant and avoid being vulnerable. To be aware of the dangers of date rape or going to a party and drinking too much and the possibility of being taken advantage of. These are important …

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Brisvegas

Words by Dorian Mode.  Photos by Lydia Thorpe Senior finds our northern neighbour transformed into an arty cool city! The last time I was in Brisvegas was over thirty years ago. Then it was like a big country town. And compared to Sydney or Melbourne, b-b-b-oooring. So I face our impending trip northwards anticipating humidity, ennui and bad coffee. But …

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Cholesterol information – a bigger picture

by Diana Arundell With 30-50% of Australian adults having high cholesterol it’s important to understand more about this substance and it’s impact on the body. Firstly cholesterol is essential for life. The cells in our body require cholesterol to function and many of our hormones are derived from cholesterol, so it certainly isn’t something to be scared of. More recent …