Grief Train

My experience of grief has always resembled an all-stations train—a hop-on, hop-off service, well-timed in its arrival to the appropriate station, each one representing an emotional response. A rite-of-passage if you will, in the journey of coming to terms with loss. In February 2020, I was again on-board the Grief Train, although this time the journey was different—it was an express service. The train whirred … Continue reading Grief Train

You can still see the golden arches: the 2022 NSW flood crisis

All I can think of is my grandmother praying: her rosary beads threaded loosely between the base of her palm, forefinger, and thumb. Caught in a five-day storm, she can only watch as the rain fills the gutters, and the river rises beneath her. My grandmother is a kind person, and she prays for the families, businesses and animals being taken by the rising water. … Continue reading You can still see the golden arches: the 2022 NSW flood crisis

Australia’s Latest Rape Culture Reckoning

Content warning: This piece contains mention of rape, sexual assault and domestic violence. In January 2021, I watched in awe as Grace Tame was named Australian of the Year. We all know her story by now: at fifteen, she was groomed and repeatedly raped by her high school maths teacher, Nicolaas Bester. He was fifty-eight at the time. Bester was eventually convicted in 2011 and … Continue reading Australia’s Latest Rape Culture Reckoning

How Self-help Authors are Saving Lives in COVID Times

Feelings cannot always be traded online. The thrill at the sound of the ocean, or goosebumps at the sight of an art gallery, even the hype and smell of a movie theatre—the buttery popcorn, the excited whispers, and dreamy exits—where have they gone? How can we cope with our lives now that they are no longer accessible? Here lies a generation who suffer through the … Continue reading How Self-help Authors are Saving Lives in COVID Times

9 Tips To Help You Manage Chronic Pain

Dealing with chronic pain can be one of life’s most devastating and life-altering experiences. After three or more months—the official duration that defines chronic pain—your new life can seem so far removed from what you would have considered normal even just half a year ago. Now living with chronic pain, it would seem like your entire life only revolves around hospitals, doctors, pharmacies, and medicines. … Continue reading 9 Tips To Help You Manage Chronic Pain

It’s time for new trimester resolutions

I believe the true joy of university life comes in the second trimester (or semester, if you’re at one of those other unis). Why? Because it’s a second shot at everything you wanted to do back in the first trimester, but with even more possibilities for success! Let me explain. When you’re approaching the first week of the university year, it feels a lot like … Continue reading It’s time for new trimester resolutions

Target Practice: A Shooting Range Experience

Content note: This piece contains mentions of the detailed use of firearms. ‘I wonder what it’s like to shoot a rifle,’ a friend said casually over a prawn chow mein lunch. ‘We should go to a shooting range one day.’ ‘Sure, let’s go on Saturday,’ I said. She laughed, ‘Really?’ ‘Why not?’ I asked.  All we had to do was Google local shooting ranges, make … Continue reading Target Practice: A Shooting Range Experience

9 Ways to Know If You’ve Found The Right Therapist

What a long way we’ve come. Finally, the world over, many are beginning to give mental health the attention it deserves.  Challenges involving mental health have often been dismissed as problems for the weak or rich or bored. But now, more people are starting to recognise that just as a broken knee needs intervention, so does one’s struggling mental health.  Perhaps it could be a generational effect, with millennials stated to … Continue reading 9 Ways to Know If You’ve Found The Right Therapist

Yoga Series Part One: The Four Important Ways Movement Breaks Assist Study Stress

Benefits of Yoga What do you think of when you hear the word ‘yoga’? A vegan with a man-bun and a flowing psychedelic shirt? Or a gorgeous, impossibly slim woman with the flexibility of a lithe cat?  Yes, these are the gender stereotypes. But, like all ancient traditions arising from diverse and evolving cultures over thousands of years, one’s motivation for practice and appreciation does structure … Continue reading Yoga Series Part One: The Four Important Ways Movement Breaks Assist Study Stress

Post COVID-19: Cities as More-Than-Human Places

To justify cities as more-than-human places it is important to define what that means and its context. Historically, humans have engaged in activities like mining, agriculture and construction—altering the surface of the Earth, the composition of the atmosphere, and key ecosystems driving human civilisation. This has led to massive devastation and alteration of the Earth with increases in carbon emissions, species extinction and deforestation, all … Continue reading Post COVID-19: Cities as More-Than-Human Places