Empty Lawns and Lightly Trafficked Footpaths

A Sunday Adventure in Suburban Peakhurst I rolled a die to select the category of this week’s Sunday Adventure and landed on Visit a Random Suburb. Then, based on having last week visited Parramatta, the next suburb alphabetically is Peakhurst. I have to have rules to drive these things – weird as they may be,

Plane Spotting with Abby: A Sunday Adventure in Sydney

I suspect every Sunday is an adventure for Abby – in Sydney or not.   Actually, now that I think of it, every day is an adventure for Abby. She’ll be 3 in November [EDIT – grrr, October. Her birthday is in October]. She’s the precocious, strong-willed, smart, sometimes a little shy, blue-eyed, curly-haired daughter

Bicycle Riding Holiday Around Goulburn: Prologue

After my mid-life gap year, after my foray back into American politics, I came home to Sydney and began looking for work. In time, I got a temp position, which became a permanent position and, with permanence, came paid leave. This is the first paid leave I’ve been eligible for this century, it’s such a

Peanuts and Cracker Jack (Day 149)

Tuesday 20 October (Chicago, Day 149) Here’s a thing about America that I’ve been thinking about – its size and its scale. There is, of course, the story Americans tell themselves about how everyone can do anything, be anybody. But the size of the place, the scale of it, makes me feel small and like

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