My progression to a more broadly based web venture came about as a result of the success of my Pets and Plants Ballarat blog, where you can read my posts in relation to pet and plant care, animal welfare and permaculture.
As a woman of diverse interests, with a passion for travel, fine dining and wines, as well as a long history of social justice and gender equity activism, this site enables me to "entertain, educate and engage" in issues from the position of women in Australia and elsewhere, to help with accomodation,restaurant and wine selection, to international aid and non-government organisations worthy of your support.
I began writing as a child at primary school. By 14 I had a short story published in 'Rider' Magazine. I undertook journalism at Deakin University, but put a career in journalim on hold whilst I spent almost 30 years teaching students from socially diverse and economically challenged backgrounds in Melbourne's northern suburbs, in Australia.
When not teaching, I have until recently, invariably worked in travel and tourism, beginning in my student days at Ballarat's historical open air museum, Sovereign Hill. In 1994 I enjoyed marketining Australian wines to the Germans, based in Donaueschingen in Germany. I have also worked as a guide for Eerie Tours Murder and Mystery Daylesford tour, dramatically sharing tales of the wild gold rush history the town has to offer.
I researched, wrote and performed 'Memories of a Ballarat Childhood', a solo comedy commissioned for Ballarat's Hertaige Weekend in 2012, so I have really been stretching my wings across a range of areas I of interest since taking leave from working full time in education.
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My life is happy, fulfilled and rich with opportunities, in my mid 50s, when many, particularly women, feel the best of their lives is behind them.
I have endured some very tough times and emerged from them triumphant to celebrate life, as a stronger, wiser. yet still articulate individual, which may be just as well, as longjevity on both sides of my family gives a good chance of my still having the best part of 50 years more experiences ahead of me!
I trust my blog will embrace a wide readership from around the globe. I have been lucky enough to meet and network with inspiring individuals from all over the world in many contexts, since my early 20s. I have been lucky to have travelled much of the world and travel continues to be an ongoing "investment in myself", perhaps the ultimate form of education. The world is an enormous yet very small community and we have much to learn from the best of each other's cultures and experience.
I hope my blog plays some part enabling you to enjoy and engage from the local, to the global and maybe even feel better equiped to 'take on the world" as a result of visiting my blog!
Here's to you!