Book Reviews

bookshelfI love reading as much as I love writing so here are two book reviews of mine that were published in The Weekend West newspaper:

Book Review The Husband's Secret

Book review Twist of Fate

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Bits and Bobs

OBSESSIVE CLEANING

Do we really need a floor so clean we could eat off it? In the following article, that was posted on real estate site Domain on 14th April 2017, I write about a friend’s cleaning obsession where she even vacuums her letterbox.

Obsessive Cleaning

TWO OF A KIND

I wrote an article on the challenge of building the Two Apartment House with second-hand and recycled materials on a tiny block in Perth, owned by Carla Karsakis of Etica Studios. Read all about it in Issue 33 of  Peppermint Magazine

TEACHING YOUR CHILDREN WHILE CARAVANNING AROUND AUSTRALIA

I wrote this article for Caravan World in April 2015, about the different ways you could teach your children if you plan to travel around Australia for an extended period of time. Please click on the link below to read the entire article

ROAD SMARTS

SCOUTS FUNDRAISE TO HELP FILIPINO CHILDREN

In November 2014 an article I wrote about how the WA Scouts were fundraising $30,000 to help bring Filipino children to Perth, was published in the The Weekend West Agenda section of the West Australian newspaper. To read the article in its entirety please click on the following link:

Scouts Give Hope to Street Kids

ONE TO WATCH FOR: ANGELINE LLOYD

I interviewed passionate advocate for social change, Angeline Lloyd about her blog Love Thread for the Sunday Times Magazine June 5, 2016. Read about her and other young entrepreneurs by clicking on the link below

STM TOP 100 ENTREPRENEURS FOR 2016

MY CAR CRASH EXPERIENCE

In 1989 I made a decision that could have ended quite tragically. Thankfully I managed to walk away from a car crash but only after 2 months in hospital and another 2 months of rehabilitation. I fractured my pelvis in 6 places and had extensive bruising from being wrapped around a pole. To read the entire article that appeared in the Dec/Jan 2015 issue of RAC Horizons Magazine please click on the link below

BAD BET

Bullying, Sleepovers, Exercising, Fussy Eaters, PND;

DUCHENNE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY

This mother of 5, gave birth to 4 boys before realising she carried the mutated gene that resulted in 2 of her boys being diagnosed with the life-limiting disease Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Read her reaction in my article for Kidspot which appeared on July 28, 2017 via the link below:

DUCHENNE 

PARENTAL ALIENATION – NO ACCESS

Sharing custody after a relationship breakdown can be hard on parents who want to spend as much time with their children as possible, but what if your ex-partner turns your kids against you? A mother and a father share their heartbreak at not seeing their children for years, in this article I wrote for Kidspot on June 30, 2017.

PARENTAL ALIENATION

POSTNATAL DEPRESSION IS REAL

Robin planned to walk into traffic because she felt no one was listening to her cries for help. Unsuccessfully managing 3 children under 3 years old with no sleep, no energy and very little support led to a diagnosis of PND and time in a psychiatric ward. Read her story that I wrote for Kidspot in May 2017, by clicking on the link below

POSTNATAL DEPRESSION

HOW SAFE ARE SLEEPOVERS?

Sleepovers are a rite of passage but they can be fraught with danger and stress. Debbie Clarke runs self defences classes and gives some tips for ensuring your kids remain safe. This article I wrote appeared on the Essential Kids website dated May 16, 2016

KEEPING KIDS SAFE AT SLEEPOVERS

IS SWAPPING SCHOOLS THE ANSWER TO COMBAT BULLYING?

When kids are bullied should we pull them out of that school to get away from the bullies? I speak to a man who was bullied his entire school life and two mothers whose children were bullied. Find out what they have to say in this article published on Essential Kids on July 29, 2014

COMBATING BULLYING

FUSSY EATERS

If you want expert advice on how to ensure your children eat a balanced diet even though they appear fussy, read my article that appeared in Australian Family magazine in November 2015

FUSSY EATERS

FUN WITH EXERCISE

Get your children off the couch and running about with these fun things to do. They will be enjoying themselves so much, they won’t even realise they are exercising. Read the entire story I wrote for Australian Family Magazine in May 2015

PLAY MORE WEIGH LESS

Australian Rules Football: Behind the Scenes

I am a passionate AFL supporter and I am interested in finding out about the players as well as the people off the field. Please click on the links to read any of the articles below.

AUSTRALIAN RULES FOOTBALL COLLEGE

Brad Sewell finished a stellar career with Hawthorn and now helps young footballers improve their skills as well as receive qualifications for life after AFL. Read the entire article which appeared in the April Issue of Inside Football

THE ACADEMY OF FOOTBALL DREAMS

THE WEST COAST EAGLES 30 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

A fledgling club in 1986, the club has since soared to great heights. Read about their journey in my latest article published in the March 2017 issue of Inside Football 

THE RISE AND RISE OF THE EAGLES

FOOTBALLERS WHO CHAMPION CAUSES

Nick Riewoldt, Troy Cook and Gerard Neesham all discuss the foundations they help set up to bring awareness to causes close to their hearts. Read the entire article that was published in Inside Football on December 8, 2016

CHAMPIONS OF THE CAUSE

LIFE AFTER FOOTBALL

Matthew Connell, Matthew Pavlich and Xavier Ellis all tell me how they felt when they retired and if they were ready to hang up the boots in Inside Football edition published September 15, 2016.

END OF THE UNBELIEVABLE RIDE

HOST FAMILIES

It’s difficult to leave home as a young boy and join an elite football team where you know no one. Enter host families who willingly open their homes and hearts to these aspiring athletes. I speak with players, host families and a player services coordinator to explain how they cope. This article appeared in Inside Football on August 4, 2016

HOME AND AWAY

AN UMPIRE’S LIFE

I interviewed Rob Hendrie and his sons, Craig and Wayne to talk about their experiences as AFL umpires. The three of them amassed a total of 731 games between them and have a few tales to tell. Read the full story which appeared in Inside Football on April 28, 2016

HENDRIE CLAN THREE OF A KIND

SUPPORT STAFF

In the beginning footy teams relied on a handful of staff, now they are big businesses that employ 30 plus support staff. I speak with Ron Alexander (WCE inaugural coach), Justin Longmuir (WCE forwards’ coach), Darcie Finlayson (Gold Coast Suns Football Operations Assistant) and Andrew McKay ( Carlton’s Head of Football) for their comments on the importance of a strong structural framework. This article appeared in Inside Football on September 17, 2015 

ANATOMY OF A FOOTY DEPARTMENT

GRAND FINALS

Win, lose or draw, nothing can compare to running out onto the MCG to play in a VFL/AFL Grand Final. Brett Peake, Adam Schneider, Dwayne Lamb and Gary Ayres explain the emotion that follows triumph, defeat and the bewilderment of a draw. This article appeared in Inside Football on October 1, 2015

THAT ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER

WIVE’S TALES

It’s not all Brownlows and ballgowns being involved with a footy player. I speak with Peta Waterman (former WCE Chris Waterman’s wife) Annie Picken (Western Bulldog Liam Picken’s wife) and Renee Enright ( former Geelong player Corey Enright’s wife) to find out just how hard it is to have an elite footballer as a partner. This appeared in December 3 edition of Inside Football

WIVES TALES

LONGEVITY

How do some players beat the odds and play season after season? I speak with Billy Brownless, Beau Waters and Geelong Club Doctor – Dr Seward for their comments for Inside Football on June 25, 2015

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO PLAY 400 GAMES

NO CURFEWS OR BEER RESTRICTIONS

How footballers relax after a game is very different to how they behaved 25 years ago. I speak with Richard Dennis, Matt Clape and Adam Selwood for their comments for Inside Football on February 26, 2015

HOW FOOTY SHOOK OFF ITS SOCIAL HANGOVER

THE DRAFT

Darren Harris discusses the pitfalls and the positives of the AFL draft with me for this article which appeared in Inside Football  November 6, 2014

DEDICATED TO THE DRAFT

Creative Writing

I love words and creating stories and have even had some success.

The theme for this was food for thought and I immediately thought of hunger. But for what? Please click on the link to read the full story which won first prize in a Karrinyup Writers’ Club competition.

THIRST FOR LOVE

This next fractured fairytale won third place in a national competition for Adelaide Plains Chapter and Verse. My take on Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

Shesa Fright and the Seven Snouts

 

Parents share their children’s health struggles:

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SAVING IZZY

Isabella Crosby was born with a life threatening disease which affects her liver. A transplant may be her only chance for a future. Please click on the link below to read the full story published in the Winter 2017 issue of Offspring Magazine.

Saving Izzy

TEA TACKLES RARE DISEASE

Tea Lake was born with symptoms eerily similar to the Zika virus but her birth was six years prior to the outbreak and her mother had never heard of the disease. Read about her challenges by clicking on the link below which will take you to the article published in the Spring 2016 issue of Offspring Magazine.

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JOSHUA’S JOURNEY

Joshua was diagnosed with a rare form of dwarfism that means he may grow no taller than 3 feet. Follow his journey by clicking on the link below which will take you to an article I wrote for the Autumn 2016 issue of Offspring Magazine 

JOURNEY

 

CHARLOTTE’S FIGHT

Tiny Charlotte endured her first operation at just three days old and now takes 13 medications daily. I met Charlotte and her mother, Laura to find out the extent of her health issues. Please click on the link below to read the full story which appears in the Summer 2016 issue of Offspring Magazine

Charlotte’s Fight

TICKED OFF

Nine year old Scott Guerini used to fundraise for Telethon kids. Now he needs all the help he can get as he suffers with Lyme Disease – a condition not recognised in Australia. Please click on the link to read the full story that was published in the Spring 2015 edition of Offspring Magazine.

Ticked Off

TWICE THE TRAUMA

A young mother shares her story about coping with premature twin boys both born with an extremely rare cleft lip and palate. Clink on the link below to read my article which appears in the Winter 2014 issue of Offspring Magazine 

TWICE THE TRAUMA

 

Destinations

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HARRIS RIVER ESTATE

Looking for some awesome wineries in WA’s south west? Read the article that appeared in Tiger Tales for some hot tips of where to go.

E4 Perth food and wine

ELIZABETH QUAY

Read my article below for places to eat at Elizabeth Quay, as published by Tiger Tales. All my own photographs used.

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THINGS TO DO IN PERTH IN A WEEKEND

Read my article below, which appeared in Tiger Tales, to find out all the interesting things you can see and do in a whole weekend in Perth. Also all my own photographs.

Weekend Warrior Liquid

COLLIE

I spent a weekend immersing myself in the picturesque surrounds of Collie. Only a two hour drive from Perth there are numerous cycle, walk and mountain bike tracks that criss cross the terrain as well as beautiful dams and pools, a state of the art skate park and art gallery, and much more. Read what else Collie has to offer in my article that appeared in the June 2016, RAC Horizons magazine.

THE SURPRISING COLLIE RIVER VALLEY

CARAVAN AND CAMPING EXPO

Please click on the link below to read my article about the June 2015, Perth Caravan and Camping Expo to meet the types of people who attend and find out why they are there. It appeared in Caravan World in 2016

IT’S SHOW TIME

TIPS FOR BUSHWALKING

Claudia Payne is an avid fan of hiking and has traversed many trails across Australia. Read my article that appeared in the Feb/Mar 2015 issue of Great Walks Magazine for her tips to ensure your trip is memorable for all the right reasons.

STEP BY STEP

PERTH CITY

Click on the link below to find out a few things about Perth that I recommend to see and do which appeared on The Big Bus site June 2016

BIG 5 PERTH CITY GUIDE

CORAL BAY

I have visited Coral Bay probably many times as I love it so much. Here is a snippet of why it draws me back time and again. A guest blog post for Tour the World in 2014

GUEST BLOG Tour the World Coral Bay

Eat, Drink and be Entertained

I regularly write about food, festivals, events, expos and restaurants. To read my blog posts as featured on foodie cravings, a leading Perth food blog, please click on the links below:

 

Perth Food Awards Published by foodie cravings July 25,2017

Percy Flint Published by foodie cravings June 20, 2017

The Windsor Hotel Published by foodie cravings June 14, 2017

Cafe Bellavista Published by foodie cravings May 2, 2017

Solo Pasta Published by foodie cravings April 5, 2017

Houghtons Winery  Published by foodie cravings April 2, 2017

Sculptures By The Sea  Published by foodie cravings March 11, 2017

Sunset Wine Festival  Published by foodie cravings February 26, 2017

A’Caverna  Published by foodie cravings February 15, 2017

DeLish Expo  Published by foodie cravings January 21, 2017

Cottesloe Beach Hotel Club Published by foodie cravings December 14, 2016

Mayfair Lane  Published foodie cravings December 3, 2016

Beauvine Festival  Published by foodie cravings October 23, 2016

Prego  Published by foodie cravings September 8, 2016

Riverside Brewhouse  Published by foodie cravings August 14, 2016

Park and Vine  Published foodie cravings July 28, 2016

Taste of Perth  Published by foodie cravings May 2, 2016

Straits Cafe Rendezvous  Published by foodie cravings March 11, 2016

The Cooking Professor  Published by foodie cravings February 15, 2016

Mandurah Crabfest  Published by foodie cravings February 11, 2016

Parmelia Hilton Adelphi Steakhouse Published by foodie cravings December 4, 2015

 

WA’s Signature Dish  Published by foodie cravings November 29, 2015

Cecchi’s  Published by foodie cravings November 21, 2015

Foodloose Tours in Fremantle Published by foodie cravings November 16, 2015

Amazing people I have interviewed

OTHERWORLDLY – SHAE DETAR

BARRY LAWRENCE REMINISCES ABOUT HIS FISHING PROWESS

78 year old Barry Lawrence proudly holds two club records he’s confident no                         one will ever beat. An 18.9kg dhufish and a 4kg skipjack. He loves the ocean and loves his boats even more. To read the entire article  I wrote which was published in Club Marine  please open the following link:

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LISA BLAIR ATTEMPTS TO BECOME THE FIRST WOMAN TO SAIL AROUND ANTARCTICA SOLO

I spoke to Lisa Blair before she set off to set a record to become the first woman to circumnavigate Antarctica solo and non stop. See what she has to say in Club Marine‘s Feb/Mar Issue by clicking on the link below:

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JON SANDERS ATTEMPTS TO CIRCUMNAVIGATE THE WORLD FOR THE 10TH TIME

Read my snippet about Jon Sanders in Club Marine‘s April/ May Issue by clicking on the link below:

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LAUREN METZLER

American photographer Lauren Metzler tells me about being painted in ochre and paraded through an African village as she recounts her night living with the Himba Tribe. Read the entire article in the PSQ16 issue of Paper Sea Magazine or please click on the link below:

I Wander

BRUCE USHER

Australian photographer Bruce Usher reminisces with me about growing up on the northern Sydney beaches, surfing with Midget Farrelly, and the first darkroom his father built. You can read the article in the PSQ16 issue of Paper Sea Magazine or click on the link below:

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LOGAN MAXWELL HAGEGE

American painter Logan Hagege dispels the myth about starving artists as he talks to me about his artwork of the American southwest that is featured in the PSQ16 Paper Sea Magazine. You can read the article by clicking on the link below:

the desert southwest

ROBERT FARLEY

Australian Self-taught photographer Robert Farley talks to me about immersing himself in different cultures to be able to understand people better. Read about the images he took of Torres Strait Islanders and why he wants to photograph open pit mines in the PSQ15 issue of Paper Sea Magazine or by clicking on the link below:

SHAE DETAR
Shae is an American artist who paints over photos she takes of naked and semi-naked females of diverse ethnicities and body shapes. My interview with this amazing woman can be read in the PSQ14 edition of Paper Sea Magazine or by clicking on the link below: