The surprising benefits of a combined family holiday

In this week’s The Catholic Weekly: My family spent the first week of this year with about 10 other families at a conference centre we hire out for the purpose during the summer school holidays. Parents from our kids’ schools organise these ‘family camps’ and while they are not relaxing on the whole, they are…

New research to help young women at risk of heart attack

So this was fun, heading out to the world-renowned Victor Chang Institute with star photographer Giovanni Portelli on Tuesday as part of my current gig at The Catholic Weekly. Professor Robert Graham, one of Australia’s leading scientists and head of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, is trying to find the cause of a type of heart…

Sunday family day out #1

I have an idea that readers of this blog might find useful some ideas (Sydney-based) for Sunday family days out which include Mass. Especially as it can be fun to experience different parishes and liturgies sometimes. Last Sunday was my brother-in-law’s birthday and the plan was to meet his family for yum cha at a…

Holy Smoke! The original recipe for incense

  I enjoyed learning about the original recipe for incense last week when writing a story for The Catholic Weekly. Researchers from the Southern Cross University stumbled across it when they were looking for ancient medicinal uses of part of the shell of a family of sea snails found all over the world. They found…