Caring for the sick at home

This is my favourite recent story. A top palliative care doctor has issued a call for people to dramatically improve the quality of life for the terminally ill by training to be a palliative care volunteer for an hour or two each week. Professor David Kissane dreams of an army of volunteers trained to provide…

A surprise weekend

Our family’s weekend plans were delightfully interrupted by the early arrival by two weeks of my nephew. I now have two nieces and two nephews, how good is that? I was putting the coffee pot on the stove on Saturday morning when I casually checked my phone and saw I had a few missed messages…

What I won’t miss about lockdown

Next week our kids will return to classes at school, except for the eldest who only has her HSC final exams to go. My husband and I return to the office in December, but I’m already out and about quite a bit – there were ordinations to the priesthood on Monday and a meeting at…

Prize-winning stories

A few weeks ago the newspaper I work for won six awards at this years’ Australian Catholic Press Association conference. Three of them were for stories I wrote last year, which was nice. In December I visited Forbes, Parkes and Condobolin in central west New South Wales and met kids, parents, teachers, and priests who…