Month #1 done

It’s quite a nice thing to have series of days divided into months. If you are having a bad time on the whole, at least when a new month starts you can hope for a better go this time. And if you’ve been having a good time you can feel quite pleased at having overall a good…

Back to school success

Today was the first day back at school after a seven-week break for four of our kids.  One started high school, another started at the school his brother attends. Two years ago – the last time we had kids starting new schools – this day and the ensuring weeks did not go well due to…

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…