No place to lay His head? Must have lived in Sydney

According to recent data, average Sydney house prices have risen 67 per cent in the last five years, to a median price of $845,000 in 2016. Average incomes haven’t kept up with this pace, as we know. This is good news for people who have invested in residential real estate, but for those whose home…

Last days before Christmas

Five days out from Christmas and I’m still trying to think of myself as in my usual part-time work mode, because we have birthdays and things in late December and we’re going on a family camp in early January. I won’t get any work done until after that. But with the children now all on…

Restless nights and welcome dawns: An Advent reflection

At this point during Advent, Gaudete Sunday, I always remember one particular early dawn. Or rather, how it felt to see that day dawn. It was the day our first child was born. I’d been admitted to hospital the afternoon before, to have labour induced. My mum and husband had stayed while I had dinner…

Christmas Light and Darkness

This time of year always seems to throw what is important in our lives into stark relief. I don’t know about you but it’s usually bitter-sweet for me. I love this time of year, and at the same time I earnestly look forward to life settling back into ‘normal’ mode. Most of us spend a…