If there is one holiday in the world that has a sweeping impact on everybody, it has to be Christmas. What unifying theme inherent to Christmas makes it one of, if not THE most awaited time of the year? This seems to be true regardless of race, social background, creed, or religion. Is it the … Continue reading Christmas – a global marketing feast!
Are you thinking: gee Michelle’s a bit behind the ball on this one – Thanksgiving has been and gone! Indeed the date has passed; and I hope all my American friends and connections received my good wishes post on Dragon Sisters Facebook page? In Australia and in many other cultures, we don’t have Thanksgiving Day … Continue reading Thanksgiving is Thanks to a Woman!
It’s 18 years since I was diagnosed with breast cancer and today, on ABC Day (26th October 2015), it’s time for reflecting on how fortunate I am. My life was turned upside down by my diagnosis and forever changed. Changed in so many positive ways. SO if you're newly diagnosed and reading this, it might … Continue reading AUSTRALIAN BREAST CANCER DAY 2015 – a time for reflection
I started this post a year ago today, and I've just notice I missed actually publishing it...so here we go! The train from Paris to Brussels is smooth and fast. I was met at the station by Helene, who I'd met when she and Pierre were in Australia and staying at my place. We took … Continue reading Belgium – A Delightful Little Country
Maria Angeles is my oldest female friend. My father, a Dutch Eurasian and her father, a Spaniard, worked for the United Nations and were both posted to Jerusalem. No, they were not military observers or troops, they were permanent staff of the United Nations. We met at Schmidt Girls College, a strict convent school run … Continue reading A Unique Friendship
Friday night saw me bidding a sad farewell to the last group of my lovely students who have been a part of my life since last September. I have to admit I shed a little tear (and so did some of them). My walk home, after handing in the keys to my boss, was filled … Continue reading GOODBYE ECIJA
I'm writing this one especially for my Spanish friends to give everyone a quick catch up on what I've been up to since leaving Ecija on the 27th June. Big shout out of thanks to Arnaud for the lift to Cordoba railway station. I had to dash off on that particular date because I was … Continue reading An Update from Australia
On 26th May 1994, in the beautiful city of Darwin, amongst cool tropical breezes and gorgeous pink bougainvillea plants and frangipani scented air, a little precious bundle was born. At 3.20 in the afternoon a little girl came into the world. She was a very special girl, a princess! My Princess - a wonderful gift … Continue reading My Princess – 21 Today
"People will forget what you did, people will forget what you said, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Maya Angelou Some people are naturally happy. I’m fortunate to be one of those individuals who is generally optimistic and happy. For others, it's more difficult and that’s where small gestures can make … Continue reading Happiness
It's already Australia Day but, where I am, here in my little flat in Ecija, Spain, rugged up in 4 layers of clothing with the heaters on, it's not yet the 26th. I am however reflecting on my journey to becoming Australian. I wasn’t born in Australia, but then again, neither were so many others … Continue reading HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY