Good News – Take Two!

Last month I wrote about good news not getting much airplay. The other issue which gets lost in media hype and political hyperbole is perspective. In 2017 there were 56 million deaths around the world. That number may have been slightly different in 2020 but would be...

“It’s Good News Week”

The media knows that bad news sells. Rolling coverage of terrorist attacks, natural disasters and, of course, more recently Covid 19 makes people more likely to buy newspapers (yes, they still exist) or consume news electronically or online and maybe even pay for some...

Stop Being A Doormat

Do you let your partner, family, friends and work colleagues walk all over you?  Are other people taking advantage of your kind giving nature?  Is it time you stopped bending over backwards to please others?  Tired of being a doormat? How Important Are You? Think...
Ongoing Interesting Times

Ongoing Interesting Times

The old Chinese saying about living in interesting times continues to be apt in 2021. At time of writing different countries and even states or regions within countries have different approaches to Covid 19. There are currently eight vaccines at variable stages of...

What Have We Learned?

What Have We Learned?

As I write this last column for 2020, the words of the late John Lennon come to mind; “So this is Christmas And what have you done? Another year over A new one just begun” Last week marked the 40th anniversary of his tragic death by homicide.  Where has that time gone...

Try Not To Doubt Yourself

Try Not To Doubt Yourself

As a step parent, doubting yourself and feeling sick either just before your stepchildren come over or just after they leave is not uncommon. Most people are driven from a place of goodness and ideals. But such dreams and situations are sometimes shattered by...

The Public Has Spoken On Vaping Laws

The Public Has Spoken On Vaping Laws

In this modern age, petitions which legally require people to sign a piece of paper seem archaic. They are also difficult to organise. Yet on November 26, I was proud to hand over to Aaron Stonehouse MLC a petition to the West Australian parliament calling for the...

7 Dire Relationship Sins (and How to Avoid them)!

7 Dire Relationship Sins (and How to Avoid them)!

Do you wish you could avoid arguments in your relationship? Is your partner pushing your buttons and making you angry, frustrated, jealous or annoyed? Are you guilty of any of these 7 dire relationship sins? With people spending more time at home together, it is...

It Is Written In The Stars

It Is Written In The Stars

Like nearly all of us, I sometimes look at astrological forecasts. At the start of this year nobody predicted a pandemic. Yet, to give credit where due, the prediction was for a year of unusually big upheaval based on a conjunction of Saturn and Pluto. Apparently...

7 Best Actions To Help Your Relationship Thrive

7 Best Actions To Help Your Relationship Thrive

A common scenario for many couples is worrying that their relationship is on the rocks or their partner might not be as invested as they previously were. Whether our partner has a low libido or seems emotionally distant; when our relationship hits a rough patch it’s...

Counting The Unseen Health Cost of Covid19

Counting The Unseen Health Cost of Covid19

As each month passes, we are discovering more about the cost of the response to Covid19. Whilst there is a daily update on the number of cases and deaths, we here little if anything about the medical and health consequences of lockdowns. In fact, any questioning of...

What A Step Parent Really Wants To Say

What A Step Parent Really Wants To Say

What a step parent really wants to say to their partner’s ex is: “I do not want to be your child’s parent and maybe if you stopped playing all the emotional games you are currently playing, the bad mouthing of me and your ex and actually parented your child which is...

Time To Help Smokers Quit!

Time To Help Smokers Quit!

Regular readers will know that I am Chairman on Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association (ATHRA). The organization has been lobbying for three years to legalise vaping in Australia so that the death and illness toll from smoking can be reduced. It is no secret...

The Problem With Chronic Glaucoma

The Problem With Chronic Glaucoma

The problem with chronic glaucoma is that the disease causes no symptoms early on, but the treatments often do! Glaucoma is a chronic disease which causes no symptoms at all in its early stages, but which can cause progressive loss of peripheral vision and ultimately...

Welcome To 1848!

Welcome To 1848!

Handwashing, as a way of reducing the spread of infection, has gained new traction in 2020. It is worth remembering that this concept was not always accepted. In fact, when first proposed as a way to reduce puerperal infection and maternal mortality- it was rejected...