A different view on 6.15am starts

It is going to be 35c today, but it is warm like a pool of silky water at 6.15am. The sky has clouds, but they are cloaked in colours so vivid, reds and pinks and golds, that you have to look away from how magnificent they are. There are people up early going to work, […]

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October 9th, 2013 by Romana Challans

Nudity is not the issue. The freak show aspect of nudity is.

What I have been thinking, this article from Jezebel said so much better than I could : “The problem with all these half-naked pop stars is that they fail, even as they succeed, because they are “artists” turning themselves into objects. Objects have no agency. Objects are disposable. Objects have no feelings. And although there […]

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October 5th, 2013 by Romana Challans

Everything I learnt about makeup I learnt from the Sims

So I have spent my life being femininely challenged. Only one significant female figure in my childhood (hi Aunty Pam), I was to shy to ask how to do the things every other girl seemed to know – what clothes to choose, how to do makeup. A marvellous single father did his utter amazing best, […]

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September 24th, 2013 by Romana Challans

Monday rolls around exactly unlike a ball.

Youngest female offspring had performance Friday night. At first it looked like we would miss it as tickets were gone within the day,but upon enquiry for cancellations that afternoon, turns out they reserve all wheelchair tickets and don’t mark them as available. So last minute flurry to organize the bloke and I attending. The logistics […]

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September 23rd, 2013 by Romana Challans

It’s been a while…

Dear blog, Welcome to Friday. It’s 6.41am and I am at a bus stop, waiting for the bus to the Uni. It’s 13.6F, but with the breeze, feels like 8.7F, according to WeatherAU app on my beloved iPhone 5. Running the new iOS 7, more on that later. I’ve taken my gloves off – and […]

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September 20th, 2013 by Romana Challans

The care of keeping love

My Mother, My Daughter – The Rumpus.net. I am weeping for this woman, this magic and wonderful woman who tried so hard, who deserved so much better. I am weeping for the mother who tried so hard to bring what light into her daughter’s life she could, who also deserved better than the hand cruelly dealt. […]

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March 24th, 2013 by Romana Challans

Want to be inspired?

Sue Austin: Deep sea diving … in a wheelchair | Video on TED.com. So, here is a positive rebuttal to my own post. Oddly enough, I saw this before buying my electric wheelchair, and it was a direct contributor to me stopping being reluctant to taking that step. It did not, as the post on the matter […]

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March 14th, 2013 by Romana Challans

It’s been a while

I don’t know if anyone reads this blog you know. I make such a halfhearted effort to post – yet I am prolific on Google Plus, which becomes prolific on Tumblr and Twitter by default, as one feed morphs into many. If Google releases an API that allowed me, as once I was able to […]

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March 10th, 2013 by Romana Challans

The rules of engagement – sexuality

The 2013 Guidelines for Coming Out. So, Jodie Foster came out. Or didn’t. It seems there is some idea of what coming out should look like, some wording that is necessary to meet a standard. Odd, the notoriously private Ms Foster, who made a speech that included a yearning plea for privacy’s necessity, is chided […]

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January 19th, 2013 by Romana Challans

Productivity in the time of toothache

Toothache (medication plus ten pregnancies = tooth issues) meant an ‘emergency traumatic surgery’ last Friday. I am still healing, and almost on real people food, so that is good. Relieved what was a decidedly vile ordeal was resolved, but missed out on family trip away. Persuaded all to go, and they had a rousing good […]

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January 1st, 2013 by Romana Challans