Champagne Parties and the Public Life

Champagne Parties and the Public Life

I recently came across the phrase “hall of mirrors”, used as a metaphor to represent our “whimsical culture”, our “fragile and rapidly changing identities” and “needing a lot of affirmation”1. I took the point and could...
The Undoing

The Undoing

I recently found myself in front of a mirror making a response that had been conditioned in front of a screen. I was deciding what to wear for the day. I’d already donned a skirt and long-sleeved top… skivvy-ish. I was mooting a second top over the first… sleeveless....
Building Secure Bridges

Building Secure Bridges

My four-year-old grandson is fascinated by the Tasman Bridge. This towering structure with its scary and risky stories draws his little mind and its curiosity. Thirty years ago, the same fascination dwelt in his father. I’m regularly caught up in déjà vu as I drive...