These glimpses into other women’s worlds are fascinating me – you get an idea of how they arrange their finances, schedules and relationships. I love seeing how so many people contribute to their communities. It would be awesome if there was some greater diversity – it can be a bit too American focused.
So this is from June’s Atlantic, but I’ve got a backlog on my Zinio for Libraries app that is immense (most libraries have a subscription to this AWESOME app, which allows you to download and read magazines on a broad range of topics for free!). This article captured my attention. It is a deeply personal account of a family, of privilege, of inter-generational understanding, of the concept of freedom and hierarchy. I struggle here in Tonga with the rank and power structure, which at times feels oppressive and arbitrary, and reading this account gave me pause to think about the more global meanings of freedom, choice and position.
The Alice Network by Alice Quinn
Fast paced, two pronged story across the two world wars following female English spies. Wrapped up with shame and difficult to like characters, a fun read.
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
I had resisted reading these books before, because I don’t usually connect with mummy-angst ridden books, but the ability to weave together interesting characters with pithy observations of human behaviour was a real strength.
(other books of the month on my goodreads)
Talks led by communities. I wish there was a Canberra based program to join into, but that might just be option into the future. Its like a smaller scale TED.
My current low-key obsession is thinking about interior design. I miss my cosy apartment insanely, and am thinking about ways I would love to design my home into the future. Firepits, moroccan wedding blankets and bird bathrooms?
Open Canvas #artwitheart
Melbourne based coop that seeks to empower artists that have experienced adversity. I simply cannot wait to save up and purchase! On instagram too.
Self-funded, ad free and proudly diverse representation of women in a magazine. They’re kickstarting for their next edition!
UK and Cameroonian fashion designers that are just bringing phenomenal prints to fashion. I love them coming up on my feed. Its on the to be purchased list!
Always. I love you Annabel and Leigh. Cooking, books and pop culture.
Seems that this Australian Broadcasting Corporation podcast investigating the murder of Maria James in Melbourne in the 1980s seems to be on hiatus after its initial four eps. A thorough and well paced investigation by Rachel Brown, crossing into the topical and disturbing allegations into abuse by the Catholic Church, particularly of vulnerable children.
Anne Lamott’s advice
12 Truths about life and writing. Just A+
The TV adaption of Margaret Atwood’s novel. Gripping and terrifying, but also truth laden. Atwood based the repression of women on events that had already happened at the time of writing. There’s a pessimistic part of me that thinks that the ongoing stresses on our environment and global governance will result in increasingly extreme forms of government and greater social disruption. Thanks SBS On Demand for working in Tonga!
I completed a strategic review of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef 2050 Plan for my last assignment of my masters, which took me on a wild ride across the science of climate change and the terrifying ecosystem impacts on the world’s coral reefs on all forms of life. This Netflix produced documentary, is much more beautifully presented, but gives you a fishes eye view of what is happening to our reefs around the world. The ongoing mass bleaching events will continue unless we seriously act on climate change.
So if you know me personally, you know that the saving to come to Tonga was pretty intense and I had a strict tuna-and-sliced-avo-sandwich budget for all work lunches to remove any temptation for extraneous spending. Fast forward five months and my love affair with tuna has resumed, but because its in short supply here (and YES I could purchase the beautiful locally caught tuna steaks), it feels like a luxury (keeping in mind its about 1.25 times the price of it at home) and I’m in love.
Shout out to my original girl gang for getting on board with a group chat. It means I get to hear from them most days and I know whats going on with them on the regular. Although I can’t be there right now, they are always with me, in my pocket even if being here is often lonely.
Looking forward to
A visit home! Delicious coffee, wankery whipped feta and avocado breakfasts, cuddles, love and hopefully some treats.
Seeing my first whale of the season! Tonga is blessed with one of the most accessible breeding grounds for Humpback Whales