A Buttered Bum

*I gave a talk yesterday at a Breast Cancer Awareness function in Doha. There were some great speakers from Hamad and the Cancer Centre - lots of great info and a great event to show women in Qatar that they are in good hands. I really want to say thank you to the American Women's Association. Those love heart cushions and drain bags are so … [Read more...]

Something To Be Aware Of During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I began my first round of chemotherapy almost twelve months ago. I had arrived back in Doha to be with my family after having surgery in Australia, knowing that the real fun was about to start. When it comes to cancer people change their language completely, it somehow becomes brutal and harsh. Everyone's fighting a war, referring to themselves as … [Read more...]

What Did I Have To Lose – Episode 4

"When I ask them what they're doing I really want to know what they're doing. They don't understand. If they can tell me just a little bit of what it's like at home I can picture it, feel it, I can almost be there with them." This week's episode of What Did I Have To Lose involved a few tears and a lot of giggles. Three interviews with three women … [Read more...]

Dear Terrorist

  Dear Terrorist, I imagine you're delighted with this week's warning from the U.S. embassy that has made its way across the Middle East. Your anonymous posting on an extremist website calling for the execution of American teachers certainly cast a wide net. As the mother of children at an American school, I have to say I did take it … [Read more...]

BloggingME

In between returning to school with a swimming bag that was left at home and meeting some girlfriends for lunch, I stopped to pick up my new business cards. As I pulled over I looked out across the hazy landscape, just beyond the rubble in front of me was a freeway, from there on it was all pretty flat. Doha - if your dog runs away from home you … [Read more...]

Happy I Tell You!

The process of returning, the re-entry, had its usual narrative. An epic journey (I swear it took me about 5 days to get home). I arrived at the final baggage carousel looking greasy and creasy. I'd picked up a cold somewhere between Brisbane and Hong Kong, my nose was red, my skin dry and I'm fairly sure I smelled. G looked slightly scared rather … [Read more...]

Home Delivered

After moving into the compound with our air mattresses and not much else we decided to make a few small purchases. G naturally required a BBQ and I needed more large wooden Asian furniture that will probably never fit in to a normal sized house in Australia. The great thing about Doha shopping is just about everything can be delivered (even KFC and … [Read more...]