Follow The Blinking Cursor

I began writing online in a hotel room, the natural habitat of a perpetual expat. With a blank page and a blinking cursor I typed the words with the idea of an online letter: We've made it! We are FINALLY here in Doha. We haven't quite arrived in the state we were hoping, the house in Houston is still on the market, the children don't have … [Read more...]


The little travellers are home from school today. They are having "virtual" school day. It's a practice run for the next H1N1 or SARS epidemic, for when the school gets shut down and everyone is expected to work from home.Such a lovely thought.I'm not sure what terrifies me more, a viral epidemic of epic proportions, or home schooling.We are having … [Read more...]

That’s What Happens When You Mess With The Girls

In 1963, a girl from the city made a visit to a country town to see some family friends. One of the local boys, a cousin of hers, was instructed to take her out for the day and show her around. She ended up on what was effectively a country pub crawl. When she was telling me the story of how the boys would go inside the hotel while she would wait … [Read more...]

Man, like, you know?

I left Doha knowing that Hurricane Sandy was on her way to New York. Like many people I had friends who were either there, or within the general vicinity, so I was keen to hear or read a news report when I landed in Australia.After picking up the hire car at the airport, I turned on the radio to a leading breakfast program. The hourly news break … [Read more...]

How was your day really?

It's no big deal.How was your day?Three children had vaccinations, one had a trip to the orthodontist - you bribed them with a donut before dropping them all to school. Later, you picked everyone up, one went to guitar lessons, one went to the library and two stayed with you. Dinner was easy - salmon, everyone was in bed by 8.30 after they'd done … [Read more...]

This Could Be Your Year

"I just want this year to be over"A girlfriend of mine has had a completely crapola year. It began with the cliche discovery of a text on her husband's phone, and then somehow she gained a starring role in his midlife crises. The past six months have been more than a train wreck, the train not only derailed, it exploded, and a series of events have … [Read more...]

The Serious Traveler

The second little traveler will spend her life fighting the injustices of the world. She believes in standing up for the underdog and that everyone deserves a second chance (especially the beagle).  As much as she can laugh harder than the other three travelers put together, her seriousness sometimes sets her up for a fall. She believes in … [Read more...]

Living the "Suite" life.

After an evening of jet-lagged musical beds we awoke to our first morning in Doha. Our hotel suite would normally be enormous but with 4 children and 20 suitcases (the beagle is at the kennel) it has the feel of luxury camping. The hotel has very kindly upgraded us to a suite so we have a dining table that seats 8, a lounge area that has been … [Read more...]