Give us today

The first bread I remember well was a huge round white Italian loaf that came in a paper bag and was bought at the Ainslie shops in Canberra, the city where I was born. On my fourteenth birthday, mum took me to Canberra for a shopping trip and we stayed in a little hotel and […]

Thank you!

I feel as lucky as a kid in a candy store [or a woman at a birthday party who had just been handed a 4-week old puppy, as above!] when I think about this blog, and I want to thank all of you who have read it, encouraged me, commented on it, followed it, and […]

The homebirth aisle

Way back in 2006, Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein made the documentary “The Business of Being Born,” which details how the US medical model of birth is designed to serve insurance companies, not women or babies. The film offers the idea that birth in the USA could be different, with more psychological support and continuity […]

A little light propaganda

I stayed in a hotel over the weekend and did what I always do in hotels in the US – flip between Fox News [Republican] and MSNBC [Democratic]. Both channels were discussing recent changes in immigration policy, and this is roughly what they were saying: Fox news anchor: I just don’t understand – democrats wanted […]

The glut – morel season

  One of the things that blows my mind about this part of the world – north-west Montana – is how much food people forage, hunt and preserve. Australia has wild food too, enough to sustain indigenous people for 60,000 years, but aside from the obvious – seafood and game meat [yes, kangaroo!] – bush […]