Over the fold is another puff piece that I wrote for the local paper earlier this year.
I haven’t read the new white paper on homelessness (anyone know where I can download it?) however I have a few brief words to say about homelessness.
Firstly, it’s my experience that chronic homelessness is usually the result of mental illness and the accompanying complications it causes. You could build a million new houses, and this wouldn’t significantly affect the number of people with mental health living on the streets.
I was quite a good cricketer when I was in my teens and early 20s and enjoyed a little success at club level. With visions of past glory in my minds eye, I decided it was time to sign up to play again. Now at 38 I’m certainly not the oldest guy out there, but most local grade cricketers appear to be in their 20’s, so I’m certainly one of the older statesman. (more…)
Most fortnights I write a small puff piece for the local regional newspaper. The paper is so small, it doesn’t even have a web presence!
Princess and angel are the two words I hear most when I hear men describe their daughters. As the father of two, I can’t describe the feeling I had when the doctor in the delivery room said ‘it’s a girl’. Because both girls were caesarean, I got to hold them first while the doctors went about stitching (stapling) my big girl back together. They both had healthy lungs, and protested their rude arrival into this hideously sterile theatre very loudly. The thing I remember most about holding these yelling little pink bundles was their breath. It’s a smell that I haven’t smelled since, and I struggle to know how to describe. It was earthy and beautiful, and it occurred to me that I was the first person to ever smell it.
Part of my roll as a so called ‘mental health specialist’ (wank) is to attend a monthly get together with other professionals to discuss combined and collaborative responses to various pressing issues. The meetings are informal but always educational, and are something that I look forward to (especially for the catering).