How to make Olive Oil

I have been asked how one might make olive oil, with the olives from a solitary tree and without an olive press. A recent trip to Mildura, post olive oil production and enlightened to learn from Giuseppa Callipari, that making it without a machine was a practice in Natile, Calabria for those who did not…Read more »

It’s The Season to Eat Cannoli

The Calabrese sweets I grew up eating included thick heavy biscuits, cakes, toffee laden nuts and fruit, nougat, dried fruit treats, sweet breads, fresh fruit from the tree and warm ricotta drizzled with honey. Good solid sweets, carb dense, energy rich foods for hard working farmers. Never in this journey of desserts did we make…Read more »

How to live with intention

My anxiety has been a challenge to manage. It can impact my confidence, especially when I am caught off guard. I was co-ordinating a leadership course with a contracted practitioner who would not take responsibility for leading it. There was a lack of clarity about the form of what was to be delivered that made…Read more »

Buteyko – Breathe through your nose

It’s been a year filled with the inability to breathe. I’ve developed GERD and dysmotility of the oesophagus. The sensations are a concertina of morning burping, and a swallow reflex ricochet of the throat, like a stretched lacker band, slacks back on itself. The conveyer belt with a buckle, like the last pair of undies…Read more »

The nomination and the award

Yesterday I learnt of the winners of the Multicultural Excellence Awards. I had been nominated by my colleague and I too had nominated a worthy candidate. To end the year with a ‘bang’- the good feeling of achievement would serve us with something to celebrate. Not that I need an excuse- I know how to…Read more »

What are you doing here?

I told them I was coming to visit. “Don’t tell Mum- cause it will be a surprise!” My sister picked me up from the bus stop. I left Melbourne at 8am, the train to Swan Hill, then the bus to Mildura. Walked through the door at 3.15pm. There she was in her chair watching the…Read more »

Going back

a memoir about growing up Italian in regional Victoria It was the end of the Millennium when the voice in my head was the eco of the red bubble-gum MAC computer, whenever I hit the wrong button: “It’s not my fault”– became embedded in my head on repeat. I did not know that this was…Read more »

Medical Literacy

For all my efforts to obtain clarity of health, the medical system is like a maze that leads to another puzzle, going deeper into the ailment that called for attention. Gone are the days when you could go to the doctor and get help- one place, one solution. Now we go to the doctor to…Read more »

Taming Anxiety

I’ve finally cracked the anxiety code. This doesn’t mean I’ve tamed it, but I know what triggers it. At least for myself, though others may be different. I have this insatiable hunger that nibbles at my conscience most evenings soon following dinner. I’ve tried protein shakes, fruit and yoghurt to satiate. My weakest point, the…Read more »

Suggestion Coax Calculated Thought

Every morning I sit down with a cup of tea to write, and find myself distracted by online shopping, or other mindless tasks, that take met to LaLaLa land – zoning out. We probably need an element of zoning out to know that we need to zone in. When we recognise the drift of thoughts,…Read more »