Reflection- being a mother

My son is so funny- the way he observes and interprets the cat’s playful behavior, trips me to laughter. “I think the cat is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder- why is he always attacking and scratching me?”, like our cat’s a person. He was a five-week, rescue kitten from the Cat Protection Society when we…Read more »

The Calabrese Care Package

My Mum sent me a box of food.  A Calabrese Care Package. Having missed the Easter pilgrimage to Mildura due to COVID 19, our package arrived by express post. Urgently delivered and received with GLEE! A fourteen-day quarantine rule for those who travel, alas the contents will not endure such restriction. Related to live imports and…Read more »

Book Launch – Ascolta Forum- Pezzi Pazzi

Giuseppina Marino Leyland What an honour to launch this books. I have organised many events, but Ascolta is close to my heart as a daughter of Italian migrants. All of us have similar experiences, like we are looking in a mirror; a ricochet of our stories, setting momentum of place and space. Our collective experiences…Read more »

Book Launch – Ascolta Forum

My Mother’s Story Through My Eyes by Maria Fantasia What an honour to launch this book. Thanks Teresa for asking me. I have organised many events, but Ascolta is close to my heart as a daughter of Italian migrants. All of us have similar experiences, like we are looking in a mirror; a ricochet of…Read more »

Lineage of Seeds

“Keep things simple and you always live well”- Giuseppa Pipicella Callipari – my Mum. I express this quote from my Mother as a mantra.  According to her 79 years of lived experience, simplicity is the essence of success.  I am in accord, that if we all lived more simply then we would clearly understand sustainability.  Preservation is at…Read more »

A Story about our gifts

Friday morning as I was leaving home for work, my attention fell on a young African woman across the road leaning into the window of a maroon Camry, speaking to a neighbour. I have seen her before walking with her family, husband and two kids. Today her baby toddler came running out onto the footpath…Read more »

The Challenge

Thirty days ago I started a 100 day physical challenge. I was already in the gym at 5.30 or 6am doing classes, walking at lunch time and fitting in a yoga class twice a week. I thought I was already doing more than enough for my fitness. This challenge however has made me push myself even more.…Read more »