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'Don't be an angry ant': the witness box is failing Australians

'Don't be an angry ant': the witness box is failing Australians

Appearing as a witness in court can be brutal, stomach-churning and mind-numbing. And that’s without being the victim.

  • by Louise Milligan

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'The least sexy threesome known to mankind': finding love again after death

'The least sexy threesome known to mankind': finding love again after death

Starting a new relationship while grieving a deceased partner wasn't easy but it was, ultimately, life-affirming.

  • by Natasha Sholl
COVID stress? Here's a way to suck it up

COVID stress? Here's a way to suck it up

You can't control what's happening in the messy, viral outside world, so grab a stick vacuum and tidy up your own little empire.

  • by Evelyn Lewin
What I want to tell my loved ones before I die

What I want to tell my loved ones before I die

With death in plain sight, a former journalist reminisces with friends, worries for his daughter – and cherishes the return of a childhood sweetheart.

  • by Mick Barnes
Please, no more euphemisms. My mother died

Please, no more euphemisms. My mother died

Instead of 'I'm sorry for your loss', can't we just tell it like it is?

  • by Jacqui Taffel
Mutt seriously, folks ... in defence of woofers

Mutt seriously, folks ... in defence of woofers

They’re meant to be man’s best friend but given the way we malign dogs, you wouldn’t know it.

  • by Richard Glover
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Our world may be turned upside down but hope springs eternal
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Our world may be turned upside down but hope springs eternal

Even in a pandemic stasis, time marches on and seasons fade and flourish.

  • by Warwick McFadyen
Fangs for that: learning to live with a murderer

Fangs for that: learning to live with a murderer

How does an arachnophobe cope when her daughters make friends with a spider – and invite it for an extended sleepover?

  • by Melissa Fyfe
Musical messages: a life defined in song

Musical messages: a life defined in song

It’s music that brings the memories flooding back – and keeps us moving forward.

  • by Mark Mordue
The covidic verses: poetry inspired by a pandemic

The covidic verses: poetry inspired by a pandemic

There's something about a lockdown that can bring out the bard.

  • by Bani McSpedden
Street dreams: a shout-out to suburbia

Street dreams: a shout-out to suburbia

Living in the suburbs was never as bad as we thought – and in these pandemic times, it's even better.

  • by Jamila Rizvi