Rumination 73: Trees and Identity

Like just about any other human being, I have a strong attachment to my home and the landscape that surrounds me. I feel incredibly grateful to live in the city of Wollongong—part of the Illawarra region—and enjoy its distinctive, narrow coastline, backed by an escarpment that gives otherwise ignorant Westerners like me a sense of…More

Rumination 72: Urban Coffee Culture

Whenever Natasha and I do our grocery shopping, we always make sure to visit local, independent shops in our area, as we naturally wish to support them. Furthermore they often stock obscure things that you can’t find elsewhere. In Australia, the two main grocery chains are Coles and Woolworths and although their respective ranges are…More

Rumination 71: Tree Lines

During a weekend dinner at my in-laws’ place, I briefly left to take containers of leftovers home—as is the custom—around the corner before returning for dessert. After placing things in the fridge, locking my door, walking down the driveway and crossing the road, I strolled over to the street corner to start climbing the hill…More

Rumination 70: From an [INSERT HERE] Perspective

More and more these days, I hear people using a very specific kind of phrase as they begin to offer their own opinion or take on an issue. If you’re unfamiliar with it, it is what I am now dubbing the ‘perspective-driven dependent clause’. The examples below are just some of the vague, perspective-driven dependent…More

Rumination 69: It’s All Leek to Me

Continuing the retail-focused theme for rumination this week—let’s face it, I overthink a lot stuff at the shops—Natasha and I made a quick trip to Aldi on the weekend, after we had visited Coles and Country Grocer, where we buy our fruit and veggies. I’ve long been a fan of the Aldi checkout experience, as…More