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Living with intent, social engagement, learning, growing, giving

Book Review – The Oracle of Stamboul – 3 stars

I had never heard of the book The Oracle of Stamboul or author Michael David Lukas but picked it up at an op-shop for $1. I was intrigued to read it … Continue reading

September 28, 2013 · 1 Comment

Theatre review – Shrine by Tim Winton – 3 stars

Tim Winton has written some incredible books, including one of my very favourite books: Cloudstreet, so when I saw that the annual subscription for my local theatre included a production … Continue reading

September 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

Becoming involved – book swap

Recently I was dining with some acquaintances as part of an ‘ideas club’ and we discussed the concept of ‘giving’. One of the others expressed a formless desire to give … Continue reading

September 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Film Review – The Turning (2013) – 4 stars

The film The Turning is based on the book of short stories of the same name by Tim Winton. It includes seventeen overlapping stories of childhood and teenage angst, decisions and repercussions, addiction, … Continue reading

September 24, 2013 · 5 Comments

Work-life balance – what’s that?

What does ‘work-life‘ balance actually mean for a mother of young children? Or is it more like work-family conflict? Work-family conflict is the direct result of incompatible pressures from an individual’s … Continue reading

September 23, 2013 · 4 Comments

Book Review – That Smell by Sonallah Ibrahim

I was fortunate to read the new translation of the novella That Smell by Sonallah Ibrahim with a foreword by Robyn Creswell. I was tempted to skim past the long foreword … Continue reading

September 19, 2013 · 3 Comments

Striving to engage – Anecdote 1

I’ve called my blog Strive to Engage and you are probably wondering why that is: Living with intent was already taken; It has nothing to do with being affianced!; and … Continue reading

September 17, 2013 · 6 Comments

My book group

My book group started meeting in September 2007 and as of June 2014 we have read together 76 books. What a great pleasure it is to meet once a month and discuss … Continue reading

September 16, 2013 · 10 Comments

Book Review – The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – 2 1/2 stars

This month for book group we read The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. I haven’t read anything by Gaiman previously and this is a divergence from … Continue reading

September 15, 2013 · 1 Comment

Theatre Review – Project Rameau (2013) – 5 stars

I’m not qualified to review theatre productions but this show was so lovely that I wanted to share it. This show is the result of an unusual combination of two … Continue reading

September 15, 2013 · 2 Comments