Talking Frankly reflects the maelstrom of a modern woman’s mind.

There is opinion, commentary and observations on everything from housework to human rights.

  Because at the end of the day – it all matters. 

Wrong call better than no call

Wrong call better than no call

Yesterday afternoon a man collapsed outside our school on his way to pick up his son.  He was carrying his young daughter at the time. I didn’t see him fall, but when I crossed the road to see if I could assist, he was surrounded by some lovely, caring people who were...

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Stop it. I don’t like it.

Stop it. I don’t like it.

Anybody that has a child will know this phrase. It's become the 'go-to' phrase we teach our children when they are on the receiving end of behaviour that is unacceptable. And sometimes, granted, it's the perfect phrase for toddlers. They are testing out their...

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Tired of riots and protests eh?

Tired of riots and protests eh?

I read a comment earlier today that said something like 'I know the death of an innocent black man is terrible, but there is really no excuse for protests, riots and looting'. For. Fucks. Sake. Nope, absolutely no acronyms for that one. FOR FUCKS SAKE! How about we...

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Things we believe about ourselves

Things we believe about ourselves

I've been working my way through the book Postcards From Tomorrow which is (and I quote directly from the book cover) "A collection of letters from inspirational women to their 21 year old selves." Disclaimer: I contributed a letter. It's a fascinating read. The book...

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Rainbow Shirt Guy

Rainbow Shirt Guy

On Father's Day this year, I took my daughters to a rally in Sydney in support of the Priya, Nades and their daughter who have been taken into detention by the Australian government and are currently incarcerated on Christmas Island. Their crime? They came to...

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Ten. Whole. Years.

Ten. Whole. Years.

When my husband and I got married 10 years ago, we were under no illusion that marriage would be easy.  While we fancied the pants off each other from the beginning, there was no part of our relationship that was seamless, because each step of it had to be...

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Bits, Butts and Brains

Bits, Butts and Brains

Exploding bits - UNEXPLAINED!!!Exploding butt - UNEXPLAINED!!!Exploding brain - UNEXPLAINED!!!It’s official. We have a hat trick! Things we DO know though on the last day of July 2019:An unidentifiable number of strangers have seen me naked this year.Medical...

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Self love and precious scars

Self love and precious scars

I've been a people pleaser all my life.  It sounds like a lovely thing to be, but the inherent desire to please others is nothing at all to do with being a good person. It's closely aligned with low self esteem, a desire to be what others want you to be, to mould...

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Fair go or ego?

Fair go or ego?

Somebody asked me on Sunday how I felt because 'I lost' when the coalition won on Saturday night.Let me be clear about something.I didn't lose anything.I'm a white, middle class, female in a heterosexual relationship. I have two daughters, both my husband and I have...

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Dear New Mum

Dear New Mum

The Western Sydney University has this great initiative called the "Mother’s Day Letters Project". It came to my attention via a friend studying to be a midwife. The project is about supporting new mums and promoting resilient motherhood.And my one piece of advice...

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Old correspondence feels

Old correspondence feels

Last weekend I spent a pleasant couple of hours sorting through a box which I have moved many times over the last twenty years but never unpacked.It was full of old correspondence from my late teens into my late twenties.Birthday cards, letters, invitations to...

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Too much and not enough

Too much and not enough

Little one. I see you and my heart explodes. It also aches for you sometimes.You're only seven and already the world is busy telling you how you are too much and not enough.You're too loud. Too noisy. Too exuberant. Too talkative. Too energetic. Too everything.Except...

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So. I had a brain haemorrhage

So. I had a brain haemorrhage

An acute right sided deep small to moderate sized intracerebral haemorrhage in fact.A stroke.Or as the Germans call it - a schlagenfall.I had it on the first Sunday of March. I woke up with a headache and a stiff shoulder and painkillers did nothing to relieve it. An...

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My year of unsubscribe

My year of unsubscribe

In 2018, I set myself a challenge to unsubscribe from every email I didn't open immediately. Within about a minute I had of course changed that to unsubscribe REGULARLY from every email I didn't open immediately. And so it began - that first month I went through and...

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The joy of unsubscribe

The joy of unsubscribe

Oh I know how it works. It's the industry I work in. You sign up to buy a dress, get a free download, get electricity or basically anything, and you're signed up to a mailing list which promises faithfully not to send you any emails you don't want! Which we all know...

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