All posts tagged: tasmanian bushfires

The Boy Who Needs Our Prayers

The whiff of smoke gets up your nose, doesn’t it? That acrid smell of destruction has become familiar this summer to the point where it lurks right here in my home. I’ve carried it in on clothes unpegged from the clothesline and it’s been known to slink indoors as I kick off my shoes. This smoke that lingers like the grief of countless trees bowed to flames – it makes me think of the grief that has curled around Tasmanians who heard of 24-year-old Sarah Paino who died in Hobart on an early Friday morning a week and a half back, after she dropped her baker partner to work. Sarah was a mother of two. Her two-year-old son was in the back seat and her 32-week-gestation baby was delivered alive after her death. The grief has held such sting because of the injustice, the sad unfairness of a family fractured due to the choices of a 15-year-old boy who allegedly stole a car and was taking it for a joy ride when he collided with …

Giving a bit of LIP

Hey friends! Just thought I’d share something I’ve just had published at Lip Magazine online. Lip is a feminist mag or, as the website explains, “the magazine for girls who think, feel, create, speak out, live”. It has some pretty good foot traffic: 3,538 hits in the past 24 hours, nearly 24,000 in the last seven days and 94,600 in the past month. Here’s the read… The Regeneration of Communities: The Aftermath of the Tasmanian Bushfires How many times have you considered the question, `If your house was burning down, what one thing would you save?’ Sadly, the piles of ash and ruins in towns like Dunalley in Tasmania’s South tell us that more than 100 households were likely faced with that very question recently. How heart-wrenching it has been to watch grown men weep, to see couples staring numbly at where their house once stood, footage of livestock limping in blackened wool and livelihoods reduced to embers. I think we’re all grieving somewhat for the pretty little towns we remember. Our hearts are breaking with …