Distractions

You want to escape from bushfires, coronavirus, university restructures, tragic news stories, wild weather, power outages, uncertainty about the future, politics on social media, other people's gloom... Your strategies for working during tough times and staying hopeful seem shallow or forced. You feel increasingly fragile, combative, anxious, or worn out to the back teeth... You … Continue reading Distractions

That holiday feeling

I've been back at work for a couple of weeks and school starts this week, which offers a welcome return to routines. In Australia, children have a six week (or longer, depending on the school) break over Christmas and January. It was a challenging time for many this year—bushfires across Eastern Australia constrained travel (at … Continue reading That holiday feeling

Take a break

A reminder to myself that might be helpful to you: take a break. For inspiration, I read Robert Dessaix's The Pleasures of Leisure. (I picked up a copy for $3 at the local Vinnies; in pristine, unread condition, it is inscribed with a message of congratulations for "twenty years of unswerving, faithful service"). Dessaix acknowledges … Continue reading Take a break

To my future self

It's an anxious time in Sydney (and beyond) right now. With dam levels falling, water restrictions are starting to bite, and the skies are apocalyptic with bushfire smoke. Asthmatics (like me) are gripping puffers for dear life. Children are not allowed to play outside at school. This article by Mark Mordue in the Sydney Morning … Continue reading To my future self

Imagining research futures

  The Higher Education Scholars have been at it again. We are a group of higher education researchers based in and around Sydney who meet regularly. I've blogged about us before: A reminder to play, Staying in place, Yarning circle, and The spirit of research. To recap: 30 odd people, predominantly women, a mix of … Continue reading Imagining research futures

Profanity in the title

I have a new article in Gender and Education co-authored with colleagues James Burford (La Trobe University) and Jan Smith (National University of Ireland). It was a lot of fun to write, not only for the profanity in the title. It's called: ‘Homeliness meant having the fucking vacuum cleaner out’: the gendered labour of maintaining … Continue reading Profanity in the title