Month one of the Trumpocalypse

It’s been almost a month since Donald Trump was elected to be the 45th President of the United States. Although we’re still two months away from the official beginning of the Trumpocalypse, we’ve been feeling the effects of it since election day. Here’s a look at what happened during the first month of the Trumpocalypse and how you can help the resistance. Hate crimes Suicide hotlines across the US received record numbers of phone calls after the…

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We’re engaged!

It was not a big, romantic gesture. Neither of us got down on one knee, hold a flash mob, or write it across the sky. We talked about it one day, nodded, smiled, and said, “Let’s do it.” Theo and I decided to to get engaged in mid-August. I wanted to tell everyone I knew. And some people that I didn’t know – the pizza guys around the corner, the cops at the train station, whoever…

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Processing the 2016 presidential election results

On Wednesday, I gathered with a large group of American Democrats, their families, and friends at a Richmond pub to watch the 2016 presidential election results live with America. There were about 100 people there and it was jovial at first, but it turned sour quickly. I thought that Hillary Clinton was going to win. Surely the most experienced candidate would beat the least experienced one who also happens to be a vulgar, tax-evading, exploitative racist and…

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Bullet Journal 101

In 2015, I discovered the Bullet Journal. I immediately adopted it and it changed the way I stay organised and productive. Ryder Carroll, a digital product designer living in Brooklyn, NY, developed the Bullet Journal. It has exploded on the internet, but before we get into that, let’s look at the original Bullet Journal video. This video will give you the best sense of what it is and how to use it. What is a Bullet…

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On the 2016 US presidential election

It’s not only American expats watching the US presidential election with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Australia is watching too. I imagine that a great portion of the world is watching. And wondering how Trump became a candidate and if he can win. It is mind-boggling how anyone can support Trump. The reasons I’ve heard all fall apart under closer scrutiny. He’s not of or for the people, or self-made. He was born with a silver spoon…

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The Road to Residency Part 7: More Waiting

Sometime in May or June, I became eligible to apply for permanent residency. If you’re just joining me at this part of my story, I came to Australia to be with my partner. I applied for a de facto partner visa subclass 820. It grants temporary residency. It lets me travel, get Medicare, study, and work. Although it doesn’t have an expiration date, it is temporary. Two years from the date I applied for temporary residency, I…

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Black Lives Matter in Melbourne

Originating in the African-American community, the Black Lives Matter activist movement has arrived in Australia. Last weekend, there were Black Lives Matter (BLM) demonstrations in Sydney and Melbourne. There was also rally in Perth this weekend. I was sick with a cold when I got the invitation on Facebook to go the Melbourne rally, but I couldn’t stay home. I’ve been watching the BLM movement with great interest since the 2013 shooting death of African American teen Trayvon Martin. I’d been…

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No lives matter to the NRA

“The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.” “An armed society is a polite society.” How’s that working out, my dear America? Black Lives Matter Let me start at the beginning. Well, the beginning is in 1600, but this little blog entry ain’t got time for that. Let’s start at the hazy beginning of the latest series of shootings. July 5, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Two White police…

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4 lessons from the 2016 Australian federal election

Australia’s 2016 federal election took place Saturday, but the results aren’t in yet. Here’s what I’ve learned so far. The sausage sizzle is a big deal “Sausage sizzle” refers to both the community fundraising event and the sausage-on-bread food. Volunteers prepare barbecued sausages which are served typically on a single slice of white bread with optional grilled onions and sauces. Sometimes you’ll see other kinds of breads or a roll, but white bread is cheaper and…

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Lessons from the Emerging Writers’ Festival 2016

The Emerging Writers’ Festival is a not-for-profit organisation aimed at supporting emerging writers. I attended this year’s 10-day festival for the first time. I didn’t go to every event, but here are some lessons I took away from the ones I went to. Industry Insiders: Pitch Perfect With: Jacinda Woodhead (Overland Journal), Cate Blake (Penguin/Random House), Jo Walker (Frankie), Cassidy Knowlton (Crikey) Pitch Perfect brought together four publishers and editors to give us a behind the…

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Scenes from the Midsumma Pride March

Rainbow flags waved proudly in St. Kilda this weekend. Yesterday was Melbourne’s iconic Midsumma Pride March, which recognises and celebrates Victoria’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, intersex and transgender community. In almost four years of living in Melbourne, I had not attended, but this year I had a friend marching to honour the memory of someone he and his friends lost last year. The theme was Marriage Equality. It was a great event. Of course, there were various…

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Australia Day, Invasion Day

Isn’t today’s Google Doodle beautiful? For its 2015 Doodle 4 Google competition, Google asked Aussie kids, in years 1-10 to draw a doodle based on the theme “If I could travel back in time I would…” Out of more than 24,000 submissions, this is the National Winner. It’s called Stolen Dreaming by Ineka Voigt of Canberra High School, ACT. If I could travel back in time I would reunite mother and child. A weeping mother…

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