Food allergies, faking it, and freedom?

There’s been two very poignant articles show up in my social media feeds in the last week – both relating to food allergies and intolerances. In case you don’t know – I’m allergic to dairy for which I have to carry an epipen, and I have a gluten intolerance (medically diagnosed) that triggers IBS. The…

Special Needs Education

I have a friend who has a large family. She’s got 7 kids, and is a single stay-at-home mother. Be that as it may, the fact remains that 3 of her school aged children are on the autism spectrum and have varying levels of learning difficulties as a result. One of her sons is quite…

When it doesn’t “get better”…

These days, I’m sure most people have heard about the “It Gets Better” anti-bullying campaign for LGBT youth. I applaud their efforts wholeheartedly. But at the same time, I wonder just how honest it really is to say “it gets better“, when in some cases it just gets exponentially worse. I’m not referring to bullying relating to…

Is there a “right” kind of vegan?

One of my friends is being bullied and harassed on social media right now because she’s not vegan. She is an environmental activist. It’s actually her full time job working in marine conservation. She is out there every day trying to protect the environment for future generations. But she eats meat. She eats eggs. She…

Ethics in Research

Actual true story… One of my friends who works in medical research has just been forced to retract a number of published journal articles due to what turned out to be a major violation of her university’s ethics policy. The thing is, it wasn’t malicious. It wasn’t intentional. It was something that nobody had foreseen due to…

*headdesk*

I just have to say this… My parents dropped by today because they were passing through, and we’d not seen each other in a long time. The following happened: Mum: “Do you have any tim tams?” Me (confused): “Why would I have tim tams?” Mum: “Because I’m hungry and I want tim tams…” Me (still…

The Australian Drinking Culture

It’s that inevitable time of year – work Christmas parties that you’re expected to attend. Even if it’s just to show your face. But it brings to light the rather irritating attitude regarding drinking alcohol in Australia. I showed up to the departmental Christmas party and was immediately directed to the esky with all the…