I guess you could say it was the most significant relationship in my life. Fathers have their place, but mothers are the ones who make us, forming our bodies within their own. Once we are separate physically from their womb, we women continue to be made by our mothers to some extent, as we mold ourselves either in the same shape as our mother, or purposely into another. Continue reading
First published in Orange City Life, 17 August 2017
Tireless advocate for Huntington’s Disease, Rachael Brooking, shares her gut-wrenching story behind the upcoming redhead world record attempt.
The upcoming world record attempt to gather as many redheads as possible to our humble city of Orange is gaining great momentum, with celebs on board and news coverage Australia-wide. While that’s fantastic, it’s important not to forget the underlying reasons behind this massive feat: to raise awareness and funds for Huntington’s disease, a rare disorder which has affected organiser Rachael Brooking’s life in confronting ways. Continue reading
Jamie ‘Stedo’ Stedman has lived a few different lives… he discusses drugs, family, death (his own), and his view on finding ‘purpose’.
When I first met Jamie Stedman, ex-prison officer and current editor of Orange City Life, I immediately liked him. Not sure why, but that’s how it works for me. Over the next few years, I changed my mind several times as we butted heads big time, but I always came back around. On this particular day when we first met, Stedo and I were introduced, we exchanged hellos, and that was it – I knew he was an alright bloke.
What I didn’t know then, and wouldn’t for years, were the colourful stories that shaped who he is, or who he chooses to be. A man of loyalty, bluntness, defensiveness, humour and often pig-headedness. It’s a lot easier to understand him when you discover where he’s been: a kid who tried his best to look after a dysfunctional family; who hid heroin in piles of pigeon shit from his mother; who has died twice with a cricket ball through his spleen. And that’s not even half of it. Continue reading