Category Archives: Parental Musings

If education and hard work were enough leadership would be culturally diverse. How can we fix the imbalance?

Another great post from Cathy Ngo on how we can fix the imbalance that exists throughout our society.


Ta-Nehisi Coates – Black Panther And The Crew #1

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Black Panther, Storm, Luke Cage, Misty Knight and Manifold band together to take on a dangerous wave of street-level threats in this new ongoing series by co-writers Ta-Nehisi Coates (New York Times best-selling author of Between the World and Me and Marvel’s Black Panther) and Yona Harvey (Black Panther: World of Wakanda) and legendary artist Butch Guice! The death of a Harlem activist kicks off a mystery that will reveal surprising new secrets about the Marvel Universe’s past and set the stage for a big story in the Marvel Universe’s near future. Fear, hate and violence loom, but don’t worry, The Crew’s got this: “We are the streets.”

Read it because:

You need a new comic book title, that embraces diversity and also the lessons of history. A powerful book that helps the non-American understand what is happening in America. I found it incredibly powerful and have started book clubbing with my child…..Best comic of this year – 2018.

Without quality sex education & without the power to decide, girls & young women face a world that wastes their potential.

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Coming up on 11 October, get ready to stand up, speak out to mark the International Day of the Girl Child. 

Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker in Doctor’s first appearance

I wept with joy as I watched the new Doctor take to the small screen last night. Trying to explain the feelings I felt, as for the first time, someone who looked like me, took on the role was a deeply emotional moment. I’ve been a fan of Doctor Who since the first time I saw Jon Pertwee transform into the new Doctor – we’re talking since 1971.

I’ve loved some Doctors more than others, (I knew my partner was the one for me when they admitted Pertwee was their favourite too), while others like Sylvester McCoy and Colin Baker have been irritations. But last night, watching Jodie Whittaker take and make this role anew, moved me like no other new regeneration. Here at last, was the reflection of someone who spoke a little like my parents did  but more importantly shared a lot of the traits they bestowed upon me. I was transported back to watching Pertwee, the same glee and joy as I watched the episode.

I adored the new companions too. From Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill who play Graham, Ryan and Yasmin, I felt so much warmth and comfort. Here were folks who I would want as friends. I loved the connectiveness between them, they felt real and just like me too. I did so want Sharon D Clarke to be one of the companions and hope she returns. What is exceptional about this bunch of companions is that they are like people I know, they reflect that we live in such a wonderful diversely rich world.

This new season of Doctor Who will take us to new places and I for one am so very glad to be along for the ride.

Supporting a friend or family member with a disability

We need to ensure our society is as inclusive and as welcoming as possible. This is a great post from My Mental on how we go about Supporting a friend or family member with a disability.

Counteracting the Return of Race Politics in Australia Tim Soutphommasane

This month, Tim Soutphommasane concludes his term as Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner. This public lecture was presented at the Whitlam Institute, Western Sydney University, on 6 August 2018.

The Summer I Unplugged by Fitz between the Shelves

I lead a pretty low tech life, yes I blog, but I don’t own a smart phone or a fitbit or any of the other paraphernalia that seems to consume a lot of other people’s time. So I was intrigued to read about this journey of self discovery at The Summer I Unplugged.

My eleven year old has been campaigning for me to get a smart phone, and I look at very old Nokia – the one that allows me to text or talk and that’s it and I go why? It’s perfectly good for what I want. I don’t have a pressing need to be on the net constantly.

So are you tech addicted? I’m book addicted, so I can’t see myself giving up precious book reading time, for being able to post things 24/7…….


Crazy quilts are unique and innovative quilts created from scraps of materials. This expresses my hope for young people.


Humanising! Indigenising! Decolonising! Thriving

T is for Training

10 Years of Sharing Knowledge One Call At A Time

Ta-Nehisi Coates | The Atlantic

Thoughts, Ideas and so much more

This is Lit

Book Blog

Kylie in the library

Musings of an emerging information professional

Sarah Cawkwell's Blog

"The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense." -- Tom Clancy

Yellowstone National Park Lodges

Thoughts, Ideas and so much more

Life in the Information World

Mother Jones

Smart, fearless journalism

Librarian Lisa

school library consultant


nurturing the compassionate maker, the reluctant reader, and embracing #librarylife

Australian Aboriginal Languages Student Blog

A place to share anything at all that's interesting and related to the languages of Australia. WARNING: We wish to advise that this blog may contain names, voices and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have passed away. We strongly urge readers to exercise caution when viewing the blog so as to avoid distress.

I am Jessica

A student's attempt at environmentalism.


simple connected living, city style


Fitness Community

L-B the Librarian

Use your library

Imogen Crest

Creative Artist - Time Travelling Nature Hermit - Soul Food Cafe

Cybils Awards

Thoughts, Ideas and so much more


moneyless low impact living

Nikki Skies

I am a lover of perseverance. I am folklore. I am consistency and contradiction.

Whispers of a Womanist

A Black Female Perspective...

When Women Inspire

Inspirational Women | Health and Lifestyle Tips

Eliza Grace Quinn

Feminism, feelings and faraway places.

Jason's Movie Blog

A Movie Blog for the Latest Movie Reviews, Trailers, and More

A Library Lady

News and views from the world of children's books and libraries

Spoonie Authors Network

We love words and manage spoons.

Loving the Library Life...

living and loving life as a middle school librarian

Just So Stories

Random Reviews and Ramblings from Redcliffe

Matt Doyle Media Dot Com

Books, Cosplay, and viewing Pop Culture in a positive light

Simply Etta

Inspiration for the Heart, Mind and Soul

Sophie Rai Liur

An Australian living abroad in Dili, Timor-Leste

The Hub for Just Kids' Lit


Supporting Bilingual Learners of English in Highland Schools

Australian author of young adult fiction

R&R Book Tours

Author Services, Publicity, Blog Tours & Other Promotional Events

Confessions of a Parentless Mother

My journey as a parentless mom

Blood Red Velvet

★Books ★ Art ★ Creation ★ A dream captured in a crystalline moment.

A Kids Book A Day

Reviewing a children's book from 2018 every day

Circulating Ideas

the librarian interview podcast


Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art for Everyone