The Dunny Cart

Do you remember the old adage: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me”? Well, it isn’t true. It doesn’t matter what age you are. Name-calling, put-downs, slander, malicious gossip or intimidation always hurt. Today, if these behaviours are persistent and intended to cause another person harm, we call it […] Read more…

Judy Same

Most of us value friendship. True friendship, that is. Throughout life, most of us will have only a few really close friends and enduring friendships. Do you agree? What makes a friendship last?  Is it true that “Threads of friendship never break”? After you’ve read my story “Judy Same”, I invite you to share with me and […] Read more…

The ubiquitous carrot cake

Family traditions are important. They help build family identity, unity and connectedness – in the immediate family, extended family and across generations. For my family, one such tradition concerns birthday celebrations – and the ubiquitous carrot cake.   Families may be the building blocks of society, but they are neither static nor predictable. They are […] Read more…

A mother’s love

It is said that there is a special bond between a mother and son. Elsie Antonio Proposch had three sons. William, my father, was the middle one. I’m sure that Elsie had a special relationship with each of her sons, my dad included. I have proof. Set in World War II, “A Mother’s Love” is […] Read more…

Zeje: A healthy choice

Are you into healthy eating? Are you seeking an alternative to mashed potato, potato chips (potato fries if you are from the US) or salad as an accompaniment for grilled or fried fish? My suggestion: Try Zeje (or Zelje), a traditional dish from the Dalmatian region of Croatia that combines green vegetables and potatoes. It’s […] Read more…

A surprise encounter

Do you believe in coincidences? Some people say that out-of-the-ordinary unplanned events happen just by chance. Others say they are due to fate (whatever they mean by that). I have heard it said that they are “God-incidences”. What do you think?   In 1946, William Proposch (my father) had a surprise encounter. It was so […] Read more…

My Main Roads Journey

When you change jobs, move to a new location, or retire, it can often be very hard saying goodbye to your work colleagues and friends. That is how it was for me when I left the Queensland Public Service in 2007. I wanted to express my thoughts and emotions, thank and honour my colleagues and […] Read more…

24 Hours in Dubrovnik (Part 2)

My husband Tony and I visited Croatia in December 2004. It was my first visit, but not so for Tony. He was returning to his homeland after an absence of more than 40 years! Having just 7 days to spend visiting Split, Dubrovnik and Korčula, all in Dalmatia and with connections to Tony’s family and […] Read more…

24 Hours in Dubrovnik (Part 1)

My husband and I visited Croatia in mid-December 2004. It was my first visit, but not so for Tony. He was returning to his homeland after an absence of more than 40 years! Having just 7 days to spend visiting Split, Dubrovnik and Korčula, all in Dalmatia and with connections to Tony’s family and early […] Read more…