Christmas Cake Aussie-Style

A Christmas cake has always been an essential part of my family’s Christmas fare. The cake is usually prepared and baked 4-5 weeks before Christmas and stored in an air-tight container in a cool dry place until its grand appearance at the centre of the dinner table on Christmas Day.   Following the English and […] Read more…

Christmas Cake Aussie-Style via @jsalecich

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…

The Dunny Cart via @jsalecich

Judy Same: A Lasting Friendship

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

Judy Same: A Lasting Friendship via @jsalecich

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…

The ubiquitous carrot cake via @jsalecich

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…

Zeje: A healthy choice via @jsalecich

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…

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24 Hours in Dubrovnik (Part 2)

My husband Tony and I visited Dubrovnik in December 2004. It was my first visit, but not so for Tony. He was returning to his homeland, Croatia, 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 […] Read more…

24 Hours in Dubrovnik (Part 2) via @jsalecich

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…

24 Hours in Dubrovnik (Part 1) via @jsalecich

Staffroom antics

At Bundaberg State High School where my husband Tony was a teacher, he shared a staffroom with four other male teachers. They were all science teachers; a couple of them taught mathematics as well. Often, during breaks, they had lively discussions, which covered a whole range of topics – politics, religion, science, the nature of […] Read more…

Staffroom antics via @jsalecich
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