Soulsong Choir Weekend at Amberley

I was recently invited to attend the inaugural yearly Soulsong Choir weekend away at the Edmund Rice Retreat Centre at Amberley in Lower Plenty, Melbourne. This retreat is nestled in between 20 acres of natural bush land. It is situated on a bend of Melbourne’s Yarra river and overlooks Westerfolds Park and the Dandenong Ranges.…

Paying homage to my Nonna Giovanna Barone

Today I visited the Bentleigh Farmers Market with a very dear friend. I woke quite early with a sense of excitement and anticipation in the hope that my favourite stall holders were going to be there. The sun was out - the air was fresh - and the sweet scent of spring blooms were engulfing us…

How a cancer diagnosis changed the course of my life

It was one of those defining moments in time that I will never forget. I woke up last October at 5:30am and felt a very strong ‘pull’ to walk outside in my night gown. With my bare feet I touched the soft wet grass in my back yard and looked at one of my beautiful…

The Fearless Cannondale Cyclist

I decided late last year that I was going to become a cyclist. You know, one of those ‘snazzy looking’ riders donned in lycra and professional cycling shoes? I would say that this personal quest was ‘a little’ (well a lot) out of my comfort zone. It has been quite an emotional and physical experience.…

The Power of Voice through “Lord of the Mountain Tops”

I recently joined a singing choir. I have always loved singing and as a child I would look forward to singing the hymns at our Parish church. As an adult my singing has typically been confined to the shower or driving in the car solo! After doing some research I joined the Soul Song Choir…