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Carol’s radio career has spanned 20 years around Australia working for both commercial broadcasters, and since 2001 the ABC. Carol is a Walkley Award-winning journalist, was the inaugural winner of the NSW Cancer Council award for Excellence in Reporting, and awarded the 2007 Premier’s Public Sector Awards medal. She is married to a research physicist, mother of two children, and has a keen interest in medical research, particularly pertaining to congenital heart disease.

Carol is a member of the Hunter Medical Research Institute Foundation. She also likes smelly cheeses, has a deep and abiding love for crunchy whitebait, has a very bad potty-mouth and thoroughly enjoys being over-connected. She considers her three hours on air at the ABC each day to be therapy. Of a sort. Carol does, however, believe in using her evil powers for good.

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And thank you ...

06/07/2010 - 16:03

Oh Nomie ... I hear you. Sudden and shocking or long and lingering ... none of it is good.

However.

In the depth of your grief, know that there will be an other side to this story one day, and you will get there - with your children. How do you want them to remember this time in 20, 40, 60 years from now?

We can't control much in our lives, but we can try to leave memories, experiences, precious things that REALLY matter.

My thoughts are with you and your children as you go through this.

x

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Confession ....

06/07/2010 - 07:12

Hi Kim,

OK. Here goes. #1 son was eight and a half before I spent my first night alone ... without children climbing into my bed or wanting a drink or losing a bear or (insert here whatever your kids do in the middle of the night).

It wasn't intentional, it wasn't because I didn't want to be away from them - it just happened that way. But when I become a grandmother, I will try to gently encourage a little respite for my sons and their partners - a little sanity intervention!

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Thank you. We talk about mum

04/07/2010 - 20:37

Thank you. We talk about mum often. We have quite a few of her belongings and so on, but Mr 8 knows that he has Grandma's fine blonde hair and a birthmark on the nape of his neck that is identical to hers. Mr 7 knows he has Grandma's blue eyes. They think of her whenever there is a full moon (there was an enormous full moon and thunderstorm the night she died).

Mum died a week after we moved into this new home ... here, in this house, about 20 minutes into her first visit here. On the way in, we briefly waved and said 'hi' to the Scottish neighbour - a woman about mum's age and very similar in appearance.

We have come to love her a lot over the last two and a half years, the boys spend lots of time with her, being spoilt by her, filled up with junk food by her ... all the things she doesn't get to do with her own grandchildren.

I said to her recently, "You know, the boys are going to grow up thinking Grandma had a Scottish accent ..."

And I'm happy about that. If they can't have their Grandma, they have a wonderful surrogate who loves them as if they were her own.

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Permission marketing ...

04/07/2010 - 20:31

I recently did a series of interviews with five women from five different ethnic and cultural backgrounds - Russian, Bosnian, Fijian, Filipino ...

Without fail, they all thought the strangest thing about Australians is that we are uptight when it comes to visiting. They all find it curious that Australians don't 'drop in' unannounced.

I mentioned that I'd be embarrassed because the house would undoubtedly be its usual riotous state of mess. The thought this was a ridiculous concept, "If I drop in on you, it's because I'm thinking of you and care about you! I don't care about the state of your carpet!"

As much as I love all these new technologies of 'connectedness', is it changing the way we actually DO connect with each other?

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Domestic Godlessness

04/07/2010 - 15:18

... I am an avoider of 'doing things' like housework. Today we have planted things in the garden, used up some old brown bananas to make banana bread for the boys to take to their grandparents house tomorrow, baskets of washing (it's the putting away that I baulk at) and I think later this afternoon we will have a bonfire in the backyard.

Later, I will survey the bombsite that is my house ... and avoid doing the housework again.

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