I was born and raised in the suburbs of Melbourne, but my love of the Australian bush is part of the reason I now live beyond the fringes of the city. I have two daughters and a son (who all grew up one day when I blinked) but I haven’t been able to consider having another pet since Spud died. We live in a community affected by the Black Saturday bushfires. You have to look for the silver linings - but my son doesn't agree with me that the destruction of his childhood plastic-crap collection falls into that category. When I hear of another community, somewhere in the world, that has been affected by yet another extreme natural disaster (symptomatic of our damaged climate) my heart bleeds for them.
"Ask not for whom the bell tolls . . ."
"Survivor Guilt" is a short memoir about my experiences in the 2009 bushfires, which are now known as Black Saturday. Facing trauma of such magnitude forces you to rethink your priorities.
The bonus story "My love is like a rose garden", contemplates love and persistence.
Have you ever wondered what it will take to save the world? Annie has. But what can she do about it? Disastrous fires and death have pushed Annie to her own personal tipping point. Her decision may be a little crazy, but perhaps that’s what it will take to change the world . . .
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