Stepping toward life goals: starting to run the PhD marathon again

Be patient. Find Peace. Fight. Dream again. – I’m still working on a piece about my journey over the last few years. But, know that I’m walking toward some of my most deeply held dreams and goals again after some rough years. Some of these struggles have been me getting my own way, but there’s other stumbling blocks that have fallen in my path without warning and without there being much I could have done to have foreseen them. How do you find the sunshine Continue reading →

Snail Mail Delight: SpouseBox

In the middle of May I took the plunge and nabbed one of the rare and precious gems known as a SpouseBox subscription. I had never tried the service before, but I encountered the founders during my recent trip to Washington D.C, and I was attracted by the free shipping that comes with the subscription. With a monthly cost of $24.99, I used some of my blow money (we include a little discretionary pocket money in our budget) to take a chance on a military Continue reading →

Missive from under the goanna tree #4

This is the opportunity I take to share a summary of my words, some of the words of others that I find inspiring, an image, and some fun facts about who is reading! You can read the first missive here. And see a list of all the missives here. This is the place that we meet. Under the goanna tree. This is the place we dream, and wander, and imagine. This is the place we hope and plan. This is the place we question and Continue reading →

I am a Writer.

Hi, my name is Anna Blanch Rabe and I am a writer. So here goes nothing, I’m now a full-time writer about to travel around the world. With the two part-time jobs I’ve held since I returned to Australia, I’ve worked towards the writing, editing, art-making, and teaching being the thing that pays the bills. But it worked. And it felt kind of poetic. Poetic and maybe a little cliched. I’m in the midst of packing up my life in boxes and shipping most of Continue reading →

Missive from under the Goanna Tree #3: radical change

This is the opportunity I take to share a summary of my words, some of the words of others that I find inspiring, an image, and some fun facts about who is reading! You can read the first missive here. In the last month, life has changed radically, yet again. Work with the local church I have been working with as the lay minister for Community Care & Engagement was hectic, but handover documents have been produced. I had an interview for a fellowship with Continue reading →

Missive from under the goanna tree #2

This is the opportunity I take to share a summary of my words, some of the words of others that I find inspiring, an image, and some fun facts about who is reading! You can read the first missive here. In the last month, life has changed radically. The honeymoon is over (literally), and I’m back in Australia to finish up my role with the Anglican Church I’ve been working with for the past year. I’m still working with a local university to grade graduate Continue reading →

Missive from under the Goanna tree

It’s been a stinking hot week on the southern side of the earth. But, the ocean breeze is blowing and i’m only a few weeks out from a wedding….my own. Yes, I know. It’s a small world! Once again it bowls me over where people are reading! Here’s this missive from under the goanna tree ‘s shoutout to the readers from all the countries in the last week: Turkey, Malaysia, Brazil, New Zealand, China, Australia, United Kingdom,France, Germany, Finland, Canada, Sweden, Russia, Belgium, South Korea, Continue reading →