The safest road to hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts. C. S. Lewis I just reached a milestone. After incorporating another round of feedback from my supervisors, I sent off my proposal for the various signatures it requires before being submitted to a […]

I’m flying back to Broome after a short trip to Perth, less than two weeks, to spend time on campus. As an external student I’m required to spend 13 weeks on campus over the 3 year degree. This time I stayed with my uncle and then with a good friend. Both homes were close to […]

“Rabbit’s clever,” said Pooh thoughtfully. “Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit’s clever.” “And he has Brain.” “Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit has Brain.” There was a long silence. “I suppose,” said Pooh, “that that’s why he never understands anything.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh This last fortnight I’ve begun the ‘battle of the brain’. I sent off a set […]

The stages of a PhD are probably very predictable, described in a book somewhere. I realised I’d reached a new stage when, early morning and still in a state of sleep where dreams appear, my mind was recreating sentences I’d written to incorporate another concept or reference. Before this, it also occurs to me that […]

In People on Country: Vital Landscapes, Indigenous Futures (Atman and Kerins (eds), 2012), Geoff Buchanan and Katherine May write about how customary activities like hunting fit with Indigenous Ranger programs that now exist Australia-wide: “Indigenous rangers employed through Working on Country and other programs provide valuable support through activities that manage feral species, protect bush […]

This last week I spent 5 days in the field with my supervisor and a small team from our University. We were invited to visit Gooniyandi country to conduct water monitoring of some important freshwater places and build the capacity of the Ranger group to conduct their own monitoring. It was fantastic to be in […]

One thing that I think about, living in an Indigenous community, is about belonging. Do I belong here? The first year of living here I didn’t feel at home. I was probably being too hard on myself and on reflection, what a normal feeling to experience. I didn’t have many friends. The friends that I […]

I was invited on a trip to country last week. This was my first opportunity to spend time with an elder on country and I felt very privileged to have the opportunity. We spent time at the site of an old mission, a life that many people remember fondly. The church here encouraged people to […]

This blog is to write my thoughts, philosophy, questions, discoveries, acknowledgements, and generally be a place where I can talk to myself (and perhaps others, you never know!), from start to finish of my PhD. I live in a remote part of Western Australia and study externally, with regular visits back to the city and […]