I am a full moon (and so are you)

If there was one blog entry I would want you to read, It would be this one. Someone recently asked me, Why do you write? Do you get paid? How do you find the time? Someone else recently asked me, My darling, I’m worried, why don’t you write anymore? Well. I write, because I have no…

“Greenpeace’s Head of Pacific Net slams Australia for selling out its Pacific neighbours” … HEEEEEY THAT’S ME!

Thursday 13th April 2017   Media Release: http://www.greenpeace.org/australia/en/mediacentre/media-releases/Greenpeaces-Head-of-Pacific-Net-slams-Australia-for-selling-out-its-Pacific-neighbours/   “Australia – you are either with the coal industry, or with the Pacific”, said Greenpeace’s Head of Pacific Net Matisse Walkden-Brown in response to this week’s lobby trip by Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, to meet the CEO of the company behind the proposed Carmichael megamine,…

A Little Green Piece … by Matisse. ‘Even Our Words’

Stay the course Pacific. We are the brave ones. We are the Climate leaders. This year… is OUR year. Fiji is President of so many important international decision-making bodies. The Conference of Parties… the major international Climate Change Negations. The first ever global Oceans Conference… for SDG14 And, The United Nations General Assembly! So let’s be proud!…

My First Ever Mum Post (hold onto your nipples)

This is by far the hardest post I have ever written. It’s not because the topic is difficult to talk about or taboo. (Oh a ‘mummy blog’! That’s what I should do! I don’t think anyone has done that yet..) And it’s not because I have come to some deep dark realisations about motherhood that…

An Open Letter To My Daughter – Before We Meet

Dear Daughter, Well hello there little mystery. It’s me. Your mum. Well, the woman who is getting ready to be your mum anyway. I have never been a mother before. Not officially. I have however, been other things. A daughter, a sister, a cousin, a friend, a girlfriend, an ex, an employee, a boss, a…

My Pregnancy. I have not craved cupcakes.

My pregnancy. I have not craved cupcakes. But something inside me has been screaming and punching and wanting and losing control. And it hasn’t been her. (She is like her daddy. She is doing her thing. Just rolling around to say hello and hug me a different way.) I found out I was pregnant exactly…

The rise of Pacific power: From small island states to large ocean states

As seen on Pacific Island News Association:  http://www.pina.com.fj/?p=pacnews&m=read&o=165345851256fdcdb6faccbdd9d578 By Matisse Walkden-Brown The Pacific region consists of 24 island states scattered across a quarter of the earth’s surface – a vast area of some 30 million square kilometres. By description alone, the vast area should command the respect and attention of the international community. The countries…

I have a friend. Her name is Blu.

I have a friend. Her name is Blu. Well… her name is sometimes Blu. Other times it’s Rachel. But that’s neither here nor there. This friend of mine is special. And not just to me. There is a light in her eyes that boldly reflects the colour of her sometime-name. It bounces sunlight under the…

CAGILABA 

I have never had any guest bloggers on ‘Piece by Matisse’. Perhaps because of the title of my site. Sort of indicates who is doing the talking. But! I am nothing if not a rule breaker. And my favourite rules to break are my own. So introducing Miss Cayla Tikaram! “The Girl Who Tweeted From…

Dear Baby

It is the 22nd of January. I am in Savusavu with Mum. 7 kilometers out of town. On an island North East of home. With 5 dogs from next-door, who love ear scratches on the verandah. Savusavu is lime and aqua and afternoon breezes. We snack and sleep and sing. Adele came for the adventure….

The Lost Words 

Last night a big group of old friends, new friends, giggly pals and sunburnt buddies … Sat down around a table of candles, on a beach side deck, to play a hilarious board game. I went to get paper for everyone and handed out blank exercises books. Except.  One turned out not to be empty….

I’ve done some bad bad things 

Dear Mum and Dad, I’ve done some bad bad things.  You might have heard of some. Maybe you have read about others.  But I wanted to put down in writing ALL the bad bad things I have done, or have helped to do, in 2015 alone.   It’s not pretty. But I’m not sorry.  Wait…