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Tim Collins

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Tim Collins is a writer and freelance journalist living and working in Victoria.

Bridging the Generation Gap

“OK, boomer.”I suppose that I shouldn’t have been surprised when I overheard my 10-year-old granddaughter and her friends use the phrase recently as they...

Navigating ’Tweenland

I was working in my home office when I noticed that my 10-year-old granddaughter had slipped into the room and was standing there, a...

Sometimes the Sky is Green

I’ve never really thought about my role as a grandfather. It’s been a sort of organic growth in approach and attitude without a whole...

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