Feature Articles

Feature Articles


The only way to become a writer is to sit still and write.


I've been writing feature articles on and off since 2002, although in 1990 after the release of my book The Serpent Rising I was commissioned to write an article on cults and mind-control for Nature & Health magazine. I was surprised how easy this was and delighted with the large cheque I got in the mail. I spent the next 12 years making excuses not to write until one Xmas I read Steven King's book On Writing and decided that that was it. I was going to shut myself in a room and write.

I began by writing about things that really pissed me off such as the ban of dogs and cats in eco-villages (I was living at Kookaburra Park Eco-village, Gin Gin, at the time)  as well as the myths of divorce that were being spouted in the media by Tony Abbott and Archbishop Pell. Since then I've written about a wide range of issues including domestic violence, child abuse, the dangers of long meditation retreats, the Andrew Fitzherbert murder case and lots of articles about my father's aviation adventures. I like to shine a light on the darkness and look at things overlooked, dismissed or ignored. If you would like copies of any articles, please contact me.

2018, ‘Put your back into it: the case for caution with yoga’, The New Daily, 20 April,

2018, ‘Vikki Campion is no victim, so the scolds and gossips should stop giving unsought advice’, The New Daily, 9 March,

2014, ‘Divorce: escape from a toxic marriage’, Online Opinion, 9 July,

2014, ‘When we say nothing about intimate partner violence, we become part of the problem’, Women’s Agenda, 17 June.

2013, ‘The Sundowner of the Skies’, The Aviation Historian, Iss. 5, pp. 12-25.

2011, ‘Twelve years (so far) for murder: Is this one in 14 trillion?’, The Australian Rationalist, Iss. 88, pp. 35-37.

2011, ‘DNA evidence on trial: the curious case of the palmist and the “catwoman”’, Crime Magazine, 16 May,

2009, ‘Memoir of a spiritual refugee’, The Humanist, Vol. 69, pp. 21-24.

2008, ‘Cat among pigeons’, The Courier-Mail, July 27, p. 24.

2008, ‘Bats out of hell’, The Courier-Mail, 12 July, pp. 52-3.

2008, ‘Flying is Good for You’, Flight Path, Vol. 19, No. 2, pp. 20-7.

2007, ‘Can Meditation be bad for you?’, The Humanist, Vol. 67, No. 5, pp. 20-4.

2007, ‘Bedazzled by DNA - Is it enough to convict?’, On Line Opinion, August 9,

2007, ‘The palmist, the catwoman, and the suspect DNA’, The Courier-Mail, August 4-5, pp. 47, 50-1.

2007, ‘Sundowner of the Skies’, Living Orkney, Iss. 19, June, pp. 14-25

2007, ‘Why Doesn’t She Leave?’, Living Now, Iss. 93, March, pp. 16-18. 

2007, ‘The Plane Facts’, The Weekend Australian, February 10, Travel, p. 5.

2007, ‘Tracking the Truth’, Dotlit: the online journal of creative writing, QUT, Vol. 6, Iss. 1.

2007, ‘He needed a drink, but they brought him boiled eggs!’, Northern Times, January 19, p. 7.

2007, ‘New motor service helped transform life in the North’, Northern Times, January 12, p. 7. 

2006, ‘The First Landing’, Flight Journal (Connecticut), December, pp. 42-3. 

2006, ‘Flying is Good for you’, LogBook, (Florida), Vol. 7, No. 4, pp. 28-33.

2006, ‘Sunday Flying, Oscar Garden Charged’, New Zealand Memories, Iss. 62, October/November, pp. 14-18.

2006, ‘Darts in the Dark’, The Australian Writer’s Marketplace 2007, pp. 11-13.

2006, ‘A Happy Gardener’, Grass Roots, No. 176, August/September, pp. 58-9. 

2006, ‘The eco-village movement: divorced from reality’, The International Journal of Inclusive Democracy, Vol. 2, No. 3,

2006, ‘Plane Sailing’, the Southland Times, Inform Section, February 25, pp. C1-C2.

2006, ‘Leaving Utopia’, International Journal of Inclusive Democracy, Vol. 2, No. 2,

2006, ‘Darts in the Dark’, Writing Queensland, Iss. 148, Dec-January, pp. 14-15.

2006, ‘Mini-Queenslanders with a theme’, The Weekend Australian, Travel, January 14/15. 

2006, ‘Oscar for a Bay Aviator’, Bay of Plenty Times, January 11, p. 13.

2005, ‘Historical Hiccups in the South Island of New Zealand’, Flightpath, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 28-31.

2005, ‘Sundowner of the Skies’, Logbook (Florida), Vol. 6, No. 4, pp. 22-9.

2005, ‘Landing on Stewart Island’, New Zealand Geographic, No. 76, pp. 20-3.

2005, ‘Working with Elisabeth Kubler-Ross on Emotions’, LivingNow, Iss. 79, pp. 18-19.

2005, ‘Flight from the Blue’, The Christchurch Press, October 15, Mainlander D7.

2005, ‘The Potential for Abuse in the Guru-Disciple Relationship’, ICSA E-Newsletter, Vol. 4, No. 3, September.

2005, ‘When Sunday flying trips were banned’, Timaru Herald, 6 September, p. 9.

2005, ‘Off on a Wing and No Fear’, Timaru Herald, 16 July, p. 21.

2005, ‘Bad Karma’, New Humanist Magazine, Vol. 120, No. 4, July 4, pp. 8-9.

2005, ‘To Australia on Two Spare Springs’, Otago Daily Times, July 2-3, p. 4.

2005, ‘Sundowner of the Skies’, The Journal of the Aviation Historical Society of Australia Inc., Vol. 36, No. 2, pp. 60-3.

2005, ‘Oscar Garden: An Unsung Hero’, Pacific WINGS, June, pp. 11-13.

2005, ‘Empty Nest’, LivingNow, Iss. 74, June, pp. 24-6.

2005, ‘Writers Block’, May 18, Absolute Write: https://absolutewrite.com/  

2005, ‘Sundowner of the Skies—Mary Garden takes flight with her father’, Weekend Financial Review, 24-8 March, pp. 6-7 Review section.

2005, ‘Writer’s Block’, Writers Services,

2004, ‘Abuse in the name of Krishna’, Insight Magazine, July, pp. 32-5.

2004, ‘A Sacred Cow: Banning Cats and Dogs from Eco-villages’, Grassroots Magazine, No. 161, pp. 55-8.

2004, ‘No Pets Allowed’, Burke’s Backyard Magazine, August, pp. 94-5.

2003, ‘Living Down Under’, Dog Monthly (UK), Vol. 21, No. 12, pp. 28-30. 

2003, ‘The Trouble with Gurus—Mary Garden issues a travel warning for seekers of spiritual enlightenment’, Australian Financial Review, 21 November, pp. 6-7.

2002, ‘The unholy war against divorce’, Journal of Social Alternatives, University of Queensland, Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 52-5.

2002, ‘Pro-Marriage Politicians Rely on Flawed Studies’, Womensenews, New York, October 9.

2002, ‘Dogs, Cats and Ecovillages’, Permaculture South Australia, Adelaide: Permaculture Association of S.A, pp. 10-11.

2002, ‘Alarmist tales divorced from reality: Mary Garden challenges some dangerous myths about ending a marriage’, Australian Financial Review, 9 August, pp. 6-7.

2002, ‘No Pets in Paradise—Eco-village living’, Pets n People, Vol. 5.

1991, ‘Guava Garden’, Black Possum Diary 1992, Maleny: Black Possum Publishing Cooperative Society Ltd, p. 89.

1990, ‘Mind Control and Religious Cults’, Nature & Health, Vol. 11, No. 2, pp. 32-5.