Making magic

We may well have been from diverse backgrounds socially, emotionally, culturally, financially and age range,  but there is one thing we all had in common,  a passion for making jewellery. Two hours on this particular Saturday morning  had been dedicated to one […]

Trump Triumph

I normally don’t fear the unknown, but this is precisely how the election of Donald Trump as US President made me feel. My first reaction to the approaching result was disbelief. Looking back, it has been difficult to  identify the Republican Party’s […]

What happened to Guy Fawkes?

As I was driving home from work earlier this week I was amazed to see how many Halloween costumed children were paving the streets with parents and buckets in hand. It started me thinking about my childhood and my own children growing […]

Writing for a generation

It is the psychological aspect of authors that fascinates me and there is nothing more interesting than to speak to the author of a book you have recently read to find out what makes them tick. I just closed the cover on […]

The interview with my grandsons

I have come to realise that being a grandparent isn’t vastly different from when you are a parent, except that you can choose when to walk away, you need to be careful not to get too involved and not to overstep the […]

I have a life bucket, not a bucket list

I believe that life is one big bucket that is sometimes filled and sometimes emptied. Full of objectives, challenges, and achievements that includes travel. In my ‘life bucket’ there were some places I held on to and always wanted to visit: Naples, […]

My Greek writing retreat

I have the utmost respect for anyone who has written and published a novel, especially now that I have undertaken some study to do so. In late 2015,  a colleague mentioned that there was a writing retreat in Greece. It didn’t take […]

How to win at remote grandparenting

I live in the Queensland but my grandchildren live in Victoria—1657.1 kilometres (17 hour 44 minutes drive) away. For a long time I lived with a constant pull on my heart strings including restless nights and the weight of guilt; I had […]

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