A word from Mum

A message from Mother Earth. Quite frankly, children, I am appalled at your behaviour. I want you all to pack up your toys and go straight to your rooms. You can come back out when you can play nicely together. Don’t give me any back-chat or, so help me,...

Handicapped?

When I was still in primary school (grade school for my American friends) my father had resigned from his job. They were promoting younger men above him and he’d finally had enough. He was without work for, I think, about a year and in those days without the...

Suicide isn’t painless

‘Cause suicide is painless. It brings on many changes. And I can take or leave it if I please.’ J. Mandel, “Suicide is Painless: theme for TV show, MASH. I wasn’t going to jump on the Robin Williams’ bandwagon but then I figured, why not?...

Be of good cheer

I’m sitting here staring at the computer screen, trying to think of something “light” to write about…or something “inspirational”…or “encouraging”… Oh, you know what I mean. I tell myself that as an author I...

Dwarves are real

I remember, quite clearly, the day I knew that magic, fairy tales and fairy creatures were real. I was 5 years old and my mother took me to see a stage production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. It must have been a birthday present (my birthday is at the end of...