Sorry if I offend you, but…

I like to avoid commenting on religion, because I respect your right to think differently to me. I don’t want to trample on your sensibilities by disparaging your belief system. This is a blog about my life, my writing, other people’s writing, books and things like that. If you want to worship the Great Pumpkin – even if I think you’re totally misled and doomed to an eternity of disappointment because of it – that’s entirely up to you. It’s a matter of respect: I respect your right to be wrong and I hope you will respect mine. I make no bones about my faith and am usually unashamed of being a Christian. However, lately, on occasions, I find myself whispering that fact rather than boldly pronouncing it to the world....

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“Life-changers”?

I recently posted on Facebook a picture with a motto that tickled my fancy. It said: Books are dangerous. The best ones should be labeled: This could change your life. I forget who said it – Helen something-or-other – but going by the spelling it must have been an American. (US spelling = one l, UK and AUS spelling = 2 ls; labelled). Since then I’ve been mulling over the question: What books would I put on my list of “life-changers”? It’s not as easy as it first appears. Just because I loved a certain book, does that mean it had a life-changing impact on me? Then again, it’s most likely that every book I’ve ever read has influenced me in some fashion and therefore I could say that they have all changed my life. Ah,...

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Mother’s Day

Just out of interest, I “Googled” Mother’s Day and talk about an education! I knew that Mother’s Day, as celebrated in Australia, was begun in the USA in the early 1900s (1912), so I thought that the day was probably only celebrated in countries that had strong cultural ties with America: the UK, Australia, New Zealand…perhaps Canada… I had no idea that practically the whole world has some sort of Mother’s Day. Long before Mrs Whatshername (in 1912) kick-started the modern version, there was the Christian day of “Mothering Sunday”, which celebrated the day Jesus was taken by his parents to be presented at the Temple. (Don’t ask me; I have no idea why that’s called “Mothering Day” and...

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I confess…

Self-pity is a force that is counter-productive and is the enemy of creativity. I had a bad day, yesterday. It left me feeling down and, I admit it, just a little sorry for myself. Okay, I felt lots sorry for myself. Dang! Now I’m annoyed with myself for using lousy grammar. Damn and blast! I shall start again. Yesterday I had to get up over an hour earlier than usual and it went downhill from there. There is no way I should ever be forced to wake up before the rest of my body is ready. I had to drive over an hour to get to a nine am appointment. You do the maths. After waiting since December 2010 to get into a treatment program (for lymphoedema) at a certain public hospital, I finally snapped. I haven’t been able to buy a compression sleeve for...

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