Live on the sunny side.

Today I’m going to be thankful, grateful and happy about the good things, instead of letting all the dark stuff mess with my brain. Instead of getting depressed about the way our government is treating asylum seekers (a source of great shame for our nation) I’m going to be thankful for all the refugees who were accepted here. They have enriched our culture, our economy and our intellect. These people planted vineyards and market gardens; opened restaurants with exciting food ideas that finally taught us there were other ways than the old meat and three veg; they became doctors, scientists, psychologists and educators; they brought colour, excitement and adventure to our arts and they forced us to realise we live on a small planet and that other...

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How ya goin’, mate?

One of my blog readers (hello, Claire!) sent me a link to a set of data, graphs etc about suicides in the USA. Have a look here:  http://www.socialworkdegreecenter.com/suicide-notes/ It makes for some interesting reading. It looks at the distribution of suicide according to states of America (Texas and California look like good places to live), gender, age and ethnicity. It also gives some warning signs for people to be aware of and suggests some things we can all do to help prevent our loved ones committing suicide. Two things in particular stood out to me. 1. We weren’t included in the graph showing the suicide percentages of different countries in the world and 2. the disproportionate number of Native Americans who felt compelled to end their life....

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Sorry, Mrs Brooks

This apology is a tad overdue but I’m aware of the years whizzing past and I think it’s high time I cleared my conscience. Mrs Brooks, it was me (and your daughter) who rang your door bell and then ran and hid. We did it a number of times, often several on the same day, and it must have driven you crackers. We thought we were being daring and bold and adventurous but, now that I’m a grown-up, I realise it was just selfish and irritating. Sorry. I could tell you that it was originally your daughter’s idea (and it was) but that would be shirking my responsibility in the matter. I was quick to acquiesce. Also, there’s the matter of your hospitality. I appreciate all the mornings you minded me while my mother was working in the local...

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So, indulge me a little…

The sale of my book, Beast-speaker, is going well. It looks like I’ll soon be ordering some more copies. If you want one, it’s very easy to buy it with a credit card here on my web-blog; just look to your right. (Not suitable for young children; high school and up is better.) I’ve noticed that some of you are being a tad recalcitrant about making a purchase. I promise, the Old Boy has set it up so it’s easy-peasy to do. Now the pressure is on to get Book Two done. It’s giving me some serious headaches. The mess the world is in at the moment is providing plenty of inspiration, so that’s a good thing, but I’m having a lot of trouble working out how to get the story started. I need to get my hero into the city and it’s...

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