Try a little kindness

It’s almost Christmas Day. The tree is up and glowing. The front yard is slathered in Christmas lights. The turkey is thawing and the chicken will arrive in the grocery order tomorrow. Mince pies are in the cupboard. Presents are ready to be wrapped. This is the time of year when people make an extra effort to prove they still have a few drops of human kindness flowing through their veins. ¬†The homeless shelters are giving their clients special dinners. People are surprising the less fortunate amongst us with gifts of Christmas hampers, or money, or toys for the kids. Other people are inviting the relatives they usually avoid, to Christmas lunch with the family. All over the world, people are trying to be polite and kind (unless they’re Christmas...

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Don’t be afraid.

I have recently attended two writers’ groups’ end of year gatherings. In the first group there were just under twenty people, which is pretty good considering we met at the uncivilised time of 9.30am. (I had to leave the house an hour before I usually get up!) At first we were polite, shy and reticent to share. But, once we’d all had a cuppa and had tucked into the morning tea, the tongues loosened up. By the end of the meeting there were a half dozen conversations going on at once and I had to tell people to go home. (I can hear you asking, “How did you do that tactfully?” It was easy. I walked up to them and said, “Go home!”) We were encouraged to share our year’s work. I thought, Hmmm. That’ll be short and...

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Hero?

I’m baaaa-aaack! Did anyone miss me? Anyone notice I was gone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? SO, it’s 8.14 and I’ve got ten minutes to write a blog before going to a writers’ gathering an hour away from home. (Personally, I can’t understand these people who can function adequately before 10 am.) If things suddenly fall silent half way through this, it’s probably because I’ve fallen asleep. Here’s just a little gripe to brighten your day: on our TV there’s a new cooking program (yes, another one!). It’s called “Aussie Barbecue Heroes”. Apparently, it’s a competition to see who can cook the best barbecues. So far I’m well up with the cooking side of it. However, I’ve yet to see...

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