Declutter or reuse, recycle, reduce?

In recent months I’ve been busy sorting through possessions, helping my mother declutter. Of course, being a hoarder, a collector, or any other synonym you wish to use, means you’d have the extent of the task about right. we’ve had many laughs and a few tears in the process of ‘letting go.’ These are only a few things my mother collects. (I’ll possibly tell you about more, another time.) Plastic bags and wrappers… … any, size shape or colour. Did

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Songwoman_a book review

Songwoman by Ilka Tampke raises the question of connectedness to Mother Earth. In her extensive exploration of the meaning of an individual’s and a people’s ties to their land, I recall distinctive experiences of my own. First, however, I would hasten to add, that a sense of ‘belonging to place’ is often and usually espoused in reference to indigenous peoples and less frequently in reference to non-indigenous communities or peoples. It is nevertheless, something I own in my own way.

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It’s a Queer World

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A session at the recent Perth Writer’s Festival kicked off the day, and as I’d arrived early to get good parking, I made myself comfortable on a bean bag in the Auditorium while waiting. It’s a Queer World opened avenues in my thinking I’d either not known or reminded me of aspects I’d encountered over the years. Following are some points I took away from the session in which Robin Little led the discussion with Benjamin Law, Madison Moore, Ursula

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What Is Women’s Fiction Anyway?

Perth Festival Writers Week 2019 Last minute changes to sessions I attended were dictated by availability and my capacity to endure the incredible humidity that hit Perth, especially on the Saturday. Admittedly inside sessions were in air-conditioned comfort which made it far more pleasant. This is the first of three posts on selected sessions I attended over the weekend. What is Women’s Fiction Anyway? In this session Tess Woods interviewed Anthea Hodgson, Jennie Jones and Sasha Wasley. While the whole

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Perth Writers Week 2019 – Our Imagined Selves

Perth Writers Week 2019 – Our Imagined Selves This year’s writers’ week from 18th -24th February, offers once again, a vast range of sessions to choose from. What captures my interest? I’m keen to learn what Cormac O’Reilly is up to and about the inspiration behind Dervla McTiernan’s second crime fiction novel. McTiernan discusses her new book The Scholar. on Monday 18th February at the Literature Centre in Fremantle. Does travel broaden one’s mind? A rhetorical question in my books.

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Hope is my word for 2019.

Hope is ‘a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen’. Why choose ‘hope’? Because, if I am to be very honest, a little spark of hope was re-ignited late last year and I knew I didn’t want to lose it. The year had been a tough one. They say HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL which apparently means it’s human nature to always find fresh cause for optimism. What better cause’ could there be than to celebrate a whole

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Why I plan to read more than 19 books in 2019

Armed with my mobile phone and a range of books downloaded through Audible I find driving anywhere the perfect opportunity to listen, uninterrupted. In my 2019 ‘list of magical things I hope to do’  I nominated 24 books for the year, easily digestible at two per month.  I have to travel a lot this year, mostly road trips to and from the country to help co-care my mother and that’s when I’ll ‘read’ – oops, yes, you’ve got it –

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Unzipping 2019 – 19 plus magical things I hope to achieve.

Like a dear friend said, I’ll tag 19 things I hope to achieve rather than set specific goals. At this stage, would you believe, my good intentions (aka goals) are already swaying! Ah, yes, I hear you say you know the syndrome well. Nevertheless, here’s an impressive list of things I aim ‘to do’ in 2019. 1. Maintain an outlook filled with Hope Make Magic Happen – here goes! (Image courtesy 2. Family Continue to look after my grandkids

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18 plus achievements in 2018

Cervantes Bike

What I achieved in 2018. A couple of months ago I found a printout of an email I sent myself in February listing my goals for 2018! I got carried away – a habit of mine when I actually start goal setting. I even set tasks to achieve my targets and I planned out a fortnightly action plan! I mapped out my days – when I’d do what and for how long. It all met with varying degrees of success.

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Extinctions by Josephine Wilson – A Review

Extinctions back cover excerpt

At first, Extinctions by Josephine Wilson was a challenge to get into but after a few pages I grew accustomed to the narrative style and became engrossed. As a winner of the Dorothy Hewett Award in 2015 and of the Miles Franklin Literary Award in 2017, it ‘had to be good’. Fred Lothian, the central character through whom most of the story is told, is a difficult man – son, husband, father  – caught up in mind warps that are

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