Rainy Day Post

Today it is has been raining in my town and instead of putting on raincoats and putting up our umbrellas to go to school we are staying in our homes doing our best to help beat the COVID pandemic…

Teachers who Make a Difference

Today I got a request for help from parents in Spain for ideas and support as they cope with homeschooling. Instead of sending lists of teacher manuals or student workbooks online, I thought back to my own experience of homeschooling during…

Mothers’ Day – A Gift

This Mother’s Day I was in Canberra. It was a perfect autumnal weekend. The trees changing colour and the chameleon array of their canopies add a special beauty to the capital city. Being the capital there’s always a lot to do my priorities were watching an ANU med review and spending time with my family. […]

Writing about the Unthinkable

I was in New Zealand at the weekend when tragedy struck Christchurch on such a scale that the world is still reeling. No amount of words or flower tributes or tears can reflect the sorrow and pain that the victims, the families and the wider communities are experiencing. As a writer and as someone who […]

In Celebration of Mothers

Mothering Sunday or Mother’s Day (indicating the individual celebration of a mother) or Mothers’ Day – with the apostrophe after – to show that the day is the day designated for celebrating all mothers. How ever it is termed and whenever it is celebrated, this day is a special day for acknowledging the special women […]

May The Force Be With You

Okay I am an unashamed #StarWars fan and have been since the tender age of twelve when I watched my first SW movie at my uncle’s house on what was in those days cutting degree technology VCR! Since then I have watched the epic saga over and over and enjoyed any opportunity to wax lyrical […]

Passing It On

There are always those who just do that little bit extra to help others. You may not realise or notice or see it but the understated and almost invisible things these folk do go a long way to making a community function, helping people to carry on and giving others a sense that they are […]

Would You Have Marched?

Would you have marched If you had seen violence come? Would you have spoken out when Into a home Only last week Here in our town Violence crept softly? Would you protest If you knew Up the stairs And into the room And into the bed Violence took what it wanted In silence As the […]

Where Do Your Ideas Come From?

It is true that life is where writers get their inspiration and witnessing or experiencing something helps an author get into a storyline. Never the less writers all over the world have explored concepts and realities that are not theirs. How can this be? Can a character’s voice be believable if the creator of this has no first hand experience of their character’s context?

Seeing What We Wish We Never Had

There are indicators and signs all too often overlooked when one is living with someone who is becoming ill or struggling with health issues such as an eating disorder. We get good at justifying the changes in behaviour, the withdrawal, the subtle changes in appearance – the loss of life in the eyes or the […]