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THE KEYS TO ORGANISATION

That’s my son, Lachie, at the top of the photograph, holding this big cardboard key and looking bewildered. It was taken 14 years ago, when he was in Grade 1. What 6-year-old even knows the meaning of ‘organisation’? Not my … Continue reading

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VASILISA THE WISE

To be released in December (a Christmas gift for brave girls) is Vasilisa the Wise, with stories retold by Kate Forsyth and illustrated by Lorena Carrington, published by Serenity Press. It includes my second-favourite fairy tale (the first is Beauty … Continue reading

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A CORPSE IN THE COPSE

Once upon a time, there were lots of really popular, really exciting tough-guy action thrillers by Robert Ludlum. Some on them were made into films, and they were really exciting and really popular too. The titles? The Bourne Identity. The … Continue reading

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POSTING AGAIN

Not many posts lately¬† – “Blogday,” usually Sunday, has come and gone and come and gone. Time to start posting again. I’ve been sick – just a cold, but the worst I’ve had for many years. No mucking around with … Continue reading

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WANDERLUST

Rebecca Solnit is my new literary crush. I’ve just (and I mean just, as in right now) finished Wanderlust: A History of Walking. Although she does talk about her own walks, it’s not a book about the author’s walking – … Continue reading

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PICKING WINNERS

We went away to Port Fairy for five days after Easter. Both of us tired, neither of us intending to do much. Nothing much actually involved a great deal of eating (having breakfast late, out, going to the pub for … Continue reading

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READING AT THE RIGHT TIME

Empathy, the way that we can place ourselves, imaginatively, in the position of the other person, is at the heart of what we do as readers, as people striving for a generous understanding of one another. Reading by Moonlight Brenda … Continue reading

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WALKING

I have just come back from walking in the hills above Chewton, a township to the east of¬† Castlemaine. Our walk took us from the ruins of the Garfield Wheel (once a massive water wheel that was used to power … Continue reading

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WHERE YOU BELONG

We’ve just had two delightful Canadian visitors. A retired couple, on a three month holiday. They’d been to Singapore, Hanoi and Seoul before arriving in Perth. Then Adelaide and Melbourne. And Castlemaine, of course. Why not? In the gold-rush days, … Continue reading

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