Author Archives: susan

DREAMING IN COLOUR

The knitting obsession was intense this winter. Not only has it been cold, but the world seems to be getting madder and badder with Trump, Brexit, the climate emergency, the Religious Freedom bill, the men still stuck on Manus…I could … Continue reading

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WINTER

Winter goeth on and on! Over thirty years ago, when I was in freezing and still actually frozen (lakes, rivers, snow everywhere) Canada in early spring, I vowed not to whinge about our winters here. But… With a just few … Continue reading

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HOW TO FAIL

I’ve been failing rather a lot lately. Or so I tell myself, in that nasty scolding tone that all-too-often characterises my internal dialogue. And that voice is especially loud when it comes to my writing. I’m not meeting goals, not … Continue reading

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STAYING

“…just because you love something you cannot make it stay.” Jessie Cole grew up in idyllic circumstances. A secure and happy childhood in a small town in northern New South Wales. Loving, relaxed, hippie-ish parents. A family home set in … Continue reading

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VARIETY

An old saying – “variety is the spice of life”. This week’s reading has been varied, all right. First, Jay Griffith’s Tristimania, an amazing memoir of manic depression (her preferred term) which is prose that reads like poetry – and … Continue reading

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BEYOND THE STUDIO

The Castlemaine State Festival has been and gone for weeks now, but the open-air exhibition of portraits is still in place. The show, “Beyond the Studio”, was the work of MAPgroup – Many Australian Photographers. MAPgroup is an association of … Continue reading

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THE LIBRARY OF ICE

Today – Good Friday –¬† was one of those perfect “Indian summer” days. Warm and sunny, calm, blue sky, golden light. Perfect? Perhaps too perfect. The season usually turns around Easter. Autumn stops being late late-summer, becomes early winter. Colder … Continue reading

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR A HEATWAVE

Instructions for a Heatwave was my second book group title for the year. And hooray for me! I’d actually finished¬† it. (Last year, I was a constant fail but I have started well with two out of two books read … Continue reading

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BRAIN BUGS

I’ve got a bit of a thing at present for popular science dealing with the brain. And there are lots of good titles around, too. Brain Bugs is an informative, fascinating but in the end, depressing book because it demonstrates … Continue reading

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RIPPING YARN

Being a creature of habit, when I’m at work I have lunch in the same cafe most days. It’s a small(ish) town – around 7,000 people, I believe – and so you get to know the people who serve you. … Continue reading

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