Monthly Archives: August 2010

A Day with a Dog

It annoys me when animals are poorly cared-for. Many years ago when I was in the Showground Road house and my daughter was just a baby, it rained heavily for several days in succession in the middle of a cold … Continue reading

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The War Against Mosquitoes

Now that the bite is slowly leaving the wintry weather and the promise of spring is (almost) here, it might be time to talk about mosquitoes, fondly referred to in my household as “skeetoes” and by the vast majority of … Continue reading

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Hunters not Gatherers

I have spent many years as a vegetarian, but now live with a serious carnivore, and I’ve changed my pattern accordingly. When I was still in Western Australia, an American said to me over the Internet that they couldn’t think … Continue reading

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Heads of Government

A week out from the election, and I’d better say something about our first female Prime Minister just in case she doesn’t stay that way. Congratulations, Julia Gillard. Although, unlike what seems to be the rest of the world, I … Continue reading

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Death and the Emperor

DEATH AND THE EMPEROR The Fairytale Tarot Designed by Karen Mahony Illustrated by Alex Ukolov Published by Magic Realist Press As many of us oldies know, fairytales are the most potent medicines we have. They set us up for life: … Continue reading

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SUNRISE – a poem

Sunrise, and the planet holds its breath. The birds are stirring, the ants are underground. Even the air is breathless, waiting in this holy moment. And I know that even now, as the sun breaks water In the seething Pacific … Continue reading

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