Joy and other blessings

People are putting up Christmas trees and ordering hams.   The supermarkets are gradually filling their shelves with anything and everything to do with Christmas and carols are being played on repeat.    I love the idea of a Christmas that embodies peace and goodwill to all on earth, but for me, Christmas has developed into something…

Italy is calling

Well, I have done it again.  Booked tickets without really thinking about it.  I started off reminiscing about Fiji, as it was the last time I had a genuine holiday and the kids loved it and amused themselves for hours in the pool that had the bar with endless soft drinks. The idea of lying…

Old-fashioned joys

Many moons ago I travelled to Japan.  I was super-young being only 20 years old and one of my fondest memories was that of meeting Julie-chan, someone who would become a life-long friend.  I got off the plane in Narita airport, was promptly overwhelmed and spotted the first Australian I could find and bummed a…

My job is done

Books and reading have always played a vital role in my life. In fact, my whole family has been blessed by this obsession. I have always said that aside from life, it is perhaps one of the greatest gifts that my father gave us all. My brother John is a wordsmith. He can put words…