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“You only have to be an expert in your own life to have something of value to share with others.” – Jenny Gates

With time on our hands

The past year has been tough on all of us in one way or another. Too many people have tragically lost their lives, and too many more are struggling with the loss of family, friends, good health, livelihoods, and safety nets. Not being able to meet up in person, dine...

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The greatest souvenir ever

The greatest souvenir ever

My version of a loaded bowl of Jordans muesli. Not your typical souvenir, but a gift I still treasure eight years later. In October 2013, I travelled to Switzerland to visit my niece Nicola who was in the middle of a year-long Rotary exchange. Part of the time, I was...

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Thank you to a very good man

Dave Barber. Photo: Wayne Glowacki, WFP. I’m on the fence when it comes to putting up statues and memorials, and naming buildings, bridges, roads and venues after people and companies. Mostly, I just don’t think it necessary, but sometimes it is, particular when...

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Keep writing, keep believing

For those of you slogging it out on your manuscript and wondering whether it will ever be published, consider the story of author T. J. Newman. In the acknowledgements of her first book "Falling", Newman says her manuscript was rejected by 41 literary agents before...

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How does your garden grow

Osteospermum, or Margarita Yellow. This little plant was a gift from friends Neil and Sue after my mum died in May this year. At first I was moved by the gesture, and then nervous about whether I'd be able to keep it alive. You see, gardening is not my forte; that was...

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No longer required

If you don't recognise this once indispensable piece of office equipment, I don't blame you. Scanners haven't been getting as much love - or as much use - as they once did. Still, it's hard letting this one go, given how it arrived in my office. About 20 years ago...

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When I can’t be there to say goodbye …

Dawn Gates – August 19, 1929 to May 6, 2021 You know I’d be there to say goodbyeIf circumstance hadn’t conspired to lock me down and out,But thanks to technology, there is another wayTo share, reflect and remember,And to be there from so far away. You and I didn’t...

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