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Gardening of a Different Kind

“Make a list of the jobs you’d like some help with and I will give you four days over Easter to get as many as possible done”. What a gift! It wasn’t hard to think of them. If I can chip away at something and do it myself, I will, but there are some jobs […]

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Joy Sparkles

It’s not been a week of great events. Nothing out of the ordinary has really happened. Yet, I’ve found so much joy in seemingly insignificant things. The warm sun on my hand while driving. Autumn leaves swirling in the wind. The quiet. In noticing it, I’ve begun to wonder if, when big events happen, our […]

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‘To My Dear and Loving Husband’

This week I heard about a mid-seventeenth century poet called Ann Bradstreet. Ann lived in the new world (now the United States of America) and was the first, not just woman but person, to have a book of poems published there. In her book was a poem entitled ‘To my Dear and Loving Husband’. If […]

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Horrified!

Yep, I was horrified when I looked back to see when my last blog post was. September 2021! Eeekkk! 6 months! Scary to see how much time has flown by. Our world has been in a state of flux for some of that time with two kids coming home unexpectedly for a while between their […]

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Abundance

Abundance is “an amount that is more than enough” according to the Cambridge Dictionary. Enough is ” as much as is necessary; in the amount or to the degree needed’. Wikipedia joins in and says that need is ‘something that is necessary for an organism to live a healthy life. Needs are distinguished from wants’. […]

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Joyful in Sorrow

While chatting she asked the question, ‘Can you be both sad and grateful at the same time?’.It’s been percolating on the back burner ever since. Can I be sad and grateful together? Can I be joyful in sorrow? They seem diametrically opposed, but are they? Once upon a time I would have said a definite […]

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The Gardener

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy: they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust (1871 – 1922) French novelist I hear him say he’d like to have a vege garden one day, but I don’t think he considers himself a gardener at the moment. I smile […]

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Ho-say Who?

Ho-say Who?    Ideas are interesting things, they can strike at any moment and sometimes in the most inconvenient times.  If you capture the idea, sometimes that wild thought can lead you on a colourful and unexpected journey.  Writing children’s books has been that for me.  My first book, ‘Joyspring’s Song” came from an idea […]

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Lost Joy

They were all neatly stacked and in order, words piled up on words. There was LOVE and PEACE; HOPE was in its place. CAKE and DRINK side by side, but where was JOY? Sneaky word, it had jumped away when I wasn’t looking. It was there a minute ago, but now?  Where did JOY go? […]

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Hide and Seek

This game of Hide and Seek that we played over and over as children, is the game we still play as adults. But how to win at the game?…

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