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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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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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Say Yes to the Dress

Forgive me if you are a male reader for what comes next… being female is all I know… but, bear with me. It comes good in the end, and who knows, but you might even gain a little more insight into the mystery of ‘women’. …Maybe. So, quick back story … I’ve been married for […]

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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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Mama’s Kitchen

Who doesn’t love the smells that come out of Mama’s kitchen?! My own children have all left home but still I love to go to my parent’s house and have my Mum’s cooking. It’s comforting, soothing, familiar. Doesn’t matter what the food actually is because it’s all about the nourishment I received there. My basic […]

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