To Love:

Verbal Confirmation:                                                                                                                       To be, to have, to think, to move—which of these verbs is the one you feel most connected to? Or is there another verb that characterizes you better? Ben Huberman

 To be, I am that I am. Having lived through the uncertainty of youth, the responsibility of the sandwich years, I am now privileged to approach three score years and ten. I can now bask in feeling complete.

Many dread old age. Pensioners have a certain untouchable and unthinkable tag. The young believe we’re a drag on the economy.

I like to think that when I am no longer capable of helping in a physical sense, I shall be able to send out positive vibrations that uplift those who are still in the mire of negativity. My belief is that thoughts do have power.

Of all the verbs, to love is the strongest. May we all find someone to love, and someone to love us.

Grandson, Finn enjoying kisses from his aunt and .cousin, Javi

Grandson, Finn enjoying kisses from his aunt and cousin, Javi.

Eclectic mix:

When reading for fun, do you usually choose fiction or non-fiction? Do you have an idea why you prefer one over the other?

Today the wind is blowing a gale, I’d love to curl up in a chair and read. Instead, I must get to the garden and fit in a walk before the forecast rain comes late this afternoon. I read both fiction and non fiction.

I adore fiction and losing myself in a story. At the moment I’m reading a discarded book from the library. (They sell off unwanted books for a ridiculously low price). Paulo Coelho, a Brazilian author writes with a spiritual slant. ‘The Alchemist’ was one of his books. This book is called ‘Briola’, about a young woman trying to find her path. To be blunt, I’m looking forward to my next book, something to get my teeth into.

Reading stories set in Italy inspire me. ‘The Promise’, by Australian author, Lisa Clifford is well written and brought back many memories for me. Another, ‘A Thousand Days in Venice’, Marlena de Blasi, set in that romantic city. Of course there are the many Donna Leon detective stories, in the laid back Venetian environment, where there’s always a delightful meal and time with the family.

Frances Fyfield and Alice Munro have been authors I’ve sought out and enjoyed.

Having seen Tara Moss in a debate, I was impressed with her approach to life. I ordered her autobiography from the library, ‘The Fictional Woman.’ She leads an interesting life, but this book I skimmed, as it’s not for me. Of recent times I’ve read quite a few biographies and autobiographies, some good, others not, may be I’m getting more picky as time passes.

A good book can come in many guises, but once found, treasure it.


Pondering Memoir Writing:

Antique rug taken on my i-phone

Antique rug taken on my i-phone

This morning in the shower, my mind reflected on Memoir writing. How can one be true to oneself and yet protect other people? There is a fine line between sharing one’s life and treading on others’ toes.

 In ‘Enduring Threads’ there are many things I excluded because of my own children’s feelings. For instance they wouldn’t want to know about all of my nocturnal and sometimes daytime liaisons/entanglements. In fact, many have seeped into the never never regions of my brain, never to resurface, which is probably a mercy. Phew!

 ‘Enduring Threads’ is about to be pawed over by an editor. I have feelings of relief and anxiety. I wonder how much more is necessary to get the m/s into a readable, interesting story. It is so hard to know what a stranger will make of it. When I read it, I see all of the characters in full colour. Have I made them alive to other people and are they of interest to others?

 Irene Walters shared a wonderful post about names. Should one use real or made up names to protect people? The general consensus seemed to be that most writers prefer to include real names in a memoir; firstly it makes it easier to write, and secondly it is acknowledging other people who have had influence or have been important to you. I liked Irene’s inclusion of part of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ with their dilemma regarding names. If you’d like to read Irene’s post with the many following comments, it can be found on:

‘Call me anything but don’t call me late for dinner: I think not? Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

 Names are important. How many of you don’t like a name because of someone you didn’t like in early childhood, or a nasty adult? Naming children has become a creative exercise in itself. Having been a school- teacher, I found names do make a difference. If a child has to explain a name every time they meet someone new, it is a disadvantage; or names can nurture self- esteem. In story writing, it is a freedom we’re faced with. Making up names can be fun.

 I have used real names in this m/s, as I wish to acknowledge and respect the importance of individuals in my life. The symbolic threads they represent weave, or are stitched into the colourful tapestry of my life, creating ‘Enduring Threads.’

Antique rug taken on my i-phone

Antique rug taken on my i-phone



Word bumps:

Daily Post: Mouths Wide Shut: Bumps:                                                                                                              Are you a picky eater? No.

Yesterday I noticed some annoying bumps on the back of my hand.                                           My first instinct was to worry, incase it was warts.

This morning at breakfast, I looked, and the rash appeared less inflamed, it is healing. It’s probably just a result of something I’ve touched in the garden.

I said to my beloved,

‘Feel this, what do you think it is?’

‘Brail, “I Love You”, but it’s missing the comma.’

‘But I Love You, doesn’t have a comma.’

‘Then it says, “immensely and deeply”!’

How can one worry about a few bumps when they are interpreted like this?                              Words are more flavoursome than food!

Daily Prompt: NO EXCESS

‘Perhaps too much of everything is as bad as too little.’ Edna Ferber                                             Do you agree with this statement on excess?

Yes, I do agree. How can we look at the Royal Family, for instance, and believe that it is right for people to be born into such privileged positions of power?                                              Obviously they can do good; but they are wealthy! Surely helping people/State only provides them with a sense of well-being. Is it right that people, regardless of talent, be born to rule?

Power and money so often go hand in hand. The division in Australia between the rich and poor is becoming more divided. Our government complains about debt, and yet is prepared to go on wasting the country’s money by continuing a search for a plane that was lost months ago, with no hope of finding survivors.

The thought of sending troops into Iraq, interfering with others’ politics, scares me. The fact that it will cost millions, (or even billions), doesn’t seem to faze our government.

Also handing large amounts of money; outsourcing our refugees to Cambodia, who should be Australia’s responsibility, is beyond understanding. Those in charge most probably will help themselves, leaving the refugees in the same situation that they are in now, poverty stricken.

Solutions could be found within Australia, with far less expense, to create much happier outcomes. This government has no creative thinkers to bring about ways to break down the barriers they keep building.