Category Archives: friendship

BOOKS AND HOSPITALS

It is pleasing to know how books help break down barriers and build relationships. My daughter was in hospital – on holiday from the UK, she underwent emergency surgery in Sydney. Sincere thanks to St Vincent’s Hospital which gave her … Continue reading

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OUR TOUR GROUP

Half the fun of travelling on an organized tour is the company, sharing stories and adventures, while engaging in that great sport of people watching. Folk on the trip came from Canada, South Africa, Australia, US, Singapore. Over the course … Continue reading

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

Somewhat spaced-out after a stormy farewell to a friend, I drove back from the Blue Mountains on the 30th December, 2014. Barely had I opened the door at home, than my phone rang. ‘Colleen here. How would you like to … Continue reading

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PARADISE

People say this or that beach is the most beautiful but for me those on the Central Coast of NSW are hard to better, with spots like Toukley, Avoca, Terrigal, Umina, Bateau Bay… Here, at the Entrance, which is one … Continue reading

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ONLY THE LONELY

In the last thirty years reports of feeling lonely in the US have doubled. In many countries, including Australia, more people live on their own than ever before. The elderly are isolated by illness and frailty, many far from family. … Continue reading

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HAPPINESS

HAPPINESS What is happiness?  There are many degrees of happiness from a general sense of well-being, through elation, exhilaration and jubilation to ecstasy. It can arise from the miracle of being alive for another day.  It’s an ability to remain … Continue reading

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FOG

As you’ve probably noticed, my posts are based on the alphabet for each day of April, less Sundays. I’ll try & post some photos of this blog in the next few days. FOG Clouds of fog blanket the Blue Mountains … Continue reading

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CAN YOU BELIEVE…

Mike was holding his daughter’s 21st birthday party in a small weatherboard hall, miles from anywhere. At forty-eight, his sister, Linda, looked vibrant and youthful: smart hairdo, trim white slacks, summery top. She lingered outside in the twilight chatting with … Continue reading

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