The Therapist

After Katie died it was the only logical thing to do. I didn’t want to go into a home but my hands don’t work as well as they should. Anyway the idea of having lots of single ladies for this old man to talk with seemed to be a compensation. It didn’t work out. They…

The Little People

It was on a day such as this, well not quite, but very nearly, that my uncle William told me about The Little People. “Some people,” he said, “call them gnomes or leprechauns, but all over the world they have different names.” “But they are just make-believe?” I asked. And that set my mind a…

Noisy Miners

One of the many open spaces in Melbourne lies along the Maribyrnong River. One small part is the Pipemakers’ Park. I went there today to catch a noisy miner.  The Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala) is liked by some and hated by others. It is a strong aggressive bird and often acquires territory to the exclusion…

Be wary of waiting in anterooms!

 Background: The leader of the free world (LOFW) sends out a message across a hemisphere and calls for the leader of Australia (LOA) to come and see him. The LOA arrives at the appointed time and at the appointed place but the LOFW has ducked into a pub for celebratory drinks with his henchmen. So…

Lost In France

ANZAC Day has gone for another year. There have been a few comments – all positive – but one stood out for me. That came from Lloyd Marken who posted the following comment in response to my story about the villager who took me to see a group of Ist AIF graves in a small village.…

Sublime and Ridiculous

Public Toilets are not an obvious subject for a post. But Andrew Petcher started it on his blog so I can do it on mine. The high and the low, Old and new, Well looked after and a bit neglected. But it was hard taking photos when there were people there so I’ll leave you…

Silence!

When I taught teenagers back in the olden days I would often use songs that I could turn into a part of the lesson. Songs like Dylan’s “I will not go down under the Ground” or “Last thoughts on Woodie Guthrie” or Australian songs about War and peace. I also used Simon and Garfunkle’s song…

The Shape of Forgiveness | Part 2

Originally posted on Telling the Truth:
“Forgiving is a journey; the deeper the wound, the longer the journey” “We do not forgive because we are supposed to; we forgive when we are ready to be healed.” Lewis Smedes, in The Art of Forgiving: When You Need to Forgive and Don’t Know How, published by Moorings,…

My mother’s favourite Joke

My mother died some years ago. But no matter how she felt she always kept her sense of humour. She had a favourite joke. She would tell it and she would shake with laughter before any one else. This is the joke. Q. Why do baby ducks walk softly? – –   -Answer; Because they…