Mother’s Day memories of childhood moments with Mum

This micro memoir draws on my own memories and on the telling and retelling of funny stories in our family over the years.  I hope you enjoy it and maybe it will bring up some lovely memories of your own. It's dedicated to my Mum for Mother's Day. My mother’s dressing table was clustered with treasures when I … Continue reading Mother’s Day memories of childhood moments with Mum

Note to self: don’t fear the blank page, keep creating

A graphic designer told recently about how he had once bought a bunch of new notebooks that were crisp and clear, and a joy to own. Then he sat the books aside and didn’t draw anything in them. He didn’t want to ruin their perfect blank pages. He shared the story with a group of … Continue reading Note to self: don’t fear the blank page, keep creating

Three things I’ve learned while writing about a loved one

I would have liked to have known my father when he was alive the way I’m getting to know him now, six years after he passed away. When I set out to write his life story in late 2013, I started without doing any research and the stories just flowed out of me and onto … Continue reading Three things I’ve learned while writing about a loved one

What a difference a year makes

One year. 52 weeks. 365 days. Despite the best of intentions, the occasional pang of guilt and fleeting flashes of inspiration, that’s how long it’s been since my last blog. In the past few weeks, I decided that had to change. Perhaps that’s because the anniversary of the unexpected event that prompted me to start … Continue reading What a difference a year makes

Chance encounters, lasting impacts

People love to remember where they were when big events in history took place. Depending on your age, you might have a well-worn story about what you were doing when you heard about the death of JFK or Princess Diana, about the September 11 terrorist attacks or the Boxing Day tsunami? It connects our lives … Continue reading Chance encounters, lasting impacts