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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

Make a difference in the world, one page at a time

The winners have just been announced for a global poster competition that I entered along with classmates from our graphic design course. As fantastic as it would be to win, you don't have to win the competition to make a difference. If that just sounds like a rationalization of how well we performed, well...let's see … Continue reading Make a difference in the world, one page at a time

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

Uncertainty and creativity make good company

Certainty sounds like something rock solid and immovable – something upon which you can depend. In reality it’s ephemeral. Yet human beings love the idea of certainty and when we’re thrust into situations of change and uncertainty, it feels like a test. Sometimes it even feels like punishment.