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A Country Life and Weird Family Traditions in Australia

The M.o.t.h. (Man of the house) was part of a big family and extended family. As was his father, who had nine siblings, all of whom were raised on a large dairy farm in a rich, agricultural valley in country Queensland, the so-called Sunshine State. Both households were a sea of children, tiny legs scurrying… Continue reading A Country Life and Weird Family Traditions in Australia

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When Grief Comes Knocking

The following words are not mine, but a poem by Donna Ashworth. Grief and loss can be a gut-wrenching emotion that sneaks up on a person, catching you unawares. I am reproducing Donna Ashworth's perceptive words, in the event that they might render support/distraction/emotional reassurances to those who are suffering loss and grief. For Ukrainian… Continue reading When Grief Comes Knocking

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Could You Wear the Same Dress for 100 Days in a Row?

If I challenged you to wear the same dress for 100 days in a row, could you do it? I did it. 100 days straight wearing the same dress. I took up a challenge to: "Live simply, consume carefully and do good." That's the motto of an American company Wooland, which uses Australian merino wool… Continue reading Could You Wear the Same Dress for 100 Days in a Row?

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A Memory Linked to a Smell and Private Information

I recall one night she confidently declared to a hopeful beau she was a marine biologist. I am not doing Bloganuary. In eleven years of blogging, I've never participated. This year, I answered one bloganuary prompt. Posting daily is a big commitment, and I have a life outside of blogging. Besides, do readers actually want… Continue reading A Memory Linked to a Smell and Private Information

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Can Attitudes Towards Guns be Changed?

She told me I was, "as high as a Georgia Pine, "and a barrage of foaming at the mouth and swearing ensued. As an Australian, I've encountered vehement opposition and online tongue-lashings from American citizens, so gun control isn't a subject, I'll often discuss. This latest event crossed a line: A six-year-old child was arrested… Continue reading Can Attitudes Towards Guns be Changed?

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Satisfaction with Creative Imperfection and A.I.

It happens a lot. It's a default piece of small talk and an opening social gambit. Photo by fauxels on Pexels.com When meeting someone new, you are invariably asked: "And what do you do?" Our job, or the work we do, comprises part of our identity. When it comes to hobbies or the leisure activities,… Continue reading Satisfaction with Creative Imperfection and A.I.