BE STILL

BE STILL   I go to the shops as I do every second day. At the checkout, the girl asks, ‘And how has your day been?’ ‘Busy,’ I say. ‘That’s good,’ the girl says with a sage nod as if involved in some conspiracy to keep me on the hamster wheel of busyness. In the […]

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QUEST TO CONQUER MT. GILES

DETERMINATION   Saturday, August 15 1981 MacDonnell Ranges, Northern Territory, Australia   My nose tingled. I sniffed. The air was pure incense, untainted and frozen by the night. Then I groaned, my bones in agony after a sleepless night tossing and turning on the hard river bed. ‘Time to have breakfast if you want to […]

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OUR MOTHER’S DAY SECRET

FROM KUITPO TO MEADOWS   Everyone, and I mean everyone in Adelaide must celebrate Mother’s Day. And everyone and their mother go out—eat out, picnic out, filling the parks, beaches, hills and car parks. The whole city—and their mothers, jump on the bandwagon of “mother-worship”, the restaurants filled to capacity, and unless you book months […]

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FURRY FELINE TALES

THE NEIGHBOUR’S CAT’S REVENGE I gazed out the window one Saturday morning, a year ago today, May 2. The sun shone on every blade of the many weeds in our garden, and the neighbour’s cat sat on our discarded toilet near the back fence. I had the beginnings of a Nasturtium garden in those old […]

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