22 Pushup Challenge for PTSD

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The purpose of the 22 Pushup Challenge was to raise awareness of the effects Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PSTD, on returned servicemen and women. When I started the challenge I struggled to do 22 pushups and knew little about PTSD. Continue Reading22 Pushup Challenge for PTSD

Nevil Shute by Richard Thorn

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I commented on Facebook recently (5th September 2017) that with all the bleak news on North Korea and brinksmanship by Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, I thought I’d dust off and re-read my old second-hand bookshop copy of Nevil Shute’s On the Beach … to prepare for the worst, just in case! Continue ReadingNevil Shute by Richard Thorn

Days of Gentle Rejections

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In these days of instant gratification via the web, emails and social media, it’s hard to believe once upon a time wanna-be writers would type and print their manuscripts in double-line spacing, post them to publishers with a reply-paid, self-addressed-envelope, and then wait … and wait … and wait, for an offer to publish or, more often than not, a rejection letter. Continue ReadingDays of Gentle Rejections

What Books Are You Reading

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The Writer’s Circle asked on Facebook the other day, What book are you currently reading? I’m currently reading three books – along with a few others I’ll probably have to take to my grave to finish! Continue ReadingWhat Books Are You Reading

Their Finest

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I watched Their Finest (distributed by Transmission Films) the other night. In many ways, it’s a typical British period comedy-drama about the making of a propaganda film and life on the home front during World War II. But it had an interesting and modern take on the role of women in society and their contribution to the war effort.  Continue ReadingTheir Finest

The Last Book That Made You Cry

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On the 16th August 2017, Penguin Books Australia asked a question on Facebook: What is the last book that made you cry? The question was couched in terms of tears of joy or sadness, but I could only think of books that had made me cry. And here are my top three tear jerkers!  Continue ReadingThe Last Book That Made You Cry

The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

Mileva Maric was the first wife of Albert Einstein. She was a Serbian physicist, the only woman among Einstein’s fellow students at Zürich’s Polytechnic, and was the second woman to finish a full program of study at the Department of Mathematics and Physics. Continue ReadingThe Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

Microfiction Dream

I once had a dream that was so real and intense it reminded me of the Chinese Philosopher, Chuang Chou, who dreamed he was a “butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, a veritable butterfly, enjoying itself to the full of its bent, and not knowing it was Chuang Chou”. When he awoke and came to himself, Chuang Chou said no longer knew whether he had dreamed he was a butterfly or whether he was now a butterfly dreaming he was a man! Continue ReadingMicrofiction Dream

Sweeties by Leon Silver

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One “ordinary Monday morning”, the stories protagonist, 67-year-old Abel Marvin, suffers a heart attack while swimming his regular laps. But before death takes Abel, the spirit of a white-clad nurse appears and announces: “You can’t exit yet, mate, have you given a full account of yourself?” and Sweeties proceeds in dreamlike fashion to replay the key events his life. Continue ReadingSweeties by Leon Silver