I am a New-Zealand born Canadian exploring my lifelong passion for the English language and how incredibly powerful words can be, whether written or spoken. Glad to be part of a community that supports creativity and new artists.
Music in Motion
I have so many favourite tunes from when I was a teen, and to put them in a list would be rather obscene. Instead, a story I have composed. The titles of songs are the prose in which some antics during those teen years will be exposed.
The Joys of Nursing
They are the unsung heroes of the pandemic. Each day we hear about nurses and other healthcare personnel fighting an invisible threat on the front-line. Tirelessly gowning, gloving and masking-up to care for patients inflicted with the virus or for those needing hospitalization and support for a plethora of other medical conditions. They work around the clock, putting strangers ahead of their families and own personal needs.
Beating the Odds
Dear Mum, I know you can’t read this, but I need to write about you. Your strength, bravery and resilience throughout your 76 years of life need to be shared. That despite illness, you still managed to be a wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and grandmother. Even though I lived in the opposite hemisphere in the latter part of your life, you were always present, regardless of our geographical distance. And you are still today even though you passed away nine years ago.
Rabbits, Boys and the Wilderness
Being a very proud New Zealander, I’m always keen to support homegrown productions. We have a pretty good reputation for a small country somewhat isolated at the bottom of the world. Everyone knows we are Middle Earth, thanks to the masterful director Peter Jackson putting Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy onto the big screen. Although this was a top box-office movie compilation that snapped up many awards, there are many other older New Zealand productions worthy of note; Goodbye Pork Pie (1980), Once were Warriors (1994), Whale Rider (2002) and The World's Fastest Indian (2005) are just a handful of my all time favourites and totally worth checking out.
Are you guilty of having hundreds of emails sitting in your inbox? A string of bold, unread ones waiting for your attention, and an abundance of other messages that you have read, but they remain waiting patiently to be addressed? Scrolls of them that are sedentary, lingering, like a bad smell?
One day. One picture. One year
Let’s be honest, we were all pleased to put 2020 behind us. But when the clock chimed in the new year, there still wasn’t much to be excited about. Deep in the grips of a Pandemic, life itself had become a challenge. Restrictions and lockdowns continued. No activities or gatherings with friends or family were allowed. Only essential stores open. A curfew was looming. And to boot, Winter had set in. My sanctuary was now my office and classroom. There wasn't much to look forward to.
Weathering the weather
It is predictable yet unpredictable. It can wreak havoc or sooth the soul, be a picture of beauty or one of horror. It often generates headline news and can make or break a day. The weather is like time; it dictates us. It influences our daily choices from clothes to activities and facilitates decisions on where to live and vacation. We are at the mercy of Mother Nature.
We lose it and find it. We can make it or break it. We watch it and ignore it. We stick to it or forget about it. We use it as an excuse or waste it. We can kill it.