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History, that pile of dirt
First swept clean then
Deliberately mangled
Presented as truth.
We believe we know
Who we are until
The stranger comes to… 29 more words


More Than A Day on the Beach

The Vacationers by Emma Straub is as bright as a day on the beach and also as gritty. Full of poignant, laugh-out-loud descriptions, Straub masterfully portrays a family in crisis. 232 more words


Poor Helen, Chapter 3

After Helen went to VTI to be a hairdresser and then worked in a couple of other shops, dad set her up in business.  The arrangement was he’d buy the equipment, pay the rent, utilities, the other beauticians’ commission and the supplies and she’d get 50% of the profits.   190 more words

Journey Of The Mind

The Gathering by Anne Enright

Not a cheery novel. The narrator is one of twelve children in an Irish family and her closest brother has just died of suicide. There is not much of a plot, more a description of the world of the family and their interconnections and reactions, their loving and hating. 90 more words


Enduring Threads: part 20

Seductive Sydney 1966

I flew up to Sydney in the summer holidays and stayed with the Aureli family. Bert had finished treatment, including shock treatment, at a Mosman medical centre. 359 more words


A Sense of Time and Place

Creating a story with a sense of validity, a sense of the possible and the plausible, is about using knowledge of history, using detail and color and appropriate rhythm and light, sound and sensibility to reveal a time and place.  119 more words

Journey Of The Mind

The Flow of Things

Right now I should be prone (well almost) on an exam table, having my IUD removed. Call my crazy, but I was really, really looking forward to this moment. 474 more words