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An inquisitive young boy called Evontae walked into his Year 4 classroom with an intriguing question for his teacher: “What purpose do wasps serve on this Earth, Sir?” he asked. “Well Evontae, without wasps we would be overrun with insect pests. The wasps also have the very important job of…
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Your Power of Influence

I have been led to share a wonderful story with you. However, this journey came with new challenges and self-reflection as I considered the "bigger picture" this story represents. Just prior to Mother’s Day this year, I began writing this…

“The Last Post”

23rd. November 1996   My dear Joanna, It was lovely to meet you at last. Your father, my darling Andrew, once showed me your photograph and, beautiful though it was, it hardly does you justice. I’d really like you to keep my…

When I Wasn’t A Writer

I have wanted to tell this story for ages, but was never able to fit it into my memoir. I made a pencil sketch of it back in 2008 because it was preying on me so much,The sketch says it all. Two children stand before a closed door. The…

The Power of a Smile and Laughter

Our ability to smile is a wonderful gift; it not only benefits the person producing the smile, but people they encounter as well. Have you ever noticed what happens when you pass a stranger who smiles at you? Most of us smile…

The Art Of Coaching A Writer

There is magic in seeing another writer finish their book, knowing you had something to do with it. It’s like being a mid-wife, or taking your team to the winner’s circle. It’s the kind of service like no other, knowing you had a part in…

“Writing Your Life Makes It Real”

Is it possible to weave a story of pain and despair into something beautiful, capable of inspiring others? The answer is Yes, if we are brave and open enough to change our perspective. Our angle of vision. Our perception.  What’s done is…

“Memoir as Soul Work”

All art is expression. All expression is a way of putting it “out there.” As soon as we put it out there it’s no longer inside us, or merely inside us. It has been expressed outwardly. So we can now hear it, feel it, see it, touch it…