Another Kind Of Mother

“Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.” Robert A. Heinlein I have no children of my own. For a long time I felt sad about that, grieved it, even though I knew it was also a blessing to not have them. I live with chronic illness, and I am certain I would […]

Mummy Won’t Wake Up!

“Never let your ego get in the way of asking for help when in desperate need. We have all been helped at a point in our lives.” Edmond Mbiaka I almost didn’t take the call. It was an Australian number, but not one I knew. And it was two in the morning here in Sedona. […]

Time With Julie, Crafting Dying Her Way

“Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.”  ~ L.M. Montgomery, The Story Girl   Perhaps you read my post a few days ago, about my friend Julie who has been given a diagnosis of mere weeks to live due to end-stage inoperable ovarian cancer. No-one knows if she’ll have three months, […]

Saying hello to Mae West

“I think that the best thing we can do for our children is to allow them to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong, allow them to experience life on their own terms, allow them to take the subway… let them be better people, let them believe more in themselves.”  ~ C. JoyBell C. […]

Violet’s New Baby

“Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.” ~ Mae West One of our cows, Violet, gave birth yesterday morning. But instead of a snowy white calf, she produced a deep burgundy baby with blotches of white all over its head. Hmmm…. That baby didn’t come from our bull. Earlier this year, during bad […]

Thoughts on Mother’s Day

“There are three musts that hold us back: I must do well. You must treat me well. And the world must be easy.”~ Albert Ellis   It’s Mother’s Day in Australia today. It’s a day when so many families will get together with their Mothers, give heartfelt gifts of appreciation, share meals and practice love and […]

Parents are also People

“Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are.”  ― Cheryl Lacey Donovan, The Ministry of Motherhood   It’s a common theme right now – I see it over and over again on cheesy social media posts – how rewarding parenting is, how ‘special’ and ‘wise’ children are, how exceptional and precious the […]

Mummy told me to talk to the Angels…

“The guardian angels of life fly so high as to be beyond our sight, but they are always looking down upon us.”  ~Jean Paul Richter *NB – The names have been changed to protect the identities of the family involved in the following post but I have permission to share their story. On the morning […]

A Psychic Kind of Day

“To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk pain. To try is to risk failure, but risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.” ~ Leo Buscaglia Just over a week ago, on my last day in Brisbane as I was running […]

Everyone has something special to share with the world!

What we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God. ~ Eleanor Powell I have never met anyone who wasn’t unique in some way, who didn’t have a special gift to share with the world. The problem is that most people don’t acknowledge their gifts because they are always […]

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