Category Archives: Musings

Achieving the Impossible

While browsing my digital photo albums, I came across these pictures and others like it within my annual folders. These images, showing off the skill and patience of my eldest son Ken, speak to me about life and how we … Continue reading

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Identity and Place, A Reflection

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” ― C.S. Lewis The following definition of “third culture kid” (TCK) was coined in the 1950s, but “cross-cultural kid” … Continue reading

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Life Before Screens

As someone who frequently needs to be torn away from my laptop or iPad at all hours of the day and night, I’ve been thinking back to my “life before screens” childhood, and wondering if kids today are getting enough … Continue reading

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Fly Me to the Moon (Weekly Photo Challenge: Boundaries)

When I was a child, I would look up at the night sky and imagine myself to be in the company of Peter Pan, Wendy, John and Michael, escaping to Neverland with arms outstretched, as if flying were the most natural form of transportation … Continue reading

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Reflections 2: Self-Editing

    These reflections of the mirror-image variety prompted me to consider those of a different nature, which I mused about on this site a few years ago. In an earlier post, I had described my delight in playing with words. … Continue reading

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17 Words That Together, Speak Volumes

“Be / As a page that aches for a word / Which speaks on a theme that is timeless…” © 1973 Neil Diamond, Lyrics from the movie soundtrack Jonathan Livingston Seagull.   So often, as writers, we struggle to fill … Continue reading

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Remedies for Winter Blues

I’ve never particularly liked the winter season, and in fact, I’ve always been one of those people who dread its arrival every year as the daylight hours become fewer in number.  Yet when I observe a duvet of pure white snow blanketing the … Continue reading

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I awoke this morning intending to write a reflection on a topic that is often in my thoughts, but try as I might, I was unable to find words that would adequately express what is in my heart: there are not … Continue reading

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Guyana Diaries

I have many wonderful memories of the fourteen months my husband Dennis and I lived in Guyana, and a few hair-raising ones, too. There was only one highway along the coast in 1967, and for the most part, it was rather flat and straight. Whenever we travelled to … Continue reading

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Ocean Liners, Then and Now

Having mentioned a couple of ships in my blog to date (on my Family Memoirs and My Life in Japan pages), I was curious to know how the gross registered tonnage (GRT) of the older ships my family travelled on compared with the GRTs of those I’ve observed … Continue reading

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