November 3, 2021

Old me, new book

Dear world, my beach before a spectacular storm in late October 20201—and a climate change rant below… As I write, the United Nations climate change […]

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August 5, 2021

Still alive, still writing

Hello, once more! Before I start, I’d like to alert you to a few videos of speeches and readings of individual books. I had to […]

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March 18, 2021

Ages and Ages

Hello again! The only people who read websites like this (so I’m told) are librarians, teachers and students of children’s literature, but hey— librarians, teachers, […]

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December 29, 2020

Some year! Christmas New Year 2020/2021

I’m imagining that at this moment in the world’s history every Facebook entry, every blog, card, tweet, diary, letter, journal, instagram, email and so on, […]

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June 16, 2020


Australia, I love you! We have survived. This isn’t us, but it is a photo of our beach this evening, which encapsulates the peace of […]

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March 27, 2020

No Other Topic!

Hello, hello, especially to those holed up in your homes, on the edge of hysteria. I’m with you. Corona virus. There is no other topic. […]

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January 1, 2020

Happy New Decade!

Hello again! Here I am, saved from the heatwaves, unlike our poor magnolias. Temperatures of 44C (111F) nearly killed us all last month. So sad. […]

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September 1, 2019

Which new book?

Hello, and welcome back after your absence and mine! Happy, wonderful first day of spring to those of us in the southern hemisphere. As you […]

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July 28, 2019

Post-Holiday Post

Hello, once again. (Let’s hope there are many ‘once agains’!) Since I last wrote I’ve been on holiday or on vacation, depending on which kind […]

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June 13, 2019

Had a busy day?

Hello, hello! I’m still here… I often tell you that I write rarely. That’s true. But the writing does become intense and all-my-focus towards the […]

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January 31, 2019

Stamp of Approval

I remember my mother telling me, when I was ten, never to talk about myself—that people would find it boring. Instead, she said, I should […]

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December 3, 2018

Year’s End At Last!

Hello again, weary end-of-year people! Like any teacher, which I once was, or perhaps any worker, I succumb to illness as soon as I stop […]

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