Country Canines, Mindful Musings, Necessary Nature


Almost a year ago I minded two cats in a house with a 'catio' (the cross between a 'patio' and a 'cat area'): a netted yard providing outside-time within a contained area. This allowed the two fur-babies full range to indoor company while allowing equal range to the elements: dozing on the grass and soaking… Continue reading Catio

Admirable Artists

Guest Blog: Robin L. Harvey

Robin L. Harvey I have featured Robin's work in previous posts: my review of her book PTSD, and her professional reviews on Not the Public Broadcaster. I invite you to enjoy her guest blog, below:             Recently I saw the opera, Georges Bizet’s Carmen, a production I’ve long adored. However, that October night when I… Continue reading Guest Blog: Robin L. Harvey

Necessary Nature


Beach. Sun. Sand. The endless ocean, rolling in waves, soothing waters, spraying white foam in the breakers. It's grounding, this dip in the sea. It restores my equilibrium, internally and externally. I feel re-set and ready for anything. The heat of the sun, the smell of hot sand and the taste of sea salt remind… Continue reading Beach

Wonderful Writing

Not The Public Broadcaster

NPB Robin L. Harvey, who I introduced through my review of her book, is a journalist by trade. Her journalistic style is, understandably, different to her personal writing: her writing is tailored to the applicable genre. Recently she sent me her online articles for Not The Public Broadcaster: I find this Toronto-based Canadian's writing thought-provoking,… Continue reading Not The Public Broadcaster

Mindful Musings

Folkie’s back!

Folkie's back! After a two-year hiatus (thanks, Covid-19!) our beloved Folkie's back! Four days of glorious music and an overwhelming feeling of delight among the camaraderie of like-minded people ... oh how I've missed the live music vibe such a festival can bring! musos playing on the porch rehearsing for their next performance buskers on… Continue reading Folkie’s back!

Admirable Artists, Reflective Reviews, Wonderful Writing

Review: “PTSD”

PTSD: Poems To Slay Demons Robin L. Harvey approached me for a review of her book: her first work of personal writing (as opposed to her public writing as a journalist). What a delight it was to read this poetry anthology! I hope you enjoy my review. PTSD: Poems To Slay Demons is powerful. Robin… Continue reading Review: “PTSD”

Mindful Musings, Wonderful Writing

Michael J. Motta

Michael J. Motta In cruising the internet - doing research for a speech - I stumbled onto this article Space-time Management: What the Heck Is That? It spoke to me on so many levels! I invite you to read Motta's original article - or jump straight into my 'take-home messages' and reflections on it. Motta… Continue reading Michael J. Motta

Admirable Artists, Reflective Reviews

ArtsHub Review: “A History of Dreams”

A History of Dreams by Jane Rawson Another exceptional book, compliments of ArtsHub, that keeps me abreast of the wonderful home-grown talent we have Down Under: long gone are the parochial days, replaced with world-stage genius! I haven't read Jane Rawson's earlier works and am now on the look-out for them: the way she weaves… Continue reading ArtsHub Review: “A History of Dreams”

Necessary Nature

Spring Clean

Spring has sprung Australia is in the middle of spring. After the physical darkness of winter the spring winds are rejuvenating. They promise excitement: activity after cold months of dormancy, huddled in front of a heater. They speak of new lands and invite travel - out into the garden no longer frosted over in the… Continue reading Spring Clean