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December 5, 2018

This time of year can be overwhelming.  The combination of end of year, end of school and often moving to another home, jobs, role or even country can focus energy like nothing else.  It is all too easy to get bogged down in the detail of life.

I came across this p...

November 23, 2018

The poem by Jenny Joseph, first published in 1961, is named Warning, but many people know it by its first line; "When I am old I will wear purple, with a red hat..."  This poem grew a life of its own and is testament to the power of words.  It speaks to a couple as the...

November 11, 2018

Tomorrow I am attending the Australian Loneliness Dialogue.  The first conference on loneliness and social isolation in Australia.  Friends for Good, a charity that has social isolation and loneliness as its focus, have been planning this for a while.  The groups aim i...

November 10, 2018

Poet as Hero by Wilfred Sassoon

You've heard me, scornful, harsh, and discontented, 

   Mocking and loathing War: you've asked me why 

Of my old, silly sweetness I've repented— 

   My ecstasies changed to an ugly cry. 

You are aware that once I sought th...

October 30, 2018

 "Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words." Robert Frost

Poetry is the way that we open ourselves to the world.  We share an experience that may be common to many.  We give language to thoughts and emotions.  Through the words we...

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