The Gift of Hope

It’s been an incredibly long year. At the same time, it’s difficult to believe it’s almost Christmas. Things just don’t seem, well, right. The decorations are up, the presents mostly wrapped, and the turkey ordered. We’re once again allowed to have more than our immediate family in our homes for celebrations. And yet, there’s a…

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Writer Wellbeing: Veronica Strachan

Veronica Strachan lives in Gisborne, at the foothills of the Macedon Ranges. She writes as Veronica Strachan, and as V.E. Patton, for her fantasy and scifi books. She began writing as a child, stopped in high school, and re-started at age 56. She is sharing her journey as a writer and some of her tips…

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Kaleidoscopes and Rainbows

Sami says, ‘Good morning and Happy Monday😍 No matter what you’re facing today, remember to love someone, sniff them, sit on them, look them deeply in the eyes, always keep talking, tell them your fears, snuggle lots.’ Our beautiful rescue girl has had gut issues and high reactive anxiety on lead since we got her in…

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Fear Not The Sea

coobowie bay isolation poetry fear not the sea

Fear not, For the sea shan’t Let us down. It will be waiting, Its predictable tides Its quiet ripples Its tumbling waves, Ready for our emergence From our quiet places, From our loss Of each other, From our yearning For the freedom Of wide open spaces. It will be waiting, For our toes to dabble…

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10 Tips For Surviving COVID-19 Isolation

Are you isolated at home? Are you separated from elderly parents, friends and family? Do you have children and young people who no longer have interaction with their peers? Or are you sending them to school and overwhelmed with worry? Are you in financial crisis? Having difficulty getting food or other supplies? These are unprecedented…

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On Waiting to Be a Writer

tips on waiting to be a writer

When I was a girl, dreaming about becoming a writer one day, waiting never factored into it. There were misty scenes of me sitting at an old oak desk by a dormer window, in a light-filled loft room of an English country home. I gazed out upon the Jane Austen style garden, with obligatory fountain…

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