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Book Life

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I’ve just bought a large box of books. Weight and space prevented me from buying more. I had to limit myself to what would fit into my box on wheels – a yellow plastic cube with detachable wheels and an extendible handle. I used to take a jaunty back-pack to work, then moved to a smart faux-leather computer…

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Imaging Isabella

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There’s a growing interest in discovering our past and the way we all are connected to extended families. Maybe the rapid change and uncertainty of current life increases our longing for roots in the past that aren’t going to shift. Perhaps the interest stems from the increase in knowledge about genetics and epigenetics, the links between nature and nurture, and…

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Reaching Tin River Again

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I’ve returned to Thea Astley’s 1990 book ‘Reaching Tin River,’ compelled to search my bookshelves for it after reading the opening of Julian Barnes’ book ‘The Sense of an Ending’. Both books begin with a list of images – possible openings – all later revealed as pivotal to their respective stories. Both lists startle, disorientate and lure the…

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Storied Journey

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Shared stories connect us as human beings. Stories can soothe sorrows or excite passion, spark creativity and foster dreams.  Jung described myths, stories shared across cultures and eons, as the collective unconsciousness of humanity.  From Greek, through Persian, Nordic and Celtic myths, to present day novels and blogs, archetypal stories re-appear: the mother, the hero/ine, the wanderer, the…

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Flooded

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It’s hard to know what story to tell; the late-night evacuation as access roads closed – the anxious wait for days before the flood peaked – returning  to the house to face the devastation –the overwhelming generosity of helpers – or the long road ahead to regain some sense of normality. This is not my story – it…

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Memory, Story and Place

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‘Landscape and Memory,’ historian Simon Schama’s poetic  tome,  journeys into the spatial world of the natural and built environment, through temporal vistas  of history and myth. He maintains that ‘before it can ever be a repose for the senses, landscape is a work of the mind … built up as much from strata of memory as from layers…

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