Moving Among Strangers – Gabrielle Carey

 Moving Among Strangers: Randolph Stow and My Family,  is a family memoir. It is  a wonderful glimpse into the life of Randolph Stow, one of  Western Australia’s most revered writers. It also about the area where my grandmother’s family settled in the nineteenth century, and where my mother grew up.

Cover, Moving Among Strangers

Cover, Moving Among Strangers

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Creative for life – my goal

Have you thought how you can be creative for life?

To be creative for life is one of my goals. Perhaps it is one we share. The idea of being on a lifelong learning journey excites and stimulates me. So does the idea of living creatively. The two seem interrelated.

Creative for life

Creative for life

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Everywhere I Look by Helen Garner

Everywhere I Look, by Helen Garner, enthralled me.

This book is purported to be ‘a collection of essays, diary entries and true stories’ which, of course, it is. But on another, deeper level, it is much more. The stories, snippets and longer essays can be read as a memoir of the life of an older writer. It spans about fifteen recent years of Helen Garner’s life.

Everywhere I Look, by Helen Garner

Everywhere I Look, by Helen Garner

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Sing for Health and Happiness

The Sing for Health Concert last Friday was the culmination of Sing for Health Week in Perth, Western Australia. It was also the culmination of months of hard work and perseverance. Congratulations to everyone involved!

And it was superb! The audience thought so too. There was a standing ovation at the end.

From the Sing for Health Concert program

From the Sing for Health Concert program

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Seniors’ Guide to Health Care

Someone should write A Seniors’ Guide to Health Care! It should be compulsory reading for everyone. Especially for those of us who are actually seniors. And for people who care about us. And for those who will one day be past the first flush of youth. No such document exists, as far as I can tell. I might have to write it myself.

Row of beds in a hospice museum in Baume, France

Row of beds in a medieval hospice-for-the-aged  in Baume, France

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Celebrating life’s big events

Celebrating life’s big events is the only possible subject for me to post today.

Here are the events my family has celebrated over the last three weeks. The birth of my fourth great-grandchild. The birthday of my oldest grandchild, Claire-Helen Linton. Mothers’ Day. My husband, John Fleming, turned eighty years old. My son, James O’Callaghan, celebrated his birthday on the same day as John. The marriage of my granddaughter Jane-Heloise to Colin Yeo. An almost forgotten wedding anniversary. We seem to have done nothing but celebrate life.

John and me with new baby

John and me with new baby

Here are more pictures of moments we shared. No wonder I think I am so blessed. Continue reading