Incompetent until proven not guilty?

Who is incompetent to make a will or to act as one’s own agent by virtue of their age? At least one law firm in Western Australia seems to think it’s all right to demand proof of competence. ‘Everyone over eighty has to provide a doctor’s letter,’ the receptionist said when I called to make…… Continue reading Incompetent until proven not guilty?

Crazy-making – why the world seems mad

Crazy-making seems to describe my world. Nothing goes the way I expected it would as I aged. Ageing-in-place seemed a delicious idea in theory. But for this eighty-six year old, life-events are confronting. I thought that I’d be peaceful and gentle. And I also thought a rocking-chair and some knitting would feature in my life.…… Continue reading Crazy-making – why the world seems mad

Stone Yard Devotional – a fascinating novel

Stone Yard Devotional by Charlotte Wood kept me fascinated from beginning to end. Novels by this quintessential Australian author have won the Stella Prize, among others. Her new book, published last year, deserves similar recognition. This is a very Australian story, encompassing both the bleak countryside and quirky Australian characters. What’s Stone Yard Devotional about?…… Continue reading Stone Yard Devotional – a fascinating novel

Point Peron then and now

Point Peron, less than fifty kms from Perth, provides plenty to do for a simple holiday. It holds special memories for many Western Australians.

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Epiphany – coming of the wise men

The Feast of the Epiphany commemorates the arrival in Bethlehem of strangers from ‘the East’. These gentiles or Magi came ‘from afar’ to visit the little, Jewish Christ-Child. We used to celebrate the day on 6th January. But now, at least in the Catholic Church, the feast has been raised to a Sunday feast, and…… Continue reading Epiphany – coming of the wise men

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Accidental play with photos at Christmas

Accidental play – unplanned, spontaneous, adults-having-fun – must surely be the best kind of play. Such an opportunity came my way last week. My friend, Susan Dunn, and I went to the Crown at Burswood, hoping to see the high-tech Monet Exhibition in the specially constructed pavillion. We’d checked the times, and both thought it…… Continue reading Accidental play with photos at Christmas

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Premature predictions or what happened to the writer?

Making premature predictions involves enormous risk-taking. I haven’t taken many risks lately, perhaps not for a very long time. Now I live alone I feel free to make my own way in the world, even at my age. Or perhaps, especially at my age! Picture the Edith Cowan University graduation ceremony where I received a…… Continue reading Premature predictions or what happened to the writer?

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More change creativity and play

Change, creativity and play. Three of my favourite states, which are also my current favourite words, hover on my horizon. For this, I’m truly grateful. My eighty-seventh year seems full of promise, and not at all like the gloom I dreaded just before my birthday a few weeks ago. Miserable, bored and fearful about what…… Continue reading More change creativity and play

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Procrastinate postpone delay – or just do it!

Procrastinate seemed to be my new second name. For weeks or maybe months I sat in a heap with stuff to do piled around me. The longer I postponed tasks the more painful my feelings. A physical sensation like suffocation grew behind my sternum. It wasn’t just my creativity that was blocked, but the whole…… Continue reading Procrastinate postpone delay – or just do it!

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Nothing dreadful about being 86

A week ago, or perhaps even as late as Friday, I dreaded being 86. And then, suddenly it happened, and the world didn’t fall off its axis. In fact, the day itself was mildly celebrationary and very pleasant. A hot day in early November, a gathering of people who love me, and messages from friends…… Continue reading Nothing dreadful about being 86