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Mindy Was Special!

The dog we had when our children were small was called Grotty. Then after fifteen years of being part of our family he was gone. Kidney disease took him, and we were devastated.

Grotty had been the perfect family dog. A big Labrador Retriever always with a smiling face it seemed. We cried a lot often at odd times, as our home was full of memories of him.

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Would You Like An Apple With That?

Is it just co-incidence or is there something ‘special’ about the humble apple? It’s been with us for centuries and continues to this day.

Think about it for a moment… for the religiously minded there’s Adam & Eve and that apple in the Garden of Eden that got them kicked out (apparently!). But did you know that the Latin name of the very tree it grows on – malum - translates to ‘Evil’?

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Trump's Mexican Border Wall

Amusing isn’t it?... all the fuss that’s been made in recent years about walls around the world, with special reference of course to former US President Donald Trump’s little effort down Mexico way!

The mind boggles at the cost of such an effort, especially as I would be prepared to wager, any industrious Mexican who desires a better life in the USA than he can get at home, wouldn’t find that fence too much of an effort to get past.

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The Power Of Being Positive

Now I’d be the first to admit that it drives me a little nuts when I’m driving and somebody ahead of you or behind you does the wrong thing.   Once upon a time if that happened to me it would be like ‘a red rag to a bull’.  I’d get all steamed up, mutter abuse and really make my heart beat faster.

Nowadays, when somebody cuts me off in the car, I actively tell myself - don’t worry about it.  

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My Beauty Bungles!

When I was 17, I wanted so much to look like the sirens on the screen; you know… those film stars.
In my day it was Jane Russell, and Bridget Bardot.

But I was not over endowed in the bust department so bought a circle stitched bra which did little to live up to my dream. The uplifting cones should have had me “out and proud”, instead I had cringe- making dents in mine!

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Crazy Chickens, Scruffy Dogs & Sudden Death!

My first experiences as a home carer in Australia were somewhat confronting. A bit like being thrown into a pool full of sharks at times. More on that in a moment!

My husband Brian and I had been very happy to start our journey as 'Grey Nomads', until we came to a halt in a small caravan park in Gippsland; a decision we've never regretted.

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How I Learnt About Fatherly Love

Sometimes there are traits within us that we ourselves are unaware of. When we are in a special situation, these traits suddenly appear and we become aware of their existence within ourselves and sometimes they surprise us very much. Some characteristics and feelings are also supposed to appear and be felt at a certain time and chapter of our life, such as paternal or maternal feelings!

That day was a very strange day for me, a very busy day like most of working days in a veterinary hospital!

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Roger The Cat!

We once had a cat... well, we’ve quite a few cats during our sixty-two years together, but this particular one was rather special. His name was Roger and he was a cat that outlasted many of the others we have owned, surviving through several house moves, (something a lot of cats don’t take kindly to), and numerous adventures!

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Dealing With Bullies!

Sadly bullying has become more prevalent in our lives today. It’s happening in face to face interactions like the workplace and it’s also happening online as well.

For instance you can have somebody that's a bully at work, but if they can access your social media account, they can also start the same issues through that. It happens on a daily basis! So what’s the solution?

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Aussies – Not So Scary After All!

I entered the lecture hall, a large hall packed with about a hundred students and I didn't know any of them. 

Fearing my conversational English language skills, I was embarrassed to speak.

Despite being ten years older than most students, I felt like a schoolboy on the first day of school with thousands of worries and anxieties.

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Mick Jagger - It's Only Rock ' Roll!

Okay, so not quite what many of you might be thinking, but yes, I slept in the same house as Mick… for a week as it happens!

Actually his house, Stargroves. Why? As a newish recording engineer and de-facto ‘Manager’ of the Island Records Mobile Recording Studio in London back in the early-’70s that’s just what you did as part of the job right??!

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