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In Which The Story Changes

I found the words one day as I walked. These words:  ‘Stranger In A White Dress.’  The title of my memoir. But as I climbed high above the sea,  I found something more: I found strength. And I realised that … Continue reading

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The Write Surprise

Good or bad, love ’em or hate ’em, we never know when a surprise is about to burst into our day, catching us completely off-guard.  Like the surprise I received on Tuesday morning. For some time now, I have made … Continue reading

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Make My Day: Bite Size Memoir

What makes your day?  I have to admit, the first time I read Lisa’s prompt for her bite size memoir challenge, the first image that struck me was of my old friend Clint, or should I say Dirty Harry. But … Continue reading

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The Prisoner’s Daughter

Holistic Wayfarer (she of her community-inspiring site ‘A Holistic Journey’) very kindly invited me to take part in her ‘Belonging’ series. This week will see daily posts from other bloggers sharing their story and today I’ve shared some of my … Continue reading

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The Neighbor Who Stole My Dreams

Not long ago, I made reference to an incident from my past which I rather sarcastically called my ‘little bedtime story’ and which some of you expressed an interest in reading.  I promised to write about it in a post … Continue reading

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My Dad, The Great Train Robbery and A Game of Cricket

Today is my dad’s 81st birthday.  Not so unusual these days (what is 80 now anyway, the new 40?)  except in this case my dad is a raging alcoholic who has spent the best part of the last 35 years … Continue reading

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My Dad – A Story of Alcoholism & Atonement

‘Bungling Burglar, Ex-Lag, Gun-Threat Pensioner’.  Let me introduce you to my dear old dad.  Please know, however, these are not my descriptions of my dad, oh no.  These are headlines taken from newspapers. This is because my dad is famous.  … Continue reading

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