MAKING TIME STOP

[DISCLAIMER: Sorry for lack of reports. I had to stop grumping on about COVID owing to the fact that so far, we in Tasmania have been about the luckiest people in the world on the pandemic front. My quibbles about cracked hands and unspecified sadness are inappropriate and well, nothing really. I hope I’m not speaking too soon re luck. Our borders open today. Eeek] We have a thing in […]

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Tuesday 7th April 2020 – Mushrooming

Confirmed cases Tasmania: 89 Confirmed cases Australia: 5,895 Total deaths Australia: 45 Confirmed cases worldwide: 1,346,035 Total deaths worldwide: 74,654 Total recovered worldwide: 278,534 So I think I’ve had an unfortunate encounter with some mushrooms. I feel like a right knob about it, but I think I should share my mistake as an important cautionary tale. I mean, you know how everyone is signing off with, ‘Stay safe, stay home’ […]

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Sunday 29th March, 2020

Confirmed cases Tasmania: 61 Confirmed cases Australia: 3,969 Total deaths Australia: 16 Confirmed cases worldwide: 664,941 Total deaths worldwide: 30,896 Total recovered worldwide: 142,366 So has anyone else hit a sort of shock-wall? I knew this was bad, and that adjustment would be difficult, but now I’m all dear-God-I-really-am-going-to-be-trapped-in-my-house-with-my-children-for-God-knows-how-long? And I really shouldn’t keep a tissue in my sleeve. And, of course, there are people dying. The human race is […]

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Tuesday 24th March, 2020

Confirmed cases Tasmania: 28 (no reported community tranmission) Confirmed cases Australia: 1,717 Total deaths Australia: 7 Confirmed cases worldwide: 373,885 Total deaths worldwide: 16,382 Total recovered worldwide: 101,520  I’m sorry to start this first entry into my Corona Chronicles in this grave manner, but them’s the facts my dears. Actually I don’t even know if they are facts. These figures are changing by the minute. But at 9:30am my time, […]

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THE AGE BEFORE MIDDLE AGE

Well hello there! I’ve been off on other novel planets for a short but intense while, and have emerged to discover that I am 44. FORTY-FOUR. That was the footy number of my first love. I was eighteen then, and from my devoted position on the boundary of freezing Launceston footy fields, the idea of actually being forty-four had not entered my consciousness. But here I am. Saying things like, […]

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THE SPARKLE PAGES

Dear Megoracle Friends, I am writing to share the unfathomable news that TODAY (dum-di-dum) my novel came off the printing presses (if that’s what they still use for printing books), into boxes, out the door and into the hands of my publisher. Hip hip horatio and all his happy friends. This means that I have to stop waking in the night to wonder whether I could have worded something better, […]

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A WIGWAM FOR A GOOSE’S BRIDLE

Having lived all my life in country towns, I thought I had a solid collection of good old fashioned idoms and expressions. ‘I can’t, I’ve got a bone in my leg,’ is one example, used by my father when he’s asked to do something he’d rather not. ‘That wind would blow a sailor of your sister,’ is another. But when, for research purposes, I recently asked a group of Australians (via […]

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WHAT THIS OLD THING?

I’ve made a rash resolution. Quite loudly, to a number of people, which means there’s no going back. So I might as well put it here too, just to firm up my resolve even further. Here it is: I will stop buying new clothes. I’m not a massive shopper by any means, but I probably have a higher wardrobe turnover than the average person. I’m not very good at planning […]

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Getting Screechy About Screentime

I thought I’d posted this song before but looking back, perhaps I didn’t. It’s more like an essay than a song, because it’s on the subject of screen time, something I can get very verbose about. In a shrill way. Perhaps setting it to music wasn’t such a good choice. No one likes a preachy, shrill song. But dammit I seem to be fighting the screentime battle more and more […]

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Morning Walks With Friends

My oldest friend and I recently discovered that we were walking at the same time, most days, in different parts of the same city. So she altered her route to fit mine and happily, we walked together a few mornings a week. It’s been so long since we had regular catch ups—about twenty years in fact, when we lived together as uni students, and these days it’s a rare thing to […]

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