LIFE

True stories, many autobiographical, about life’s big issues, lessons learned, self-improvement, kids and parenting, grandparenting, God, ageing and mortality.

 


 

A precious death

Six years ago I had a revelation. It was Saturday 29 January 2011. I knew I would be preoccupied the next day, so I decided to do Sunday’s Bible reading on Saturday evening. The set passage was Psalm 116. As I read the psalm, the following words jumped out at me: “Precious in the sight […] Read more…

Grandparenting: Ain’t it Grand

This story is about grandparenting. It’s a compilation of strategies and examples of activities my husband Tony and I have found helpful in building strong loving relationships with our grandchildren. The examples cover what I call face-to-face and long-distant grandparenting. If you are a parent or grandparent, our ideas and practical examples may be of […] Read more…

A loving gift, potent words

Have you ever struggled to choose a suitable farewell gift for a friend or friends moving away? How do you decide? Do you choose something you think they would like, or find useful, or is it something to remind them of you? One farewell gift my husband and I received many years ago turned out […] Read more…

The Dunny Cart

Do you remember the old adage: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me”? Well, it isn’t true. It doesn’t matter what age you are. Name-calling, put-downs, slander, malicious gossip or intimidation always hurt. Today, if these behaviours are persistent and intended to cause another person harm, we call it […] Read more…

My Main Roads Journey

When you change jobs, move to a new location, or retire, it can often be very hard saying goodbye to your work colleagues and friends.  That is how it was for me when I left the Queensland Public Service in 2007. I wanted to express my thoughts and emotions, thank and honour my colleagues and say goodbye, but in a fun way. I […] Read more…