life’s lessons

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…

My mother, a young woman

This story is a Mother’s Day tribute to my late mother, Evelyn. It is about my mother as a young woman, during the 1930s and 1940s, in the years before I was born. It reveals a lively, courageous and competent young woman. It is a personal story, but one that I hope inspires, challenges and […] Read more…

The Neuendorf Connection

This year I resolved to find and reconnect with Alwyn and Fay Neuendorf. On 16 March 2016, I posted the following message and photograph on my Love in a little black diary Facebook page: My dear followers, especially those of you who live in PNG. Do you know any of these people – and their […] 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…

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