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Lucas, Dida, Cricket and The Ludi Cup

Lucas and Dida (that’s Granddad in Croatian dialect) love cricket. Dida introduced Lucas to the rudiments of the game about 6 years ago. At every opportunity, they play cricket together. For more than a year now, cricket’s become the subject of an elaborate charade, enacted by just two persons: Lucas and Dida. If you don’t […] Read more…

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A precious death

In 2011 I had a revelation. It was Saturday 29 January. 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 of the […] Read more…

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Willis: A strong, determined man of faith

Willis. It’s not his given name. It’s a name Wei-Chih Lin chose for himself. At University, his English teacher wanted all students to have an English name. Wei-Chih searched the internet and a book of English names for one beginning with “W” because his Chinese name begins with “W”. He found “William”, which means “strong, […] Read more…

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A 60th wedding anniversary

Yesterday afternoon Tony and I were privileged to attend Alwyn and Fay Neuendorf’s 60th wedding anniversary celebration. Alwyn and Fay were married at Balimo in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea on October 4, 1956. The afternoon’s proceedings included introduction of family and special guests, afternoon tea, slideshow, special greetings, cutting the cake, hymn-singing, […] Read more…

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Koumala: Where’s that?

At the end of 2014, my daughter and son-in-law announced that they would be relocating to Koumala in 2015. My son-in-law had been appointed Principal of Koumala State School. I had heard of Koumala and remembered passing through it once or twice, as it is on the Bruce Highway (the main road linking Brisbane and […] Read more…

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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…

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Auntie Dulcie and the Bung-in Cake

People we love and who have had a big influence in our lives: How do we honour them? What is the connection between Auntie Dulcie and the Bung-in Cake? Dulcie was a special aunt. She and her husband tried but were unable to have children; I think I was to her the daughter she hoped for […] Read more…

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The ubiquitous carrot cake

Family traditions are important. They help build family identity, unity and connectedness – in the immediate family, extended family and across generations. For my family, one such tradition concerns birthday celebrations – and the ubiquitous carrot cake.   Families may be the building blocks of society, but they are neither static nor predictable. They are […] Read more…

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A surprise encounter

Do you believe in coincidences? Some people say that out-of-the-ordinary unplanned events happen just by chance. Others say they are due to fate (whatever they mean by that). I have heard it said that they are “God-incidences”. What do you think?   In 1946, William Proposch (my father) had a surprise encounter. It was so […] Read more…

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Nana in Melbourne: Joy and a joy-giver

Joy came into my life when I was three. She was so pretty – fine features, blue eyes, clear olive complexion and long dark brown hair. She was dressed beautifully, in her white voile dress with hand-embroidered bodice and Peter Pan collar edged with lace, pleated skirt, pink taffeta petticoat and matching bonnet. Her outfit […] Read more…

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