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Sending Daughter to The US

Published on November 16th, 2017 | by Ann Rickard

Another mass shooting in the US. More comforting but empty words about ‘thoughts and prayers’. More shaking of heads at the senseless horror of it. These shootings have become so common we barely register dismay any... Read More


Melbourne Cup Day

Published on November 5th, 2017 | by Ann Rickard

So, it’s Melbourne Cup time of year. Just like Christmas it comes around quickly, doesn’t it? I have always had an uneasy relationship with this big day of racing – and I was brought up in... Read More



Published on October 30th, 2017 | by Ann Rickard

I really have no idea how it happens and I am not about to question it. But happen it does and I’m grateful: bonding with grandchildren. I have seven of the little darlings and I love... Read More


TV Promos

Published on October 28th, 2017 | by Ann Rickard

As is the case with most promos for new shows that flash onto the television with annoying regularity, I didn’t take much notice of Sunshine. A new drama on SBS coming to our screens soon, promos... Read More


Technology In The Shower

Published on October 6th, 2017 | by Ann Rickard

I like technology as much as a mature person who did not grow up with it can like it. I love my iPad and all the clever things I can do with it, same goes for... Read More


Returning Home

Published on September 20th, 2017 | by Ann Rickard

Coming back to Australia after a long break in Europe is always a cultural surprise. It hits me the moment the plane lands at Brisbane airport. In truth, it happens about half an hour before while... Read More

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