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Story Telling

Published on July 1st, 2017 | by Ann Rickard

It was a dark and stormy night… You can’t beat that sentence to start a story. Cliché it may be, platitudinous it certainly is, but it has withstood the trials of time, and I reckon it... Read More


Don’t Break My Toe-Tappin’ Heart

Published on March 13th, 2017 | by Ann Rickard

Something strange happened to me. It occurred between a chorus of Achy Breaky Heart and a verse of Harper Valley PTA. And on the highseas, if you don’t mind. See, strange? For a number of years... Read More

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Joy To Remember Glorious Harmony

Published on January 20th, 2017 | by Ann Rickard

I’m not a church-goer. Not that you need to know that, but thought I’d pass it on because it’s relevant. The only times I attend church now are for funerals – more and more frequently as... Read More


Aunty Ann Gets Used To It

Published on January 16th, 2017 | by Ann Rickard

At first I was enchanted, but then it turned on me. Now I’m not so sure. I’m talking about being called aunty. Aunty Ann. I am a fair-dinkum aunty to a few nieces and nephews and... Read More


Dazzling Diamond Loses Its Shimmer

Published on August 29th, 2016 | by Ann Rickard

I’VE NEVER yearned for diamonds – a fact I remind my long-time husband of when he shakes his head over my credit card bill each month. The only diamond I have owned has been the small... Read More


$13,000 Hearing Aid! Shout Louder

Published on April 3rd, 2016 | by Ann Rickard

One  of the myriad annoying afflictions many people experience upon entering their autumn years, is loss of hearing. My hearing is still good – dare I say excellent – despite my autumn years nudging into the... Read More

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