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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


The French Heat

Published on June 18th, 2017 | by Ann Rickard

Coming to you again from France this week, in fact I’ll be coming to you from this lovely country for the next few weeks. We are in the grip of a heatwave, or as the French... 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

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