Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Dolls’ House

We would visit my grandparents every year but never for Christmas. It was a four-hour drive to their house; and, we would always arrive after dark. The gloomy, dark farmhouse, surrounded by peppercorn and pine trees would rear up as … Continue reading

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Clean Straw For Nothing

“Perhaps they are the lucky people, after all, the unthinking ones, taking it as it comes and not questioning it.” George Johnston, Clean Straw For Nothing. My parents have sold their farm and will settle and move soon. They will … Continue reading

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Gym Junkie

For two years after my daughter died, I drank every night. I hardly had an alcohol free night during that time. I wouldn’t drink bottle after bottle of wine but I did drink at least two glasses, if not more, … Continue reading

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Someone else’s tsunami

It is now 12 months since the catastrophic tsunami hit Japan. It was on that day 12 months ago that we took our sons to the beach for the weekend. We often go to the beach in March (and here … Continue reading

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Humankind cannot bear very much reality – T S Eliot

There is another reality out there. There must be. It is a reality in which my daughter exists. I search for this reality. I catch fleeting glimpses as it rushes past the kitchen window or runs across the backyard. If … Continue reading

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