Tag Archives: reality

How long do we live?

Today, I start 16 weeks of long service leave. Last week, Clea’s brothers turned 12 years old. In 10 days’ time, we will leave for Chile, Bolivia and Peru. And in about five weeks time, I will be 50 years … Continue reading

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Good People

Every so often someone comes along to restore your faith in humanity. About three weeks ago, my sons’ football coach approached my husband to say that he was very sorry that we had lost Clea and that he hadn’t known. … Continue reading

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300 Weeks

Tomorrow (Tuesday), my daughter will have been dead for 300 weeks. Clea would be 12 ½ now. She would be in Year 7 at Amaroo School. She would be tall probably already taller than me. She would be Clea. Each … Continue reading

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Five Years

It is now five years since my daughter, Clea, drowned in a tsunami on Lalomanu beach, Samoa. I so wish that she had not died on 29 September 2009. Every day I wish that she had not died. I am … Continue reading

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Easter Sunday

On this most Holy day of the Christian calendar, I would like to voice my complete dismay and lack of understanding for those who profess to have religious values and charity. From my understanding of religious teachings (and I was … Continue reading

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‘Facing Reality’ Days

I have been trying to think of something profound and interesting to write on my blog because of Christmas and the new year but nothing profound has come to me. This time of the year is hard for all those … Continue reading

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The Haystacks

One of the first things that anyone notices during the 45 minute drive from Faleolo airport to Apia in Samoa is the number of churches that abound. There are churches of all denominations – Methodist, Presbyterian, Congregationalist, Mormon, Catholic, Jehovah … Continue reading

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