It’s been a while. I’d like to blame it on the plague but I suspect it has more to do with laziness. Mind you, I have been busy with a new novel, so there is that.

Thank you for the comments about the last piece. It’s affirming to read such intelligent and empathic responses. To those who insist I go on with my mother’s story I say, “I will. Probably.”

This time I’ve posted a quite different essay. Island Magazine publishes quite a bit of my work, essays and poems, but passed on this one. I don’t know why; I think it’s quite good. One of my sarky friends (I have many such friends!) reckons its because I’m having a go at Gwen Harwood and that goes against the magazine’s grain. If so, it’s nonsense because I love her writing  and many years ago did a gig with her at the State Library. She was fantastic, a small statured, middle aged woman wearing a twin set and pearls (that may be a mis-memory but you get the idea) talking about having sex shocked the audience. She knew how to work the room! She was also really funny (in a sarky kind of way…).

Anyway, I hope you enjoy reading the piece. Click here if you’re so inclined….

As always, let me know what you think (if the mood takes you) through any channel you prefer. I will try to respond. Honestly, I will.

Take care, stay safe and be kind to yourselves and to each other.