Archive | September, 2011

Thanks, Amazon.com!

30 Sep

Congratulations to Amazon.com for their refreshingly slick delivery of web-sites for my brand new collection of modern Australian Short stories, ‘Reflections of Life and Love in Australia’.

What a morale-boost!

With the four volumes completed, I’ve written a total of one hundred and six, easy to read short stories: mostly romances, sure, but all woven differently.  My favourites in ‘Reflections of Life and Love in Australia’ include ‘At The Art Society Picnic’, ‘Wishing’, ‘Letting Her Go’, and ‘Into the Sunshine’.

Not into Short Stories?  Then perhaps you’ll like my next book. Something quite different: yet, like the rest, edited by my husband  Ronald Sharp B.E.M., the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.

I’ll keep you posted!

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It’d Never Have Happened, Without Ron

28 Sep

As I put the finishing touches on my fifth book, I take this opportunity to acknowledge the immense help, support and time that my husband Ronald Sharp B.E.M. has given me.

From the very beginning, Story One Book One, right through to the final pages of this, my fifth book, Ron has been involved. Not just with praise and enthusiasm for my writing, although he has been more than liberal with that. No: he has spend much time and effort in the editing, compilation, and setting up of the books. The resulting work mirrors his high standards of excellence in presentation; the same excellence that is evident in his Pipe-Organs.

If you ever hold a copy of any of these books in your hand, please remember the effort made by my husband, the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, in bringing them into being.

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A Day of Happy Surprises

26 Sep

What a pleasant day it’s been!

My first surprise came in the shape of a most encouraging comment from one of you, about my article ‘What Makes a Collector?’

Next came the extraordinarily rapid appearance of my latest collection of Short Stories, ‘Reflections of Life and Love in Australia’, on the Amazon site.  I typed in my name, clicked onto ’25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia’, and there it was: a miniature of my newest book, which was produced in collaboration with my husband Ronald Sharp B.E.M.;  and a link to its web-page!  Wow!

The final surprise came in the form of an unexpectedly sunny, mild day.  After a rather gloomy weekend, weather-wise, it was a treat to get out for a walk, and smell the Spring flowers.

What will tomorrow bring?

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‘Reflections of Life and Love in Australia’ Published!

25 Sep

Any day now, and my fourth book of modern Australian Short Stories will be visible by the computer screen, on my Amazon.com pages.

Entitled, you guessed it, ‘Reflections of Life and Love in Australia’, this is another easy to read collection of mostly romantic tales, although this time, there are several interesting ones of  Human Interest variety.  ‘Hand in Hand’, the story of parental dilemma over sport versus musicianship, and ‘A Secret Banished’, about a grandma’s decision to improve her reading skills, are both to be found here.

The love stories are many, and delve into a variety of scenarios.  Most end happily, with the couples staying together; though, as in life, some situations end in disintegration.  All in all, there’s something for (almost ) anyone.

As Editor and collaborator, my husband Ronald Sharp B.E.M., the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House,  has stamped his mark, spacing the words out in the same musically-inspired fashion that he employed in the three previous volumes. Throughout his reading, he’s constantly praising the quality of my writing.  I hope others share his opinion!

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What Day Would I Like to Relive?

24 Sep

What day would YOU like to relive? My guess is, it’s a day of unbridled happiness; a day when your dreams came true.

Same for me. It’s my wedding day! The day I married my husband, Ronald Sharp B.E.M., the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.

It was a quiet, family do at a close relative’s home. My bridesmaids wore pink, and I wore white.  Not a traditional gown: that would have seemed a bit out of place, I thought, since simplicity was the key-note.

I was given away by a senior family member, who, later on, performed this role for my niece.  I needed someone to walk with me up the pathway, for I confess to being very nervous and self-conscious despite being in the company of loved ones.

Somehow, I got the words out, and so did Ron. More formalities followed, and then we had our little party, surrounded by friendly faces. But like so many good things, it ended too soon, which makes it my choice as the day to re-live.

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Lucky Cat

22 Sep

Little by little, a neighbour’s cat has adopted Ron and me as friends. For months, it’s hung around our front garden, often sneaking onto the verandah, and curling up.

Its sleek black coat made it hard to see at night, and more than once I don’t know who was more surprised: puss or me: when our paths crossed under the starlight.

Today, I stroked it for the first time, and it seemed to luxuriate with pleasure, coming back later for a second helping. It even ventured into our hallway when the door was briefly left ajar.

Cats decide who they like, and it seems that the beautiful black furry girl has chosen us!

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What is a Friend?

21 Sep

Some of us tend to bundle everyone we know together under the category of ‘friends.’   Clearly, social media sites are encouraging this practice. However, it may be that true ‘friends’ are in scarce supply.  Conversely, it may also be that people to whom we pay scant attention,  qualify as ‘friends’ of a high order.

It’s said that a friend in need is a friend indeed: and, if so, doesn’t this give us a clue to what friendship is all about?  Sure, it’s easy to be a friend when everything’s fine and dandy.  But, when trouble comes along, friendship may seem more costly: and only your genuine friends may be happy to be in your company.

On the other hand, it sometimes happens that adversity gives folk the chance to help out the person in difficulty.  This can, at times, enable us to realise we have more friends that we guessed, especially if the help comes from a totally unexpected source.

Don’t we all need friends, to survive and thrive in this difficult yet beautiful world?

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What Makes a Collector?

18 Sep

Doubtless, collecting, and therefore collectors, goes back a long way.

When I was a child, my fascination with both postage stamps and coins compelled me to collect.

Gleefully, I’d soak (or steam) used stamps off any envelopes that arrived at my address.  What a joy it was when overseas specimens arrived!  My delight at the stamps far outweighed any considerations at hearing from far-away relatives and friends!

One of my high-school teachers learned of my collection, and rewarded each of my assignments with two or three foreign postage stamps.  Doubtless, this carried with it a positive influence on my opinion of school-work.

Coins, on the other hand, were easy to come by, if you had some spare pocket-money.  Pennies and half-pennies were in circulation, and eagerly I checked the dates on each.  Like many others, I searched unsuccessfully for the rare,  elusive 1930 penny: worth a small fortune, the newspapers reported.

In time, I grew up, and all but forgot about my once-loved interests.

Friends have shown me their various collections: dolls, figurines, shells, toys, books: you name it.  No matter what they chose, collectors all seem to have one thing in common: an overwhelming fascination for their subject that often transcends the bounds of moderation.

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In Praise of Perfumed Gardens

15 Sep

Spring is really here, and I cannot resist strolling around the streets, looking at the gardens.

Amongst the most beautiful colours are the lilac shades of wisteria. Moments ago, I passed an old-fashioned house, resplendent with all the favourite blooms of yesteryear, but dominated by one: wistaria.

As if its heady perfume was not enough, interspersed amongst its tendrils were clusters of fragrant jasmine: announcing Spring so vividly that I defy anyone with a sense of time, place and charm to ignore it.

In the lawn, old-world freesias bloomed, strewn around as if by nature.

Ah, Spring: the season of the senses!

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Our Pet Budgies

7 Sep

We share our home with two blue budgies, Albert and Victoria.

Albert is a very sweet little bird, with pale grey wings and bright blue face and body.  Incidentally, she’s a female; we misinterpreted her pale blue cere! Her favourite pastime is lifting the gate of his water-container, and letting it drop. Is she amused by the noise it makes?

The other bird, Victoria, is a large, sky-blue variety with a dominant streak a mile wide! As the second introduced into the cage, she’s asserted her position in the pecking order, and kept it!

They both love capsicum, celery, apple and lettuce as treats, but dislike going outdoors. Are they afraid of their wild relations?

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