One of the virtues of being of a certain age is that I can remember the time before everything came in plastic.
Sliced bread came in paper bags, and unsliced bread was also wrapped in paper at point of sale. Often, bread came via the home-delivery man, making homemakers’ lives a little easier.
Milk, and I mean full cream milk, came in glass bottles, also home delivered. Many households had a standing order. Three pints a day, that’s nearly 1.8 litres, arrived on our doorstep when I was young. I can still see the rich cream floating on the top!
Soft drinks, jam, honey, peanut butter, and countless other products all came in glass bottles. I remember the slogan: manufacturers proud of their products bring them to you in glass. I wonder what these same manufacturers today are making of their plastic-packaging!
There were, of course, no supermarket plastic bags. We brought our own baskets from home, and/or packed our merchandise into leftover cardboard boxes.
Oh, those were the days!
© Copyright. Margaret Sharp 2011
How’s this for a vote of confidence?
Ronald Sharp B.E.M., my husband, collaborator, and the creator of the Grand Organ in the Sydney Opera House, was sitting at the computer this morning, reviewing and spacing the words of my next collection of Short Stories.
“You’re great, darl! ” he calls out. “How do you do it? You haven’t experienced this, and yet you’ve got it down so perfectly!”
Be that as it may, writers who aspire to engage with their readers on a realistic level need to possess one quality: empathy. It seems to me that , following on from empathy, your imagination can take over and create a convincing response; the crux of good, believable writing.
As both a writer of ‘Letters to the Editor’ of my local paper, ‘The Leader’, and as an author of books, it may be confusing to my readers that I ‘m known as Margaret Sharp in the former, and Margaret Lynette Sharp in the latter.
One of my letters appeared in yesterday’s edition of my local Sydney suburban newspaper; a piece about public libraries. Formerly, the paper chose many of my letters that were aimed at saving a local historically significant building, a cause which, sadly, faced defeat.
Readers of ‘The Leader’ may be interested to see a few of my Short Stories. The main Amazon.com web site features ‘Click here’, and that can get you to the first pages of each of my books. Please Google Margaret Lynette Sharp, and find a title in my ‘Life and Love’ series that appeals to you.
Thinking back over my childhood, it seems impossible to select just one toy as being more significant and enjoyed than any other, but certainly one of my favourites was the spinning top.
I was introduced to them at a very young age, probably as a three year old. I loved to see the colours whirling round and round, accompanied by an enthralling, almost other-worldly whir. I understand that they were quite expensive, and certainly they were bought only on special occasions. I say ‘they’ for a particular reason: sadly, all of mine were very short lived. Perhaps they were loved to death, or maybe the adults that sometimes set them spinning for me were just too enthusiastic, for invariably they broke long before their glory waned in my eyes. And so, their were several in my life, all fascinating, but now all gone; thrown away, a part of my childhood lost forever, except in my memory.
Yesterday, my husband and collaborator Ronald Sharp B.E.M. worked on spacing the words of my fourth collection of Australian Short Stories. As he ended off for the day, he said that he doesn’t like to stop work because the stories are “intriguing”, and that he “can’t wait to get to the end to find out what happened.”
He tells me that they engross and engage him to such a degree that he often bursts into tears at their conclusion.
You can read the first story in each published book if you Google Margaret Lynette Sharp, and go to the main Amazon.com site.
My husband (and collaborator) Ronald Sharp B.E.M. and I are pleased to announce that we have become friends of the National Year of Reading 2012.
The promotion of reading, which focuses significantly on adult literacy, is a very worthwhile aim. Through reading, we can enhance our knowledge and social skills, and gain valuable insights into human nature.