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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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Can We Do Without Cans?

22 Aug

The first time ever I went shopping at the supermarket with my husband Ron, he was less than appreciative of the fact that I bought food in cans.

“What a waste of metal!” he muttered. “They should be made into organ pipes!”

He should know, as the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.

Nevertheless, my only response was to promise to recycle. How could I live without cans?

With difficulty, I hear you say. After all, so much of what we eat and enjoy is available, (almost)ready to eat, at a reasonable price. Remove cans from my shopping list, and everything from apricots (in juice or syrup) to zucchini is off the  menu. Well, unless you wish to go to the effort of preparing it all yourself; not to mention the problems of keeping fresh food fresh, instead of stored out of the way, in a kitchen cupboard.

Doubtless, great great great Grandma managed just fine without them, but then, she didn’t have the other pressures of life as we know it to contend with!

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Can Husbands Give an Objective Opinion?

21 Aug

I suppose it’s human nature to wonder just how impartial a husband’s, any husband’s, opinion of his wife’s work can be. After all, within marriage, there could well be an embargo on criticism, particularly if one wishes to remain on good terms with one’s spouse.

Having been married only once , I suppose I can offer an opinion based entirely on this experience.

Now, Ronald Sharp B.E.M., the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, is, I contend, an exceptional person. The high regard in which he is held in the world of music, particularly in pipe-organ circles, stamps him as a person of immense stature and integrity. Being steeped in these values, he does not praise for the sake of currying favour, or to promote something that he does not believe in. As he said this morning, “I speak my mind.”

Given the importance that he places on the truth, I believe that any opinion he expresses, irrespective of whether it relates to my writing or any other topic, can seriously be construed as that of an impartial, intelligent observer.

There may be people who find this hard to accept, but then again, maybe they have never known anyone of the calibre of Ronald Sharp.  His list of achievements as a self-taught individual may have to wait for his memoirs.

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About Margaret Lynette Sharp

15 Aug

Hi again,

This is to tell my readers something about me and my life.

I am very happily married to Ronald Sharp B.E.M., best known as the builder of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House. Since we are both creative people, we encourage and support each other in our projects. Certainly, without his enthusiasm for my writing, I would not have reached the stage of having three volumes of Australian Short Stories published, and available from Amazon.com; and the fourth book nearly there.

We live in a quiet Sydney suburb, in a rather small, old brick house, surrounded by things that interest us. Ron and I both play the piano, and we both like the same type of music, mostly Schubert, Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin. Twice a month we go rock and roll dancing, which is a lot of fun.

I have been involved with the local amateur swimming club for decades as a competitor, and have finished in dozens of one kilometre events. The last season, I swam in every freestyle event, which helped me to win the ladies point-score by the narrowest of margins. I guess that goes to show that perseverance can overcome deficiencies in ability.

I love the beach, and try to go there at least once a week, all year round. It’s just so beautiful, even when swimming is out of the question due to low water temperature.

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My First Post

15 Jul

Hi, let me introduce myself. My name is Margaret Lynette Sharp, and I’m a life-long resident of Sydney, Australia.

My husband, Ronald Sharp, and I are collaborating in the production of a series of modern Australian Short Stories, three of which have already been released. They are ’25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia’. ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’, and, just out, ‘The Essence of Life and Love in Australia.’

At 81, Ron has demonstrated that his love of innovation isn’t confined to organ-building. World-renowned as the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, he has stamped his mark on these books by using his special system of word-spacing, which he says is inspired by breathing spaces in singing. Not only does this add to the ease of reading, he believes, it also contributes to the atmosphere and clarity. “It’s so real,” says Ron.”You feel as though you’re there. It makes you wish you were young again.”

I decided to write books of Short Stories in early Spring, 2010, after seeing a large amount of my Letters to the Editor of Sydney newspapers in print. I’d studied Short Story Writing  for four years, and Freelance Journalism for one year, when I was in my late twenties and early thirties, but didn’t pursue it due to family circumstances. However, when Ron encouraged me to give writing another go, I took little convincing.

Those who have commented on my stories emphasize their ease of reading, enthralling nature, and suitability for a wide range of age-groups. My readers have aged between mid-twenties and early nineties, and have come from walks of life as varied as medical practitioners to retirees.

Romance dominates my stories.  Some are quite light and semi-humorous, others are deep, even introspective. The average length is just four pages, making them ideal for time-poor readers. They could be a good choice for people who want a gentle introduction to books, since they are not too challenging to understand.

They are available through Amazon.com. Their list price is U.S.$15.95 each.

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