The simplicity of my day to day.
This is where I write my thoughts, feelings and my daily trials, tribulations and happy things
|PROMPT May 24th
Write about a movie or television show you watched recently that blew you away. What lessons can you learn from the show and incorporate into your own writing?
I can’t honestly say that a television show could blow me away.🤔 I haven’t been to the movies for over a year so no help there either. My portfolio is full of such a wide range of stories and themes I do wonder where my inspiration comes from sometimes, but certainly not from television.
The last series I watched and enjoyed was Breaking Bad. There were some great characters in that certainly, but the subject material, drugs and murder aren’t something which inspires me.
I do love a well written police drama, not American though. Line of Duty is an amazingly well written series. The dialogue is so impressive. If I could learn to write scripts and dialogue like that, I’d die happy.🤣 I’ve a leaning toward British programmes.
|PROMPT May 23rd
Write about nicknames. What nicknames do you have for people in your life? What nicknames do others use to refer to you? Do any of these names have an interesting story for how they came to be?
Oh dear, this prompt is hard, I don’t usually give nicknames but in Australia particularly names always get shortened. My friends Karen and Gary are Kazaa and Gazza,
I’ve found that a lot of people with nicknames which sound nothing like their proper names derived from a younger sibling’s attempts at trying to pronounce their names.
My granddaughter who is thirty now still gets called Boo. Her name is really Beth but got called Bethyboo when she was tiny.
It’s funny with our dog Lucy, she gets called so many different names like: Loopy, Loo loo, dog, Lucile. She comes to anything so long as you have food!
|PROMPT May 22nd
Write about the biggest challenge you have faced and how you overcame it.
Life is full of challenges for most people. It depends on how you look at a situation as to whether it’s considered a challenge or not. Studying for exams, starting a new job, recovering from an illness, or persevering through pain, even the daily grind of raising children can be challenging. I’m not sure I can select one event, there have been so many.
I suppose leaving England with a small child, travelling across the world and starting a new life was my biggest challenge, but even that move consisted of numerous individual ones, each one difficult in its own way.
|PROMPT May 21st
Write an open letter to a person or group of people you strongly disagree with and explain why. Use reason not emotion.
This is a letter to a developer who wants to build a housing development in the hills of Perth after a devastating fire. I’m representing Save Perth Hills.
Save Perth Hills has written to our Premier, Mark McGowan advocating for an Independent and Open Inquiry into the Wooroloo Bushfire.
This catastrophe was Perth Hills’ first Climate Change Mega-fire, destroying 87 homes and leaving more than 300 Hills’ people homeless.
We’re seeking urgent clarification from Premier McGowan after correspondence from DEFS implied no formal decision has been made to even hold an inquiry.
Each bushfire holds valuable new information to help us understand and manage our increasingly volatile environment, better inform our policy makers, specifically with regards to planning, and educate the Community on bushfire evacuation dangers.
The extreme risks to people and property, that the Anglican Church and Satterley’s stranded urban North Stoneville plan would bring to our community, along with its non-compliance with WA’s Bushfire Policy 3.7, were reasons why WA’s Planning Commission’s refused it.
Mundaring Council cited the same reasons for refusing, recently, new subdivisions in Swan View and Parkerville.
Surely we need to learn from each and every bushfire so we can plan responsibly for a safer future.
Mark McGowan– It’s been more than 3 months since this disaster. Why haven’t you announced a formal investigation?
We urge you to officially call an Inquiry into the February 2021 Wooroloo bushfires - to offer closure to the hundreds of victims, and reassurance for the future of us all.
|PROMPT May 20th
What does happiness mean to you? Reflect back on a specific moment when you felt unconditionally happy. What circumstances made you feel that way?
I prefer contentment to describe what others may call happiness.
Bhutan holds the distinction of being the only carbon negative country in the world. This is a monumental title to hold. Think peaceful, untouched landscapes, punctuated only by the sounds of its rich wildlife and gurgling rivers. This tiny country judges the successes of their political policies on how happy the people say they are.
The feeling of happiness is fleeting, however contentment can be present even when dealing with minor irritations.
I stood today staring at the beautiful Swan River in Perth. The sun was warm on my back, I looked at the water birds, listened to the sounds of the water, people going about their day and I was content or maybe happy. I do know I was very pleased to be alive and said so to my husband. Is that happiness?
|PROMPT May 19th
Write about the most historic world events of your lifetime. How are they (or will they be) remembered? What will the history books focus on?
There are so many world events which have happened in my life time, it’s hard to choose which ones to mention. It’s a little too late in the day for me, I mean literally. I like to do the blog much earlier.
Anyway I’ll mention a few that will be remembered in the history books.
The Second World War had the most impact on my family when I was growing up. My first years were without my father who was away fighting. It changed the way women were. Having to raise families alone and do the work of men in the factories and on the land.
The moon landing in 1969 was amazing. The world held its breath. It was so hard to believe.
Billions of people looked upward at our moon. How was it possible that there were men walking about up there?
There are so many historical events. The information on all of them at people’s fingertips if they are interested. But are they?
I used to wonder at all the history my grandparents lived through but so much seems irrelevant now.
How can it not be?
I used to hate learning all the English history at school. All those dates, Kings and Queens. I thought it all so boring and of no use to me. Today’s children will probably think the same about the World wars, or a Wall in Berlin being pulled down. Why would they care?
And yet it is important for us to remember the past, how else can we learn from the mistakes?
|PROMPT May 18th
What is the most ridiculous or one-of-a-kind thing you’ve ever bought? Tell us the story!
I'm wracking my brains here. There must be so many ridiculous, useless things I've bought over my lifetime.
What about a spy pen? It actually worked really well. Thats a story for another time.
Clothes, bought on line that looked nothing like their portrayal, which I couldn't be bothered to send back.
Dog shoes that my dog wouldn't wear.
A kitchen towel holder, that every brand of paper towel made in Australia was several centimetres too narrow. consequently simply dropped out.
A three years course in counselling, costing lots. Never used.
This is getting depressing.
|PROMPT May 17th
“Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I’ve ever known.” — Chuck Palahniuk
Read this article and share your thoughts about how the people in your life have had an impact on you.
“They’ve all helped me grow, become more resilient, and many supporting me when I most needed it. I’ve learned, matured, and became wiser thanks to my interactions with them.”
It certainly is an interesting concept to consider. What sort of person would I be if I grew up in a different family, culture or country. Who knows?
But surely we aren’t born purely to be moulded, we must have some free will.
I actually don’t feel as if anyone has had such an impact on me that I’ve been turned into the person I am now.
Moving to another country at the age of 28 probably had the most impact on me. It was if I was marking time in England waiting to be able to be myself, the person who I was meant to be.
Funnily enough I never felt at home until we emigrated. Because we still lived so close to our families it was if we were being smothered.
I always encouraged our children to leave home, to be independent from a young age. Each of them returned to the nest for different reasons for various lengths of time.
I realise now on reflection how much I value my own independence despite being the youngest child the only girl, and probably was a bit spoiled. Even though I married young and had three children, I have always looked forward to having my own space. I don’t know who inspired or influenced me to feel like that.
I think I’m just me. I am original.
|PROMPT May 16th
What do you do to make the world a better place?
I usually attempt to make the people I’m around, smile. I figure if everyone could grasp the bright side of life and spread a little sunshine the world would be a better place.
I know of course, life is serious. Bad things happen all the time, but if possible you can make someone’s life a little easier by listening,, empathising and eventually raising a smile, no matter how faint, then you’ve done a great job of bettering your little corner.
If you can’t make it better, then just don’t make the place worse. Don’t break into houses, steal cars, or beat your wife up. Without burglars, rapists, car thieves and speeding drunken drivers, what an amazing place the world would be. We could leave the scientists, inventors and philanthropists to do the heavy lifting.
|PROMPT May 15th
Many fairy tales are often based in truth. Research the true story behind your favorite fairy tale and share it with your readers. What lesson or warning was the tale trying to impart?
I know that I’ve read just about every fairy tale and fable to my kids over the years, just as I was told them and my parents and their parents before them. It’s a wonderful thing that some things still get passed on in some form or other. These days it’s usually through film rather than books.
I hope the same stories continue be told and to evolve.
The only nursery rhyme’s origin I’m pretty sure of is Ring a ring a Rosie. It’s supposed to be about the great plague in 1665. The ring of roses is the rash that people got, and “Atishoo, atishoo, we all fall down “ is when they died from the disease.