Writer Contributions from 2005

Whale Watching

Our World is a Wonderful Place. I'm watching, we're watching, them: southern right whales, four of them, out there splashing, gallumphing, walloping the water. A mighty spectacle, not seen before, not by us. It's dramatic, exciting, a rare moment as these huge...

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The little wallaby

It's great living in this quiet little cul-de-sac on the eastern shore of Hobart, overlooking the Derwent River. The only thing is, I can't have a pet here, as my villa is one of six and rules are rules. Anyway, I like to travel a bit, but lately, things have changed,...

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The Fourteen Mile

I guessed he was from country where corners are rare and hills non-existent. Along the straits he was so close to my rear end I could hardly see him in my wing mirrors. But when we came to a corner he fell back a hundred yards. An incapable fool in his shiny, high...

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What is a race?

As humans we are continually in a race A race to grow up A race to compete A race to complete A race against time Animals race in the face of a storm Farmers race to harvest their crops We race around the world Bus stops Planes to catch Appointments to keep Our whole...

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Images

Our farm is located deep in the valleys of the northwest. We are miles from the highway, and further still from the nearest town. Visitors are rare, and so are luxuries, but we are comfortable. For years our evening entertainment was reading and the radio. Then in...

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Life’s jigsaw

It seems to me, life is a jigsaw of I finding out and adding to. Faith itself is built that way. If we put a piece in the jigsaw from every gem of knowledge we receive, every happiness and every blessing, the pattern represents our faith. Every positive in one's life...

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Love affair

The Pieman is a river really grand which twists and quickly flows where enormous forest giants stand: I wonder where it goes. On tree-clad banks, just standing there, I am amazed to find an earthly paradise and treasures rare: Blackwood and Huon Pine. The huons here...

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Haiku

Written on a trip to Antarctica in 1996 Iceberg free floating crystal whiteness deeply carved emotive beauty Huon River scenes Majestic they move the river still, mirror-calm two black swans gliding Clouds filling the sky clouds patterned in the water cloud beauty...

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Trip around Australia

(a dog's point of view) When my owners were in a great fuss of preparation for their BIG TRIP they decided to take me with them, and so they have asked me to write the Christmas letter this year. In case you are wondering, this is Sam [the Dog] and I am writing this...

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Give Me Courage

Where did you go, brother crow? You express the melancholy of my thoughts and carry it away in the wind so I can go on without the heavy burden of sadness. Come, brother, come back, for without you I shoulder the whole burden and drown in the quagmire of my misery....

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Conflict

The girl was innocent sweet and lovely When he moved into her life. Life seemed good to him to have found her. He hoped their love would last forever. As life went by he loved her less and less. As she became a burden Weighing heavy round his neck. He wanted to get...

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Brushies

Brush possums are the outstanding characters in the Tasmanian bush. The size of a big cat, but with claws that give moggies inferiority complexes, these bright eyed, fearless furballs will go anywhere, yes anywhere, for a feed. They will climb barbwire fences,...

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First Love

No one told her it's unladylike to run after him, so she continues to do it. You know the kind of thing, trying to entice him to dance, or play. At first he played it cool, and ignored her, then later on, if her saw coming towards him, he'd retreat the other way....

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Accent

English accents are fascinating. In Britain, a person with experience can tell where somebody grew up to within a dozen miles if they have not had elocution lessons. In the more recently colonized parts, like the U S, there are regional accents that are discernable to...

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