Revisiting the Pst

Yesterday I started writing a short memoir about the bullies I knew in school. Although I started off talking about Susan, my strongest feelings were attached to Dianne, who had more icy drive and directedness than Susan.   After I’d posted it I looked up Dianne on FB and there she was. At first I […] Read more…

The Skin of Broken Glass

Part 1.   A few years after I left school, I bumped into Susan in a clothing shop. Susan had been in my class for two years then disappeared without warning or explanation. I felt curious but uneasy and angry. Curious about why she had vanished. Curious that her disappearance had not aroused any distinct […] Read more…

Telling the Family Story

During my teens and early twenties, I used to go with my mother to my cousin Linda’s house whenever Linda’s mother, my Auntie Ginger, flew down from Auckland. Ginger paid these visits three or four times a year. Ginger was the head of the family and her visits were an occasion that brought many people […] Read more…

A Glimpse into the Past

Footsteps in reverse – I recently had to find the documents that say I am who I claim to be. I keep my birth certificate and change of name certificate in my last passport. I THOUGHT they were in my desk drawer but when I scratched through the clutter of interesting postcards, blank labels, antiquated […] Read more…

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