The Power of a Short Story

Today we were given the news that 1.6 million people would stay in one of the harshest lockdowns in the world for a fifth week. Lockdown is tough on everyone. All ages from tiny babies to great-grandparents. All struggle in different ways. And the other day I was thinking about how our children are not able to meet and play … Continue reading

Good News! Firelight Foundation’s NZ Homeschool Conference Will Go Online!

The Firelight Foundation does a most wonderful job of supporting homeschoolers all around New Zealand. Last year I was on the tour (North Island only for me) and it was so good to meet up with homeschoolers from all over the country. I met up with old friends, made new friends, saw second generation homeschoolers, This year, the Firelight Foundation … Continue reading

Making the Best of It

Some people like lockdown. A shop assistant in a fruit and veggie shop who was rushed off her feet serving customers heard about the new ‘level four lockdown’ and said she was looking forward to lockdown and being able to spend some time at home with her hubby and children. A business owner said he was ‘gutted’ and didn’t know … Continue reading

Why Folk Tales Are Good Fun

Since writing about Greta and the Giants I have been thinking about the value of good literature and folk tales in teaching and encouraging young people to make good choices in life and to strive for higher things.  And I thought I would tell you about one of my favourite illustrators, Paul Galdone, who has retold many folk tales and … Continue reading

HEART Retreat 2021

I was very pleased to be invited to speak at the Northland HEART Retreat this year. My topic title is ‘A Simple Life, Richly Lived’. And it will be an opportunity to look at some encouraging thoughts, ideas and philosophies of the Christian educator and philosopher, Charlotte Mason, and learn more about how to foster a rich and peaceful home … Continue reading

Why I Am Concerned About This Book

Greta and the Giants by Zoe Tucker I was interested to see that Jill Biden and Duchess Catherine went together to a primary school in Cornwall during the recent G7 Summit of World Leaders. And as a reader, booklover, writer and teacher, I was even more interested to see what picture story book was being read and studied in this … Continue reading

Problems with the website

Oh my goodness! Have I had problems with my websites! There has been a problem with the hosting company which was bought out by a large corporate company who started taking sites offline when the sites came up for renewal because the new company forgot somehow to check that the renewal had been paid. It’s taken a long time and … Continue reading

A Year of Twentieth Century Literature: 1990 – 1999

This year I am reading 10 twentieth-century books which have not been made into films or television programmes but are excellent books anyway. This month’s book needs to have been published between 1990 and 1999.  Eucalyptus by Murray Bail Published in 1998 Publications in the 1990s continue to fit in with my theory that having a book made into a … Continue reading

A Year of Twentieth Century Literature 1980 – 1989

This year I am reading 10 twentieth-century books which have not been made into films or television programmes but are excellent books anyway. This month’s book needs to have been published between 1980 and 1989.  A Twist in the Tale by Jeffery Archer Published in 1986. Short stories have been around since time immemorial. We love short stories; in fact … Continue reading