Wake-Up Call: Freedom, Dignity & Happiness.

A “wake-up call” is what the newscaster said this morning in reference to the horrendous fate suffered by 39 Vietnamese migrants found dead in a refrigerated container on 23 October in Purfleet, ...

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Get Your Joy Going.

October! The last quarter of 2019 already, and what a tremendous year it has been. I love this month because now we see the very last of the summer light while the gold and red of the turning leaves ...

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To go, to stay? A pivotal choice.

Last month I wrote about a Japanese measurement: handheld. Having not thought about this in ages, I revisited it again. Handheld—simple, small, intimate, caressing. It reminded me of my netsuke, a ...

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An Unforgettable Hiatus In Time.

“Fancy a cuppa?” The first time I heard that was from an English friend, who had to say it twice before I realised she was essentially asking me if I wanted to take time out for a cuppa tea and, as ...

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Cicero & My Mother’s Garden Library.

Cicero observed in the first century, “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” Does what Rome’s greatest-ever orator believed still hold true today? A garden and a book – ...

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Business, Books & Chutzpah

Recently, someone asked me what it felt like to participate in the FT Oxford Literary Festival, and someone else what it felt like to have Off-Island on the cover of the Bookseller, a British trade ...

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Heirlooms & Artifacts: Grace & Vulnerability

Hi Everyone, I love the sunlight in May, especially here in England where grey is the default colour of the sky. For some reason, at this time of year (perhaps because there’s more light), when ...

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Marshmallows, Debussy & Leche.

Hi Everyone, In this part of the world, spring means finally getting to venture out of doors, after a dark and relatively cold, remorselessly grey, winter. I’m not sure what came over me this ...

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Oxford, my literary escape.

I am often asked how Oxford, England became my hometown, so I thought as I’ve recently written an article for the Oxford Times (24.1.19) on the same subject, I’d share the unabridged version of that ...

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Marlene Hauser will be Interviewed by Suzi Feay at Oxford Literary Festival

PrintThe House on Half Moon Street and Off-Island Sunday, 7 April 2019, 2:00pm | St Cross College |£7 – £12.50… ...

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Writer inspired by literary landscape | The Oxford Times | 24th January 2019

I first came to Oxford in 2011 when my husband Paul decided to reinvigorate The Manor Country House Hotel at Weston On The Green. One of the first things I noticed about living in Oxford was that I ...

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The Connection: The moment the reader “gets it.”

This newsletter has been running now for just over a year, and writing it once a month sets me happily on some sort of a conveyor that turns the year—at least in my mind’s eye. I see a clock, a, ...

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Some Kind of Wonderful: One step at a time

I wonder what 2019 will bring? “Stay in the day,” some say. Don’t take the whole year at a time, a whole life at a time. “Keep your head where your feet are,” others advise, which simply means ...

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Entanglement: par for the course or pearl of great price?

Recently, when I was describing to a friend the numerous challenges currently facing my family and myself, she rejected the metaphor I’d just used, saying, “No, not a car pile up, more like a ...

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Thanksgiving. The magic, the miracle, is an everyday affair.

Having just returned from the USA, and the wonders of “home” and family there, I remain amazed by the emotions it has stirred up in me. It has been almost four years since my last trip back, and ...

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Hallowe’en. What’s England got to do with it?

October! How many times in my American grade school was that capital O fashioned into a grinning jack-o’-lantern? October was Hallowe’en and, being celebrated on the 31st, it drove the month. Who ...

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Think rejection is forever? Think again. Why I am releasing my novel Off-Island now.

It’s autumn here in Oxford, with its dew-drenched roses, misty mornings and windows firmly closed at night. “Fresh” is the word the British use to describe this time of year, and fresh it is. For, ...

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August Message

August to me means real summertime: dog days and a holiday stretch of beach. Most of my summer breaks over the years have been spent on one, even if it was only a lake with a sandy shore rather than ...

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July Message

Any mention of July to me always conjures up one day in the month in particular: the 4th of July, with its fireworks celebrating America\'s Independence Day. Even if I have not lived in the US for ...

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June Message

To me, June means Father’s Day. FATHER’S DAY writ large, that is. With a bigger- than-life father like mine, who could ever forget it? What do you give a man, a large man, a military man, who ...

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A May Message

In May I think of lily of the valley—muguet, as they say in France, where as a young child I was first introduced to this sweet-smelling flower. Of the upright stem, with its two bright green, ...

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April Message

Hi All, Change. Inevitable! Fear? Not! Love at first sight? Actually, it was love just moments before—call it presight. First came the acres of sunflowers and soy and then, halfway down the ...

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A March Message

Here in Oxford, England, March started with the ‘Beast from the East,’ a polar vortex that came spiraling in from Siberia. Temperatures plummeted to -10oC, 15 centimetres of snow fell, and with a ...

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A Note for February

It’s February. The time of hearts, flowers, proposals, diamonds, gold and my birthday! Technically, I love February, month of Aquarius the water-bearer, with its hint of spring, daffodils, earlier ...

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A New Year’s Message

Happy New Year! January 2018. It feels fresh and it feels like it’s going to be a good year, maybe even a watershed one. I have only one resolution: to be authentic. ...

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A Christmas Message

Really difficult to believe that it’s already December! Where did November go? In fact, where did 2017 go? I hope your year so far has been filled with blessings, great and small, and that you are ...

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