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

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,…

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

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

Hi All, It’s autumn here in Oxford, with its dew-drenched roses, misty mornings and windows firmly closed at night.  “Fresh” is…

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August Message

August Message

Hi All, August to me means real summertime: dog days and a holiday stretch of beach. Most of my summer…

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July Message

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

June Message

Hi All, To me, June means Father’s Day.  FATHER’S DAY writ large, that is. With a bigger- than-life father like mine,…

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A May Message

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

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

A March Message

Hi All, 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, ...

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A Note for February

A Note for February

Hi All, 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, ...

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A New Year’s Message

A New Year’s Message

Hi All, 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. With all the ...

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A Christmas Message

A Christmas Message

Hi All, 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 ...

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