Enjoy reading Susan's very personal story My Father’s Writing Desk here.
It is a pleasure to feature this latest (and last) contribution from Susan Mellsopp in this year's Authors Showcase,
Enjoy reading Susan's very personal story My Father’s Writing Desk here.
Susan Mellsopp is retired and lives with her golden retriever guide dog Jay in Hamilton New Zealand. Much of her life has been spent as a dairy farmer and also working as a librarian, archivist and accessible transport researcher. She belongs to a writers group and is constantly being challenged to write in genres other than travel and memoir. She has published two school histories and writes for a national magazine. She is a voracious reader, loves to travel, listen to classical music, cook, and enjoys learning to use modern technology.
Susan at Government House
It is an honour to feature this sixth and final contribution from Ronald Mackay in our 2019 Authors Showcase.
Enjoy reading Ronald's latest story entitled Chad here.
During the ’80s and the ’90s, Ronald Mackay combined mixed farming in Ontario with teaching at Concordia University in Montreal in the neighbouring province of Quebec. It was a time when traditional farmers were retiring, commercial farms were growing in size, and technology was taking over from more conventional methods that relied principally on human labour. During these years he hired many young people on a casual basis to help with the seasonal work of stone-picking, hay-making, the management of cattle and of the myriad tasks it takes to keep a 100-acre farm viable. Never having had any children of his own, he took an interest in many of the young people who worked for him and, where he could, gave them encouragement and the benefit of experience and what little wisdom he possesses. Some still keep in touch.
Our contribution to the 2019 Authors Showcase today is from James Robertson. This is his fifth submission so far.
Enjoy this latest memorable life experience Snapshots of Scotland here.
As we enter the last month of our 2019 Authors Showcase, it is my pleasure to welcome Sarah Owens with her very memorable life experience.
Sarah explains, 'It is a travel piece about my experiences cycling in Vietnam in 2007 and believe me, quite an experience and an incredible challenge.'
Read and enjoy her story Tour de Vietnam here.
Our latest submission to the 2019 Authors Showcase is another great piece of poetry from Syd Blackwell.
As background he explains, 'In 2002, my parents were retired in Rossland, BC (Canada), and I was an innkeeper in Revelstoke, BC, approximately 300 kilometers or four hours drive north.'
Enjoy Syd's contribution THE TRAVELLING HOME TRILOGY here.
I am pleased to have reached a time in my life when the answer to the question of what I do, is that I am a writer and an artist. It wasn´t always so as I worked through various roles in education and business during my sixty-one years in western Canada. But, in Uruguay, I am jubliado - retired. I do not have to make a living doing anything. I have actually earned some monies from my writing and my artwork, but that is not very important or necessary. I create for the pleasure it gives me and for the pleasure that others find from my creative efforts.
I have lived in Atlántida, on the coast of Uruguay, for a dozen years. My wife and I share our home, Casa Inspiración, with our five dogs, our family.
It is a pleasure to feature this latest contribution in our 2019 Authors Showcase from Dolores Banerd.
Enjoy her story Snake in the Grass here.
A warm welcome to Val Vassay with her first contribution to our 2019 Authors Showcase.
Enjoy Val's memorable life experience CHARLIE GOES CAMPING here.
I was born and brought up in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, but have been fortunate enough since the age of 19 to spend most of my life in hotter climes. After spending 27 years in Bahrain where I produced two sons and was a secretary for many years before eventually turning my hand to English Language Teaching for Adults, my husband and I retired in December 2005 to beautiful Marbella, Andalucia, Spain. Since then I’ve spent most of my time relaxing by the pool, walking in the unspoilt countryside, reading, and writing with much help from the Writers’ Workshop section of Marbella U3A. So far I’ve had a couple of articles published (and paid for!) – one in the British women’s magazine “My Weekly” and the other in “Scottish Life”, a magazine published in the USA and Canada. I’ve also had several interviews and letters published in various magazines. I’m still writing and I’m hoping to have some of my short stories published soon through Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), so watch this space! I also enjoy proofreading and may take this up more seriously at some stage – if it doesn’t seem like too much hard work, so watch this space also!
With the 2019 Authors Showcase nearing its final month, it is a pleasure to feature this fourth contribution from Helen Bing.
Enjoy reading Helen's latest memorable life experience The New Deaf Unit here.
In another life I taught New Entrants, those wee things who are just starting school aged 5. In New Zealand, our children can start on their 5th birthday. They drift in and slot into the daily routines of the class. We also had a close relationship with the School for the Deaf next door. This story focuses on the new unit that was built for the deaf children in our school. I have based it around the song Te Aroha, a short song often used for formal occasions such as the opening of new buildings.
Here are the words. If anybody would like to hear it sung, check it out on YouTube.
Me te rangimarie
Tatou, tatou e.
A warm welcome back to Ronald Mackay with his fifth contribution to the 2019 Authors Showcase.
Read and enjoy Ronald's latest memorable life experience Pâtisserie Tomaž here.
For more than a decade, Ronald Mackay combined farming close to Toronto in Ontario with teaching undergraduate and graduate students at a university in Montreal in the province of Quebec some 500 kilometers apart. He travelled between these two locations every week by train, spending four days in Montreal and three running a farm. For much of that time, he successfully chaired a large and fractious department made up of immodest and difficult people. He had learned, during many years working in Central Eastern and Europe, by noting its very absence, the importance of managing in a way that the broadest possible range of faculty members were willing to accept. During those years behind the Iron Country, he developed a great respect for the Central European intellectual and, since then, has too often – by his own admission -- made the mistake of assuming virtues in people where there are few or none.
Ronald, in 1995, enjoying a whisky with a great Romanian intellectual and friend who still, despite all that life has thrown at him, possesses many virtues.
It is wonderful to be able to feature this fourth contribution from Tina Mattern in the 2019 Authors Showcase.
Enjoy Tina's latest memorable life experience GO-GO-ING GONE here.
Summer of '77
Beaches, bars and
boogie nights in Ibiza
by Robert Fear
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