Category Archives: Something to Think About

Amazing Journey: Mike McIntyre’s ‘The Kindness Of Strangers: Penniless Across America’

In 1994, 37-year-old journalist Mike McIntyre had a good life in San Francisco – except for one major problem: If I were told I was going to die today, I’d have to say I never took a gamble. I played … Continue reading

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The Lego castle in the forest at dusk

Hundreds of years ago during my childhood in the 1970s and early 1980s, two of my favourite toys were Lego and die-cast metal cars. Although there were several brands of cars, everyone referred to them generically as ‘Matchbox cars’ (after … Continue reading

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‘Natalie Wood: The woman Sydney forgot’

Back in August 2011 I posted ‘All the lone people’, which had been inspired by a sad discovery not far from my home the month before – the 2003 death of Natalie Wood, which had gone unnoticed for eight years. … Continue reading

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Poor Man, Rich Man: DA (Part 1)

A few months ago, a friend who’d spent the past few years living overseas returned to Sydney. Recently, she invited me to join her roommate and some friends for a pizza night at her new home – and when she … Continue reading

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The Longest Day (Epilogue)

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 There are several things I’ve gained from my first experience with major dental pain. First, as advised by my dentist, I now floss my teeth at least once a day. Previously, I’d … Continue reading

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“Be at peace, son of Gondor.”

Last week at his blog, OneSTDV posed the following questions in his Saturday Audience Participation post ‘Emotional Response to Pop Culture’: Ever seen Twilight? Thoughts? Does any pop culture “get” to you emotionally? If so, give examples and explain how/why. … Continue reading

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All the lone people

Mid-morning, Saturday, 23 July 2011. I was in my room at the Four Seasons Olims Hotel where I’d spent the past two nights in Canberra, and I was packing my bags to return home after the week’s leave I’d mentioned … Continue reading

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