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Down Old Deptford

Once a quiet fishing village on the Thames, the southeast London community of Deptford has had it's fair share of adventures over the centuries. They began long before 1513 when Henry the Eighth founded its shipbuilding docks.

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The Decision

The decision that I've had to remind myself of many times before, and will undoubtedly have to remember a great many times yet (of course with a TV voice, etc.) Click "play" to have a listen...

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Xmas Eve

Christmas Eve was always one of the most magical of nights for me.  May it always be so, and keep its deep and ancient glow. Click "play" to have a listen...

Daisy Said

Some songs have powerful stories or legends behind them. This particular one (and all of it's possible secrets) has been on my mind lately.  

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By Regular Oaks and Poison Oaks

At this time of year we used to drive out to an old apple farm  nestled in a canyon. The drive was always full of magic. This was partly because of the spellbinding beauty of the countryside, and partly because I knew that delicious moments were soon to follow. Click "play" to have a listen...

Madonna Inn

Madonna Inn is just off of Highway 101 on the central coast of California.  Growing up only a few miles south of it, this particular establishment never failed to keep me enchanted when I was little.  Every now and then I go back home for a visit and I'm always delighted that it's still a bit offbeat, a little bit crazy, and a lot of fun to look around. Click "play" to have a listen...

A travel blogger seems to have discovered it's kookiness. Click here to read.

The Camera Lens

That moment when you realise you’ve been lost in a daydream - it feels like you were away for ages, but it’s only been a flash within a second…. Click "play" to have a listen...

I Will Think of Ocean

Early the other day I enjoyed the luxury of sitting on the back steps to the garden, with a cup of coffee in my hand.  Watching the sun slowly push the morning shadows aside, I thought of growing up by the beach in the summertime and those endless days of childhood delights. Click the "play" button to have a listen...

Aesop's The Wind and the Sun

When I was quite small, I saw a short animated film telling Aesop's famous fable of The Wind and the Sun.  His point about kindness has never gone out of date, and I love the way he went about making it.  This one's definitely one of my favourites! Click the "play" button to have a listen...

The Yellow Wall-Paper

Years ago, when I first read “The Yellow Wall-Paper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman,  I wasn’t able to articulate all of the emotions that this short story invoked in me.  Even now it is difficult to sum it all up. Published in 1892, it is a narrative of Gilman’s personal experience with depression.  Like the narrator in this short story (who suffers from postpartum depression), she sought medical help from a famous neurologist and was prescribed a rest cure, which was common at the time.  This “cure” included rest from reading, writing (thinking), and physical activity.

The Yellow Wall-Paper offers insights into Gilman’s own feminism and into roles women were publicly growing tired of in the late 1890’s.  Although it was published over a century ago, this 6000-word narrative still echoes today.

In the following Sound Cloud link, I’ve only read out a few paragraphs. To read the story in full, check it out at your local library.

https://www.worldcat.org/libraries

 

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