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Ultimate breakfast in Ultimo

Yesterday my daughter, daiskmeliadorn, and I met for brekky in Soma at Ultimo. Today she flies out to embark on a challenging adventure in upstate New York at Binghamton University. She will enrol in a PhD there, so this could … Continue reading

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Preparing for a visitor

We’re getting ready for a special visitor. That special guest is Bruce, the Staffy of daiskmeliadorn & Sam. He’ll be staying at our place until daiskmeliadorn and Sam get settled in Binghamton, NY, in a place that can accommodate him. Meanwhile, … Continue reading

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Hitting the ground running

She hasn’t even left Australia yet, but already my daughter, daiskmeliadorn, has planned her first running race in Binghamton. They have a festival to celebrate a kind of sandwich (yes, really! SpiedieFest), and as part of this festival there’s a … Continue reading

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the sins of the father

“Australian” says the sticker the librarian has applied to this book. I guess Australians want to read about themselves? Maybe the designation is for the benefit of the large number of library users who come from other countries and want … Continue reading

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“Now you have”

It’s 03:30 and I’m walking down the Pacific Highway at North Sydney, on my way to work. It’s a 6 lane road with a small dividing median strip in the middle and I’m walking on the side with the traffic … Continue reading

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A great way to spend a Sunday morning

I arrived at the SMH Half Marathon course yesterday just about the time the race was starting. I stationed myself at a point about 4.7 km into the race in the hope that by the time daiskmeliadorn reached me the … Continue reading

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How much hope does a person need?

Hope for the future. It can emerge from an apparent wasteland like this sweet pea shoot in my garden. I planted thirteen seeds but only two have germinated. I suspect I am responsible for the low success rate. Maybe I should have … Continue reading

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