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    Coronavirus & Supermarket Workers

    I collected my groceries by “Click and Collect” this morning, arriving on time. 8 am. For this venture, I wore gloves and a mask and kept my disinfectant at hand. I sprayed each bag before putting it in the car, trying to ignore the person…

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    Night At The Theatre

    1   My son’s illness arrived abruptly one evening with every sign of stomach virus: vomiting, exhaustion, sweating, terrible bloating and pain. I said, Ring the café and tell them you’re not coming. I said, Stay in bed, don’t worry. I’ll bring you soup when…

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    Pet Sheep? Sure, what could possibly go wrong?

    I began keeping sheep as pets because I had almost four acres of very hilly pasture studded with trees and bushes. Even a tractor struggled to mow it and very few of the farmers thought it worth their while to try.   The previous owners…

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    Ducks & Hopelessness

    Across the street is a neighbour whose daughter has grown from mindless swearing and hanging out in cars with her boyfriends to having her own children, who she treats carelessly, or worse.  Even so, unless this young woman is verbally abusing or slamming car doors in the face…

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    Why Not Go To Trial?

    Earlier this year, I wrote an article for Redbook in the US. I don’t know if I am allowed to post the whole thing on my blog now, but this is the beginning, with a link to the site on which the article is published….  A…

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    #WhyWritersMatter

      In my house, next to the kitchen phone, among the important items we don’t want to lose—keys, phones, ID cards—is a photograph of a handsome young man wearing a blue t-shirt and smiling into the camera. Behind him is a canopy of summer trees…

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    The New Yorker & Me

      The New Yorker has always worried me. When I was younger and only aspired to be a fiction writer the New Yorker was perhaps too far a reach for me.  I had no reason to fear it, and yet there was something too highbrow,…

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    And How To Deal With Good Reviews…

      Nothing makes an author feel better than getting good, early reviews of her book. While we cannot know how many readers will be won by such reviews, I am delighted with these beautiful quotes from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, not to mention the star!  …

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    On The Pleasure of (Not) Writing

    I know writers aren’t supposed to admit this, but sometimes I don’t want to write too much. It’s good to have some silence, maybe let someone else do the writing for awhile.   In a couple of weeks time, I’m having dinner with a remarkable writer named…

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    Why I Am Defending Pornography

    Yesterday the governor of Utah, Gary Herbert, signed a resolution to make pornography illegal. If the law is passed, those in Utah who possess pornographic material such as magazines or films, or watch pornography on-line, will face penalties and potential imprisonment for repeat offenses.   There…