Neil Gaiman leads authors demanding action to halt decline of school libraries.
I’ve seen first hand the magic of reading. When a reluctant reader blossoms into an active reader. Libraries, especially school libraries, can change the economic outcome of a child. Imagine the world if all children had free access to books, magazines and comics. I’m not talking about internet or ipad use, but actual physical books that require concentration and dedication to read – instead of flicking through.
Support your school libraries and the dedicated staff who work there – offer to volunteer covering books – I do, and it is wonderful supporting this essential school service.
I took this test and found out that I’m moderately nefarious….how do you rate?
Okay so I have found a lump where a lump should not be. The GP I saw, examined me, my lump and my lymph nodes, after we’d discussed the long list of cancer in my family – a veritable who has had what, died from it or has fought it to a standstill for now. I also discussed my hysterectomy and Oophorectomy that I had. He then mentioned that my family might have Lynch syndrome and he would look into it and get back to me. (When I got home I Dr Googled that, I sent a link to my niece, who wrote back – well that would explain a lot).
All of which brings me to today, I have my mammogram and ultrasound booked for Monday, which hopefully will inch me past this – doesn’t look like cancer to me phase, to what it is and what we can about it phase. (Action, sweet action that is what I’m craving right now).
But it’s the hanging on the precipice that scares me right now. I’ve been here before – when they dug out the tumours that had encircled and burst from my uterus and my ovaries – non cancerous but large enough to have tried attaching to anything and everything. This is the time I’m vulnerable – the not knowing, the hoping it will be alright.
I am comfort eating, and drinking chamomile and black tea like there’s no tomorrow. (The advice of my departed Mum rings through my mind- a cup of tea solves everything – which keeps me turning boiling another lot of water for another lot of tea). I also have a tendency to burst into tears – when my child isn’t home to witness – me sliding towards the tissue box and chest heaving with sobs. (I don’t just cry, I sob….).
So keep your fingers crossed for me and my lump….Monday will come soon enough – a friend has offered to drive me there and be my moral support….for which I am grateful for.
For more than two decades, Australia has locked up people who arrive here fleeing persecution – sometimes briefly, sometimes for years. In ‘They cannot take the sky‘, those people tell their stories in their own words.
John Gulzari will reflect on some of his experiences and, along with Michael Green, will discuss Behind the Wire’s project on immigration detention, which includes the book, an exhibition, and The Messenger podcast.
I want a better world for my child and my nieces and nephews. A better world for me, is one where empathy is a trait we allow our children to develop and use to make the world a better place for everyone. Sue Warren has created a great list of books that can kick off the building of this vitally important trait visit Empathy and Books for Children for more information.