Author Archives: A Book and a Half

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I'm a teacher based in Melbourne, Australia. I blog about reading, writing, teaching, learning, and exploring.

Albania

Poetry Poetry, How did you find your way to me? My mother does not know Albanian well, She writes letters like Aragon, without commas and periods, My father roamed the seas in his youth, But you have come, Walking down … Continue reading

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Afghanistan

I’ll kiss you in the pomegranate garden. Hush! People will think a goat’s stuck in the underbrush. – Anonymous   The Kabul-based women’s literary society  Mirman Baheer has a hotline which women and girls from the provinces call to share their poems. … Continue reading

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Around the World in 230 Poems

Happy New Year! I have a 2017 project I’m very excited about. Inspired by Ann Morgan’s wonderful A Year of Reading the World, I’m going to embark on my own around-the-world literary quest: this time, via poems. Within an unspecified … Continue reading

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Awe

T.S. Eliot wrote in ‘The Cultivation of Christmas Trees’ that Christmas is a time for children to accumulate a sense of wonder. The emotion of awe – which I mentioned briefly in my last post – is garnering more interest among scientists as … Continue reading

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Stories and Multiple Truths

Cafe Scheherazade by Arnold Zable The Storytelling Animal by Jonathan Gottschall We’re living in a post-truth world, so we are told over and over by the media, but my own leitmotif this year has been the idea of multiple truths – two … Continue reading

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Birds on the Wires

I saw this today on IFLS. A man cut out a photo of birds sitting on wires, imagined them as notes on a stave, and orchestrated the piece of music they unwittingly created. Isn’t it beautiful? The world is so … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Sam Harris

I recently started reading Sam Harris’s blog. I haven’t read any of his books, admittedly, although Mum has and liked them a lot (and I normally agree with her taste in books). Today I sent him a letter, more like … Continue reading

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