Growing up amidst cobblestone walkways of an ancient city, best friends Ruth and Maidy live next door to one another. Stunningly beautiful, Ruth has always insisted she will marry Pieter, Maidy’s eldest brother, only to have him vanish the year swans first visit the city. Is his disappearance linked to the arrival of the swans, … Continue reading The Year the Swans Came –
What’s in a name?
To those of you who on occasions scan my musings I hope over the past six months, I’ve managed to keep you royally entertained. Long may it continue – I hear you shout. Nevertheless, the be-all and end all of a author’s life is to sell books and despite the brilliant reviews for 'The Year … Continue reading What’s in a name?
MarySmith’sPlace ~ Whatever’s next means more waiting! Cancer update#39
Monday, 16 August: Just a quick update to let everyone know how my meeting with the oncologist went today.
A biopsy of the lump in my neck, formed by three small lymph nodes, had shown metastatic adenocarcinoma; the CT scan was to find out where else the cancer may have spread.
The good news is that it seems not to have spread anywhere else and is, so far, confined to those lymph nodes.
Chemotherapy isn’t really an option. I can probably explain why not after I listen again to the recording of our meeting but as the recording is over an hour I’ll have to search for relevant bits to pass on. The oncologist does seem to think, however, that a four week course of targeted aggressive radiotherapy could be a useful treatment, even if not curable.
I need to replay our discussion, in particular listen to the probably…
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Be Bold and Break the Mould
Is the watchword for the fabulous Ursula Williams so for anyone sufffering from the doldrums do listen as she chats to four guests about their technicolour past. In this episode I welcome four of my absolute favourite guest to a chat about their adventures and plans for the future. Come and listen to Barbara Spencer sharing … Continue reading Be Bold and Break the Mould
My guest today is Catherine Kullmann
A few facts about Catherine A romantic novelist who writes historical fiction, Catherine was born and brought up in Dublin. After a courtship conducted mostly by letter, Catherine moved to Germany to be with her new husband who was German, and her children were brought up there. Prior to her move to Germany she had … Continue reading My guest today is Catherine Kullmann
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My Guest Today is Author Stephanie Churchill
(first published in Two Sides to Every Story 2019) A few factsStephanie Churchill grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and earned a degree in political science and history at a private college in the wilds of Iowa’s cornfields. After graduating, she worked at a small boutique law firm in Washington, D.C. in the fields of international … Continue reading My Guest Today is Author Stephanie Churchill
My guest today is Seumas Gallacher
(First published in Two Sides to Every Story Blogspot December 2019) Today my guest is Seumas Gallagher who I met up with first in St Pancras Station, almost under the statue of John Betjamin, which, if you have read any of Seumas' poetry, is appropriate.A Journey to myself – writing my autobiography For authors, the … Continue reading My guest today is Seumas Gallacher
Digging for nuggets of gold!
I can't be the only person who gets stuck for words now and then or in my case every moment of the day - especially WordPress Wednesday. The plain fact is that I am no longer creative. Having exhausted 50 years of experiences stored in my head, the 'hide-away-in-your-house regime, adopted by the oldies of … Continue reading Digging for nuggets of gold!
In Pursuit of Fame?
Why does an otherwise normal person decide to commit their life to writing a book? The answer to that question would form a vast mound of paper because we all have different reasons for setting pen to paper. This week BBC 4 showed the first of several programmes about Ernest Hemingway, one of the heavyweights … Continue reading In Pursuit of Fame?