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My husband, who was an Anglican priest, our family of five children and I, have lived in several different towns and countries. We began our working lives as primary school teachers and later studied together at George Brown Missionary Training College in Sydney. We also studied to be Lay Preachers. I have taught at all levels from preschool to university and retired from preaching after fifty years.

My degrees are in education, School Librarianship, Theology and Psycholinguistics, and Applied Linguistics (ESL/EFL).

Church activities: Service Leader, playing my flute in the Band and volunteer teaching ESL.

Hobbies: Writing, painting in a variety of media, gardening, knitting, embroidery, travel, and catching up with children, grandchildren, friends and relatives.

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    Have You Got Your Hanky?—Reflecting on My Personal Collection

    14 months ago

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    15 months ago

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    22 months ago

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    23 months ago

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    2 years ago

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    4 years ago

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    4 years ago

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    5 years ago

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    Our Names, Pet Names and Nicknames

    5 years ago

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    20 months ago

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  • Saying Goodbye to an ESL Class

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    5 years ago

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  • How to Pack and Prepare for a Holiday

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    6 months ago

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  • Drawing: Freehand Doodling is fun

    Drawing: Freehand Doodling is fun

    5 years ago

    Almost everyone enjoys doodling sometimes, but doodles can become an interesting art form as well.

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    Taiwanese Sweet and Sour Fish Fillet

    5 years ago

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    5 years ago

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    2 years ago

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    5 years ago

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    6 months ago

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    5 years ago

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    14 months ago

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    5 years ago

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    5 years ago

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    7 months ago

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    14 months ago

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    2 years ago

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    2 years ago

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    8 months ago

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    22 months ago

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    5 years ago

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    Wise Sayings: An Old Autograph Album

    10 months ago

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    An Acrostic Poem about God's Love

    5 years ago

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  • Growing Older Gracefully

    Growing Older Gracefully

    6 months ago

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    How Can We Keep Sundays Holy?

    6 months ago

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    Sunset: Reminder of God's Care (A poem in Rictameter)

    3 years ago

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  • A Small Unit Garden: some ideas

    A Small Unit Garden: some ideas

    5 years ago

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  • Preparing Sunday School Activities for Children During Lent

    Preparing Sunday School Activities for Children During Lent

    5 years ago

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