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April 13th, 2009

Easter Sunday... Sonrise, sunrise...

At last Holy Week and Easter are over. With the changes brewing in the Catholic Church (Worshipping Under Southern Skies), rumoured to be initiated and engineered by the American Catholics who seem to represent a big stick-in-the-mud group of conservative spoilers, Masses are becoming more tedious, less friendly, more exclusive and less pleasant. Soon, as far as I can see, there will be no heart, just ceremony and tradition. Sad, huh.
"The sign of peace shall be exchanged in a sombre manner."
"The priest will not step out of the sanctuary during Mass."
"There will be no recessional hymn."
There will be more cantoring, less participation by lay adults and more ceremony and silences. Not impressed. So not impressed.

But anyway, now it's over, I have done my duty fourfold, and I can start to relax and already I can feel the writing starting to bubble up from within. It obviously takes a few days to filter school and family organisational stress out of my headspace!

Today was a gloriously sunny and calm day. A friend came over after Mass (to collect her son who had stayed the night) and we sat outside eating leftover hot cross buns with our coffee. It was lovely out on the deck, and it's only the late dew tonight that reminds me autumn is truly here.

A friend of ours is having horrific doses of chemo at the moment, and his wife stayed after Mass today to tell me all about it. Darned GP didn't diagnose the large tumour and now the chemo is to attack the spreading of the disease. It's very hard, knowing he's so ill, he's one of my favourite parishioners. I baked them cookies today, for the children or visitors to eat. His wife's sister and her family became very close to us when their own son, Alex, had leukaemia, and so we've already been through that battle, the same one Viv and Ian are living at the moment. It's terribly consuming, fighting cancer. It's just so very hard.

And tomorrow, Easter Monday, a public holiday here, school holiday too. I shall... well, you know what I want to do... *g*
Oh and I'm reading this really weird book by a psychiatrist who claims to be working with someone who has lived lives of the past... I'll get back to you on that one. I'm wondering where the book is taking me.

Belated wishes...

Darn this has been a busy Easter... Sooo SORRY!!!
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Apr. 13th, 2009

First time after Easter I get a chance to sit at the table and do some editing. I've been here ten minutes tops and ...Asher falls off his skateboard. I've asked and asked him not to skateboard but he insists. Now he's got a possible broken finger, a heap of grazed knuckles, a cut above his lip and a miserable look on his face. I can't believe it. I just want some peace. Is that too much to ask? I need a shed. There's a book about Kiwi blokes and their sheds. Unfortunately I am not a bloke and our shed is full of wood and crap. We have no spare rooms any more. *pout* I'm feeling stymied! And soon I have to take Christy to the quilt exhibition for her scholarship course. Aaaaaaaaaaaargh! Is it too greedy to want an hour to myself?

*sigh* I guess if you have children, this is what you get. I'll try again while they're all sitting on the couch... yeah, all, three of mine, two of their friends, the tv...
Sunny Garden (aka my OzLiz) says:
Random House Australia will publish Nick's latest novel, The True Story of Butterfish, in mid-2009.

Guess what? I will be in Perth, that's in Australia, in the first week of July. That means, if it is on sale over there by then, I can get a copy. OMG. I will have five days there on a conference. And if it isn't on sale by then... well, I now have a brother in Brisbane (he's fled Alice, Darwin and Canberra in that order (apart from a brief and dangerous sojourn in Costa Rica) *snort*). I could even open communications with him if I got desperate, huh...

Random House Australia will publish Nick's latest novel, The True Story of Butterfish, in mid-2009. Random House Australia will publish Nick's latest novel, The True Story of Butterfish, in mid-2009. Random House Australia will publish Nick's latest novel, The True Story of Butterfish, in mid-2009. Random House Australia will publish Nick's latest novel, The True Story of Butterfish, in mid-2009. Random House Australia will publish Nick's latest novel, The True Story of Butterfish, in mid-2009.

I'm excited.

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