Author: Annie Chandler-Cummings

Nor can it buy you life, health, or happiness… apparently. It may make life a little easier, especially if you can afford to pay someone to do the chores you don’t particularly like to do.  Ironing comes readily to mind, with cooking a very close second. ...

Learned helplessness is a real thing.  It appears to affect most of the male population in some way and, in particular and in most ways, the average Aussie bloke.  It certainly seems to be for my generation and the countless generations before my birth.  These...

In 1935, Alexander Graham Bell was touted to have made the famous announcement, When one door closes another door opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. This...

P-i-C and I recently returned from a week in New South Wales, staying with family.  The day we arrived in Sydney there were COVID cases reported.  By the time we left, we knew it was the new Delta strain and hotspots were springing up all...

In the 1950-60s Australia, women were encouraged to have a cup of tea, a Bex, and good lie down in the afternoon.  This was to recharge their batteries before the children arrived back from school and the husband came home from work.  Remember, this was...

I’m a believer, but I'm not referring to Smash Mouth's song that became famous through the movie Shrek.  I’m a believer in a higher power; one we can pray to and converse with, even though the chatter may seem a little one-sided. I'm not sure...

Think positively and positive things will happen.  I saw this quote recently on a wall decal and was taken by its simplicity.  If only life could be so easy.  However, there is some truth in its meaning.  Most counsellors, spiritual guides, psychologists, et al… agree...

Today, number two son, as in the second born rather than in preference, turned thirty-four.  My other two children, however, call him the Golden Child and believe he’s my favourite!  What mother has favourites?  OK, let’s rephrase that.  What mother has favourites and actually admits...

Most of us do it.  And every year, at least once.  Each time we believe it will be different; we put things in place, have a positive mindset and a willingness to succeed.  However, we invariably fail.  I’ll put up my hand and admit I’m...

This seems to be the catchphrase doing the rounds these last few days on social media.  And I honestly think whoever thought it up, nailed it on the head, as the saying goes!  There was not much good about last year, quite frankly.  For some...