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On Reaching THAT Age!

I’ve never thought of myself as particularly young or old. It’s not that I’m vain about my age or unrealistic. It is what it is and you can’t change it, so why worry about it? I’ve never been shy or coy about telling people my age either. As I said: it is what it is. No amount of lying or denial will change the facts.

However, I must admit to finding it very funny recently when dealing with the medical profession, all of whom ranged from a third to two-thirds my age, who kept referring to me as being THAT age.

“You’re at that age when you can expect things to go wrong.”

“You’re doing well – considering your age.”

It seems, once a person is THAT age, we can expect things to go wrong, pack in or generally give up. It was almost enough to make me give up.

No, only joking!

Never once did I consider giving up – I just found it funny and somewhat ironic, as Ron and I had not long completed a 160-km cycle ride in New Zealand and we were probably fitter than we’d been in years.

However, it was during that trip that I received a phone call from Breastscreen Queensland to say that they had found something suspicious on a routine mammogram I’d had just prior to leaving for New Zealand. So, as soon as we returned to Australia I went for further tests and the upshot was that I did indeed have cancer.

After two failed attempts to remove the tumour, I had to have a mastectomy, which proved successful in removing the cancer and I’m now doing well, powering on in my Buzz Lightyear moment: onwards and upwards!

But, what I wanted to announce to you all is that today, according to the government, I have finally actually reached THAT age, the one defined by the powers that be when we become officially over the hill, when we can expect things to go wrong and things to pack in. Though, even if any more bits do, I certainly won’t be giving up. I intend to defy it for as long as I can. And, although I am a year older, I don’t feel a year older – and I intend to get back to cycling and doing other active things I enjoy just as soon as I can.

To all my age mates and former classmates who either have achieved or are about to achieve THAT age as well, may all our futures be happy, healthy and long. More power to us and happy birthday to all of you, whenever your birthday may be!

Taken at the end of our 160-km cycle ride in New Zealand. The fittest we'd been in years!

Taken at the end of our 160-km cycle ride in New Zealand. The fittest we’d been in years!

Ron and I at Russell on the Bay of Islands in New Zealand.

Ron and I at Russell on the Bay of Islands in New Zealand.

The magnificent view of the sunrise from my hospital room when I had my third op.

The magnificent view of the sunrise from my hospital room when I had my third op.

My great friend Heather and I celebrating our birthdays early. This was taken a few days after my third and successful op.

My great friend Heather and I celebrating our birthdays early. This was taken a few days after my third and successful op.

Ron and I with Ruby, about to go out for a celebratory dinner with our precious family. Thanks, guys, it was delicious!

Ron and I with Ruby, about to go out for a celebratory dinner with our precious family. Thanks, guys, it was delicious!

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Further or farther?

Have you ever wondered about the difference between these two words?

Both further and farther refer to distance. Further is more commonly used in a figurative sense, whereas farther is used in a more literal sense to refer to an actual distance.

Examples:

The farther they went from the town, the denser the woods became.

The thief stole whenever he could to further his own ends.

Farther and farther they travelled, until ‘home’ was but blip on the distant horizon.

Further to this, I have nothing more to say.’

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Check Out These Amazon Bestsellers

This is an exciting line-up of books on my to-read list. Check them out and let me know what you think.

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The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

With the release of the movie by the same title, it’s not surprising that this book has reached the bestseller lists. Can’t wait to read it.

http://www.authorsally.net/AmazonTheFaultinOurStars

 

 

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Hard Choices – Hillary Rodham Clinton

Love her or hate her, Hillary Clinton has had a profound effect on the policies of the USA, using her position as First Lady and wife of President Bill Clinton, and later her status as United States Secretary of State and U.S. Senator.  It should be an absorbing read.

http://www.authorsally.net/AmazonHardChoices

 

 

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Written In My Own Heart’s Blood – Diana Gabaldon

This is the eighth in the Outlander series and is set against the turbulent background of North American history from June 1778 onwards.

http://www.authorsally.net/AmazonWritteninMyOwnHeartsBlood

 

 

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Mr Mercedes – Stephen King

This latest Stephen King novel promises to be just as heart-stopping as his previous reads. Hold on to your seat! It’s bound to be a thrilling ride.

http://www.authorsally.net/AmazonMrMercedes

 

 

 

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angleou (autobiography)

With the sad passing of this renowned poet, I think many of us would like to know more about her inspiring life.

http://www.authorsally.net/AmazonIKnowWhytheCagedBirdSings

 

 

 

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If I Stay – Gayle Foreman

Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel. I open my eyes wide now. I sit up as much as I can. And I listen. Stay, he says.

http://www.authorsally.net/AmazonIfIStay

 

 

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All for Socks by Adam Vickerstaff

front_coverAll for Socks by Adam Vickerstaff taps into the heart of every child’s fears: what lurks in that dark space beneath the bed? As Thomas lies in bed listening to his mother’s phone conversation with his beloved but estranged father, he sees the last of his socks disappearing under his bed. Knowing that the missing socks will only cause more problems with his mother, he decides to take action. Despite his fear of the unknown, he ventures under the bed, into that deepest, darkest recess of his fears, where a whole world of adventure awaits him. Together with his best friend, Teddy, he sets out to recapture his socks from the Sock Herders and, as it turns out, also save the world from a terrifying fate.

This imaginative and enthralling story is wonderfully illustrated, bringing the creatures in Adam and Thomas’ minds vividly to life.

All for Socks is the first in a series and can be bought from

Amazon UK via http://www.authorsally.net/AmazonAllfor Socks

or Amazon USA via http://www.authorsally.net/AllforSocks

For more information, check out Adam’s web site

http://www.lotsathins.com/home.shtml

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Self-Editing Your Novel is here!

Exciting news is that Self-Editing Your Novel is now available on Amazon! It gives many useful tips on how to self-edit fiction, including how to cut down on word count if your novel is a bit long. Follow the step-by-step guidelines to learn how to eliminate common errors and make your work really shine.

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http://www.authorsally.net/Self-Editing Your Novel

 

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Chameleon – suspense, excitement, romance, all rolled into one!

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http://www.authorsally.net/Chameleon

Chameleon was shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger Award in the UK in 2010. Set in Africa, this family saga encompasses all the intrigue and mystery of that sun-drenched continent.

What readers have to say:

Kathy Stewart writes with empathy born of love of the vast and often troubled land of South Africa. Its history from 1914 to post World War II is seen through the lives of an English family struggling to run a general store in an isolated region, and the Africans whose lives are changed by the conflicts raging around them. It is a powerful story of loss, secrets and betrayal, and ultimately the endurance and healing power of love. It’s a darn good story ~ Sandy Curtis, author of six crime novels

Set in the historic background of South Africa, shadowed by the brutality of a war fuelled by racial tension, Chameleon’s characters act out their conflicted twisted lives. The reader is drawn inexorably into the characters’ motivations as the book charges to an unforeseen denouement. This debut book explores complex characters in a raw way. It’s an absorbing read. ~ Anne Herron

 

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Betty Bee’s Garden Adventure available now!

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http://www.authorsally.net/AmazonBettyBee

Betty Bee throws caution to the winds – literally – when she decides to stay out in a storm to collect pollen for her hive. This wonderfully illustrated book shows in a series of delightful colour pictures just what became of Betty Bee!

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